It’s the start of the second week of the Australian Open, and I would like to send a big shout out to the production team that is responsible for the televised coverage of the AO matches. This is the first year I haven’t had to turn off the TV during Nadal’s matches.
Normally, I watch for a little bit, but end up having to switch channels, or just turn it off. He’s an amazing player, I know, and even though I’m an anal person myself, I can not take his all of this rituals. I just can’t. I can almost tolerate his lining up of his water bottles, his very particular way of walking across the lines, and just about all of the rest of his quirks…except the picking before he serves.
You know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t even try and deny it. It’s well documented here.
Before. Every. Single. Serve.
He picks his shorts out of his ass, adjusts the left shoulder, right shoulder, wipes his nose, left ear, nose, right ear….
Oh my God, it drives me insane.
I can kind of accept the wiping of the sweat from his face, but NIKE, come on! There must be some sort of dry fit briefs that won’t ride up! It’s not like his ass is that special. Nobody’s ass is that special…well, except maybe the Chris’ (Hemsworth, Pine, Pratt, and Evans) but unfortunately they don’t play professional tennis. And while I’m ranting, I might also add, that this retro get-up he has going on this season is unbelievably unfortunate. All he’s missing is the matching hot pink leg warmers to complete the ensemble. Someone please tell me that Nadal did not have any input into this wardrobe decision because I would like to believe that he has better taste than this and isn’t stuck in the 80’s, despite how awesome the music was. Please.
Getting back to his rituals though…I know for a fact that Nadal still has all of them. They’re pretty easy to see in the breaks and as he moves from the player’s bench to the court, but I have noticed that there is a very intentional camera angle change, cutting away from him as soon as the picking starts before he serves. And I for one could not be more thankful!
Bravo producers!!! This fan is immensely grateful.
Now if they could just do something about the ridiculous grunting/shrieking in the women’s matches…but that’s another story.