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Rafael Nadal made news yesterday and it was not just his third-round victory in the US Open. It looked for a while like his tournament was over.
For a short time yesterday, it looked like it was tournament over for defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal.
Update: In case you are worried about Nadal, he did manage a two-hour training session earlier today.
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Nadal in pain
At first it looked like it might be serious.
Tennis super star Rafael Nadal was talking to journalists two hours after his third round US Open win over close friend David Nalbandian, when he grimaced in pain, screwed up his eyes and slumped in the back of his chair, feeling his right leg.
The world number two, a winner of 10 Grand Slam titles, slipped to the floor behind the table where he had been sitting, and out of view of the media, while tournament medical staff were summoned.
Scores of reporters and camera crews were ushered out of the interview room deep inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium, but they were still able to watch what happened on television in the nearby media centre.
Remarkably, after 15 minutes of treatment, Nadal was back on his feet, insisting that the problem was merely cramping.
‘‘It was just cramping in the right leg, in the front and in the back. It was very painful, that’s all,’’ said Nadal, who resumed his news conference standing instead of sitting.
A smiling Nadal said the incident will not affect his preparations for today’s fourth round match.
‘‘I will train normally today. It was just a normal cramp that could have happened anywhere, but it’s just bad luck that it happened in the press room. Anywhere else, nobody would have noticed.’’
Adapted from an AFP agency story in today’s Bangkok Post. Below is a short video clip what happened.
tournament – a competition for teams or single players in which a series of games is played, and the winners of each game play against each other until only one winner is left การแข่งขัน
defending champion – a player or team who won a competition the previous time it was held ผู้ชนะเลิศครั้งก่อน
session – a period of time that is spent doing a particular activity
journalist – a person who writes news stories or articles for a newspaper or magazine or broadcasts them on radio or television ผู้สื่อข่าว
grimace – to make an ugly expression with your face to show pain, disgust, etc ทำหน้าตาบูดเบี้ยว,แหกหูแหกตา, ทำหน้าบูดบึ้ง
screw up (your eyes) – to contract the muscles of your eyes or face because the light is too strong, you are in pain, etc ขยิบตา
slump – to sit or fall down heavily การงอตัว, การทรุดตัวลง
Grand Slam – one of the four major tournaments, including the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open การแข่งขันชิงแชมป์รายการใหญ่
title – the position of a winner in a sports competition ตำแหน่งแชมป์
slip – to fall to a lower level; to become worse ตกต่ำ,เสื่อม,เสื่อมโทรม
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
summon – to call someone to come to a place เรียกตัว
scores – large numbers of จำนวนมาก
reporter – someone whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว
crew – a group of people who work together to do a job กลุ่มคนที่ทำงานร่วมกัน
usher out – to take or show somebody where they should go to leave a place นำทาง
interview – a meeting (often a public one) at which a journalist asks somebody questions in order to find out their opinions, experiences, etc. การสัมภาษณ์
remarkably – in a way that is unusual and surprises or impresses you อย่างน่าอัศจรรย์ใจ
treatment – the process of providing medical care การรักษา
insist – to keep saying very firmly that something is true ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
merely – only; used for emphasising that something is small or unimportant เพียงเท่านั้น
cramping – a condition in which you experience a sudden pain when the muscles in a particular part of your body contract, usually caused by cold or too much exercise ตะคริว
resume – to begin again after stopping for a period of time เริ่มอีกครั้ง, กลับมาอีกครั้ง
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
preparation – things that you do to get ready for something or make something ready การตระเตรียม
normal – typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect ปกติ
press – newspapers and magazines, and those parts of television and radio which broadcast news, or reporters and photographers who work for them สื่อมวลชน