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Rafael Nadal Loses 100-Metres Freestyle Swimming Race (Satire)

PARIS - MAY 31:  Rafael Nadal of Spain looks on during the Men's Singles Fourth Round match against Robin Soderling of Sweden on day eight of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 31, 2009 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Luke BroadbentCorrespondent IJune 2, 2009

Days after being knocked out of the French Open, Rafael Nadal suffered another humiliating defeat, but this time it was at the hands of his coach and uncle, Toni Nadal.

In his post-match interview on Sunday, Rafa stated that he was going to go home and spend a few days in his swimming pool.

Early this morning he could be seen by a number of eyewitnesses as he sat poolside in his garden.

One eyewitness said, “Rafa was just lounging around by the pool with Uncle Toni.”

The competitive nature in Rafa, however, didn’t stay buried for long. It wasn't long before the two of them were in the pool and appeared to be having a good time.

The same witness stated, “They had a quick chat, then they both went to the same end of the pool. After a very quick count by Toni, they set off across the 50m pool.”

“They were clearly racing each other. They turned back on themselves at the 50m mark to complete the final half of the race.”

“By this time, it was painful to watch. You could tell that Rafa was struggling. He seemed very lethargic. Toni won by no less than five lengths.”

It all seemed like harmless fun as the two of them got out the pool and had a good laugh about it. Yet, some eyewitnesses were keen to draw various conclusions from Rafa’s dismal performance.

One such eyewitness concluded, “I saw Rafa eating a sandwich, then about 20 minutes later he jumped in the pool for a swim.”

“He clearly can’t schedule his day properly, so how can we expect him to schedule his season correctly?”

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