world No. 3 Jessica Pegula chuckled as she observed the hilarious Rafael Nadal and ball kid situation, adding that she “would be freaking out” if it happened to her. Nadal defeated Jack Draper in four sets on Monday to begin his Australian Open campaign.
However, the game’s high point occurred in the opening set when Nadal complained to the chair umpire that “a ball kid snatched my racket.” A ball kid brought the wrong racket to the stringer by accident, and the rest is comedic history. Pegula tweeted, “Ok, I would be freaking out (the face with tears of pleasure emoji)”.
The Nadal-ball kid incident amused Pegula.
The Nadal and ball boy incident immediately gained notoriety, and Barbara Schett of Eurosport sought the Spaniard to explain what had transpired.
“Just a humorous situation, nothing distracting! Since I usually had control over the racquet’s numbers, I yelled, “I need the stringer,” but I actually needed the stringer to look at the other racquets. So I took up my racquet and got ready to play when the ball kid picked it up.
But whatsoever, he accepted it with no issues at all!” To Schett, Nadal said. Pegula, meanwhile, had a strong opening round at the Australian Open. Pegula defeated Jaqueline Cristian in the opening round of the Australian Open, 6-0, 6-1. Pegula started off well, breaking Cristian three times while denying him any break points, effectively taking the opening set.
Pegula had three break points in the first game of the second set after easily winning the first set, but she saved them all to avoid falling behind by a break. To gain a set and a break advantage, Pegula broke Cristian in the second game.
Finally, Cristian scored when she served out the fourth game, but little else changed as Pegula broke the Romanian once more in the sixth game and then served out the match in the game after that.