‘I saw Nadal naked’: McEnroe causes collective cringe with bizarre post-match interview
Second seed Nadal dismantled young Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last four in Melbourne, winning 6-2 6-4 6-0 in just one hour and 47 minutes.
However, the Spaniard’s post-match interview with McEnroe at Rod Laver Arena took an unusual turn when the American switched the conversation to focus on Nadal’s body.
"I'm going to make some people jealous here, I've got to be honest at the end of the second set I had to take a quick bathroom break," McEnroe said, standing in the center of the court.
“I was finishing taking this very quick bathroom break when all of a sudden I started to walk out and I saw a naked Rafael Nadal in the bathroom.”
"What was your impression?" Nadal asked.
"I thought to myself, 'that looks a lot like my body'. No. Absolutely lying about that. I said to myself 'I wish I had a body like that,'" McEnroe replied.
The bizarre interview triggered bemusement on social media, with many users wondering why the American tennis icon had touched on the theme of Nadal’s nudity.
Wow, super awkward interview b/w John McEnroe and Rafael Nadal. When your "question" starts with "I saw you naked in the bathroom..." you know it's not going anywhere good #AusOpen— Grant Sheppard (@grantjsheppard) January 24, 2019
One user even suggested that McEnroe’s post-match remarks were sexist, insisting that he would not have dared to ask similar questions to female players.
Only John McEnroe would interview Rafa Nadal live on court before a packed house of thousands at Rod Laver Arena and tell them he saw Rafa naked while McEnroe was on his bathroom break. Ridiculous. Sue Barker or any other woman would never do this with female players. #AusOpen— Omar Moore (@popcornreel) January 24, 2019
Others found the ‘naked’ questions inappropriate, saying that the tennis pundit should be taken off next year’s Australian Open coverage.
Sorry but asking Nadal about seeing him naked in the bathroom?That's not fun banter ... That's off-colour and distasteful.No more McEnroe.— Hannah Wilks (@newballsplease) January 24, 2019
When are they going to get rid of McEnroe!— Jacqui Janes (@JacquiKJanes) January 24, 2019
Even by McEnroe's standards, relating his impressions of Nadal naked in the locker room is—too much information.— Marianne Bevis (@MarianneBevis) January 24, 2019
Creepy and inappropriate!— Vicki Simpson (@vickiasimpson) January 24, 2019