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Nadal pulling power is driving me nuts.


THE great Wimbledon kit mystery rumbles on. No, not the question of whether Maria Sharapova could look sexy in shorts. Of course she could. And not the one about why Serena Williams warmed up in a Nike mac. It was a Nike stunt.

I refer, of course, to Rafael Nadal's trousers. And why, in particular, they are so oddly shaped that he has to keep pulling to free them from around his backside.

Rafa performs the bum tug before every serve and before every return of serve.

According to my calculations, in a five setter that's a total of at least 500 tugs at his rear.

The reason is obvious. The plucky Spaniard's calf-length strides are painfully ill-fitting.

While they clamp his buttocks in a clammy clinch they balloon shapelessly around the fly-less crotch area at the front.

Now here's a multi-millionaire who could clearly afford the most exquisitely tailored tennis kit in the world.

So why does he persist with the embarrassingly bum tuggers? I have a theory. I believe that for some reason he wears his trousers back to front. If he wins the Wimbledon title next weekend he must be asked why? The public has a right to know.

After all it's us that have to watch him pulling at his bottom 500 times a match.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 29, 2008
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