Rafael Nadal’s Coach Stated “Parisian Crowd Are Stupid!”

by The Insider on June 4, 2009 · 3 comments

in ATP News

toni-nadalToni Nadal who is the coach of the 4 time French Open champion Rafael Nadal said some quite rude remarks about the French crowd on Spanish radion Station Cadena Ser.

Toni was none too pleased to hear how little the Parisian crowd was supporting the 4-time defending champion:

In an interview with the Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Toni Nadal said there was some truth to the phrase: “There is only one set of supporters that is worse than the French and that is the Parisians.”

“They say it themselves and it’s true, the Parisian crowd is pretty stupid. I think the French don’t like it when a Spaniard wins,” he added. “Wanting someone to lose is a slightly conceited way of amusing yourself. They show the stupidity of people who think themselves superior.R”

Rafael had made mention of the crowd’s waning support in his post-match presser after the loss saying,

Maybe at one stage they supported Soderling more than me, and that was a bit sad. But I wish when I’m back they can support me a bit more in key moments.

I know it is great to see the underdog do well, but we are still talking about 4-time defending champion who was little put back by the lack of support. Although I can see why the French crowd might have supported Soderling, because it was a turn point in French Open history and its great to see something like this happen.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob July 14, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Gimme a break! Is everyone in the whole world supposed to root for Nadal? Are they allowed to like no other than tennis player before him? Are we all supposed to have a horribly depressed week if he loses and not celebrate for anyone else? What makes Rafa the “Chosen One” of all nations? I can only guess it is he and his uncle’s own vanity. I am sooooo sorry that they hurt your feelings guys. None of us ever knew you were sensitives pansies.


rob February 23, 2010 at 5:27 am

Bob, apparently you have never played tennis at a professional/amatuer professional level. Tennis players are extremely sensitive people. They are so sensitive that if you saw them during and after practices on a consistent basis you would think they are little girls or gay. lol Tennis is a very personal sport/endeavor and comments by the people hurt more than you know…


Olive Chant July 2, 2011 at 9:31 am

I lived in France for twelve years and beleive me, I found the French sporting fans on the whole, were very biased about Tennis, Rugby, Football, tour de France, never mentioned Cricket (I wonder why?)
But I must add, the other people were smashing.


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