Kei Nishikori Clears the Air on Controversial Break During Rafael Nadal Match in Rio

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 | 0
Nishikori (L) and Nadal after the match (courtesy:

Nishikori (L) and Nadal after the match (courtesy:

Kei Nishikori has broken his silence on the controversial interval during the bronze-medal playoff against Rafael Nadal at Rio Olympics.

The Japanese star had come under the scanner after took a break after losing the second set to his Spanish counterpart, and returned only after 12 minutes, much to the dismay of his opposition.

Nishikori, however, has cleared the air, saying that he had a distance of about 500 meters to cover en route the play court.

“It’s very simple: I had to make nearly 500 meters walk from the Court No. 1 to the Central Court, where the changing rooms of the players are,” the 26-year-old was quoted as saying by

“And then even I changed clothes. It was a very long journey and it took a long time,” he added.

The controversy counted for little on court as Nishikori went on to claim the historic bronze medal by prevailing in a three-set conquest of Nadal.







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