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Tennis: Don't boo Nadal, Wawrinka tells fans

Published on Jan 26, 2014 10:38 PM
 
Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka (right) shakes hands with Spain's Rafael Nadal after his victory during the men's singles final on day 14 of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 26, 2014. Stanislas Wawrinka took Australian Open tennis fans to task on Sunday after sections of the crowd booed Rafael Nadal for taking a medical time-out during the dramatic men's singles final. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Stanislas Wawrinka took Australian Open tennis fans to task on Sunday after sections of the crowd booed Rafael Nadal for taking a medical time-out during the dramatic men's singles final.

The newly crowned champion said it was "not that nice" that fans booed the Spanish world No.1, who was in clear discomfort with a back injury during the second set.

"I think it was not that nice, especially Rafa. We all know that he's a great guy, a great player," Wawrinka said. "He's always a really fair player. He always tries his best. He is always fighting."

The Swiss added: "Yeah, was quite strange that the crowd started to boo him."

 
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