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Tennis: Don't mock Nadal's 'routines', warns psychologist

Published on Jan 22, 2014 10:52 AM
 
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan during their men's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 20, 2014. A psychologist has urged TV commentators and fans not to mock Nadal's repetitive mid-match "routines" because the world number one may be showing signs of obsessive-compulsive behaviour. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (AFP) - A psychologist has urged TV commentators and fans not to mock Rafael Nadal's repetitive mid-match "routines" because the world number one may be showing signs of obsessive-compulsive behaviour.

Christopher Mogan complained to broadcaster Channel Seven after coverage focused on Nadal's habits, which include lining up his water bottles with the labels facing a certain way.

"What upset me is that I think it's known that Rafa has obsessive-compulsive indications," he told The Age newspaper.

"Two to three per cent of people have this seriously disabling condition and they would be identifying with him - when he does his square walk... how he places his bottle in a row, very carefully.

 
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