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