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Added July 26th, 2010 by Jonas

Why Nadal likes to pull the pants out of his ass

A post I wrote about the great rivalry between Nadal and Federer spurred several comments about Nadal’s habit to pull his pants out of his ass between points. Now this is a very hot topic, first and foremost because Nadal-lovers want to defend his habit and Nadal-bashers want to bring it to light as something disgusting. Personally I think that what a man does to his ass is his own business, although I prefer not watching it.

So why does the great tennis God Nadal pull his pants out of his ass? Please tell me what you think and feel free to be creative and funny. The best reason/idea will get…uhhhh…laughter and a mention on this site! Here are a few of my ideas:

1. He wants to prevent skidmarks.
2. He doesn’t want too many middle-age women to stare at the shape of his ass.
3. He does it for good luck. (Pants in ass means bad, bad luck).
4. He doesn’t want to seem all perfect like this Federer-chap.
5. He wants to attract more attention to his ass.

Nadal was asked about this in an interview some time ago:

Why wear the Capri pants that you have to constantly pull out of your rear (fancy word! editors note)? Why not shorts? (he has since then changed to normal shorts, but still needs to pull them out of his ass of course.)

[Laughs.] It’s not the fault of the clothes. It’s a habit that I picked up when I was competing when I was young. I am trying to break the habit, but it’s not easy.

Can’t be easy, because I don’t think Nadal enjoys these discussions about his ass and prefers to let his tennis talk. But as we all know, bad habits die hard.


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65 Responses to “Why Nadal likes to pull the pants out of his ass”

  1. Robin Stamper says:

    First; the notion that he ‘likes’ to do this can and will stimulate misguided responses.
    In light of the Nadal-quote you posted, simple common sense reveals that this is not a habit he ‘likes’. You may think he ‘likes’ this but, unless you merely are reveling in your own personal fantasy, why not take him at his word?
    Second; When the Gluteus medius and minimus muscles (upper parts of the derriere) flex, fabric covering them is drawn up, hence creating the proverbial ‘wedgie’.
    Anyone with eyes (with or without personal fantasies of their own) can see that his endowment in that area is substantial.
    What I do not understand is why Nike has not created shorts and underwear to accommodate this.
    Perhaps they need to consult Serena Williams in this, as she (despite similar, if even exaggerated physical characteristics) does not tug on her undies….

  2. Robin Stamper says:

    Of course, if I took him at his word, I would agree that it is not the clothes… I guess we are equally guilty there.
    I don’t cause nike is his sponsor so he is prudent to not fault them.

  3. ivan cleef says:

    First of all anyone that has a problem watching him pull his pants out of his ass should just stop watching tennis altogether. Players like roddick constantly touch and adjust their front regions (or dick or penis or whatever you want to call it) but no one complains about that.

    second, if your ass was as big as nadal’s you’d probaly have a problem keeping your pants from creeping up in there–so i suspect a lot of people are slightly jealous not to have an ass like that.

    it seems the majority of the people complaining are federer fans who can’t stand their favorite losing to someone else–so it’s natural to pick out something(s) they dislike about he guy that whips their guy’s ass on a regular basis (14-7). sound like sour grapes.

    mr nadal’s pulling this pants out of his ass are nothing more than a bad habit one picks up and can’t shake loose. lining up his bottles and not stepping on the court lines are among teh many tics he has. one has to look beyond that and take notice of what it is he’s doing tennis-wise. the man has whipped federer’s ass 14 times to 7. he must be doing something right. if that means he needs to pull his pants out of his ass to do it–then he can pull on his pants all he wants and you haters can blow me. ’cause i deserve it.

  4. Elva Ogrodnik says:

    I think it’s his underwear. I bet he wears thongs and that can be a problem. It sure distracts from his tennis.

  5. Chuckee Samuels says:

    I am a personal friend of RN and I know for a fact that this is the reason: Similar to a baseball pitcher using pine-tar on the ball, Raf is doing this to try and get the ball to perform much like a knucle or drop ball in baseball. True. Case closed.

  6. Betty Ward says:

    It’s just a habit. You people GET OVER IT! All tennis and baseball players have a littany of things they do, whether out of habit or superstition. Just because he is the best in the world, the best looking and the nicest player in the world, you people have to find fault. Could it be jealousy–or just meanspiritedness. Give it up!!!!

  7. erosmait says:

    He could wear boxers?

  8. Al Preston says:

    Be it a habit or manuver to distract/befuddle oponent, I wonder why Nadal’s uses fingers on his right hand rather than his left, and the specific digits employed to accomplish the anal aperture clothing adjustment ?
    It appears in above “thumbnail” pic of Nadal’s preparation to serve, that he employes the thumb, the index digit, and possibly the next digit in line. Could this exer-cize be a “pre-serve warm up” of the digits used to launch the ball with a twist ?

  9. Dan Motet says:

    SUPERSTITION + nose touch= left side hair tuck+right side hair tuck

  10. Greet says:

    Hi !

    He has a big (and the most beautiful and the nicest :) no. 1 ass. It requires special pants … not invented … yet …
    Bye !

    Love, Greet

  11. Rafael Vital Jr. says:

    Leave the poor (actually rich!) man alone……childhood habits are hard to break.

  12. Linda says:

    My armchair-psychologist’s analysis is that Nadal is obsessive or close to it — at least when he plays tennis. The business with his water bottles is further evidence. My guess is that he pulls at his pants even when he has no wedgie. I doubt that he is conscious of it much of the time. For him to pay attention and stop himself would probably result in his loss of concentration on his game — just as requiring Monica Seles to stop her loud grunt/scream contibuted to her loss of the women’s final at Wimbledon (I forget which year). I doubt that he’ll stop any time soon.

  13. Michel Straub says:

    He just wants to check if “it” (that would be his rear) smells bad,ever noticed how he,after pulling his pants out of his rear,smells his finger????????
    Watch carefully next time you see him on court and remember my words…You will never look at Nadal the same again!!!!

  14. lub says:

    Simply put, he has Obsessive Compulsive Disease. Imagine, as he gets older, he will have more and more of these weird compulsions added to his existing repertoire.

    I agree with comment above. He should seek Serena Williams advice! Hee hee.

  15. Ashleigh says:

    I think it’s a disgusting, distracting thing to do! NO-ONE ELSE ON TOUR EVER DOES THIS! NEVER! Maybe his tighty-whities are too snug, but whatever the reason, it’s disgusting!

  16. Ashleigh says:

    It’s a disgusting, distracting habit that simply must stop! NO-ONE ELSE ON TOUR EVER DOES THIS! NEVER! It’s so tasteless and classless… Maybe his “tighty-whities” are too snug, but whatever the reason, it’s disgusting!

  17. Subh says:

    He is creating space for an “EXPLOSIVE” serve !!!

  18. Tran says:

    It is so apparent: he runs too much so he needs all the breathing possible. Poor Nadal, he used to be a naturalist in matches when he was young but could not do that anymore when turned Pro, hence…

  19. Jay Galan says:

    Nadal has a big ass. His undies doesn’t fit enough. That is why when he’s moving his undie maybe misplaced and it was ‘eaten’ by his ass. That’s how I see it, that why he needs to needs to pull it out of his ass to be comfortable again. But then again, he needs to do it over and over again.

  20. Annup says:

    He does it
    a) disgust all his straight opponents ….
    b) distract his strong opponents
    c) attract the weird female supporters
    d) possibly becoming the ambassador for an adult diaper ad.
    e) for good luck… superstitious dumb ass.

  21. Juwon says:

    His hands goes to his behind and comes to his nose to smell( yuck!) Havent u noticed?
    Its a routine. He bounces d ball. Takes the right hand to his ass while the racket continues d bouncing. Then the hand goes to his nose. Then he cleans the sweat off his brow. Watch him the next time he plays.

  22. N. Krishna Kumar says:

    This won’t be an issue, if any advertiser agrees to sponsor their name or logo on the back of his pants and to be serious, this has been his habit since he was young. It’s deep inside his mind and you can’t destroy it by imposing another thought, but there is a way. The moment he feels it’s a foolish act, it disappears itself leaving no trace.

  23. fred says:

    Rafa once said in an interview that it was a nervous tic. I think it forms part and parcel of an obsessive/compulsive nature that seems to surface during competitive matches. Things such as his water bottles in front of his chair with the labels facing the court. Or as the Bryan brothers said – his irrepressible energy before a match while in the locker room. He simply can’t stop moving; he doesn’t walk or saunter from place to place so much as jogs. Then there is the cold shower right before a match. The jumping up and down while at the net for the tossing of the coin.
    I think his nervous energy is so intense that without reining it in and channeling it into his game with all these little routines, it would be all over the place and distract him too much from the business at hand.
    The unpleasant remarks have to stop though. They are so ungracious (and ironically about one of the most gracious players on tour) and undeserved. I don’t think Roddick grabbing his crotch every other point is any more pleasant to watch. It’s just the way they are and if it bothers you so much then don’t watch their matches. Otherwise keep quiet and deal with it. They are certainly not going to change for you.

  24. fred says:

    I should like to add that in practice or during fun matches, such as the Hit for Haiti events at the Australian Open and in Indian Wells, he never once pulled at his pants from behind. In fact I don’t even recall seeing those famous water bottles in front of his chair.

  25. Anita says:

    Rafa has a voluptuous ass (and the most beautiful) and he cannot prevent the underwear from riding up. I am good with the habit because it is OCD related. Plus it wouldn’t be the same if he quit it. It’s one of his quirks.

  26. Gerry says:

    I have noticed it but as some other replied many players have strange habits but we love them anyway. Andre used to pull his shirt up (he too had many watchers in that area like Rafa) and twist it in a knot. So who is right or wrong – no one just a habit they get into and it stays with them. It is all about their tennis and ability to look good while playing it – tennis that is!!

  27. Whiznot says:

    His ass is tender and irritated from all those steroid injections.

  28. charles says:

    He is really disgusting ! Super dirty right hand !! he will go down with the most habits and most irritating habits of all time and in history.

  29. charles says:

    he keeps saying his butt is big that’s why he play his backside… so no other tennis player has big backside ??? why don’t they play their backside too ??? he has so many so many disgusting and irritating habits to name ! I am not a Roger fan by the way. Just a tennis fan.

  30. luckylou1111 says:

    Well the truth must be told. It’s a well known fact that the food from his native country is very spicy and this has a rather signigicant impact on his stomach causing him to break wind very often. In Nadal’s case his wind is like a hurricane and this causes a vacuum in the area of his butt which then sucks in his pants and leaves him no alternative but to pick his sweet cheeks.

  31. vivian says:

    Nadal picks his undies, but why does he have to smell the same hand after he does that ugly thing?

  32. mary says:

    The disgusting habit mentioned above is enough to keep anyone from cheering for him. If he is truly trying to stop, he has failed miserably. Tell him to try hypnosis.

  33. Ray says:

    Nadal, I think, has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He seems to derive great comfort out of touching his ass-hole, and then smelling the fingers that just touched it. Both, for him, are pleasurable. The anal and olfactory stimulation give him great satisfaction and comfort, as it does to many humans, and even more so to animals. Those who have noted that no one else on the tennis tour do it are correct. I would also observe that most two year olds don’t do it with such marked regularity, hardly ever on a world stage, and only slightly more than not at all, perhaps, after a long car ride. This habit of his is repulsive. The tennis world is cowardly in not suggesting that he perhaps behave more like a gentelman, and pick his nose instead. Our media commentators are cowardly as well. Ass tugging, fondling and smelling, or whatever it is, has no place in the civilized world of tennis. It belongs nowhere except perhaps in a barn yard. Even bowlers are more civilized and sanitary. How do you shake his hand after a tennis match, win or lose, without a sense of utter dismay? World class tenis player? Not at all.

  34. Devon says:

    The truth is that I hate that habit and it makes it hard for me to watch him play. I honestly don’t think that he is smelling though; but i think that is what I think too: Hand to ass to nose= disgusting. Thank god not hand to ass to mouth… This is the funniest thread on this subject I have read and has provided great entertainment. Thanks to all. IF he ever becomes the GOAT, he’ll be the ass-picking-smelling-GOAT…

  35. DLS says:

    Question – Would you shake his hand if he dug his underwear out his butt first??? I agree with Devon – it makes its very hard to watch. Both he and Roddick should get help with this very unclean habit. PS – bad habits can be broken – people do it all the time.

  36. Nadal is Gross says:

    Please note that after taking the pants out of his ass he normally touches his left ear (for distraction) and then goes directly to his nose, so, I presume he gets inspiration by smelling his ass, simply disgusting !

  37. Gross Habit says:

    “Nadal picks his undies, but why does he have to smell the same hand after he does that ugly thing?”

    100% right ! it’s a very bad and disgusting habit.

  38. Because he lacks the basic sense of decency and manners. All the money and fame in the world cannot teach him that!

  39. pero peric says:

    It is called OCD – opsessive-compulsive disorder…it is not his fault. The man is sick, neads help, medical help. He MUST pul his shorts and smell and, go over face to ears…also, he often use towel to dry himself…even he started the mach like 1-2 minutes ago…or wipe himselft 30 sec ago…

    Some people must lock-unclok house 3 time (some 7 times), some do not step on lines when walking….OCD

  40. mezo says:

    1- he is doing it as part of the training program, to distract the attention of the other player
    2- he has to appoint an assistant for that ( puller assistant, or secretery of the pulling.
    3- he should follow the latest techniques in pulling/
    4- i am afraid he used to put the ball in his pocket and pull his ass, what id he pull his pocket where he will put the ball then?
    5- if he pulled the pant twice is it double falt, and loose a point.
    6- the tennis federation in their last meetinf , refuse any player to pull his pants except Nadal
    7- if it is the matter of a big muscular ass why serena wiliams not pulling
    8- I advise nadal to block theoutlet of his ass by a big corck
    9- shall he use a tefal pants -non sticking-
    10- how maqny pulls are allowed per set
    11- what if eating cabbage ( produce a lot of gases) that will push the pant out , and his opponent will collapse from the smell
    12- an automatic electronic puller is available now for this purpose, it is called (Nadal puller) it is available wal-fart, and gas componies, you should specify the size of the batt and the diameter of the ass, buy it now and get tennis ball free.
    13- can he play without pant nor short, only T shirt, in open USA tournment, it is open all through
    14- if he retire will he continue to pull
    15- in extra time he need extra pulls
    16- he is classified No 1 in tennis and pulling
    17- to what extent his pant go inside so he is pulling, and if he forget to pull two successive points will the pants will disappear inside.
    18- did he try to use cotton pant or cotton plug
    19- how deep the inter batt groove ( or the interbatt valley)
    20- he can ask his trainer ( tony Nadal) to pull for him by remote control

  41. mezo says:

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    June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm
    1- he is doing it as part of the training program, to distract the attention of the other player
    2- he has to appoint an assistant for that ( puller assistant, or secretery of the pulling.
    3- he should follow the latest techniques in pulling/
    4- i am afraid he used to put the ball in his pocket and pull his ass, what id he pull his pocket where he will put the ball then?
    5- if he pulled the pant twice is it double falt, and loose a point.
    6- the tennis federation in their last meetinf , refuse any player to pull his pants except Nadal
    7- if it is the matter of a big muscular ass why serena wiliams not pulling
    8- I advise nadal to block theoutlet of his ass by a big corck
    9- shall he use a tefal pants -non sticking-
    10- how maqny pulls are allowed per set
    11- what if eating cabbage ( produce a lot of gases) that will push the pant out , and his opponent will collapse from the smell
    12- an automatic electronic puller is available now for this purpose, it is called (Nadal puller) it is available wal-fart, and gas componies, you should specify the size of the batt and the diameter of the ass, buy it now and get tennis ball free.
    13- can he play without pant nor short, only T shirt, in open USA tournment, it is open all through
    14- if he retire will he continue to pull
    15- in extra time he need extra pulls
    16- he is classified No 1 in tennis and pulling
    17- to what extent his pant go inside so he is pulling, and if he forget to pull two successive points will the pants will disappear inside.
    18- did he try to use cotton pant or cotton plug
    19- how deep the inter batt groove ( or the interbatt valley)
    20- he can ask his trainer ( tony Nadal) to pull for him by remote control

  42. charles says:

    lets continue to cheer for his most annoying habits

  43. charles says:

    i wonder how any player would want to shake his right hands ? so full of germs and dirty !!

  44. dean says:

    to me the more disgusting part of his \habit\ is that everytime he picks his posterior he then brings those fingers right under his nose as if sniffing his odor stimulates his game

  45. david says:

    i cannot believe the number of comments on nadal’s ass. so here’s one more – yes its a habit, but it’s also the sheer shape and size he has there, unusually large and seemingly deep cheeks so no matter what he wears, he’s getting a weggie up there, and it can be uncomfortable at best. leave the guy alone – he plays the best tennis around!! no one seems to comment or complain about the number of times Andy ROddick adjusts himself so leave nadal alone!

  46. Rhino says:

    It wouldnt be too bad if he didn’t go to his nose nearly every single time he digs his ass!

  47. rodica says:

    yes…he is so disgusting…no manners at all..what is in his head…millions of people a
    re watching him …he doesn’t have any shame?!
    he should go see a doctor something.

  48. rb says:

    Not only does he pick his butt he then smells his fingers. What the hell is that about Spainard?

  49. Ronald says:

    Nadal just kicked Roddick’s ass at the US Open, but I could not watch the match really. But Nadal is indeed a sick man. Part man / part Rainman. With every point the same extremely long routine; walk to the towel for arms, head and racket. Get the balls slowly. Get to the spot for THE ROUTINE; pull pants and whip ear to ear. It’s too much watch EVERY POINT. In the third set, after 1,5 hours play, the total routine took 35 seconds!! And 33 seconds if the point took only a couple hits! A rally of 3 seconds and then the routine of 35 seconds!

    But he will not stop doing this because he ALWAYS does it, even when he’s winning 6-0 6-0 5-0 and 40-0.

    So I will just not watch him anymore I have decided. Problem solved.

  50. WAYNE says:

    HES NOT PULLING OUT WEDGIES , HE IS DIGGING HIS ASSHOLE ! iTS A FILTHY HABIT AND I CANT BELIEVE NOT ONE ANNOUNCER HAS THE PARTS TO TALK ABOUT IT . A WORLD CLASS TENNIS PLAYER WITH NO CLASS .

  51. WAYNE says:

    HES NOT PULLING OUT WEDGIES , JUST LOOK , EVERY TEN SECONDS HES DIGGING HIS ASS HOL$ !!!!!! ITS JUST A FITHY HABIT , AND NOT ONE ANNOUNCER HAS THE BALLS TO TALK ABOUT IT. EVEN THOUGH THE REST OF THE WORLD IS !

  52. WAYNE says:

    HES NOT PULLING OUT WEDGIES , TRY WATCHING CLOSELY , HES PICKING HIS ASS , AND HE DOES IT EVERY TEN SECONDS , ITS A FITHY HABIT , AND THE WORLD IS WATCHING . CANT THE WTA OR THE US OPEN SEE THIS ? I GUESS IF YOUR A GOOD ENOUGH PLAYER ,AND THEY MAKE LOTS OF MONEY OFF YOU ,THEY DONT MIND IF YOU PICK YOUR ASS EVERY FEW SECONDS

  53. pavel says:

    Until today when I decided to hit the web about Nadal’s peculiar body gesture, I had been guessing it has to do with some kind of psychological factor, and my guess was right. But what really astonished me today after I read Nadal’s own explanation of it – is his honesty about it. The fact that he says the truth shows that his level of consciousness has the capacity to be not only open-minded, but also humorous about it by initially laughing when confronted with the question! I think it cannot be easy for anybody with some kind of psych-cal issue to be able to admit it and be honest about it. Especially in front of millions of people. Unfortunately some people would never stop making fun of it as they do not realize how hard that can be for the involved person, moreover some public remarks about his uncontrolled psychological habit as above may really deepen his crisis-habit, which consequently eliminates any possibility for his abandoning of the habit. Fortunately Nadal is humorous and honest about it, although of course I’m not sure how he feels real deep inside. I started respecting Nadal much more since today when I read his interview here. Apparently he is a conscious being! But for the sake of intelligent humor and its healing properties on our mental health, I would like to still state my funny version of the reason. I believe it is Nadal’s mojo :) i.e. his magical talisman sort of thing which helps him in one way or another, and it WORKS as proven by his exquisite game play :)) So why judging him?! because of jealousy for his talent and skill?! We should cut the crap and just enjoy the beautiful tennis Nadal is delivering!!! ;)))

  54. Imani Nadal says:

    I’m going to speak my mind, and I dont care what anyone thinks of this: I think it’s adorable. I love him, his skills, his habits, his muscles, and he has a beautiful ass. It just draws more attention to it. I pay attention to everything he does when he steps out there and I love everything. He doesnt smell his fingers! He just wipes his nose. There’s no need to be jealous :) But once again, I think it’s ADORABLE. I would hold his hand after that, I dont care! Lol I love Rafael❤

  55. Imani Nadal says:

    His habit is just part of who he is. :) It makes him Rafael. And I love it.❤

  56. Thomas Smith says:

    It’s getting worse. In Japan this week he was trying to dig and then simply apply it to his eyebrows because the increased pressure of being in Japan made it more embarrassing to be seen smelling it, which he prefers. When the pressure was really on he would dig and smell it anyway… he needed the ‘performance boost’. He now digs before the sweat towel is handed to him every time. That is new. Apparently he wants his scent on the towel. His rear is wet by then and there is not place for supposition that e coli is not involved here. I am embarrassed for him and for Spain.

  57. Paul says:

    If Roddick adjust himself on the front, he pays homage to his name: Rod-DICK. Nadal picks his butt because he does the old shell game switch and he switches balls to a loaded ball. Notice how funny it swerves on the serve.

  58. Barry says:

    No matter how many ways I try to look at it, I can’t stand to watch Nadal play. Forget the absurd ticks, his style is abhorrent. I don’t even know if he’s good for the game, no matter what kind of competitor he is.

  59. iheartnadal says:

    Nadal is a great tennis player.This habit is just a unconscious psychological need of his.It hard to believe that people are actually taking offense.Huh? And to those who say Nadal is not a gentleman because of this.Do you even know who a gentleman is?Rafael Nadal is an incredibly humble,down-to-earth person.Not to forget the one of the greatest tennis players ever.His critics can just go to hell with their self-righteous comments and narrow-minded judgements! RAFA ROCKS!!!

  60. Bob Myrod says:

    It’s more sinister and disgusting than any of the above suppositions. He is using the pheromones from his ass as a stimulant. No. Joke.

  61. penny says:

    Nadal’s butt rubbing and smelling habit has been with him from childhood. He does it sub-consciously and takes comfort, reassurance and ‘earth grounding’ from it as it gives him the drive and energy to accomplish his tennis. In many ways it shows that he is still a boy – his urge to succceed and come out tops, overrides any conscious effort he would have to train himself to make to cut the very visual habit out of his game as the millions watch either in disgust or in awe. He is probably a diamond in the rough – plays his game with the very basest and raw habits apparent – a wonder boy you could say, with no immediate need to hide these – could be looked at as quite refreshing – and always coming out sparkling at the end. Got any handy disinfectant though for the less discerning fans as he shakes their hands on leaving the court!!!

  62. pablo says:

    I don’t think he wipes his ass when her takes a dump so his ass itches so bad he has to pick at it and the he smells his fingers because he likes his own shit.

  63. I love Nadal says:

    He is just Amazing!!! Its not nasty! Its Soo Cute!! Hes a great player!:) I Love Him

  64. gail johnosn says:

    Not discussing enough but touching privates then his face….we should boycote him….

  65. alex johan says:

    Nadal just have a problem that anyone with a butt like him have.I am a athlete and I too have a butt like him and have the same problem he has.When I are running or standing sometimes my underwear or shorts stuck between my butt.Honestly its very very uncomfortable and I really want to get the underwear out of my butt.If anyone have the same problem you know how bad it feels.But unluckily most men have flat asses and they dont know how it feels.But having a big butt is due to sports and not for ones bad luck.

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