Mid-match shower incident gets American player eliminated: “first time this happens”

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Mid-match shower incident gets American player eliminated: “first time this happens”

Nicolas Moreno De Alboran, an American tennis player, lost his match against Argentine Federico Delbonis in the ATP Challenger tournament taking place in Seville (Spain) for an incredible reason. After he won the second set (7-5, 6-7), De Alboran made the costly decision to clean himself from clay in the shower.

De Alboran’s coach explained the incident. "Between the second and third set, Nico went to the bathroom. Since he had fallen several times, his entire lower body was covered in clay. Instead of just toweling off, he stepped into the shower, grabbed the shower head, and ran water to remove the clay.

At that moment, the referee inspected the changing room area after Delbonis told him that Nicolas was taking a shower. The reality is that he wasn't showering in the true sense of the word, he was just cleaning himself off in the shower cabin.

He is totally innocent, but this is what happened. This is the first time something like this has happened to me as a coach, and it's a shame because it was a great game, especially at the end," Javier Marti, De Alboran's coach, told puntodebreak.com.

Nishikori’s Rio Games shower incident

Conchita Martinez spoke about Kei Nishikori's strange 12-minute toilet break between the end of the second set and beginning of the third set in the bronze medal play-off against Rafael Nadal, at the 2016 Rio Games.

"It's incredible that Nishikori was so late, he was allowed to have a shower," Conchita Martinez mentioned tweeting about that incident. Speaking about the incident, Nadal mentioned, "ATP Tour is handled better than the ITF Tour.

It's not the moment to speak about it, but when you come back from 2-5 down with double break, you win the set and your opponent stays at the bathroom for 12 minutes, it's logical you are not okay with it. At the Rio Open, they did not allow me to change shorts."