Face fault! Sporting superstar not recognised

WHO ARE YOU?: Rafael Nadal asked for pass by security guard Photo credit: Twitter

RAFAEL NADAL was awkwardly confronted by a security guard at the Paris Masters who bizarrely had no idea who the world No 1 was.

The 31-year-old, and one of the most recognisable faces in world sport – was filmed walking through the facilities in the French capital on his way to train, greeting people on his way.

However, as he approached the courts he was confronted by a security guard who bizarrely had no idea who the 16-time Grand Slam champion was.

“Hello sir, have you got your pass?” he asked, blocking the world No 1’s route into the training facilities.

Rafael Nadal was allowed past when he told the security guard his name

Nadal replied: “I don’t have it with me.”  And when asked who he was by the guard, he replied “Rafael Nadal” and was instantly allowed access to the courts.

The Spaniard was later forced to pull out of the Paris Masters with a knee injury and is now a doubt for the ATP World Finals in London.

And Nadal’s doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro has suggested this week he may not be available for the end-of-season tournament.

“You always have to be optimistic, but also realistic,” Cotorro said. “You have to see where we are at the end of the year after an extraordinary season.  As everyone knows, to be No 1 you have to win many games, and that cluster of matches can be a problem at any moment.

“If the tendon is holding the loads in a progressive way, you will be in a position to play, if you cannot stand it, it is a risk that is not worth running.”

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