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Rafael Nadal injures hand on hot plate in Japanese steakhouse

Aug 20, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

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Yesterday, tennis player Rafael Nadal was ousted from the quarter finals of the Western & Southern Open by American player Mardy Fish. During the match, some might have noticed that Rafa had bandages on some of his fingers.

Why did he need those bandages? He accidentally burned a couple of his fingers while out to dinner at a Japanese steakhouse:

Nadal was at one of those Japanese teppanyaki restaurants where skilled chefs cook dinner on a steel grill in front of seated patrons. (Think Benihana.) There were a number of plates in front of him, one of which had been recently moved from the surface of the hot grill surface. He reached out to grab it and burned his fingers immediately.

When Rafa told his camp he burned his fingers, they thought he was kidding. It wasn’t until blisters started forming that they realized he had scalded the index and middle fingers on his right hand.

After spending time in those restaurants, I can attest that those surfaces are extremely hot and can definitely get up to point when it can burn your fingers. Next time, if Rafa goes to a Japanese steakhouse during a tournament, stick with the sushi.


Nadal burned his fingers on hot plate at Japanese steakhouse [Busted Racquet]

Rafael Nadal Burns Fingers on Plate at Japanese Steakhouse [Larry Brown Sports]