World No.1 Rafa Nadal got a taste of the tight security at the Australian Open on Wednesday when he was stopped at a checkpoint by a diligent security official who demanded the winner of 19 Grand Slam titles show his accreditation.
After explaining that he did not have his pass on him as he was training outside, Nadal was cleared to go through the barrier in the halls of Melbourne Park only when a second guard stepped in to familiarize his colleague with one of the greatest player’s of the sport.
Even @RafaelNadal needs his accreditation…
— Eurosport (@eurosport) January 29, 2020
A video of the exchange captured by broadcaster Eurosport was later posted on the ATP’s twitter account, and shows the 2009 champion smiling and patting the first official on his shoulder before walking away.