FACT CHECK: Did a COVID-19 vaccine cause Rafael Nadal to collapse during a recent press conference?

A video shared on Facebook claims that Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal collapsed during a press conference following side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine.

Verdict: misleading

The video was taken in 2011 and shows Nadal suffering from a muscle cramp after a tennis match. His collapse was not due to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact check:

Nadal won the Australian Open tennis tournament in January after one of the world’s highest-ranked players, Novak Djokovic, was expelled from the country due to his refusal to take a COVID-19 vaccine. 19, according to CBS Sports. Nadal is vaccinated against the virus, reports the Washington Post.

A video shared on Facebook claims he recently suffered side effects from his COVID-19 vaccine. The video shows Nadal falling in his chair during a press conference in obvious discomfort. “Convid (sic) vaccines defender Rafael Nadal collapses during a live press conference,” read the caption of the July 25 post. “Another sports athlete vaccine injury.”

The video predates the COVID-19 pandemic. A reverse image search revealed that the video actually dates from 2011 and shows Nadal suffering from a leg cramp during a press conference. The video was posted on the verified US Open YouTube channel in 2011 with the title “Rafael Nadal has cramps during press conference | US Open 2011.”

Nadal suffered a muscle cramp after beating David Nalbandian at the US Open in a match that lasted around two and a half hours in the “scorching midday heat”, according to The Guardian. (RELATED: Viral image falsely claims Hank Aaron was ‘killed’ by COVID-19 vaccine)

“I just have leg cramps, that’s all,” Nadal said at the press conference. “There are no questions. I have already finished my press conference in English. I spoke for half an hour. I just have cramps in front and behind. That’s why it was so painful. That’s all.”

This isn’t the first time that misinformation about athletes and COVID-19 vaccinations has spread online. Check Your Fact previously debunked a claim in December 2021 that suggested Los Angeles Chargers tight end Donald Parham Jr. suffered a vaccine-related heart condition during a National Football League game.

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