Less than 24 hours after being dumped out of the Australian Open by a rampant Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, world number two Rafel Nadal has again been bounced -- back into economy class on his flight home.
The three-times French Open champion was thumped 6-2 6-3 6-2 by the unseeded Frenchman in the semifinals on Thursday and turned up at Melbourne Airport for the long flight back to Spain on Friday.
Unfortunately for the multi-millionaire, who had a business class ticket through to Barcelona, he was told the connecting flight in Singapore was full and he could be forced to travel in economy back to Europe.
"The business class is full out of Singapore. He has a business class ticket out (but) he is only in economy," Nadal's agent Benito Perez-Barbadillo told Australian Associated Press.
Nadal was on the waiting list for business class for the connecting flight, Perez-Barbadillo said.
REIGNING IN EMOTIONS
Defeat in the final of the 2007 French Open has not left a seed of doubt in the mind of Australian Open finalist Ana Ivanovic -- quite the opposite.
That painful loss to Justine Henin has in fact helped the 20-year-old Serb prepare for Saturday's Melbourne Park showdown, Ivanovic told reporters on Friday.
"I had taken it one match at a time but then in the final, I was thinking 'Oh, my God, maybe I can win a grand slam'," the smiling fourth-seed told reporters on Friday. "I started thinking more emotionally. It was very overwhelming.
"(The) whole atmosphere, everything, was just too big.
"(But) tomorrow, when I walk on the court, I know a little bit what to expect."
The tall baseliner, who will reach a career-high ranking of two when the new rankings are released next Monday, added that while she was still an emotional person on court she had learned to control them.
"It's just important to learn how to make it work for you instead of against you," she added.
"That's something I've been working on really hard because sometimes if I make a few mistakes in the past, I used to get very upset about it and sort of got on that bad roll.
"But now I can control my emotions a little bit better and just direct them in a positive way."