“A Tennis Player is Greater for His Values” – 12-Year Old Kid Pens Emotional Letter to Rafael Nadal

Published 07/22/2020, 12:21 PM EDT


Rafael Nadal has a lot of fans. He has 19 Grand Slams and is one of the greatest of all time. And many upcoming players look up to him for inspiration. Today, a letter from a 12-year old to Nadal has gone viral.

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The 12-year old fan’s name is Adrian. The young lad has penned down a heart touching letter for Rafael and sent in a gift too. The letter is filled with a passion for tennis and Rafa.

“My name is Adrián and I’m 12 years old. The gift that I send you has a very special meaning for me.”

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What was the gift for Rafael Nadal?

The gift for Rafa is actually a bunch of used tennis balls that Adrian had used while training and playing matches. But he has gone ahead and dedicated these tokens of his passion and love for the sport to Rafa. It’s clear he admires the Spaniard a lot!

“As you can see they are used tennis balls, in each of them there is a little bit of my effort and dedication in each training, a little bit of the passion that I put in each shot, they also have some of defeat and victory of some matches, but above all, they are full of admiration and gratitude that I feel for you,” Adrian wrote.

“It is a way to tell you how important you are to me, to thank you for being my role model on and off the court because you have thought me that a tennis player is greater for his values than tennis. Thank you for making me love this sport more every day, every time I see you play.”

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Adrian concludes by saying he wants to train at the Rafael Nadal Academy someday.

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“I say goodbye with the hope of being able to train someday in your academy. I dream every day of it and my mother has always told me that when you want something with all your heart it ends up being fulfilled I am sure that I will make it!”

Rafael Nadal has clearly inspired Adrian a lot and who knows, we just might see the youngster make a breakthrough in the coming years!

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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