“Moment of a lifetime”: Rafael Nadal Gives a Priceless Gift to His Young Fan

Published 08/02/2021, 2:37 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarter final match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


World No.3 Rafael Nadal will be returning to the court at the Citi Open 2021 after almost two months. As a result, the fans seem quite excited about his comeback and are eagerly waiting to witness him on the court.

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Rafael Nadal will begin his Citi Open 2021 campaign tomorrow. Yesterday, hundreds of fans gathered up outside the Tennis Center where Rafa was training in Washington.

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In a recent video, one can see a small kid named Emilio, who just jumped onto Rafa after seeing him. This little boy is a part of the Levy Tennis Academy and he couldn’t control himself after watching his idol. As a result, he just leaped on the Spaniard and Nadal too hugged him tightly after this really cute gesture from his young fan.

“That time our Levy Tennis student, Emilio, met his idol Nadal and literally just jumped! Rafa caught him & was sweet enough to hug little Emilio, giving him the moment of a lifetime,” wrote the Academy on its Instagram caption.

Rafa receives immense love and appreciation from fans whenever he travels anywhere around the world. However, he has a special connection with the USA as he enjoys a lot of stardom there. Interestingly, the World No.3 player has even won 4 US Open titles in his career so far.

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Rafael Nadal in the 2021 tennis season

Nadal has had a quite a decent season so far. Even though he hasn’t won a Grand Slam yet, he has achieved two titles on clay this year. While Rafa delivered some exceptional performances on the court on most occasions, sometimes he failed to finish on the winning side despite playing well.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021. Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Once again, Rafa played amazingly well on clay as he managed to win his 12th Barcelona Open title and then went on to achieve his ‘La Decima’ at the Italian Open 2021. However, he failed to defend his title at the French Open 2021 after losing to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

After that the 35-year-old injured himself and thus, withdrew from the Wimbledon Championships 2021 and the Tokyo Olympics 2020. As a result, fans are quite exhilarated to watch him play at the Citi Open 2021. Will he be able to succeed at the US Open 2021?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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