WATCH: 90-Year-Old Breaks Down in Tears After Receiving Birthday Surprise From Rafael Nadal

Published 10/21/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 15: Rafael Nadal of Spain during a Kia Key handover ceremony at Garden Square in Melbourne Park January 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images for KIA)


20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal is one of the most generous sports personalities in the world. That is why not only fans admire him but even his fellow athletes. Recently, the Spaniard added another reason to adore him as he made his 90-year-old fan’s birthday unforgettable.

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Without any doubt, Nadal is the GOAT when it comes to helping someone or making somebody’s day. So naturally, when people contacted him regarding the birthday of one of the oldest fans, he was all in. Interestingly, this time, the 35-year-old talked on the video call with his fan, who later broke down in tears of joy.

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Rafael Nadal surprises a 90-year-old fan on his birthday

For a loyal sports fans, it is a fantasy fulfilled to interact one-on-one with their favorite player. Notably, the same happened with Rafael Nadal‘s 90-year-old fan, who was surprised to see the tennis legend on his mobile phone.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 23, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarter final match against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Albert Gea

In the video shared on Twitter, the fan gets emotional after listening to Nadal congratulating him. Unquestionably, it would be one of the most cherishable moments of his life.

The video was captioned, “Eternally grateful to Rafael Nadal and everyone who has helped make his 90th birthday unforgettable. I hope you understand that I will leave the video in private. I show you his reaction.”

(Translated via Google Translate).

Indeed, it is not the first time Nadal has gone out to make his fan’s day memorable. Earlier, he even granted the wish of his 95-year-old fan, an Alzheimer’s patient, visiting her after his Madrid loss.

Watch this story: Moments of Kindness by Tennis Stars Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Others

When will Nadal return on the tennis tour?

Unfortunately, Nadal aggravated his persistent foot injury during his French Open semifinal battle against Novak Djokovic. Since then, he’s been in recovery mode.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Although he later competed in Citi Open, it only made things worse. Soon after, Nadal announced that he would not play any other tournament in 2021.

Furthermore, the Spaniard recently raised concerns over his return next year. Even so, he will be training hard to make sure his comeback is sooner rather than later. 

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Hopefully, Nadal will return with 100% fitness in 2022. However, winning his 21st Grand Slam title will be an altogether different challenge. Do you think Nadal can win one more major title next year?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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