CLASS ACT! Rafael Nadal Surprises Kids at Citi Open 2021

Published 08/08/2021, 8:30 AM 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/Gonzalo Fuentes


Over close to two decades, tennis has been dominated by a few prominent names. Amongst those names, one cannot forget to mention Rafael Nadal and his tremendous contribution to the sport. He has certain achievements in the game that may never be matched. 

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Recently, Rafael Nadal was in Washington, competing in the Citi Open 2021. Although he did not do deep into the tournament, he did create some memorable moments. During the Kids Day at the tournament, the Spaniard surprised the youngsters present thereby paying them a visit. 

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Rafael Nadal’s kind gesture 

In the picture, Rafa can be seen standing in the center and one can notice the genuine thrill on the faces of those young ones. Nadal had worn black shorts along with a trademark sleeveless grey top. He teamed it up with a pair of fluorescent green shoes matched up with a similar colored cap.

Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a backhand against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Coming on to tennis, Nadal began competing in Melbourne at the Australian Open. However, the tournament ended for him in the quarterfinal, when he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas. It was one of the best matches as the Greek talent fought back from being two sets down. 

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Prior to the French Open, Rafa won titles in Barcelona and Rome. However, there was a disappointing result at Roland Garros when he lost in the semifinal to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. He decided to skip the Wimbledon Championships and the Tokyo Olympics. 

ROME, ITALY – MAY 12: Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts to a missed point on day 5 of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Jannik Sinner of Italy at Foro Italico on May 12, 2021 in Rome, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Citi Open is his first event since the French Open. Since his journey came to an end early, he will now look forward to the upcoming tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati. However, his main focus would be the US Open, a tournament he has won a couple of times in recent years. It’ll be interesting to see how he performs.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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