WATCH – When Rafael Nadal Stopped Play to Help Mother Find Her Lost Child

Published 03/16/2020, 2:53 PM EDT


Rafael Nadal is not only one of the greatest champions in tennis history, but he is also one of the nicest guys on the tour. He has always shown off his class with a beautiful act of sportsmanship throughout his career. The Spaniard is an epitome of humility and has a heart of gold, almost everyone knows that already.

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Time after time Nadal proved why he is admired universally not just for his tennis skills, but also for a generous heart. While he is perceived to strike fear into his opponents with his aggressive style on the court, there is a hidden sensitive side of him off the court.

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Rafael Nadal helped mother find her lost daughter in the crowd

In September 2016, Nadal played a doubles exhibition match in his hometown Mallorca, partnering with Simon Solbas against Carlos Moya and John McEnroe. It was when the Spaniard won million hearts by serving help to a distressed mother to find her lost daughter in the crowd.

Nadal stopped the match when he heard a commotion from the crowd. He stopped play before his serve, sparking a court wide search. The stoppage allowed everyone to focus on the missing child. Many fans also called out for the girl. She was soon spotted a few sections from her before she reunited with her mother.

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The young girl was certainly frightened as she was crying after she met her mother. In tears herself, the mother swept in and picked up her daughter. Nadal was all smiles as the mother reunited with her daughter. The spectators also applauded the emotional reunion before the play resumed.

It was only a small gesture from Nadal. However, we don’t often see from many other players and this kind gesture surely won him a million more hearts.

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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