Rafael Nadal stops tennis match due to lost child

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Despite being a fierce competitor on the tennis court, Rafael Nadal showed his class and sympathy as he stopped a game after a mother got separated from her daughter during a recent exhibition match.

Playing a doubles match - which featured fellow Mallorcan Carlos Moya, American legend John McEnroe, and up-and-coming youngster Simon Solbas - the Spanish ace stopped the game as he caught sight of a distressed mother crying out for her lost daughter. 

TV cameras quickly shifted their attentions to the woman talking to stewards, as Nadal and the other players participated in looking for the young child in the arena crowded with 7,000 supporters.


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Fortunately, the child was soon found safe and quickly returned to her mother’s arms, encouraging a round of applause from the crowd as the mother and daughter walked away in tears.

American tennis legend McEnroe was clearly touched by the pair reuniting as he himself was seen unable to hold back his own tears, wiping his eyes before the tennis game resumed following the happy ending.

Although knowing the type of character McEnroe is, he could have been joking around.

One bystander did not share the same sympathy, however, and was not impressed by the mother’s inability to keep an eye on her daughter, saying: “Why [was] this mum so careless in the first place, not to keep an eye on her daughter, especially in crowded places.

"Luckily, she was found and I hope this will be a learning lesson for her.”

You can see the ordeal in the video below.

Rafael Nadal had more to be happy about afterwards as the 30-year-old beat his opponents to win the game 3-6 6-3 10-8.

The exhibition saw the inauguration of the Spaniard’s own tennis academy, The Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy, founded in his hometown of Mallorca, in which the 14-time major champion was more than happy to return to, and will be glad to see the day ending on a positive note.

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