A match being stopped due to an unexpected interruption is nothing new. But when a great stops an ongoing game because a distraught mother is looking for her little girl, that does deserve a special mention.
Nadal was about to serve during a doubles exhibition match with his Spanish teammate Simon Solbas. They were playing against two former world number ones – the Spaniard Carlos Moya, 40 and American legend John McEnroe, 57 in Manacor, Mallorca.
The toddler, Clara, got separated from her mother at a stadium in Majorca. But Nadal – himself a world number one – stopped the game in front of the 7,000 strong crowd when he heard the commotion, and realised a child had gone missing.
The tearful girl was soon spotted a short distance away and bystanders alerted the emotional mother, who ran to pick her up and hug her tightly.
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Wonderful gesture Rafa!