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Rafael Nadal says sorry with a kiss after hitting ball girl

Rafael Nadal says sorry with a kiss after hitting ball girl

28 days ago

Rafael Nadal says sorry with a kiss after hitting ball girl

28 days ago


Rafael Nadal gave a ball girl a bandana and a kiss to apologise for hitting her on the head with a tennis ball.

Nadal, 33, was playing Federico Delbonis in the second round of the Australian Open when he stretched for a forehand to return the Argentinian’s serve and sent the ball crashing into the head of a ball girl stationed by the net.

The Spaniard grimaced as he saw his miscued shot strike the youngster and quickly jogged to her side to check she was okay.

He gave her a kiss on the cheek by way of an apology, then continued on his way to a 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 victory.

“I was so scared for her,” he said after the game. “The ball was quick and straight on her, so she’s a super brave girl.

“It has been one of the more scary moments I’ve had on a tennis court because the ball was straight on the head.”

Spain’s Rafael Nadal checks a ball girl after a ball hit her during his second round match against Federico Delbonis
Spain’s Rafael Nadal immediately checked on the health of the ball girl after accidentally hitting her (Dita Alangkara/AP)

Addressing the ball girl, he added: “I’m very happy that you are good. You’re very brave.”

Nadal also gave the girl a bandana as a souvenir of her eventful day.

The number one seed will go on to face fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round.


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