Tennis Great Rafael Nadal Halts Match to Help a Mom Find Her Lost Child
When he noticed a distraught mom in the crowd yelling her daughter's name, Nadal held the match until the little girl was safe and sound.
Every parent knows that feeling. When, if only for a split second, you can't find your child, and panic rips through your body like a contraction. It happened to a mom attending a tennis match in Manacor, Spain. And her desperate calls for her daughter didn't go unnoticed.
In fact, tennis champ Rafael Nadal halted the match so the mom, who one can clearly see is beside herself judging by a YouTube video of the tense moment, could locate her little girl.
Nadal was about to serve the ball, when he heard the mom's cries.
Nadal's doubles partner Simon Solbas, and their opponents, John McEnroe and Carlos Moya, would have to wait.
Fellow audience members started shouting the little girl's name—Clara—in an effort to locate her.
Luckily, after a few heart-stopping seconds, this mama was reunited with her daughter. Their emotional embrace is all of us if we were in the same situation. Just pure relief.
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A man, presumably the girl's father, next embraces the pair. Soon, the grateful mom waves to Nadal as if to say, "thank you so, so much!"
And then, the game can continue. Nadal and Solbas would go on to win, and rightly so! Isn't it nice when someone, even a worldwide star, does the right thing? Because, c'mon. Sometimes all of us parents could use a little help!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.