Rafael Nadal once again showed that he is one of the nicest players on the tour when he halted a match to let a distressed mother find her missing daughter.
Nadal was playing a doubles exhibition match in his hometown of Mallorca with Simon Solbas against Carlos Moya and John McEnroe when a large commotion broke out in the crowd.
The crowd and the players soon realised that a distraught woman was standing with a steward and calling out for her daughter. Nadal delayed his serve so that the crowd could look for the missing girl. The TV screens displayed that the 7,000-odd people in the audience all joined in the search for the young child, named Clara.
With the aid of the spectators, the mother was soon reunited with her daughter and she rushed to hug her. Everyone present was visibly relieved and they applauded at the emotional reunion.
As the mother-daughter duo walked away in tears, Nadal smiled and the match soon resumed. His simple gesture of pausing mid-match ensured that a potential crisis was quickly averted.
Nadal and Solbas were also successful on the court, defeating McEnroe and Moya 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 after a marathon deciding match tie-breaker.
Earlier this month, Nadal teamed up with Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Fabio Fognini and Flavia Pennetta for a two-day tennis charity event called Djokovic and Friends. The event raised money for the Novak Djokovic Foundation which promotes early childhood education in Serbia and helps children in disadvantaged communities.
The Spaniard also supports various other charities like the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. His own foundation, the Rafa Nadal Foundation, helps socially-disadvantaged youngsters and offers education through sport to the deprived.