PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal meets inspiring boy Conner Stroud

Have a look at this photo and check out the four smiling faces. The cute kid is 12 year old Conner Stroud, winner of USTA-North Carolina’s Hal Southern Junior Male Tennis Sportsmanship Award for the 12s division. Conner loves playing tennis and will soon join an academy to perfect his skills. He suffers from a condition known as Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD), but that has only made him stronger and more resilient. Read more about Conner here.

Photo via Tennis Channel
Photo via Tennis Channel

Conner met Rafa on Tuesday at the US Open. From the wide smile on his face, and Rafa’s, it seems like a great time was had. It means a lot to Rafa, and to his fans, to support kids to reach their potential. We’re proud of Conner and proud of Rafa too! We wish Conner the very best always!

Photos via USTA


  1. Conner, You are an inspiration! I have seen how hard you practice at the club and your attitude is amazing. No doubt, you will go far. The photos of you and my favorite tennis player are great.

  2. What an incredibly brave little boy and full of smiles-it puts ones own troubles into prospective and what a caring chap Rafa is -how can you not like him!

  3. Vamos RafA!GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS ON YOUR MATCHES…I salute you for your good heart and deeds…May the Holy Spirit of Our Lord Jesus be with You always!Go for the win in 2013 U.S. Open…congratulations in advance…..

  4. Vamos Conner, you are an inspiration,Wish You The Best! And to our Champion Rafa, you are Awesome, you inspire children who wants to achieve their dreams. Continue your good works,Best of Luck Always😊

  5. It makes my heart burst with pride to see Rafa extending so much of his heart to this very special young man who happens to be from my state. Such a treasured time for all concerned. Wow!!!

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