PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal attends Li Na’s retirement ceremony in Beijing

It was a fitting goodbye for China’s biggest tennis star, complete with hugs from her former competitors, cheers from Chinese fans, and a bouquet of flowers from Rafael Nadal.

Li Na received a touching send-off at the China Open on Tuesday, more than a week after she announced her retirement from the sport, citing recurring knee injuries. (via AP) Here are some photos:

Source: AP, Photos: China Open, AP Photo


  1. Very sweet for the farewell and goodbye to Li from Rafa! he’s such a humble person as Li. Love Li and will miss he rbut good luck in her future. Her body told her something and she listen to it.Happy for Rafa return and wish him all the best in China

  2. it was a fitting tribute that Rafael was chosen to present flowers to Li Na in her home country, further recognition of the respect in which he is held. He has a warm affection for Li Na, We will miss her, her tennis, her quirky sense of humour and fun. Be happy

  3. Rafael Nadal pleases EVERYONE as he hands Li Na flowers for this very special retirement celebration honoring an internationally known tennis player for her unique personal and nationalistic accomplishments. Over the years I have noted that Rafael Nadal never fails to encourage/support men and women tennis players when they needed it, and his role in this celebration for Li Na does not surprise me. He is an ambassador of good will wherever he goes. VAMOS RAFA!

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