Rafael Nadal gets cuddly with koala in Brisbane

Rafael Nadal, who’s competing at the Brisbane International for the first time in his career, is making the most of his time Down Under. He has taken some time out of his busy training schedule to meet Dian the koala.

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10 thoughts on “Rafael Nadal gets cuddly with koala in Brisbane

  1. Margo

    Rafa expected to have a day off after his first match. I am concerned about all the rain delays. If the rain/wind/anti-cyclonic weather is not expected to let up until Sunday, how will the tournament go on….
    Any meteorologists around?

    RAFA ROCKS

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  2. Ana the biggest fan to Rafa

    RAFAI I love the pics.You have a great smile ,and good luck in Australia,your FANS FOR EVER,πŸŽΎπŸŽΎπŸŽΎπŸŽΎπŸŽΎπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽΎπŸŽΎπŸŽΎπŸŽΎπŸŽΎπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€οΈ

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  3. Maria (England)

    Lovely photo , glad to see Rafa getting a little downtime before the hard work begins . What a treat ( for the koala ) . Good luck tomorrow Rafa ( 10.30 UK time on BTSport 1) Great also to see Roger back at the Holman Cup.

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  4. Positive thinker (India)

    LOVE THE PICS. MILLION DOLLAR SMILE , AS ALWAYS.

    ALL THE BEST FOR THE FUTURE MATCHES.

    LOVE YOU ALWAYS. πŸ’πŸ’–πŸ’”πŸ’“β€πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’—πŸ’œπŸ’ŸπŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸ˜™

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  5. Margo

    (Posted earlier on different Brisbane article)

    FIRST SHOCKER OF 2017
    I saw the video of Rafa’s pre-presser photo-op at Queensland. Dian, an adorable (have never seen an ugly one) koala, is handed to Rafa. He holds her against his chest as if she were a baby. ADORABLE.
    Rafa never ceases to amaze me. He said he is afraid of all animals β€œbecause he doesn’t know what they are thinking.” Well it looks as if these two hit it off, Rafa was smiling from ear-to-ear as Dian was cuddled up against him. When it was time for Dian to be taken away, she was having non of that. She attempted to cling to Rafa by extending her arm to reach over his shoulder for a don’t-take-me-away grip. LOL. Smart lady.
    Rafa live-streamed his practice session on FB. Fortunately the area leading to the court entrance was cordoned off so Rafa didn’t have to fight his way onto the court. Reports are that Mary is with him. Glad she is taking a break from work to cheer for Rafa in his first-ever appearance at Brisbane.
    BEST OF TENNIS TO YOU RAFA, AND SOME LUCK TOO.

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    1. The koala pictures were just lovely. Rafa has the most engaging smile and he looked quite at ease with his furry friend. Yes Mary is with him. I saw her on a video of the koala cuddling.She was taking photos of him , along with the press and fans, of course. She has never been to Australia before.

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      1. Margo

        Geezz, I missed her, thanks for confirming. Am surprised she’s never been to Australia with him. My eyes were glued on Rafa and Dian.
        Yes, I was surprised by the ease with which he let Dian cling to him, and the very protective way he carried her. Daddy practice. I honestly expected him to get nervous when she lifted her head to gaze at him. I love this photo-op.
        Agree about everyone wanting a piece of Rafa but am sure you were happy to see that he was well guarded on his walk to practice, separated from fans by security personnel and a partition.

        RAFA ROCKS

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