Rafael Nadal Gets an Incredible Gift From Fan

Claire Kang, who was born in Chengdu, China and now lives in Melbourne made her way to Spain and Rafael Nadal’s academy on the island of Mallorca. Thanks to her, our champ now owns a cute panda to match his 2019 US Open outfit.

Here’s what she posted on Twitter:

I was born in Chengdu-Sichuan, the only province in the entire world that panda lives. I prepared this ‘panda in Rafa US Open 19 night session outfit’ gift for Rafa. He brightened up instantly, held it in the arm tightly and showed it to his team. He then carried it all the way to his car.

Four hours later, after giving Rafa the gift, we went back to the academy and entered the basement car park. The headlight disturbed a couple who were holding each other and intimately talking. The headlight made them turn their heads. Mr and Mrs Nadal right there, with Maria holding my panda gift.

Source: 7news.com

25 comments

    • Yes, estupendo 😀 I have just written a card to him in Spanish for New Year and said Congrats. Gracias a Vd. What a super year end. 😃👑
      As for these fans giving a panda present, good for them but when I was there in the Aca in Oct they did not like us following him to the car and to leave him alone once he had signed and photos 😕 I have already saïd that he spends all of 5 mins between coming out of the court , stopping for fans and getting in the car and that was in the outside car park. 😐 The basement car park, the Spanish attendant told me was strictly for the staff and the public where not allowed down there. It seems to me that all fans are not being treated equally. 😡 and as for certain fans having their photos shown on our Fan Club site this is something new as we were always told It is not poss as we are too many to fit in 😞 Any comment from you others ? Fiona in Paris

      • Happy New Year Fiona.

        Maybe they are worried about Rafa’s safety? I’ve never been there so I cannot address your concerns.

  1. Happy for the win.

    Yes, ONLY an exhibition tournament but some of the next gen players make me nervous, like Tsitsipas et alia.

    • Yes, I agréé Margo, such a Next Gen Player is a worry. A Greek who beat him en su tierrà en Madrid this year was not a good sign.😢 As for his safety they are concerned. Fiona en Paris

      • Rafa still has the love of tennis and the desire to win at the highest level. Those qualities should see him lifting more trophies in 2020.

    • Dallas, Rafa vs Tsitsipas is scheduled for 7pm local time but he will play after Djokovic vs Khachanov scheduled for 5pm local time.

      You can always check with Scoreboard or Flashscore to get any delay[s] in Rafa’s schedule.

      • Thanks, Margo. This is going to be an exciting match. Hopefully, a little less exciting for Tsitsipas fans. Vamos Rafa!

      • You’re welcome Dallas. Djokovic’s match is finished. He beat Khachanov 7-5, 6-3, so it looks as if Rafa may be on schedule.

        LOL re Tsitsipas’ fans. Fingers crossed.

  2. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!:) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FEISTY VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!:( VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!:) OPENING THE MATCH WITH A DELICIOUS ACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) LOVED EVERYTHING YOU DO ON COURT!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS SWEETHEART……ENJOY YOUR AWESOME WIN AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL SPEEDY COURT PRESENCE!!!!!!!!!!!:!!!!!!!!!!:) BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!:) ENJOY A GREAT EVENING AND A BEAUTIFUL TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!:) WE ARE WATCHING A YOU TUBE REPLAY…..CLICK MUBADALA TENNIS 2019…..WHERE YOU CAN ALSO WATCH TOMORROW LIVE FINAL!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU SWEETHEART AND VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) ENJOY LOTS OF FUN TOMORROW!!!!!!!:) IT WILL BE A GREAT MATCH FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) ENJOY EVERYTHING !!!!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL AND STRONG OUT THERE AND SO IS YOUR POWERFUL FEISTY PASSIONATE TENNIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS AND LOTS OF LOVE AND HAPPINESS AND VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
    XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO KEEP SMILING!!!!!!!!!!:) LOVED YOUR POST MATCH COURT INTERVIEW ……KEEP THAT PRECIOUS ADORABLE DIMPLES AND GOOD WILL SMILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  3. Khachanov is giving Rafa a good challenge in the second set of their semifinals match:
    Rafa vs Khachanov 6-1, 5-3.

    Djokovic lost to Tsitsipas in their semifinals match:
    Djokovic vs Tsitsipas 6-3, 6[4]-7[7], 4-6.

    Looking as if it’s going to be Rafa vs Tsitsipas for the final.

  4. GREAT UMPIRE!!!!!!!!:) VERY NICE AND PROFESSIONAL!!!!!:) CLEARLY OTHER UMPIRES COULD BENEFIT WATCHING HIM AND HIS CALLS. OTHER NONE ENGAGED UMPIRES MUST LEARN FROM HIS ATTENTIVE WORK….AS HE PAYS CLOSE ATTENTION TO EACH BALL….EACH LINE….. AND IS HONORABLY FAIR!!!!!!!!!!:) PLUS HE HS A GREAT HEARTY SMILE……

  5. 6 : 1 LEAD …..GORGEOUS FIGHTING SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!:) BEAUTIFUL PRECIOUS SERVE…..AND SUCH BRILLIANT TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) SKIPPING……GLIDING……SWEATING……..REACHING…….WE LOVE YOUR GENIUS TENNIS!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXO. SUCH PRECIOUS FOCUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  6. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!:) BEAUTIFULLY LEADING 5:1 1st SET!!!!!!:) YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL OUT THERE!!!!!!!:) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!:) CLOSE UP ON A LOVELY COUPLE WITH FLAG OF SPAIN……CROWD LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!:) LOVE YOUR WHILE BLUE OUTFIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Rafa makes it onto another cover. The following is from Twitter:

    Genny SS Retweeted

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    Simon Higson
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    Congratulations to @RafaelNadal on securing the front cover of the 2020 ATP Media Guide #priorities #ATP

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    I tried to copy and paste but it didn’t work. You can see the guide with pictures of Rafa on the ATP website.

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