World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has become one of the most beloved tennis players across the globe. The world has fallen in love with our champ over his great attitude on and off the court.
Before Rafa was due to play for Spain against Uruguay in the evening in Perth, he took some time out to pay respect to Aleksandre Bakshi and Zura Tkemaladz.
Bakshi and Tkemaladze produced an impressive display to beat Toshihide Matsui and Ben McLachlan 6-2 6-4 in 67 minutes. Bakshi is ranked 867 in the world while Tkemaladze is yet to achieve a ranking.
Amazon Prime broadcaster Sam Smith revealed: “Two young Georgian guys without any ranking, won the doubles against Japan, totally unexpected.
“Rafa went over to them and said well done in the doubles, he did some selfies with them, he did a video for their families, spent some time talking to them and they were wide-eyed. He spent 15-20 minutes of his day with the young guys from Georgia. They couldn’t believe it. But that’s Rafa. And that is not an isolated incident.”
Alongside Smith was tennis coach Roger Rasheed and he hailed Rafa’s ability to stay positive and the support team around him.
He said: “Rafa is one of the best at parking whatever is currently happened, moving on and getting on to the next stage. That’s what I love about him. There is always a positive and a silver lining to what’s actually just taken place.”