After his win over Botic van de Zandschulp, Rafael Nadal was unexpectedly greeted by a young boy on the court as he was putting his racquets away and gathering himself by his bench on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.
The incident brought a smile to Tim Henman, who laughed as he described what happened to Eurosport viewers:
“I think Rafa was probably a bit surprised it’s not what you’re expecting. The security guard is thinking ‘I haven’t done my job’. I think the little kid was probably asking for a racquet or a souvenir, like a wristband or something. But yeah, it’s not necessarily what you expect to see at one of the show courts at a Grand Slam.”
His mother Elodie told us on Instagram that his name is also Rafael. He wanted to meet his idol and he told him: “I love you, Rafa”.