Casper Rudd gave up his racket to a young man, who was encouraged by the multiple Roland Garros champion.
A ball boy he had the pleasure of playing some points with Rafael Nadalwithin the framework of the exhibition match that the Spaniard played with the Norwegian Casper Ruddnumber three in the world, at the Arena Parque Roca.
At the beginning of the second set (the match would end 7-6 and 6-1 in favor of Nadal), trying to defend a shot from the multiple Roland Garros champion, Rudd he accidentally hit one of the ball boys present at the back of the court.
And after apologizing He gave him his racket and invited him to play, something that was highly applauded by everyone present.
The young man, with great confidence and showing knowledge of the game, served and began a rally with Rafa, which ended with a forehand from the ball boy that was left in the net. But the former number 1 in the world let him play one more and there the show arrived.
The young man surprised by serving from below, a resource that is fashionable in the tennis elite, forcing Rafa to go to the net, where he began a game of volleys, until the Spaniard demanded it with a ball in the background and the ball boy risked trying a Big Willywhich finally stung outside the court.
Equal, the young man received a standing ovation after having the luxury of facing one of the best tennis players of all time.
“How daring!”, “Lots of personality”He was praised by Mariano Zabaleta and Juan Ignacio Chela, who commented on the game on television.
Rafael Nadal, optimistic with the Argentine National Team
In a dialogue with the press prior to the match with Casper Rudd, the Spaniard showed his joy for this new visit to Argentina: “I am happy to be here. The Argentine public is very knowledgeable about the sport, very passionate. Whenever I come here they treat me in the best way possible and I always take with me unforgettable memories and positive energy”.
And then, when asked about the performance of the Argentine National Team in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the tennis player analyzed: “They had a triumphant path until today and positivism and a state of euphoria was very important. But I am not much of extremes: neither of a lot of euphoria nor so much catastrophism. The world hasn’t changed in the last ten hours.”
Referring to the unexpected defeat in his debut with Saudi Arabia, he continued: “He simply lost one game and there are two more to go. I think that when a team is prepared with a strong squad and a coach who has managed to generate a very united and achieve a line of triumphs as important as he had been achieving, The least they deserve is trust and respect.”