Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal doesn't only serve tennis balls; he also serves worried mothers who have lost their children. Nadal halted his exhibition match when he looked into the crowd and noticed a distressed woman searching for her child. To help her out, Nadal held the ball and paused his serve until the mother and daughter were reunited in the stands shortly afterwards.
As video taken of the event shows, the mother gives Rafael Nadal a thankful wave after she's tearfully reunited with her daughter. The tennis match was a doubles game to celebrate the opening of Nadal's new sports center on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Nadal's birthplace, The Independent reports.
For the game, Rafael Nadal partnered with former World No. 1 Mats Wilander against two other former World No. 1s, Carlos Moya and John McEnroe. Though he became famous for his bursts of anger, the video seems to show McEnroe tearing up a little bit after the mother and daughter reunite in the stands. But in the end, the hometown hero wound up taking the match, as Nadal and Wilander won two of the three sets.
Rafael Nadal is coming off of his successful performance at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. At the games, Nadal took home his second Olympic gold medal by winning the men's doubles event for Spain with his partner Marc Lopez. Nadal won his first gold medal in the men's singles event at the 2008 Olympics, which was the last Olympics he attended (he missed the 2012 London Olympics due to a knee injury). The first place win in both categories has made Nadal the second man to take gold in both singles and doubles.
Nadal's doubles match in Mallorca was also a somewhat rare sighting of John McEnroe on the court. The seven-time Grand Slam winner retired three times in his career --- most recently in 2006 --- but has always continued to pick up his racket for some tennis matches. As recently as 2012, McEnroe and his brother Patrick won the senior doubles event at the 2012 French Open. He has been married to former Scandal lead singer Patty Smyth for nearly 20 years now, and his on-court fame has earned him a number of guest spots on popular TV shows, such as 30 Rock and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Happily, there were no vintage John McEnroe-level outbursts at Rafael Nadal's event; just four tennis greats enjoying a game and putting their competition to the side to help out their fans.