Rafa Nadal never leaves anyone indifferent, neither in victories nor in defeats. Rare is the day when I do not make me stand out both from a sporting point of view and from a human perspective. This Friday, Manuela Navarro Esteban, a 95-year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative disease that manifests as cognitive impairment and behavioral disorders, He went to the Caja Mágica because he was very excited to see a Balearic game at the Mutua Madrid Open before she couldn’t remember how important both him and tennis were to her.
His grandson, Carlos Carrizosa, told him in a tweet addressed directly to the player: “Today my grandmother at 95 years old will see the dream come true of seeing you live, she has Alzheimer’s beginning and she told me that before forgetting what tennis and you mean to her, she wanted to see you live. I hope she enjoys this day as much as I am enjoying it. “She also asked him to take pictures with her:” I know it’s complicated, but a photo with you would make her the happiest woman on this planet. “
– #MMOPEN (@MutuaMadridOpen) May 7, 2021
No sooner said than done. Nadal, despite having lost against Zverev in a tough match for him, met Manuela, and as it seems to be guessed from the photograph, he should have apologized to her for not being able to offer him a victory. Although the happiness he was going to give this woman was priceless.