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Rafael Nadal makes 97-year-old fan’s dream come true by trading balls with him

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LE SCAN SPORT – Almost a hundred years old, Leonid Stanislavskyi made the trip to Mallorca to have the privilege of spending a few moments on the court with his idol.

He may have announced the end of his 2021 season, Rafael Nadal continues to talk for the year 2022. And to keep in shape, the Spaniard has found a very enthusiastic partner. 97-year-old Leonid Stanislavskyi made the trip to the Spanish star’s academy in Mallorca, to trade a few balls with his idol.

The man, who holds the world record for the oldest active tennis player, displayed surprising qualities with the racket in his hands. “Rafa», Always close to his audience, published a short video and some pictures of this unique and touching meeting. “Game, Set & Match… Leonid !“, Even joked the official account of the academy of the fifth player in the world to evoke these few minutes spent on the court.

To see Rafael Nadal in the flesh on the courts, fans of the little yellow ball will have to wait. The return of the man to 13 victories at Roland Garros between 2005 and 2020 is not scheduled for many weeks. Victim of a relapse in the left foot last summer, then operated, the player does not hide his difficulties on the physical level at 35 years old. “I don’t know when I will play again. I want to recover from the injury to get back in shape“, The Spaniard simply said shortly before mid-October.

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