- The French tennis player Nicolas Mahut was extremely emotional after his loss in the third round on Friday.
- As he sat in tears, his son Natanel ran across the court to comfort Mahut, embracing his father in front of the cheering crowd.
- Reminder: Father’s Day is coming up on June 16.
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Nicolas Mahut’s run at Roland-Garros came to an end last week, falling in four sets in the third round to Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer.
It was a tough loss for Mahut, having dropped two sets by tiebreaker just as he was on the cusp of one of the deepest French Open runs of his career and a match against Roger Federer in the next round.
As Mahut sat holding back tears after the loss, his son Natanel ran across the court to console him, hugging his father.
The crowd stood and applauded as the father and son sat together and eventually walked off the court hand in hand. Even Mahut’s opponent, Mayer, was visibly moved to tears.
You can watch the emotional scene play out below.
“I was really emotional to see him on the court. He comes on a win but also when I lose,” Mahut said, according to Tennis World USA. “I have the comfort of my young boy. A lot of emotions. The tiredness of the match. My body was aching everywhere today. I finally, that match was over, and finally, he comes to comfort me.”
It’s not the first time Natanel has stormed the court to embrace his father.
Last year, after Mahut won the doubles title at Roland-Garros alongside his fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Natanel ran across the clay to embrace his father in celebration, offering Herbert a kiss on the cheek for his effort as well.
It was unclear if the Frenchman, at 37 years old, would ever play in a singles competition again at the major in front of his countrymen. If the loss did mark his final singles match at Roland-Garros, walking off with his son made for a magnificent exit.
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