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When Famous Athlete Breaks Down After Heartbreaking Loss, His 7-Year-Old Son Comforts Him


Countless eyes were fixated on French tennis star Nicolas Mahut, who had just been defeated in the third round of the French Open on May 31.

Fans in the stadium watched as Mahut, 37, became visibly emotional after being defeated by Argentinian Leonardo Mayer.

Mahut sat down, head in his hands, and began to weep.

One pair of eyes fixated on the famed tennis player belonged to Mahut’s 7-year-old son, Natanel, who was not about to watch his dad remain alone in his disappointment.

The boy’s reaction to his father’s loss immediately won the hearts of the crowd and has now left viewers across the globe misty-eyed, too.

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Young Natanel raced across the famed red clay court and ran straight into his father’s arms, wrapping him up in a comforting bear hug.

The pair shared a long hug as the boy appeared to whisper something into his father’s ear.

In that moment, the outcome of a tennis match paled in comparison to the fierce love this little boy had for his father.

The crowd roared in applause, already on their feet as Mahut and his son walked off the court, hand in hand.

The sting of losing in your home country is especially painful, and Mahut waved to his fans who had been hoping for a different outcome.

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Even Mahut’s opponent, Mayer, seemed to get emotional over the heartfelt moment, his facial expressions suggesting that he was holding back tears as he packed up his bag, gave Mahut a standing ovation and exited the court.

As much as the crowd loved watching Mahut and Mayer battle it out on the court, the heartwarming moment between father and son seems to be the highlight of the match.

Aside from this memorable moment, Mahut cemented his fame when he endured an 11-plus-hour match with John Isner in 2010 at Wimbledon, where he was eventually defeated, according to

Mahut will not be No. 1 on this year’s French Open results, but he is definitely No. 1 where it matters most.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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