'Terrible': Heartbreaking news behind tennis gun's Davis Cup withdrawal

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

The Spanish team has been rocked after Roberto Bautista Agut withdrew from the Davis Cup quarter-finals to be with his father, who unfortunately died Thursday.

World No.1 Rafael Nadal sealed top spot in Group B for Spain as he crushed Croatia's Borna Gojo 6-4 6-3 to give his side an unassailable 2-0 lead after Agut had earlier beaten Nikola Mektic 6-1 6-3.

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But the Spanish ace’s tournament came to an abrupt end when he left to see his father who was ill as a result of a serious accident in 2016.

Unfortunately, his father Ximo Bautista died on Thursday not long after Bautista left to be by his side.

Roberto Bautista Agut's father died on Thursday after he left the Davis Cup. (Getty Images)

"It was very hard news,” Team captain Sergi Bruguera said.

“The whole team is with him and we give him the maximum possible spirits.”

The tragic news comes after Bautista lost his mother back in 2018.

New York Times tennis expert Christopher Clarey also tweeted Bautista’s wedding was reportedly planned for next week.

Spain will take on Argentina on Friday in the Davis Cup quarter-finals with Feliciano Lopez, Marcel Granollers and Pablo Carreno Busta the remaining players available for the second single’s tie.