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.
"It was very hard news,” Team captain Sergi Bruguera said.
“The whole team is with him and we give him the maximum possible spirits.”
Roberto Bautista Agut's father passed away on Thursday, not long after the player withdrew from Spain's Davis Cup team to be by his father's side. Bautista's wedding reportedly was planned for next week https://t.co/5tmIU98Bkg
— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) November 21, 2019
Breaking: Roberto Bautista Agut leaves the Spanish team. Looks like his dad is very ill. pic.twitter.com/uo3y0Ee3Gy
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) November 21, 2019
Terrible news regarding Roberto Bautista Agut.
— Abel Morton (@abelrmorton) November 21, 2019
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.