Rafa Nadal praised for selfless act after French Open: 'Classy champ'

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Rafa Nadal (pictured) speaking at a French Open press conference after winning the trophy.
Rafa Nadal (pictured) reportedly visited the production crew after his French Open final to thank them for their help. (Getty Images)

Rafa Nadal has been praised for a rather selfless act, behind the scenes, following his historic French Open win in Paris.

The Spaniard continues to leave the tennis world speechless after charging to a record 14th Roland Garros title and a 22nd grand slam trophy.

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Nadal celebrated in front of family and friends as the 36-year-old shrugged aside a foot injury to further cement an unprecedented legacy in the tennis world.

However, while Nadal may continue to stun viewers for his on-court brilliance, he continues to show why he is adored from fans around the world with his humility off the court.

Nadal, like all grand slam champions, conducted hours of post-match interviews and photos following the title in Paris.

This included interviews back in the press room with the Roland Garros trophy.

However, in acts we don't always hear about, iNews reporter James Gray claimed Nadal finished his interviews and then proceeded to visit the production crew and stenographers to thank them for all their time and help.

The reported move drew widespread praise for the ever-humble Spaniard.

One fan responded and questioned whether it could have some link to the reports Nadal might be coming to the end of his career.

However, Gray added that he is under the impression it isn't the first time Nadal has done such an act for those working behind the scenes at a grand slam.

While there has been plenty of speculation on whether Nadal might not return to Roland Garros in 2023, the Spaniard tried to put to bed the concerns.

“It’s amazing the things that are happening this year,” Nadal said during the trophy presentation after winning the first two grand slams of the year for the first time.

“For me personally, it’s very difficult to describe the feelings that I have.

“It’s something that I never believed to be here at 36 - being competitive again, playing on the most important court of my career. It means [an awful] lot to me.”

“I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I’m going to keep fighting.”

Rafa Nadal caught in beautiful moment with wife after French Open

No one was happier to see the 36-year-old triumph once again than wife Xisca, who watched on nervously from the crowd on Sunday.

She was then captured in a beautiful moment with her husband behind the scenes at Roland Garros as the pair embraced and celebrated his historic triumph.

One fan described it as the "best photo of the French Open".

Nadal and Xisca were married in 2019 in a star-studded ceremony on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

She is the director of Nadal’s foundation and is often spotted supporting him at some of the biggest tournaments around the world.

While Nadal likes to keep his private life under wraps, the 36-year-old has been open and honest about the fact he doesn't want to start a family with Xisca until he retires from tennis.

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