US Open champion Rafael Nadal wants fightback from Florida Hurricane Irma victims

Sep 12, 2017, 08:47 IST | AFP

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal encouraged the victims of recent natural disasters not to give up and to fight back after devastation to their lives and homes after his US Open final triumph on Sunday.

The Spaniard, 31, won his 16th Grand Slam title and third US Open crown by defeating South African 28th seed Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to take a top prize of $3.7 million. His victory came as Hurricane Irma was causing extensive damage across Florida, the home base for Anderson and many other top tennis stars, after the killer storm had devastated several Caribbean nations.

Nadal used his moment in the spotlight to say his heart was with those in need. "I just want to say sorry for all the victims and keep going for everybody," Nadal said. "It's very sad moments for our world but keep fighting to come back."

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