Tennis player comforts injured, sobbing French Open opponent in beautiful display of sportsmanship

A devastating moment at Roland Garros turned into a moment of sportsmanship thanks to Juan Martin del Potro.

The Argentinian pro was in the middle of his match against Nicolas Almagro, serving to the 31-year-old Spaniard, when Almagro had to stop. He fell to the court, sobbing as he realized he needed to retire due to injury after winning the second set.

Del Potro hopped over the net and consoled Almagro, helping him up and continuing to comfort him as they headed to their chairs.

“He was in agony,” del Potro said afterwards, via the Associated Press. “It was tough. I told him that tennis is important, but health matters more than tennis in this case.”

Here are some other photos from the touching sequence:

AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSON

(AP Photo/David Vincent)

(AP Photo/David Vincent)

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