Rafael Nadal with ballgirl after hitting her

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal hits ballgirl on head with return in ‘most scary moment of his career’

There was a heart-stopping moment at the Australian Open on Thursday – in more ways than one for one person – when Rafael Nadal hit a ballgirl in the head then kissed her to apologise.

The world number one was returning a serve in his second-round win over Federico Delbonis when is smacked the unsuspecting young lady on the side of her face.

However, always the gentleman, Nadal was quick to go to her to apologise!

“For her probably was not a good moment,”Rafael Nadal told reporters after the match in Melbourne.

“I was so scared for her honestly. The ball was quick and straight onto her.

“She is a super brave girl.

“I am not worried at all. Probably after 15 years she doesn’t care much.

“It was honestly one of the most scary moments I have on the tennis court and I have a scary memory from Wimbledon many years ago.”

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