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Top 6 most heartwarming moments of the 2018 tennis season

Kachi Wachuku in News 7 Dec 2018
  • Smiles, tears, fist pumps and everything in between, the 2018 tennis season was a thriller
  • We countdown our picks for most tear jerking moments on the tennis court this year
Jelena Djokovic (C), wife of Novak Djokovic, and their son Stefan Djokovic at the 2018 Wimbledon final. (credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

They may be some of the richest and most celebrated athletes in the world, but these moments show us that tennis stars are human too. Here's a look at the moments that made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside...

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6. Dimitrov hurdles net to check on injured opponent Edmund

Grigor Dimitrov showed great character when he raced over the net to check on injured opponent Kyle Edmund during their Brisbane quarter-final match. Dimitrov was defending champion at the event, when Edmund fell to the ground while clutching his ankle at 4-4 in the deciding set. The Bulgarian quickly rushed over to help his opponent get to his chair for further treatment, and though Dimitrov won the match two games later, it was his selfless show of concern that brought the Pat Rafter arena crowd to it's feet.

5. Shapovalov consoles close friend Auger-Aliassime at US Open 

Eighteen year-old Auger-Aliassime was making his debut in the main draw of a Grand Slam at the 2018 US Open, he faced good friend and compatriot Shapovalov in his first match. The much anticipated contest had an unfortunate end when the younger Canadian retired in tears down 1-4 in the third set. Auger-Aliassime had called for the trainer earlier and complained that his heart was racing, although he attempted to tough it out, he eventually looked to his box and burst into tears before retiring. Good friend Shapovalov (who won the the 2015 US Open junior doubles with Auger-Aliassime) consoled the debutante as the two walked to shake hands with the umpire.

4. Serena's gracious Wimbledon runner-up speech brings Royals near tears

It was just her fourth tournament since returning to competitive tennis after giving birth, but superhuman Serena Williams made it all the way to her 10th Wimbledon final to play familiar rival Angelique Kerber. The American lost 3-6 3-6 but was gracious as ever in her post match interview, telling the crowd, "It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to. I’m literally just getting started." She added, "To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today and I tried, but Angelique played really well." Her beautiful speech almost brought good friend and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle to tears, while earning the tennis legend worldwide praise for her remarkable comeback.

3. Murray gets standing ovation for first match back in Queens

31-year old Murray made his long awaited return to tennis in Queens this year. The three-time major champion had endured a hip injury and subsequent surgery which kept him out of competition for almost a year. He faced Kyrgios on Day 2 of the Fever-Tree Championships and was welcomed back with a resounding standing ovation from the Queens crowd upon taking the court. Though the Australian won 2-6 7-6 7-5, Murray showed great promise in his first match in 11 months to thrill his adoring home crowd.

2. Halep wins first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 2018

World No.1 Halep ended a long wait for a maiden major title when she battled from a set down to defeat Stephens 3-6 6-4 6-1. It was the Romanian's 32nd Grand Slam and fourth major final after previously falling to Wozniacki a few months earlier in Melbourne, Ostapenko in Paris 12 months prior and Sharapova at the same venue in 2014. "It's very emotional. I've been waiting for this moment since I was 14," Halep told the crowd after lifting the trophy up in the air, then kissing it.

1. Novak Djokovic's son Stefan steals the show at Wimbledon final ceremony 

It was a difficult road for Djokovic leading up to his 2018 Wimbledon triumph, the Serb had overcome a nagging elbow injury, surgery and the doubt that follows any top player after spending a long time rehabilitating after injury. The 31-year old beat rival Nadal in five epic sets to reach his fifth Wimbledon final, before claiming his 13th major trophy thanks to a dominant display against Kevin Anderson. Though it was Djokovic's moment, he happily shared it with his adorable three year old son Stefan, who stole the show during the trophy presentation ceremony. 

"It feels amazing because for the first time in my life, I have someone screaming 'daddy, daddy!' and it's a little boy right there," Djokovic said in his on-court interview.

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