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Rafael Nadal finds inspiration from young South Korean Player October 4th, 2013


Hot off the heels from his US Open tennis victory and winning his 13th Grand Slam title, Kia global brand ambassador Rafael Nadal found himself in Seoul this past Friday to meet a young South Korean player who has captivated his heart and attention.
Duck Hee Lee is a 15 year old South Korean male tennis player who has been quickly climbing the tennis ranks, ranking 26 in the world by the Association of Tennis Players (ATP). However, did you guys know this junior player has a hearing impairment? Startled yet deeply touched, Nadal praises Lee for “staying on the right path with his strong determination and mental toughness.” We hope all our Kia fans are inspired as well by Duck Hee Lee.
Nadal attended a One Point Clinic Session during his tour of South Korea on Friday, September 27, at the W Hotel. 20 ball kids who were selected from Korea to be among the 380 ball kids for the 2014 Australian Open also got a chance to watch and meet Rafa Nadal for pictures and autographs.
See the picture below to see Nadal posing with the 20 lucky children.

Image Source: Zimbio

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Here are pictures of Nadal with Duck Hee Lee and another South Korean junior player, Minjin Park.

Image Source: Yonhap News –Read their article here

Image Source: Zimbio

Kia Motors also asked our Kia Motors Facebook and Twitter followers to send us questions that were selected and relayed to Nadal. Here is a picture of Nadal sitting next to the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, the Australian Open Trophy, while answering the questions. 7 lucky fans will win a Nadal signed tennis racquet. We will announce the receivers soon. .


Nadal is off to a good start at the China Open on Tuesday, defeating Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo.

Let’s wish him the best and leave some encouraging messages to our King of Clay!