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Young girl steals show from pros, celebrities at New York exhibition

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A young girl stole the show at the BNP Paribas Showdown in New York on Monday night.

Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro were in the middle of the second set of their exhibition match at Madison Square Garden when Nadal pulled actor and tennis superfan Ben Stiller out of the crowd to join his side. Del Potro one-upped Nadal by bringing out a left-handed “ringer,” 9-year-old Rebecca Suarez, who was clearly unfazed by Stiller’s playful warning that she would be “going down.”

As you can see from the video above, Rebecca was money at net and had the ESPN announcing crew praising her precociousness. After Del Potro and his impressive partner won two of three points, the 6-foot-6 Argentine scooped her up for a victory lap. Del Potro then finished off a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory.

In the first match, Serena Williams defeated Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-3. Azarenka called on Redfoo for some help during the second set:


For more on the exhibition, click here for a report from SI.com’s Nick Zaccardi. And here are some pictures:

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(Photos via Getty Images, AP and Landov)

(Videos via YouTube user MrPieroTWV2.)

  • Published On Mar 05, 2013
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