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Tennis stars send support after Rafael Nadal helps with flood clean-up in Mallorca

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Tennis stars Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev have recorded goodwill video messages for those affected by the Mallorca floods, in support of the sport's number one player Rafael Nadal, who was born on the popular Spanish tourist island.

Two people were found dead in a flood-ravaged area on Thursday, emergency services said, bringing to at least 12 the number of people killed after heavy rain hit the island.

Emergency services were searching for a Spanish boy who is still missing.

Video footage showed rescuers combing through brown water and foliage, and Nadal sweeping away mud and water from a building in the town of Sant Llorenc.

Twenty-time grand slam winner Federer said the sight of Nadal helping in the clean-up was "super inspiring." He wished those affected "strength in these difficult times," he said.

Djokovic added: "I heard about the devastating news, the floods in Mallorca and I want to send my condolences to everyone who lost close people in their life."

 

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