Bautista won't defend Kitzbuhel, suffers horse incident similar to father's death



by CLAUDIU POP

Bautista won't defend Kitzbuhel, suffers horse incident similar to father's death

Roberto Bautista Agut, 35 years old, won't be able to defend the points he earned last year by winning the Kitzbuhel tournament because of an incident that involved his horses in Castellon. While Bautista's dad's accident was also related to the family's horses, the tennis player suffered only a sprain per existing reports.

How did Bautista's father's accident take place

Bautista's father, Joaquin, became a quadriplegic before the 2016 Rio Olympics after he suffered a tragic fall while working at the stables.

Bautista and his mother took care of Joaquin until the Spanish tennis player's mom passed away. Joaquin died not long after his wife Ester died with Bautista near him. “My parents wanted me to make my dreams come true no matter the situation.

I kept playing and fought harder than I ever did. That was my way of making it worth it,” Bautista Agut told Behind The Racquet. “During this horrible time is when I played some of my best tennis. I am sure people cannot understand that.

I was there for my family as much as I could, but I couldn’t throw away what I have worked all my life for. I wanted to keep working, and harder than ever,” continued Bautista. “These tough moments made me stronger and more powerful.

It gave me a strength others didn’t have. Through all the tough times I had at home and didn’t want to travel because I was so tired, it made me who I am. It made me more focused and motivated. I did everything I could to fight hard on the court to show my mother and father that their hard work was worth it”.