Tennis players around the world have learned plenty from Rafael Nadal.
On Tuesday, Nadal learned something from Conner Stroud.
Stroud, a 12-year-old from Spindale, N.C., was born without hips, ankles, femurs or knees. Encouraged by parents who wouldn't allow their son's disability to hold him back, Stroud has been playing against able-bodied kids in local tennis tournaments, winning a couple and inspiring people young and old.
Stroud visited the U.S. Open and spent some time with Nadal, who signed autographs and chatted with the youngster outside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
''The most important thing is that he's happy,'' Nadal said. ''He's able to keep practicing the sport. He's playing tennis. That's great for him, for the family. That's a great example that you can be happy even if life doesn't give you everything. It's a big example for me and should be a big example for a lot of people.''
Stroud runs on his stubs - what's left of his legs due to a birth defect called Bilateral Pr...