Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal and his wife Mery Perello welcomed their first child, a son named Rafael.
The couple has kept a low profile throughout the pregnancy, with no official announcement made until the recent birth of their son, Rafael Jr. on October 8th, 2022. Nadal’s twitter account confirmed the news of the baby’s arrival.
“Hello everyone. After a few days and many messages of affection I just wanted to thank you all!” the 22-time grand slam winner wrote. “We are very happy and all very well! A big hug.”
It’s great to hear that Rafael Nadal and his family are doing well and have received so many messages of support and well wishes after the birth of their son.
Rafael Nadal is a highly respected and accomplished tennis player who has won numerous titles and has many fans around the world.
It’s always heartwarming to see people come together to celebrate happy news and show their support for others. Congratulations to Rafael Nadal and his family on this joyous occasion!
But Nadal was criticized in September 2022 for not being with his wife during pregnancy complications.
Rafael Nadal Wife Pregnancy Complications: Why He Chose to Play in the US Open
Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has been making headlines recently for choosing to play in the US Open in September 2022 while his wife Mery Perello was heavily pregnant with their first child.
Despite criticism from some quarters, the 22-time Grand Slam champion has now set the record straight on why he decided to play at such a crucial time in his personal life.
Complications with the pregnancy required Mery to spend time in the hospital in September. Doctors closely monitored the 34-year-old tennis star while he was away, but some fans and commentators questioned his decision to prioritize his sporting career over his family life.
In a recent interview, Nadal has revealed that it was actually his wife who encouraged him to go to the United States and continue playing tennis. “Luckily, I have a woman who is brave,” he explained. “And she has always helped me in everything I could and more, and she has always encouraged me to continue. So, in that sense, she made it easy for me.”
However, Nadal before US Open and during the retirement of his rival Roger Federer acknowledged that the situation was not easy for him. He described to outlet AS, that he was having sleepless nights and feeling a different kind of pressure than he usually does on the tennis court.
“Little, very little, few hours of sleep, a little stress in general, situations a little more complicated than usual at home,” he said. “Which, well, I’ve had to deal with all of that, which is a different pressure than what you’re used to in professional life.”
Despite these challenges, Nadal has continued to excel on the court, partnering with his great friend and rival Roger Federer at the Laver Cup in London just weeks before his son was born.
Nadal Suffers Injury Setback, Drops Out of Top 10 in ATP Rankings
Rafael Nadal, the former world No. 1 and 20-time Grand Slam champion, has recently faced a significant setback in his career.
The Spaniard sustained a hip injury during his second-round match against Mackenzie McDonald at the 2023 Australian Open and was forced to withdraw from upcoming tournaments.
Australian Open Exit
Nadal, who was the defending champion at the 2023 Australian Open, suffered a straight-set loss to McDonald in the second round. The hip injury severely hampered Nadal’s performance during the match, for which he received treatment throughout the game.
Exit from Top 10
As a result of his injury setback, Nadal dropped out of the Top 10 in the ATP rankings for the first time in over 18 years, ending the longest Top-10 streak in ATP rankings history. He last fell out of the Top 10 on 25 April 2005 and had remained in the Top 10 for 912 consecutive weeks. On 20 March 2023, Nadal’s ranking slipped out of Top 10.