According to the Spanish magazine Hola, Rafael Nadal and his wife Mery Perello are expecting their first child. Mery's recent pictures from their vacation on a yacht confirm the rumor, although the couple is yet to make the news public.
Rafa and Mery have been together since they were teenagers, and they got married three years ago. Nadal has repeatedly stated that he would love to have kids, and now we will see him in the new role of a father at 36. His most significant rivals, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have successfully embraced the fatherhood and remained competitive.
Rafa hopes for the same in the years to come if he stays healthy. Nadal enjoys with his family and friend on his beautiful yacht, although he started training for the upcoming Wimbledon, expecting to play it if his foot allows him.
Rafael Nadal will become father for the first time.
Rafa had to start all over at the beginning of 2022 after playing only two matches in the second part of 2021. Struggling with a left foot injury, Nadal raised over physical issues once again and made a perfect start to the new season.
Rafa has won both Major titles this year, conquering the Australian Open and Roland Garros in the same season for the first time in a career. At 36, Nadal is a comfortable leader of the ATP Race thanks to those points from Majors and four ATP titles on his tally.
The Spaniard will give his best to prepare for Wimbledon and seek the first title in London in 12 years. Rafa had to skip the start of the clay swing in Monte Carlo and Barcelona due to a fractured rib. He returned in Madrid and Rome and scored only a couple of wins, struggling with his foot and gathering dark clouds over his Roland Garros preparation.
Nadal traveled to Paris with his doctor, and he needed an injection in his foot ahead of every match to kill the pain and endure the best-of-five sets efforts. As many times before, Rafa was a player to beat at Roland Garros, claiming the 14th title from 18 trips to Paris.
Nadal took down Felix Auger-Aliassime, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to the final, where he faced Casper Ruud. Rafa defeated Casper 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in two hours and 18 minutes for the 22nd Major crown that puts him two clear of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.