The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal and his wife, Mery Perelló, have been the parents of a child who was born this Saturday morning in a private clinic in Palma, EFE has confirmed.
Nadal, winner of 22 Grand Slams titles, has been present at the baby’s birth as he prepares, at his Manacor academy, for his return to the slopes at the Masters 1,000 in Paris-Bercy, which will take place from the 31st of october. The world number two in the ATP ranking, after his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, has accompanied his wife in the clinic since her defeat in the US Open round of 16 against the American Frances Tiafoe.
“There are more important things I have to attend to,” said Nadal, 36, after being eliminated in New York and not being eligible for his 23rd Grand Slam title. “As you know, on a personal level I am in a situation that is important to me. And I have to manage everything. My wife is fine. What happens is that they are situations that are more difficult to manage when one is away from home”, he added in a few moments of uncertainty due to the hospitalization of his wife.
He only interrupted his wife’s care to be present at the professional tennis farewell of his friend, the Swiss Roger Federer, at the recent Laver Cup. In fact, he only stayed one day at that tournament to immediately return to Mallorca.
Mery, 34, entered a clinic in Palma at the end of last August with the aim of taking extreme precautions in the final period of her pregnancy.
Nadal and Mery Perelló married on October 19, 2019 in Sa Fortalesa, located in the Mallorcan municipality of Pollensa, at a wedding attended by the emeritus kings, Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía, family and friends of the couple. In 2017, the considered best Spanish athlete in history, confessed: “I would love to have some children. I am a person who loves children, I am very family-oriented, and obviously I would like to start a family”.