Palma (EFE).- Tennis player Rafael Nadal and his wife, Mery Perelló, are the parents of a child born this Saturday morning in a private clinic in Palma, EFE confirmed.
Nadal, winner of 22 Grand Slam titles, witnessed the birth of the baby as he prepares, in his Manacor academy, for his return to the tracks of the Masters 1000 of Paris-Bercy, which will take place from October 31 .
The second tennis player in the world in the ATP ranking, after his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, has accompanied his wife to the clinic since her defeat in the round of 16 of the US Open against the American Frances Tiafoe.
“There are more important things I have to take care of,” Nadal, 36, said after being knocked out 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 close to my heart. And I have to manage everything. My wife is fine. What happens is that these are more difficult situations to manage when you are away from home, ”he added in a few moments of uncertainty due to the hospitalization of his wife.
He interrupted his wife’s care only to attend the farewell to professional tennis of his friend the Swiss Roger Federer during the recent Laver Cup.
In fact, he only stayed one day in this tournament to immediately return to Mallorca.
Mery, 34, entered a clinic in Palma at the end of August with the aim of taking extreme precautions in the last period of her pregnancy.
Nadal and Mery Perelló were married on October 19, 2019 in Sa Fortalesa, located in the Majorcan municipality of Pollensa, in a wedding attended by the kings emeritus, Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía, relatives and friends of the couple.
In 2017, the best Spanish athlete in history confessed: “I would like to have children. I am a person who loves children, I am very familiar, and obviously I would like to start a family.
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