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Tennis ace Rafael Nadal has revealed he’s going to be a dad, announcing he and wife Mery Perelló are expecting their first little bundle of joy.

The 22 time Grand Slam champion has confirmed the news, after speculation in several news outlets last week.

The much-loved gentleman of tennis wrote in an Instagram caption: “I’m not used to talking about my personal life because I’m already exposed enough. For peace of mind and the way we understand life together with the people I live with, we like to have a lower profile and in accordance with our privacy.

“That said, and if all goes well, I’m going to be a father. I don’t know how this is going to change my life, but I don’t expect it to change my professional career. Thank you all for the love and respect you have always had.”

Rafael Nadal baby

Rafael Nadal baby

The couple has been together for 14 years, and married in October 2019. The 36-year-old sporting star has never been shy about wanting to one day start a family, telling HOLA! previously that he loves children and has every intention of having a family. However, he confessed in 2020 that his stellar career has taken precedence over having children.

“At this age, I thought that I would have already been a former player and that I would have started a family. If I didn’t see myself playing tennis … then possibly, I could have had children before. At the age we are now, we’re not going to wait five years.”

In the same Instagram caption, Rafa said despite his ongoing injury concerns, he has Wimbledon in his sights. “My intention is to try to play at Wimbledon. On Monday I travel to London and see how the training week goes. I will train there for a week and play an exhibition match in Hurlingham.”

Congrats to Rafa and Mery!

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  • Congratulations to them both, I hope everything goes well for them.

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  • Congratulations to the happy couple. I’m sure he’ll be a wonderful dad going by how much of a gentleman he is on court.

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  • Oh wow, congratulations. Raffa is one of my favourite sports people

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  • Wow how exciting for them both! I wish them the best!

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  • Wouldn’t be great to wait longer. All the best for a healthy pregnancy!

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  • Congratulations to them both, he is a true gentleman of the sport.

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  • A good news story for a change. Congratulations to them both

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  • That’s so exciting for them. Looking forward to following the pregnancy.

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  • Aw, how beautiful for them. Congratulations.

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  • Congrats to them both.
    I’m not really into tennis so only really know his name from news headlines and the like but it’s Algeria exciting to hear new baby news.

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  • Congrats to Raffa and his wife. What a beautiful and humble way to announce he is becoming a father

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  • Congratulations to them

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  • Yes congrats to them both I love Raffa

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  • Exciting news!

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  • Congratulations. Very happy for the beautiful couple.

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