Reports claim Rafael Nadal and wife Maria expecting first child

Rafael Nadal and Mery Perello

A tabloid news publication in Spain claims they have received confirmation that Rafael Nadal and wife Maria Francisca Perello are expecting their first child.

Hola Magazine recently published a series of photos of Nadal and wife Maria relaxing in Mallorca.

The photos are presented as proof that Mary is expecting a child.

Rafa and Maria are plastered across the magazine’s front page along with the caption ‘Rafael Nadal and Mery are expecting their first child.’

Neither Nadal nor anyone in his camp has offered any comment on the reports at this time.

The 22-time Grand Slam winner has openly spoken about his desire to have children in the near future.

Nadal has previously hinted that he wanted to have children after his retirement from the sport.

Nadal is now 36-years-old making him the third-oldest player in the current top 100 on the ATP Tour after John Isner and 40-year-old Roger Federer.

“I would love to have children: boys, girls… I’m a person who loves kids and I’m a family guy,” The Sun has quoted Nadal as previously saying.

“But also I tell you that the reality is, the years keep passing, I would like to start to do all of this when my sporting life determines it.”

“I think it’s also above all about looking after the kids. I don’t know if it [travelling throughout the year and having children] is ideal.” He added.

The tennis star wed Maria Francisca Perello in 2019 with the pair enjoying a 14-year romance to date.

Nadal resumed training on grass in Mallorca on Monday as he faces a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon.

The former World No 1 has undergone treatment for a degenerative disease that has left him with chronic foot pain and saw him win his 22nd Major with a numb foot.

Nadal underwent pulsed radio frequency stimulation on the affected foot with the hope that the minimally invasive procedure will alter the way in which the nerve tissue functions in order to reduce or stop pain in the area.

His doctors have indicated that he may undergo further treatment before returning to the ATP Tour.