Tennis maverick Rafael Nadal had one of the most memorable days in his life on Saturday, when he and his wife, Maria Francisca Perello, welcomed their first child. They became parents of a baby boy, who was born at the couple’s home in Palma de Mallorca in Spain.

Nadal and Perello have been in a relationship since their teenage years and married on October 19, 2019, in Mallorca. Rafael Nadal has stated publicly many times that he would love to become a father and at 36, his dream has come true.

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The 36-year-old now joins his greatest rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in embracing fatherhood. Federer and Djokovic have both remained highly competitive after the birth of their children and Nadal hopes to do the same in the coming years, provided he remains injury free.

The Spanish maestro has faced several injuries in recent years, the last of which came at Wimbledon in 2022 when he suffered a torn abdominal muscle that forced him to withdraw from the tournament. He suffered the injury in the quarterfinal, which limited his ability to play against Nick Kyrgios of Australia in the semis.

However, he recuperated and participated in the US Open 2022, however, was defeated by American star Frances Tiafoe in the Round of 16. He later teamed up with Roger Federer in the latter’s final career match at the Laver Cup men’s doubles, where they were beaten by Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe on September 24.

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The news of the birth of Rafael Nadal’s child was reported by Radio Marca. When the news of the couple’s pregnancy became public, it was also reported that certain complications were also present, which forced Maria Francisca Perello to be admitted to a hospital. However, the complications were minor and were attended to in time and now they have become parents to their firstborn baby boy.

Rafael Nadal and his family are yet to announce the birth of his child.