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Rafael Nadal and wife Mery Perello expecting first child together

Congratulations are in order for this tennis star!

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Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
June 15, 2022
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Rafael Nadal is set to become a first-time father! HELLO!'s sister publication, HOLA, can confirm that the tennis star's wife Mery Perello is pregnant with the couple's first child.

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Despite winning the Roland Garros tournament, all eyes were on were on Rafael's partner Mery, who appeared to be sporting a baby bump.

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The pair were also pictured holidaying on a luxury yacht with a group of friends in Majorca - and Mery looked radiant in the newly-surfaced pictures.

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Rafael, 36, is currently ranked world No. 4 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He has won 22 Grand Slam titles, the most in history for a male player. He has also won Wimbledon twice and a record 14 French Open titles.

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Mery Perello pictured earlier this month

It's set to be a special year for Rafael, who is yet to confirm his attendance at Wimbledon this year. He previously hinted to HELLO! that he would love to have children with Mery, explaining: "Obviously, I have the intention of forming a family. I love children and I would like my children to do what they like."

The beautiful couple, who have been in a committed relationship for 17 years, tied the knot in October 2019.

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This is set to be the couple's first child

Meanwhile, the Spaniard has been undergoing treatment for Muller-Weiss syndrome, the chronic injury he was diagnosed with in 2005 in his left foot. After his recent win, Rafael immediately underwent a new foot treatment with many hoping he will participate in Wimbledon which kicks off later this month.

"If my body allows it, I'll be in Wimbledon: someone like me certainly doesn't want to miss that tournament," he said. "My desire is to take the field, but I can't give a certain answer yet. What I'm sure of is that he won't repeat the foot injections done here in Paris. If I can play by taking simple anti-inflammatories then I'll be there."

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