Rafael Nadal opens up to fatherhood, reconciling professional and private life


Rafael Nadal admits that becoming the father of a child has been «a drastic change» in his life, but noted that he is happy and is doing everything possible to balance his professional and private life well. In October, Nadal became a father for the first time in his life after his wife Xisca gave birth to a baby boy.

“Well, of course it has been a drastic change, but I have to organize myself to be able to continue leading my professional life in the best possible way. I am happy, enjoying a new stage, which was also due. I always thought that all this would come when I retired.

That’s what I always had in my head. What happens is that my career, luckily, has lasted much longer than I expected. So I have to learn to live with this new stage of my life and try to remain as competitive as possible,» Nadal told Marca.

What did Nadal do after being a father?

After ending his career at the US Open, Nadal flew to the Laver Cup at the end of September to be part of Roger Federer’s send-off. However, Nadal did not stay long in London as he arrived in the city the day before the start of the tournament.

On Friday, Nadal and Federer teamed up for a doubles match, and the next morning, the Spaniard returned home to his pregnant wife. Then, on October 13, Spanish media reported that Nadal and his wife welcomed a baby boy.

In early November, Nadal played his first tournament since he became a father. After finishing his 2022 season at the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals, Nadal traveled to South America to celebrate the Latin American Tour he had organized for the end of 2022. Now, Nadal is preparing to fly to Australia, as he will represent to Australia in the inaugural United Cup.

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