‘Constant father’ Rafael Nadal on parenthood: ‘More tired, less sleep’

‘Constant father’ Rafael Nadal on parenthood: ‘More tired, less sleep’

Rafael Nadal Talked To The Media

Rafael Nadal has described himself as a “normal father”, who is often having fun with his newborn son.

22-time Grand Slam winner and his wife Mary Perello First time parents on October 8 Perello after giving birth in Mallorca.

The new parents gave very little information about their bundle of joy as Nadal took to Twitter to thank fans for their messages of support, before saying: “We are very happy and everyone is very well.”

The Spanish couple have not officially revealed their baby’s name, but Nadal said when asked about life with a newborn during an exhibition tour in Latin America: “I’m very tired because I’m sleeping less than before.”

“[Of course] There is a new stress unlike anything I have ever experienced in my life.

“I’m living naturally, I’m a constant father who tries to enjoy every moment I spend with my son, experiencing emotions and happiness.”

Nadal, who spent several weeks at home following the birth of his son, returned to action at the Paris Masters in early November, but lost his opening match.

He then took part in the ATP Finals, losing his first two matches before defeating Kasper Rutt in the final match of the tournament.

After the match, he joked that he broke the duck after becoming a parent.

“I’ve lost three straight, I’ve won [as a father],” he said.

Nadal played Rudd in his first exhibition match. They will play another four matches on Wednesday in Buenos Aires before heading home to his wife and son.

But there won’t be much time in Mallorca as he will be traveling to Australia at the end of December.

“I’m going to go back home and try to enjoy a little bit of being home, family and work for a while. Well, work? It’s not a job for me, it’s a practice. Just practice, try to make the right plan to be fit enough and ready for the start of the next season,” he explained after the ATP Finals.

“How early [will I go to Australia]? I can’t tell you yet because, as you can imagine, my life has changed quite a bit. I don’t make single decisions (smiles). I’ll have to check it out a bit.

“If the United Cup starts on the 29th, I’m hoping to play on the 1st or 31st of January. 27th, I don’t know. If nothing goes wrong, the idea will be this.

Read more: Rafael Nadal becomes a father: What advice do Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have for Rafa?


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