Rafael Nadal says he and his family are ‘very well’ after birth of first child
Rafael Nadal says he and his family were “very well” after the birth of his son, his first child in 11 years, according to the French tennis player.
Nadal, 38, and wife Mirka have three other children from previous relationships.
In Saturday’s edition of French sports daily L’Equipe, Nadal says he was “very happy” about the birth of son Leo, now in his first year, but he was still dealing with jet lag and the prospect of having a baby for a third time.
“It was a little bit difficult to be honest with you but it wasn’t a difficult decision,” Nadal said. “It was all part of the process, and it’s a process that’s pretty easy to understand.
“I always have a lot of energy and I feel very happy because I’ve been in great shape. And this was a second son so I can give him a little bit of what I gave my first.”
Nadal said he and his family were preparing to arrive in Paris overnight on Saturday so he could have son Leo baptized.
He added: “It’s part of the process. In my case, I don’t really enjoy it, but it’s part of the process. And then it’s normal.”
The tennis player said he was a little tired of jet lag but that his family were very well, in addition to the tennis star’s wife and family, who he welcomed in Paris.
“I was very tired but this process is very easy to understand,” Nadal said in French. “It’s a process that takes a little time.”
L’Equipe, which also published photos of the ceremony, said Nadal had announced his pregnancy to the tournament management in January, but didn’t want to announce it