On a sunny day in October 2022, the world-renowned tennis maestro, Rafa Nadal, and his radiant wife, Mery Perelló, were blessed with a bouncing baby boy. Fast forward to the present, and the couple is celebrating their son’s first birthday amidst a challenging period due to Nadal’s career uncertainty.
The young Nadal was welcomed into the world in a private clinic nestled in Palma, the birthplace of his father. Despite the public’s curiosity, the couple has maintained a low profile, sharing minimal glimpses of their personal life. The first public family photo was shared this summer, capturing a serene moment during their boat vacation along the picturesque Greek coast. The image shows the family from behind, admiring the renowned Corinth Canal that leads to the Aegean Sea.
Currently, the tennis legend is on the road to recovery following a hip and psoas surgery in June. In a candid conversation with the Spanish journalist, Juanma Castaño, Nadal expressed his burning desire to return to the tennis courts in 2024, a dream that hinges on his recovery progress.
During the interview, the 22-time Grand Slam champion opened up about his new role as a father. He shared, “I’m doing well as a father; I’ve always liked children a lot… I haven’t taken my son to the park yet, but I do spend a lot of time with him, even if it means having a sore back from carrying him.” Nadal also revealed that his son has already taken a liking to a mini tennis racket, much to his amusement.
This past weekend, the couple hosted a private celebration for their son’s first birthday, surrounded by close family members. Details of the event remain under wraps, reflecting the couple’s preference for privacy.
Despite his recovery journey, Nadal has kept himself busy, juggling family time and business ventures. This summer, he expanded his Zel Hotels brand in partnership with Meliá Hotels International, with plans to open their inaugural location in Mexico, a popular tourist hotspot, in 2025.
Adding another feather to their cap, Nadal and Perelló recently ventured into the world of fragrances. They collaborated with luxury brand Henry Jacques to create their signature scents, aptly named “In All Intimacy.”