Rafa Nadal announcement amid drama surrounding his wife

Rafa Nadal, pictured here, dismisses speculation that he will soon be retiring from tennis.

Rafa Nadal has dismissed speculation about an imminent retirement from tennis. Image: Getty

Rafa Nadal has slammed speculation that he is on the verge of retiring from tennis and says his career is “far from over” despite widespread speculation that he will end it soon.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion won the Australian and French Opens this year despite an injury-plagued season.

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He’s supposed to be a father for the first time in weeks, a factor that will heavily influence his plans for the rest of his tennis career.

The Spanish champions have previously said that he only wants to start a family after his career is over.

With Wife Xisca heavily pregnant and expecting their first child In October, many believe that we won’t see Nadal on the pitch much longer.

But after winning the “Camino Real Award” from King Felipe VI. at the University of Alcala, the 36-year-old made it clear that he has no intention of succeeding Serena Williams and Roger Federer to retire sometime soon.

Williams and Federer both recently announced their retirements, with Serena retiring from tennis at the US Open and Federer doing the same at this weekend’s Laver Cup.

Nadal is set to join Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in Team Europe at the Laver Cup, however his participation is still under some cloud due to the drama surrounding his wife and unborn child.

King Felipe VI, pictured here, presents the 'Camino Real Award' to Rafa Nadal.

King Felipe VI presents Rafa Nadal with the “Camino Real Award”. (Photo by Royal Palace of Spain/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Xisca was recently hospitalized in Mallorca with pregnancy complications and Nadal said after his US Open defeat that he needed to return home to be with her.

On Tuesday, he said: “It’s also true that it’s been a complicated year, not only because of injuries that have haunted me throughout my career, but also because of personal and family news, which in this case is very good news.

“For this reason, in a year full of joys and difficult moments, it is a great pleasure to receive recognition like today.

“I hope this event doesn’t mean my career is over, quite the contrary, or at least that’s not the intention.

“The intention is to continue spreading the name of Spain around the world while I’m still active and competing.”

Xisca Perello and Ana Maria Parera, pictured here watching Rafa Nadal at the Madrid Open in May.

Xisca Perello and Ana Maria Parera watch Rafa Nadal at the Madrid Open in May. (Photo by Jose Oliva/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Will Rafa Nadal compete in the Laver Cup?

Speaking to reporters at the US Open, Nadal questioned his participation in the Laver Cup, saying he doesn’t know when he’ll be back on the court.

“I have to go back. I have to fix things. I don’t know when I’ll be back,” he said.

“I’ll try to be mentally ready. When I feel like I’m ready to compete again, I’ll be there.

“Now I have to go home, I have more important things to do than tennis.

“Decisions are made based on my personal life, which comes before my professional life.

“It’s been a bit difficult for a few months, but I want to end the year with something very important, which is my first child.”

If Nadal plays at the Laver Cup, he could team up with Federer for the Swiss legend’s final game.

Federer announced this on Tuesday that he will only play one doubles game – on the first day on Friday – before making way for a substitute.

The 41-year-old has problems with his surgically repaired knee and will not be able to play singles in London.

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