Congratulations!  Rafael Nadal and his wife Mery Perello are reportedly expecting a son, according to Spanish magazine Hola!  revealed the gender of her baby on Thursday

Rafael Nadal and his wife Mery Perello are expecting a baby boy

They are expecting their first child together after a 17-year romance.

and Rafael Nadal and his wife Mery Perello are reportedly expecting a son, the Spanish magazine reports Hi! revealed the gender of her baby on Thursday.

The publication first broke the news of Mery’s pregnancy in June after weeks of speculation Rafael’s childhood sweetheart was pregnant after she was seen wearing looser clothes.

Congratulations!  Rafael Nadal and his wife Mery Perello are reportedly expecting a son, according to Spanish magazine Hola!  revealed the gender of her baby on Thursday

Congratulations! Rafael Nadal and his wife Mery Perello are reportedly expecting a son, according to Spanish magazine Hola! revealed the gender of her baby on Thursday

The Spanish tennis ace, 36, then confirmed the news that his wife, 33, was pregnant at a press conference in Mallorca later that same week.

Now the magazine has claimed that Rafael and Mery know the gender of their baby and will welcome a boy together.

It has sparked speculation that the couple could name their son Sebastia, Sebastian in English, as it is the name of Rafael’s father and great-grandfather.

There has been no official comment from Rafael or his wife, who dated for 14 years before tying the knot in a British fort in Mallorca in October 2019, to reports they are expecting a boy.

Baby news: The tabloid broke the news of Mery's pregnancy in June after Rafael's wife (pictured June 3) speculated she was pregnant after she was spotted wearing looser clothes

Baby news: The tabloid broke the news of Mery’s pregnancy in June after Rafael’s wife (pictured June 3) speculated she was pregnant after she was spotted wearing looser clothes

Former insurance clerk Mery’s health has been the focus of Spanish press in recent weeks, which intensified following Nadal’s withdrawal from the Laver Cup for “personal reasons” after he helped the tennis world bid farewell to retired star Roger Federer.

At the end of August it turned out that she had been admitted to a private clinic in the Mallorcan capital Palma in the 31st week of pregnancy.

Doctors reportedly decided at the time to monitor her as a precaution.

But Rafael’s sister Maribel Nadal said on Tuesday Mery was doing “very well” as she left a ceremony in Madrid attended by Spain’s Queen Letizia, where she represented the Rafa Nadal Foundation.

Expecting: The Spanish tennis ace, 36, then confirmed the news that his wife, 33, (both pictured in November 2021) was pregnant at a press conference in Mallorca later in June

Expecting: The Spanish tennis ace, 36, then confirmed the news that his wife, 33, (both pictured in November 2021) was pregnant at a press conference in Mallorca later in June

MailOnline has reached out to Rafael’s representatives for comment.

It comes after Rafael announced his wife Mery is expecting their first child at a press conference in Mallorca in June after rumors of her pregnancy surfaced.

Rafael told reporters: “If all goes well, I’ll be a father.”

“I’m not used to talking about my personal life. We live quieter with a lower profile. I don’t expect it to change my life much.”

According to the magazine, it was reported in the Spanish tabloid in early June that Mery was pregnant with her first baby Hi!.

Big news: He said at the press conference:

Big news: He said at the press conference: “I’m not used to talking about my private life. We live quieter with a lower profile. I don’t expect my life to change much as a result.

The beauty sported what appeared to be a baby bump under her bathing suit aboard the yacht where she and Nadal are enjoying a vacation.

There has been intense speculation that Rafael’s childhood sweetheart was in anticipation after she started wearing looser clothes and recently donned a face mask Champions League Final match between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Mery, also known as Xisca, quit a job in the insurance industry to become a project leader for the Rafael Nadal Foundation, the charity he founded more than a decade ago.

She is known to be an incredibly private person. The property the Spanish couple has chosen for their wedding, La Fortaleza, overlooking Pollensa Bay in north-east Mallorca, was where Real Madrid star Gareth Bale tied the knot in a three-day celebration in June 2019 Closed life with Emma Rhys-Jones.

The couple, who were together for 14 years before marrying, were married by Father Tomeu Catala in front of 350 guests at the stunning fortress owned by Conservative Party founder Lord Lupton.

Romance: The couple (pictured in February 2018), who were together for 14 years before their wedding, wed in 2019 at the Spanish estate La Fortaleza

Romance: The couple (pictured in February 2018), who were together for 14 years before their wedding, wed in 2019 at the Spanish estate La Fortaleza

Juan Carlos I, King of Spain from 1975 to 2014, was among the guests at the wedding as he is a longtime friend of the tennis ace.

At the ceremony, Rafael looked dapper in a navy blue tailored suit and white shirt, while Mery wore a long sleeve gown designed by acclaimed bridal designer Rosa Clará.

Proving to be a highly sought-after A-list destination, La Fortaleza is also the location of the acclaimed BBC thriller The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman.

Overlooking Pollensa Bay in north-east Mallorca, La Fortaleza was bought by Lord Lupton for £30million in 2011, despite the original selling price of £75million.

The original fortress, now Spain’s most expensive property, was built in 1628 to defend Mallorca against invaders.

Rafael announced in January 2019 that he was engaged to longtime girlfriend Mery after 14 years of courtship.

Hello’s sister publication HOLA! revealed that Spanish athlete Mery had proposed marriage in May 2018 during a romantic trip to Rome.

However, they reported that the couple decided to keep the happy news a secret for the first eight months of their engagement.

Mery, born Maria Francisca Perello, is an insurance clerk and business economist.

Training: Nadal worked up a sweat during a training session at Santa Ponsa Country Club in Mallorca on Friday

Training: Nadal worked up a sweat during a training session at Santa Ponsa Country Club in Mallorca on Friday

And Rafael has previously made no secret of his desire to have children, saying he’s a “family man” and looking forward to having his own brood in the not-too-distant future.

But the dedicated sportsman admitted his tennis career had made it difficult to think about starting a family in the past.

He said: “I would like to have children, boys, girls … I am a person who loves children and I am a family person.

“But I also tell you the reality is that as the years go by, I would love to start all of this if my sporting life dictates it.”

He told Essentially Sports in late 2018, “I also have a girlfriend and I’m not alone to make decisions. (sic)

Family: Rafael (pictured in 2015) has previously made no secret of his desire to have children, saying he is a

Family: Rafael (pictured in 2015) has previously made no secret of his desire to have children, saying he is a “family man” and looking forward to having his own brood

“You have to adapt to situations you know. have family? I don’t know, things aren’t easy to predict. At that age I thought I was already a former player and starting a family.”

Known for being incredibly private, Mery opened up about her relationship with the tennis champion back in 2011.

She said in a rare interview with The Telegraph: “Travelling anywhere together, even if I could, wouldn’t be good for either him or me.

“He needs his space when he’s competing and just the idea of ​​me hanging around all day waiting for his needs is killing me. It would suffocate me.

‘And then he would have to worry about me… No. If I were to follow him everywhere, there is a risk that we would no longer understand each other.’

Tennis star: Rafael is currently ranked number three in the world in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals

Tennis star: Rafael is currently ranked number three in the world in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals

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