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Rafa Nadal to take recent view on retiring before birth of first baby claims Spaniard’s coach | Tennis | Sport

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Nadal will turn out to be a father for the primary time after confirming that he and his wife Maria Francisca Perello were expecting their first child. “If all goes well, I will be a father,” he confirmed in a press conference on the Mallorca Country Club last week.

The news had also caused some retirement speculation as some fans feared the 36-year-old could be more inclined to hold his racket up following a recent arrival, however the 22-time Major champion’s coach has now claimed that, if anything, the birth of his first child would likely make Nadal go the opposite way.

Former world No 1 and 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya admitted that things were different on tour nowadays, with the likes of Nadal’s rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic sometimes travelling with their children. “In my time hardly anyone travelled with their children, additionally it is true that individuals retired at 30-32 years old to start out a family,” he told Eurosport.

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