Tennis superstar and former World No.1 Rafael Nadal has claimed that he is interested in having kids and starting a family with his Spanish girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello, but only after retiring from the game. The 15-time Grand Slam winner has been dating Maria for many years, but unlike his peers, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, Rafael hasn’t settled down and started a family.
Nadal was quipped about starting a family with his girlfriend during his interview with Argentinian talk show Con Amigos Asi but replied that starting a family did not feature in his immediate plans for the future. Nadal said, “I would love to have children, boys, girls… I’m a person who loves kids and I’m a family guy. But also I tell you that the reality is… the years keep passing… I would like to start to do all of this when my sporting life determines it. I think it’s also above all about looking after the kids. I don’t know if it [travelling throughout the year when you have children] is ideal.”
Nadal had a lean phase in his career for the past few years and many believed that his best years were behind him. But after regaining full fitness, the 31-year old Spaniard has mounted a stunning comeback in 2017. He reached the final of the 2017 Australian Open where he contested a classic with his arch-rival Roger Federer, but ultimately ended up losing in a 5-set thriller. He then went into the French Open as a heavy favourite and ended up dominating the tournament, winning the title without dropping a single set.
He has climbed to No.2 in the ranking charts and considering his form and the tumultuous period which current World No.1 Andy Murray is going through, he could end up becoming the World No.1 again heading into the American hard courts season. He will be heading into the final Grand Slam of the season, the US Open, as one of the heavy favourites and could clinch his 16th Grand Slam title.