‘I Am More Tired’ – Sleep Deprived Rafael Nadal’s Heart-Warming Confession as He Stumbles Between Parenting and Tennis

Published 11/23/2022, 8:00 AM EST
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 5, 2022 Spain’s Rafael Nadal arrives before the men’s singles final against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Yves Herman

Rafael Nadal, the 22 times Grand Slam champion, advanced in both his professional career and personal life this year. He claimed two major titles and welcomed his firstborn. Nadal and his wife broke the happy news of their pregnancy just after his French Open victory. Now he is enjoying his time being a father.

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Named after his father, little Rafael has all the Spanish tennis legend’s attention. So much so that the man known for his focus and dedication is facing issues managing his emotions. Here’s what he had to say.

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Rafael Nadal about what his life is like now

Rafael Nadal gave a subpar performance in the tournaments that followed Wimbledon. He suffered an abdominal injury during the quarterfinals in London and since then his game hasn’t been the same. Speaking of the emotional part that Nadal’s child has brought, he said, “The birth of my son generated a change in my life. I am more tired.”

Thereafter, he added, “I sleep a little less because I have a new, different concern.” However, at the same time, fatherhood has given him a different type of energy as well. “I live it like any father, with enthusiasm, happiness, concern and trying to enjoy every moment with him to the fullest.” (Translated using Google Translate)

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Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello, after dating for around 17 years, finally tied the knot in the year 2019. They got engaged during a vacation in Italy and exchanged vows in their hometown of Mallorca, surrounded by close friends and family. And now, as their family is complete, the couple is planning to build a new house to capture their little one’s childhood memories. 

The ups and downs of Nadal’s 2022 season

The Spaniard started the season riding high on form and claimed the Australian Open. Following that, in Indian Wells, a rib injury cost him the title and his 20-match winning streak.

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Aug 17, 2022; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Rafael Nadal (ESP) returns a shot during his match against Borna Coric (CRO) at the Western & Southern Open at the at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Although he recovered and managed to claim his second Grand Slam title for the season in Paris, his recurrent foot issue hampered his progress. Thus, Nadal missed the warm-up events of the grass swing and directly participated in Wimbledon.

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The two-time champion successfully made it to the semis of Wimbledon but was forced to withdraw. Then his injured body didn’t allow him to perform at an optimal level in the US Open and the subsequent tournaments. He suffered an opening round dismissal and robin round defeats in Paris Masters and ATP Finals, respectively.

Can Nadal recuperate before the start of the 2023 season and defend his Australian Open title?

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Mahima Verma

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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.

Edited By: Tony Thomas

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