Rafael Nadal and his wife Miri Pirillo are expecting a baby boy

They are expecting their first child together after 17 years of romance.

Rafael Nadal and his wife Miri Perillo are reportedly expecting a son for a Spanish magazine Or not! She revealed the gender of their baby on Thursday.

The publication first broke the news of Meri’s pregnancy in June, after weeks of speculation that Raphael’s childhood sweetheart was expecting her after she was seen wearing loose-fitting clothes.

our end!  Rafael Nadal and his wife Miri Pirillo are said to be expecting a son for Spanish magazine Hola!  She revealed the gender of their baby on Thursday

our end! Rafael Nadal and his wife Miri Pirillo are said to be expecting a son for Spanish magazine Hola! She revealed the gender of their baby on Thursday

The Spanish tennis star, 36, confirmed the news of his wife’s pregnancy, 33, at a news conference in Mallorca later in the week.

Now, the magazine has claimed that Raphael and Meri know the gender of their child and will welcome a baby boy together.

It sparked speculation that the couple could name their son Sebastia, Sebastian in English, because it is the name of Raphael’s father and grandfather.

There has been no official comment from Rafael or his wife, who dated for 14 years before they tied the knot in October 2019 at a British-owned castle in Mallorca, over reports that they are expecting a boy.

Baby news: The tabloid broke the news of Meri's pregnancy in June, following speculation that Rafael's wife (pictured on June 3) was expecting her after she was seen wearing loose clothing.

Baby news: The tabloid broke the news of Meri’s pregnancy in June, following speculation that Rafael’s wife (pictured on June 3) was expecting her after she was seen wearing loose clothing.

The health of former insurance worker Meri has been the focus of attention in the Spanish press in recent weeks, which intensified after Nadal withdrew from the Laver Cup for personal reasons after helping the tennis world bid farewell to retired superstar Roger Federer.

It emerged at the end of August that she had entered a private clinic in Palma, the capital of Mallorca, when she entered the 31st week of her pregnancy.

Reports at the time said doctors decided to monitor her as a precaution.

But Rafael’s sister Maribel Nadal said on Tuesday that Meri was in very good shape when she left a party in Madrid attended by Queen Letizia of Spain where she represented the Rafa Nadal Foundation.

Expectation: The Spanish tennis star, 36, then confirmed the news of his wife of 33 years' pregnancy (both pictured in November 2021) at a news conference in Mallorca later in June.

Expectation: The Spanish tennis star, 36, then confirmed the news of his wife of 33 years’ pregnancy (both pictured in November 2021) at a news conference in Mallorca later in June.

MailOnline contacted Rafael representatives for comment.

It comes after Rafael announced that his wife, Meri, is expecting her first child at a press conference in Mallorca in June following rumors of her pregnancy.

“If all goes well, I will be a father,” Rafael told reporters.

I’m not used to talking about my private life. We live quieter with less picture. I don’t expect my life to change much with her.

Spanish newspapers reported earlier in June that Meri was pregnant with her first child, according to the magazine Or not!.

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 much quieter with less image. I don’t expect my life to change much with it”

The beauty was wearing what appeared to be a baby bump under her swimsuit on the yacht as she and Nadal were enjoying a holiday.

There was intense speculation that Rafael’s childhood sweetheart was waiting for her after she started wearing more baggy clothes and wearing a face mask in the recent Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Mery, aka Xisca, gave up a job in insurance to become a project manager for the Rafael Nadal charity, which he founded over ten years ago.

She is known as an incredibly private person. The estate that the Spanish couple chose to marry, La Fortaleza overlooking the Gulf of Pollensa in northeastern Mallorca, was where Real Madrid star Gareth Bale held the knot with Emma Rhys-Jones in June 2019 as part of a three-day celebration.

The couple, who had already been dating 14 years before their marriage, were married by Reverend Tomio Catala in front of 350 guests at the stunning castle, owned by Tory benefactor Lord Lupton.

Romance: The couple (pictured in February 2018), who had been dating 14 years prior to their marriage, married at the Spanish estate La Fortaleza in 2019

Romance: The couple (pictured in February 2018), who had been dating 14 years prior to their marriage, married at the Spanish estate La Fortaleza in 2019

Juan Carlos I, King of Spain from 1975 to 2014, was among those in attendance at the wedding because he is an old friend of the tennis ace.

At the ceremony, Raphael looked elegant in a navy suit and white shirt, while Mary wore a long-sleeved dress designed by Rosa Clara, the famous bridal designer.

La Fortaleza has proven to be a highly coveted A-list destination, as the acclaimed BBC thriller The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman, has also been filmed.

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

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

Raphael revealed in January 2019 that he was engaged to his long-term girlfriend Meri after 14 years of courtship.

Hello sister of the publication HOLA! She revealed that a Spanish athlete made an offer to Meri in May 2018 during a romantic trip to Rome.

However, they have stated that the couple decided to keep the happy news private during the first eight months of their engagement.

Meri, born Maria Francesca Perello, is an insurance worker and business graduate.

EXERCISE: Nadal trained on Friday while taking part in a training session at the Santa Ponsa Country Club in Mallorca

EXERCISE: Nadal trained on Friday while taking part in a training session at the Santa Ponsa Country Club in Mallorca

And Rafael has made no secret of his desire to have children, saying that he is a “family man” and looks forward to having a brood in the not too distant future.

But the dedicated athlete admitted that his tennis career made it difficult to think of starting a family in the past.

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

“But I also tell you the truth is that the years go by, I’d like to start doing all of this when my sporting life defines it.”

He told Essentially Sports, at the end of 2018, ‘I have a girlfriend too and I’m not alone in making decisions. (sic)

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

Family: Rafael (pictured in 2015) has made no secret of his desire to have children, saying he is a ‘family man’ and looks forward to having a brood of his own.

You have to fit the situations you know. To have a family? I don’t know, it’s not easy to predict. At this age, I thought I was already going to be a former player and that I was going to be a family.

Merry, who is known as an incredibly private person, spoke about her relationship with the tennis champion in 2011.

She told The Telegraph in a rare interview: “Traveling everywhere together, even if I could, wouldn’t be good for him or me.

He needs his space when he’s competing, and the idea of ​​me walking around waiting for his needs all day exhausts me. It will suffocate me.

“And then he should worry about me…no. If I follow him everywhere, I think there is a risk that we may stop coexisting.”

Tennis superstar: Rafael is currently ranked 3rd in the world in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals

Tennis superstar: Rafael is currently ranked 3rd in the world in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals

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