According to Diario de Mallorca and Gazzetta dello Sport, Maria Francisca Perello, Rafael Nadal’s wife, could go under surgery in the next few hours. Xisca, 31 weeks pregnant, was reportedly hospitalized as a precaution last Monday, according to the Spanish press and the Italian newspaper.
Rafael and Francisca are expecting a baby who is expected to be born at the end of October. However, according to the Spanish media, the girl’s pregnancy would be complicated and the doctors would have advised a preventive hospitalization, as well as the possibility of proceeding with her in a small surgery.
Rafael Nadal is currently training in New York for the US Open 2022, but a change of plans based on the health conditions of his wife and upcoming child is not ruled out. According to the Spanish media and the Gazzetta dello Sport, the girl’s parents and Rafael’s sister, Maribel, are in hospital with Rafa’s wife.
Nadal: between Cincinnati and US Open
Rafael Nadal’s run in Cincinnati ended already in the second round.
The Spaniard’s debut was scheduled for the evening session on Wednesday, so that he could arrive well prepared, but it was still not enough. In a tournament that has often been hostile to him in the past (his only triumph dates back to 2013), the former ATP number 1 surrendered in three sets to a newfound Borna Coric.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion wasted several chances in the first set, allowing the Croatian to gain confidence and play without pressure in the important moments. Despite this setback, the 36-year-old from Manacor is having a fabulous season.
The Iberian pocketed two majors in 2022, the Australian Open and Roland Garros, extending over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time ranking. Rafa will work hard these days to improve his condition for the US Open, which will kick off on Monday 29 August in Flushing Meadows.
Nadal seemed close to retiring a few months ago, thanks to the persistent pain in his foot that had limited him even in the past season. The former world number 1 has shown incredible resistance to pain, managing to win the Australian Open and Roland Garros against all odds.