Rafa Nadal with the head of the Sports Council José Manuel Franco who visited his academy in Manacor.


Rafa Nadal and his wife Xisca are concentrating on looking after their son in the privacy of their Mallorcan home, says his friend and former Spanish tennis star Feliziano Lopez. Xisca gave birth to a baby boy in a Palma clinic two weeks ago.

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Rafa has said that he wants to keep his private life out of the limelight and so far the only comment he has made is to thank everyone for their support. There have also been rumours since he became a father that he may retire from tennis, following in the footsteps of his good friend Roger Federer. But Lopez has his doubts: "I don¡t think anyone would be thinking about retirement after winning two Grand Slam tournaments this year," he said.

"When you become a father, you have little time for anything. I briefly chatted to Rafa shortly after the birth to offer him my congratulations and then I had a longer chat last week," adds Lopez. He underlined the fact that everyone was very happy.