Rafael Nadal says he and his family are ‘very well’ after birth of first child
Nadal gave birth to his son Noah during a seven-hour procedure Wednesday
‘I think it went very well,’ he said moments after the baby was born at 4 pounds, 10 ounces
‘All of my friends have been so surprised’ at the birth of his first child
‘I am very surprised’ about his son’s birth
Speaking from the tennis court before his match at the Western & Southern Open, Nadal said that he was happy to give birth to his son Noah in under seven hours at a hospital in California.
‘I think it went well,’ Rafael said as the infant’s dad was escorted out of the arena. ‘All of my friends have been so surprised by the news.
‘I wanted to make it a quiet, relaxed occasion, and I think it went very well.’
Nadal’s first child was born at a hospital in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday evening. A small group of women and a gaggle of media gathered to hear the news during the player’s post-match press conference in which he spoke about Noah’s birth.
‘I’ve been trying for a long time to have a baby and I really wanted to do it at a hospital right near where my wife and son live,’ Nadal said. ‘We really wanted to live near each other.
‘So this was the next logical step.’
The 36-year-old mother of two has had four children, including twins Alexis and Angelique and son Noah, with ex-fiancee Jennifer Capriati.
The baby is Nadal’s 19th, after he added a son, Christian, to his family in 2005, and then a daughter, Amelia, in 2007.
‘The birth of Noah was just like an ordinary day for me,’ Nadal said. ‘It was very strange but I got more and more excited as time passed. Noah was born at about 4:40 p.m., which is a bit unusual. When people are at the hospital, they