Rafa Nadal's telling move amid reports surrounding wife Xisca

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Rafa Nadal's wife Xisca Perello, pictured here at the French Open.
Rafa Nadal's wife Xisca Perello is reportedly pregnant. Image: Getty

Rafa Nadal is set to hold a press conference in Mallorca on Friday (local time) to reportedly give an update on his plans for Wimbledon and address reports his wife is pregnant.

Bombshell reports emerged on Wednesday that Nadal's wife Xisca Perello is expecting their first child, increasing speculation that the 22-time grand slam champion is nearing retirement.

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Nadal has previously said he didn't want to start a family until after he retires, which appears to be getting closer and closer.

Spanish magazine Hola reported on Wednesday that Nadal and Xisca are expecting their first child together.

Perello was reportedly seen wearing loose-fitting clothing with her husband at the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, as well as during the final rounds of Nadal's triumph at the French Open.

She was also reportedly seen with a noticeable baby bump as she holidayed with Nadal on their yacht in Mallorca this week.

On Thursday it emerged that Nadal will address the media on Friday in a telling move amid the swirling reports.

American tennis writer Christopher Clarey tweeted: "Nadal giving a press conference on Friday in Spain, I imagine to clarify his plans on Wimbledon.

"Already practicing on grass and certainly looks promising that he will be there but let's wait and hear what he has to say after his radio frequency ablation and training."

Others speculated that Nadal will also address the reports about his wife.

If Xisca is pregnant, it appears that this might be Nadal's final year on tour.

“I would love to have children, boys, girls…I'm a person who loves kids and I'm a family guy," he said in 2017.

"But also I tell you that the reality is...the years keep passing.

“I would like to start to do all of this when my sporting life determines it.

"I think it's also above all about looking after the kids.

"I don't know if it [travelling throughout the year when you have children] is ideal."

Nadal was stepping up preparation for Wimbledon by training on Mallorca's best grass courts on Thursday, a seemingly positive sign that he intends to play at the All England Club.

Rafa Nadal and Xisca Perello, pictured here at a Rafa Nadal Foundation dinner.
Rafa Nadal and Xisca Perello at a Rafa Nadal Foundation dinner. (Photo By Irina R.Hipolito/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Rafa Nadal could be on verge of retirement

The Spanish champion revealed after his historic French Open triumph that he needed pain-killing injections in his foot to play at Roland Garros, but said he wouldn't do the same for Wimbledon.

The 36-year-old said he was given a number of injections before every match at Roland Garros and announced he would undergo radio frequency injections in a bid to feature at the third grand slam of the year.

"Wimbledon is a priority. If I am able to play with anti-inflammatories, yes [I will play], but with anaesthetic injections, no [I won’t play]," he told reporters.

"I don’t want to put myself in that position again. It’s not a philosophy I want to follow."

As he has done a number of times in recent months, Nadal hinted that he might be forced to retire if he can't find a workable solution for his foot.

Rafa Nadal, pictured here after attending a recognition ceremony for his career in Palma de Mallorca.
Rafa Nadal leaves after attending a recognition ceremony for his career in Palma de Mallorca. (Photo by JAIME REINA/AFP via Getty Images)

“It’s obvious that with circumstances that I am playing, I can’t and I don’t want to keep going, so the mindset is very clear," he said.

"I’m going to keep working to try to find a solution and an improvement for what’s happening in the foot."

Giving details on the radio frequency injections, he said: "It's going to be...trying to burn a little bit the nerve and create the impact that I have now on the nerve for a long period of time.

"That's what we are going to try. If that works, I'm going to keep going. If that does not work, then it's going to be another story.

"And then I am going to ask myself if I am ready to do a major thing without being sure that things are going the proper way, for example.

"A major surgery that doesn't guarantee me to be able to be competitive again and take a long time to be back (is a risk). So let's do it step by step, as I did all my tennis career."

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