Tennis superstar and Australian of the year Pat Rafter has become a father for the first time.
His father Jim Rafter said hat his son's partner Lara Feltham had given birth early this morning.
"It's a boy," Mr Rafter said.
"They're both well, it was a long birth."
The baby was born at the Selangor Private Hospital at Nambour on the Queensland Sunshine Coast.
Pat Rafter and Ms Feltham have been based on the Sunshine Coast at their Noosa Heads apartment in the weeks leading up to the birth of their first child.
Two time US Open winner and former world No 1, Rafter has been out of tennis all year in the lead-up to the birth of his partner's baby.
Rafter, 29, and Ms Feltham, 33, recently bought a $5.5 million mansion in the Sydney harbourside suburb of Mosman, where they intend to settle with their son.
08-01-2002, 05:51 AM
Congratulations to Lara and Pat :)
08-01-2002, 06:51 AM
:bounce: :bounce: I'm soooo happy for Pat & Lara! Congrats and I wish them every happiness:bounce: :bounce:
08-01-2002, 06:55 AM
congrats to Pat n Lara!!!!!!!!!!!!
08-01-2002, 09:36 AM
Congratulations :bounce: , but please pat, come back!!
08-01-2002, 09:54 AM
now he has some reason to come back
he needs money to pay for the baby's nappies/diapers (or whatever you call them in your part of the world)
08-01-2002, 10:00 AM
Lmao!! :D I wonder if Lleyton will be the Godfather :D Potato input ;)
08-01-2002, 10:19 AM
08-01-2002, 10:20 AM
Pat has more sense than that to leave his kid with a vegetable
08-01-2002, 12:28 PM
Originally posted by TheBoiledEgg
Pat has more sense than that to leave his kid with a vegetable :D
08-01-2002, 12:30 PM
Awww :angel: Congrats to them!!
08-01-2002, 12:50 PM
Thank you for posting, Terry.
Congrats to Pat and Lara! Wonderful news! :)
08-01-2002, 01:45 PM
But please come back to the circuit....you gotta win Wimbledon!!!
08-01-2002, 02:18 PM
:D :D :D :D :D
08-01-2002, 02:31 PM
Congrats to the new parents. :D
08-01-2002, 02:59 PM
Congrats Pat and Lara! :D
08-01-2002, 04:21 PM
Is there any pic of them??
08-01-2002, 04:58 PM
Congrats! :) So many babie these days! Now, the chances Pat will comeback to tennis are reduced :sad:
08-01-2002, 05:04 PM
Hope that you come back soon !
08-01-2002, 05:57 PM
Congrats to Patrick & Lara! Good to know everyone is happy and healthy.
What a baby boom! Rafter, Sampras, Henman, Agassi--all within this year! And more players have young children too. Are we looking at a second generation?;)
08-01-2002, 06:21 PM
CONGRATS Pat and Lara! i just hope that the kid decides to play tennis, not aussie rules!
08-01-2002, 07:14 PM
Tennis' loss is the world's gain! :) Congrats to Lara and Pat! :bounce: But Pat will never return to tennis now. :( He won't want to travel the world will his child back in Australia.
08-01-2002, 07:31 PM
Think the Cats right - unfortunately!
Congratulations to Pat & Lara, BUT we would love to see him back.
08-01-2002, 08:17 PM
Congrats to Pat and Lara :D
Even if Pat doesn't come back, he will always be the best (Lleykis don't beat me up) :p
08-01-2002, 08:48 PM
Rafter Becomes First-Time Father
Patrick Rafter By Richard Pagliaro
Patrick Rafter has taken on a new role as a new dad. The two-time US Open champion became a first-time father when his longtime girlfriend Lara Feltham gave birth to a baby boy at approximately 7 a.m. Australian time on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
The baby, whose name has not yet been released, weighed in at a healthy six pounds, 11 ounces.
"We are ecstatic to have our little man with us," Rafter said in a statement. "Everything went well with the delivery and we are extremely thankful for the care and professionalism from the hospital and its staff."
The former No. 1, who played his last match in Australia's 3-2 loss to visiting France in the Davis Cup final last December, reportedly plans to take the year off to spend time with his family before making a definitive decision on a possible return to tennis.
"As you can understand, this is an intimate time in our lives and we would appreciate your respect for our privacy," Rafter said in the statement.
08-01-2002, 10:06 PM
Best wishes and congratulations to Lara and Pat, on the birth of
their :bounce: baby boy!! :)
08-01-2002, 10:28 PM
08-01-2002, 10:57 PM
Cogratulations Pat and Mrs Pat
08-02-2002, 04:20 AM
Congrats to Pat and Lara!!!
I'm still wishing Pat will return to the ATP so he can collect his Wimbledon title, but I guess it's just wishful thinking.
08-02-2002, 10:12 AM
a bit late but.....
Congrats Pat and Lara! :bounce: :bounce: Good to hear that the baby is all well and ok! :)
08-02-2002, 10:24 AM
Congradulations :D, then rafter's girl friend looks so young, i guess she is just 26 :eek: :eek: , wow, already 33?! ubelilevable :eek:
08-02-2002, 11:26 AM
Jeez I didn't even notice that bit! Lara is older than Pat :eek::eek::eek: She looks waaaayyyy to young to be 33!!!
08-02-2002, 01:57 PM
baby news is always nice news! congrats tp both parents. now i hope he marries the bloody woman some time soon! and i hope he doesn't pick the Potato for godfather altho' Kim would make a lovely godmother. ;) ;) i wonder if Newk will get the honor?
08-02-2002, 02:14 PM
LOL @ TC! ;) I was thinking the same thing! But I didn't have the nerve to post it! :eek: But you did! :)
08-05-2002, 08:41 AM
Concrats Pat and Lara!!
Wish you all the best with your new live!!
Hmmmm guess that was it for Pats return. I believe he'll make it like Mika Häkkinen. Announcing a baby break and never come back again.... :sad: :sad: :sad: