Eighteen time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has been involved in a long term relationship with his girlfriend Xisca Perello. The pair have been dating since they were teens and are set to get married in October.

According to the reports, Rafael Nadal proposed Xisca during a trip to Rome in the previous May. But who is Xisca Perello?

Xisca Perello, 31, was born and raised in Mallorca, Spain. She is popularly known by her nickname, Xisca Maria Francisca Perello. According to the reports, Xisca met Rafael Nadal while the two were in high school. Reports also suggest that a friend introduced them. However, it was only in 2005 when the pair officially started dating.

Rafael Nadal and Xisca Perello

Xisca Perello is also a graduate in Business Administration and English from the United Kingdom. She is currently working as an insurance worker and also serves as a project director of the Rafa Nadal Foundation, which was launched a decade ago.

Xisca likes to keep her life private as she doesn’t have any public social media channels. Earlier, Xisca had revealed in an interview that she avoids getting celebrity status.

Rafael Nadal and Xisca Perello

“It’s the celebrity world, not a world I want to be part of, nor do I think Rafa would have chosen to be with a woman who looked for that in life,” she said referring to the fact that she hardly events any events with Rafael Nadal.

Xisca Perello is also often absent from Rafael Nadal’s tennis matches as she wants to preserve their relationship. The Mallorcan feels that her presence in Nadal’s matches would probably disrupt his focus.

She said in an interview to The Daily Telegraph, “He (Rafael Nadal) needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around and waiting on his needs all day tires me out.”

She further added, “It would asphyxiate me. And then he would have to be worrying about me… No. If I followed him everywhere, I think there’s a risk we might stop getting along.”

Rafael Nadal and Xisca Perello

The two have been secretively engaged in 2018 as the news remained private until this year. According to reports, the Spanish couple also wanted to keep their marriage a secret affair but the news went public earlier this year. Rafael Nadal and Xisca Perello will tie knots on October 19 and will take place near their hometown, Mallorca.