Nineteen time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has involved in a long term relationship with his wife Xisca Perello. The pair have been dating since they were teens and got married on 19th October 2019. According to the reports, Rafael Nadal proposed Xisca during a trip to Rome in the previous May.
Who is Rafael Nadal’s wife 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 sources, Xisca met Rafael Nadal while the two were in high school and a friend introduced them. However, it was only in 2005 when the pair officially started dating.
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.
“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.
Why is Xisca Perello absent from Nadal’s matches?
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 marriage
The couple secretively engaged in 2018 as the news remained private until 2019. The Spanish pair also wanted to keep their marriage a secret affair but the news went public earlier in 2019.
Rafael Nadal and Xisca Perello tied the knot on October 19 at La Fortaleza – a Spanish fortress in Mallorca which is known to be one of the most expensive properties in Spain. Some of the big names from the tennis fraternity were part of the 350-strong guest list.
Though Nadal and Perello have been quite private about their relationship over the years, Nadal expressed his desire to have a family one day. “I would love to have children, boys, girls…I’m a person who loves kids and I’m a family guy,” he said in an interview earlier.