Feb 1 2019
14 years in love: Rafael Nadal is engaged!
The Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal and his long-term girlfriend Mery Perello are all set to get married later this year following the couple's recent engagement. Nadal, who on Sunday lost out in the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic, proposed to Perello while the couple were on holiday in Rome in May as reported by Hola, a Spanish magazine.
The beautiful couple, who have been in a committed relationship for 14 years, is set to tie the knot this autumn in a Mallorca-based ceremony. The couple kept it private for the first eight months of their engagement. Rafa announced that he would love to have children with Mery, explaining: "Obviously, I have the intention of forming a family. I love children and I would like my children to do what they like." Rafael recently came second place at the 2019 Australian Open. Speaking about the loss in finals, he said the reporters: "What I need is time, I need work and I need more weeks like this one. That’s really the only thing that I hope, is to have the chance to keep practising well and to have the chance to keep playing with health conditions. I can’t be sad. It would not be fair to be sad. I played against a player that today was better than me."
Although the 32-year-old has kept his relationship relatively a secret, he is an avid tweeter, and recently sent his best wishes to Andy Murray after he announced his retirement from tennis. Rafa wrote: "Congrats @andy_murray for all your achievements all these years. It was great to play against you all these years. Good luck with everything!" His girlfriend Perello has avoided the media limelight till now, so not much about her is out on the public domain. Erello is a 30-year-old insurance banker and she has been associated closely with Rafael Nadal’s foundation namely Rafa Nadal Foundation. The reports of Nadal and Perello dating started surfacing in the year 2005. Xisca Perello does not have any social media accounts. She’s not available on either Instagram or Twitter.
The couple first met when Perello was working for the company, Mapfre that had booked an endorsement with the 17-time Grand Slam Champion. The sparks flew between them and they were soon seen together on several occasions. Perello, who also identifies herself by the name Xisca, has been by the side of Nadal through thick and thin. She has been spotted on the courtside during many of Nadal’s matches but she kept her appearances rather limited in order to avoid any distraction. She was in Nadal's team box at the Australian Open, only the second time she has supported him Down Under with the couple reportedly preferring to not travel together to every tournament. Nadal has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles and is second only to Roger Federer, who has 20 under his belt.
Congratulations Rafa and Mery!
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