33-year-old Maria Francisca Perelló is an insurance specialist and holds a degree in economics. Similar to Jelena Đoković, Xisca Perello is the director of the Rafael Nadal Humanitarian Foundation, which was started by a famous tennis player almost 10 years ago.
The couple reportedly started dating in 2005, although they had known each other for several years. After 14 years of relationship, Rafa Nadal finally decided to propose to his longtime partner in January 2019, while the wedding took place in October of the same year.
The couple fatefully said "yes" in front of about 350 guests at La Fortaleca Castle in Mallorca, the place where they both come from. Although the couple still does not have children, Rafa Nadal often said that he would like to become a father, but he suggested that it would be best to wait until the end of his sports career so that he could pay full attention to them.
- I would like to have children - boys, girls. I am a family person and I love children very much. But the reality is different. As the years go by, I would like to fulfill the dream of children when my sports career allows it - he said in an interview.
As Rafa Nadal says, the life of a professional tennis player is not adequate for children. - I am thinking primarily of caring for children. I don't know if year-round travel is adequate for children. In one of the rare interviews, Xisca Perello revealed why she decided not to attend most of Nadal's matches in an attempt to preserve her relationship.
Xisca Perello and Rafa Nadal matches
At the same time, she worries that she will disturb his focus if she is present. - He needs his space when he competes, and the very idea of me hanging out there and waiting for him all day already tires me.
That would suffocate me." "And he would take care of me too. Not. If I followed him everywhere, I think there is a risk that we would stop agreeing - she pointed out in an interview with the Telegraph in 2011. Despite the spoken words, Xisca Perello still attended the match at the Australian Open last year, where she followed Rafala Nadal's victory over Nick Kyrgios.
It is interesting that Xisca Perello does not have any social network. However, that did not stop her fans from opening several accounts dedicated only to her. - This is not the world I want to be a part of, nor do I think that Rafa Nadal would like to be with such a woman - she said in one of the earlier interviews.
However, the sympathetic Xisca Perello broke her "rule" and attended the match between Nadal and Đoković in Paris. This was not completely unexpected, since Rafa Nadal achieved his greatest successes in his career in the French capital, and with good reason, he sees Paris as its "second home"