Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisco Perelo, 32, were married last year after 14 years in a relationship, and she is a person who successfully avoids the public and does not use any of the current social networks.
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Tennis player Rafael Nadal (34) first celebrates every victory with his wife Xiska Perelo (32) if his wife is in the audience, but she often avoids the spotlight and paparazzi photographers.
Otherwise, Maria Franciska Perelo, better known as Xiska, works in an insurance company, graduated in entrepreneurship, and is also the project director at the foundation “Rafa Nadal”, which promotes personal and social integration and development of children and youth through sports in Spain and India.
According to foreign media, Xiska began a relationship with Nadal in 2005, but they had known each other for many years.
The engagement was announced in January 2019, and they got married in October of the same year. The wedding took place at La Fortaleza Castle on the Spanish island of Mallorca, where Nadal was born. The wedding was attended by 350 guests, including many celebrities.
The couple has no children, but Rafael once said that he loves children and that he imagines himself in the role of a father. He noted that he would like him and Xiska to wait, to finish his tennis career so that he can dedicate himself completely to the children.
“I would like to have children: sons, daughters… I am a person who loves children and I am a family man”he said.
In one of the few interviews, Xiska explained why she decided to come to her husband’s tennis matches less and less. Namely, she emphasized that she wants to keep their relationship and that she would not want to disturb his concentration by following him everywhere.
“He needs space when he competes and the very idea of withdrawing and waiting if at some point I will accidentally need him and all that pressure tires me. It would suffocate me and Rafael in those moments should take care of me instead of the game. “If I followed him everywhere, I think it would negatively affect our relationship, in which we get along very well.”she concluded.
Otherwise, Xiska does not have a profile on social networks, and Nadal rarely shares their shared photos because he respects the privacy his wife demands of him.