RAFAEL NADAL’s wife, Maria Francisca Perello, better known as Xisco Perello, has never been one to hog the spotlight.
Although absent from the crowd at times, Perello is always with the Spanish icon on her mind and she would have appreciated her husband making it to the third round of Wimbledon.
But who is the key to his success and what did Xisca say about his reluctant fame?
Here’s everything we know about the beauty as her partner tries to win a historic 22nd Grand Slam.
Who is Xisca Perello and how old is she?
Xisca Perello – born Maria’s first job Francisca Perello was a sports marketer in London.
But she is currently a project director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation, the charity that Nadal started in 2008.
The couple reportedly started dating in 2005 despite having known each other for several years prior.
When did they get married?
Dated for 17 years, it was a case of “finally” when they got married.
They announced their engagement in January 2019, before getting married the following October.
The couple took their vows in front of around 350 guests at La Fortaleza castle in Mallorca, their native island.
Guests included actors Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie.
Does Rafael Nadal have children?
Congratulations are in order to Rafael Nadal and his wife Xisca as the lovebirds are said to be expecting their first child together.
Despite lifting the Spanish icon securing another Roland Garros triumph, all eyes were on Perello who was spotted with a baby bump.
Nadal’s wishes are about to come true with the tennis legend declaring in 2017 that he would like to have his own children one day.
He commented, “I would love to have kids: boys, girls… I’m a kid-loving person and I’m a family guy.
“But also I tell you that the reality is that the years pass, I would like to start doing all this when my sporting life determines it.”
Mr Nadal added that his sporting career has made the idea of having children difficult so far, saying: “I think it’s also first and foremost about taking care of the children.
“I don’t know if he [travelling throughout the year and having children] is ideal.
Why is Xisca often absent from Nadal’s tennis matches?
In one of her only interviews, Xisca Perello revealed that she chose not to attend most of Nadal’s tennis matches in an effort to preserve their relationship.
She added that she feared it would disrupt her fellow Spaniard’s concentration if she appeared at all the events.
In an interview with The Telegraph in 2011, Xisca explained: “He needs his space when he’s competing, and just the thought of me hanging around and waiting for his needs all day wears me out.
“It would suffocate me. And then he would have to worry about me… No. If I followed him everywhere, I think we might not get along.”
However, she was a more frequent visitor at the 2020 Australian Open and watched all of Nadal’s four-set victory over Nick Kyrgios.
Does Xisca Perello use Twitter or Instagram?
Xisca Perello does not have any public social media channels.
However, admiring fans have created social media accounts to share photos.
Xisca has spoken before about avoiding fame and celebrity status.
She explained: “It’s not a world I want to be a part of, nor do I think Rafa would have chosen to be with a woman who was looking for that in life.”