HELLO! World Exclusive: Rafa Nadal engaged to girlfriend of 14 years Mery Perelló

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Why is Xisca often absent from Nadal's tennis matches?
In one of her only interviews, Xisca Perello revealed that she chooses not to attend most of Nadal's tennis matches in a bid to preserve their relationship.
She added that she is concerned she would disrupt her fellow Spaniard's focus if she appeared at all events.
In an interview with The Telegraph in 2011, Xisca explained: "He 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.
"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."

Does Xisca Perello use Twitter or Instagram?
Xisca Perello doesn't have any public social media channels.
However, admiring fans have set up social media accounts to share pictures.
Xisca has previously spoken out about avoiding fame and celebrity status.
She explained: "It's 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."

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/3945964/rafael-nadal-girlfriend-xisca-perello-australian-open-final/
 

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you sound interesting and funny, i like it.
i dont believe in marriage too. one thing in conmon at least.
I can only tell you that I do not like people who feel attached and I believe in freedom and reason of being to try to be happy without cutting the wings of the other person.
No worries. I am all about detachment.

Marriage is all about bonding legally. It’s a financial agreement, in other words. And I don’t care for anyone’s money, nor do I care for sharing mine with someone else. If we love each other enough then rest are in the details.
 
I think that after AO 2019 Rafa viewed the world from another perspective in sense that life is too short and that anything can happen unexpectedly. He had a paradigm shift, a real epiphany. So he decides to get married and leave a legacy. Smart thing to do Rafa. Have some other priorities that are far more important than endless titles and GOAT race. Leave that to Djokovic to catch Fed and be crowned as a GOAT.
Nadal will be playing tennis for many more years and will continue competing for Slams. He's not going anywhere. And he'll continue stopping Federer and Djokovic from winning RG. LOL
 
Speaking of Uncle Toni, he doesn't care about getting married. He has three kids (14 - 18 years old) with his life partner, but they are not married. UT has said: “If we are friends, you know it and I know it, and we don’t need to announce it; it is the same with my life partner.”
Toni isn't infallible, maybe marriage would have upped his game? He said almost a decade ago that Rafa would be pretty much "fatigued" and done at age 27-8.

http://www.soyouwanttowinwimbledon.com/TG TONI NADAL INTERVIEW.pdf
 
This might be Nadal's overt signal that he HAS given up and is very close to retirement. He always said he would consider marriage and commitment at the end of his career.

It is no coincidence that it comes at the end of a comprehensive beatdown from Djokovic. Deep in his heart Nadal realizes the cost of trying to chase more slams at this stage of his career, with the likes of Djokovic around.
There could be a distinct possibility of ending up like Murray and imperiling his future life by trying harder and struggling more. And that's assuming he could even be competitive.

Nadal has 17 slams, and yeah he is not be the GOAT, it still a hall of fame career and he would still be a great player.
Also while people here always put down Nadal for having most of the slams on clay, the fact is that Rafa has achieved more than most people thought he would.
Nadal's always appeared to me to be a very well sorted out person with a optimistic and philosophical view of life. I'm sure he will go fishing and enjoy his millions with his future wife/friends and live a happy life.
 
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Great News! Congratulations to the beautiful couple.

"Rafael Nadal is engaged to his long-term girlfriend, Mery Perelló! The beautiful couple, who have been in a committed relationship for 14 years, are set to tie the knot this autumn in a Mallorca-based ceremony. HELLO!'s sister publication HOLA! has revealed that Rafa proposed to Mery, also known as Xisca, back in May during a romantic trip to Rome, but the couple kept it private for the first eight months of their engagement."

https://www.hellomagazine.com/brides/2019013067188/rafa-nadal-wedding-world-exclusive-autumn/
You won't believe it but I had a hunch Nadal is getting married this year. Too bad I didn't make a thread about it or else it would be among the GOAT threads :cool:
 

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He has been quoted as saying he thought he would be a father by his 30's and retired. A little behind the power curve but he will soon be married with little Rafaels or Rafaellas soon enough. Wonder if they will be taught tennis?
 
Rafa always said he didn't want to be touring when he's married with children so they were waiting until he retired. Maybe they've changed their minds on that that he can combine family life and touring which makes me so happy because I was always worried that the clock was ticking and he might have to retire soon. Hopefully, he will continue to compete for a few years yet. Tennis without him will have a gaping hole for me and his huge fanbase.
I think this is a sign retirement is coming. Last year after he won the french Open he said he hoped to be back next year, then in a press conference said he was not sure if he would defend his title which staggered me at the time.

If he wins the French Open don’t rule out him doing a Sampras and calling it a day there and then. For Nadal family life means a lot more than tennis.

When Nadal does retire tennis will never be the same as there will never be another Nadal. But as his fans we should also celebrate this news of impending marriage.
 
I am certain he will retire this year now. He has said many times he won’t play when married.
Yeah. It all makes sense. I guess the AO loss proved to him that it would take a lot to be competitive, and I'm not sure he wants to put that much effort at this time in his career.

I think the perfect way to retire would be to win another F.O. That being said, I don't think he will win the F.O this year, unless someone else takes out Novak.
That could happen, since Novak is more likely to lose to Thiem (or others) than he is to Nadal.
But I don't see Nadal beating Novak anywhere anytime in the future.
 
I think this is a sign retirement is coming. Last year after he won the french Open he said he hoped to be back next year, then in a press conference said he was not sure if he would defend his title which staggered me at the time.

If he wins the French Open don’t rule out him doing a Sampras and calling it a day there and then. For Nadal family life means a lot more than tennis.

When Nadal does retire tennis will never be the same as there will never be another Nadal. But as his fans we should also celebrate this news of impending marriage.

I'm really concerned the end is near. Perhaps he's changed his mind on it, but Rafa isn't the type to do anything unless fully devoted. I'd be surprised if he wanted to do the tennis circuit while being married and possibly having kids.

I suppose it's possible he'll want to call it a day in Paris. If he wins this year, I have to think he'd be compelled to try to win Wimbledon or the USO. If he doesn't win RG this year, I suspect he'll play out the season and then probably go full blast by trying to win RG 2020 and go out on top.

He owes us nothing as he's given more than we ever deserved but tennis sans Nadal is not something I look forward to.
 
Yeah. It all makes sense. I guess the AO loss proved to him that it would take a lot to be competitive, and I'm not sure he wants to put that much effort at this time in his career.

I think the perfect way to retire would be to win another F.O. That being said, I don't think he will win the F.O this year, unless someone else takes out Novak.
That could happen, since Novak is more likely to lose to Thiem (or others) than he is to Nadal.
But I don't see Nadal beating Novak anywhere anytime in the future.
I really don't get this, Nadal is still a strong favorite to win RG. It is his fun-house. Does Djokovic have a chance? Certainly, but it's definitely not assured that Djokovic would even make a semi-final or final. To talk of him inevitably winning RG this year is quite optimistic. Nadal has won the French Open every other time he's lost in the finals in Australia, I don't see why the expectation is different.
 
I really don't get this, Nadal is still a strong favorite to win RG. It is his fun-house. Does Djokovic have a chance? Certainly, but it's definitely not assured that Djokovic would even make a semi-final or final. To talk of him inevitably winning RG this year is quite optimistic. Nadal has won the French Open every other time he's lost in the finals in Australia, I don't see why the expectation is different.
Because Novak nearly beat Nadal in 2013 and beat him with interest in 2015. Nadal's 17-18 titles were nice but they were defacto. Plus despite all the modern medicine and money we don't know the extent of his body's damage, like how Becker can't walk now. Nadal takes more time off than his fans seem to realize and he does so to extend his shelf life, but after coming close at Wimbledon after 6 years of disappointment then getting handed a beating at Australia, IF he loses the French everything is on the table and IF he wins the French in a tight contest, who the hell knows. The only motivation here could be the Slam record but assuming he wins the French again, 3 is a big number when you've won 1 non-clay Slam in a gift draw in 5 seasons.
 
Because Novak nearly beat Nadal in 2013 and beat him with interest in 2015. Nadal's 17-18 titles were nice but they were defacto. Plus despite all the modern medicine and money we don't know the extent of his body's damage, like how Becker can't walk now. Nadal takes more time off than his fans seem to realize and he does so to extend his shelf life, but after coming close at Wimbledon after 6 years of disappointment then getting handed a beating at Australia, IF he loses the French everything is on the table and IF he wins the French in a tight contest, who the hell knows. The only motivation here could be the Slam record but assuming he wins the French again, 3 is a big number when you've won 1 non-clay Slam in a gift draw in 5 seasons.
An in form Djokovic was not going to beat 17/18 Nadal at RG. Nadal doesn't need to beat Djokovic at RG to prove anything so calling them 'defacto' is just ****ing laughable. I like how Djokovic starts rolling and suddenly he's going to win every potential match including Phillipe Chatrier. Don't get me wrong, Djokovic is one of maybe three to four people who would have a chance but it is Nadal's tournament. Always has been, always will be.
 
I really don't get this, Nadal is still a strong favorite to win RG. It is his fun-house. Does Djokovic have a chance? Certainly, but it's definitely not assured that Djokovic would even make a semi-final or final. To talk of him inevitably winning RG this year is quite optimistic. Nadal has won the French Open every other time he's lost in the finals in Australia, I don't see why the expectation is different.
I did NOT say Novak will win RG. I said he will beat Nadal. And if they meet it will be in the final, so that means he wins RG.

But Novak is not guaranteed to win RG as he may not reach the final. Novak can be beaten by other players. Must notably Thiem. But if the Serb gets to the final, he will win RG, and beat Nadal.

If you noticed, in the AO 2019, Novak was challenged FAR MORE by Medvedev, Shapalov etc than by Nadal. FACT is Nadal is a very easy matchup for Novak. It makes Djokovic play better than he is.
It was the same story in 2011. If in AO 2019, we had TsiTsipas, Zverev, Thiem, Stan or someone else in the AO final, they could have put up a bigger fight (and in Stan's case beaten Novak) than Nadal did.

As you will see in the clay season, if Nadal and Djokovic play in Paris, Rafa likely gets beaten. It took Nadal to play out of his skin in 2013 to beat Novak.
And at that time, Nadal was FAR FAR better than he is now, and Novak was worse than he is now. We will see the same story in clay tuneups. If Nadal meats Djokovic, he will lose like he did in 2011.
Problem is Nadal is playing much worse than before. He's also completely lost it mentally against Novak. He looked like an amateur in AO 2019 Final. He was scared to hit DTL, I/O and just didn't know what to do. He barely put up a fight and looked resigned.
Which leads me to believe, that retirement might be around the corner, likely this year. And the engagement is right on cue...
 
Comparing AO to RG is like comparing apples to oranges. Interesting how you guys are mentioning 2013( a valiant effort, still a loss...holy **** that was almost six years ago, damn time flies) but neglect 2014 or any of the other matches. I wonder why.:unsure: Again, Nadal has won this event every time he's lost in the finals in Australia. Nadal had a very bad match but in totality he's played well for a while. He's dominated the past two clay seasons which is kinda relevant. I'm not expecting the same level of domination in 2019 over the entire clay season but Nadal is the favorite.

Djokovic can certainly do well at RG, and if things broke right he could certainly win but he's also going to be much more vulnerable to the field than any other slam. He'll be on the court a lot longer and he's older. There are more players who could beat Nole on clay or significantly push him to the limit but would have little chance on a HC. Should he reach the final against Nadal, he will still be a sizable underdog. We've seen this script before.
 
Comparing AO to RG is like comparing apples to oranges. Interesting how you guys are mentioning 2013( a valiant effort, still a loss...holy **** that was almost six years ago, damn time flies) but neglect 2014 or any of the other matches. I wonder why.:unsure: Again, Nadal has won this event every time he's lost in the finals in Australia. Nadal had a very bad match but in totality he's played well for a while. He's dominated the past two clay seasons which is kinda relevant. I'm not expecting the same level of domination in 2019 over the entire clay season but Nadal is the favorite.

Djokovic can certainly do well at RG, and if things broke right he could certainly win but he's also going to be much more vulnerable to the field than any other slam. He'll be on the court a lot longer and he's older. There are more players who could beat Nole on clay or significantly push him to the limit but would have little chance on a HC. Should he reach the final against Nadal, he will still be a sizable underdog. We've seen this script before.
MugOpponent - I don't get it. Can't you see that Nadal right now looks closer to the Nadal of 2015 (who lost to Novak in straights) than the Nadal of 2013/2014?
I think it's pretty easy to discern. Past performance is not an indicator of the future. There would have to come a time when Nadal stops winning RG. This year seems like the time. And unless someone else takes out Novak, I really don't see Nadal beating him there.
For heaven't sake, he did not even come close to winning a set in the AO. The match scoreline seems closer than the match actually was.
It is the worst slam final loss of Nadal's career. Do you think Rafa will suddenly discover his old form and become a totally different player in the summer? He's several level below the 2013/2014 level. Personally, I don't even think Nadal-Djokovic at RG 2019 (if it happens) will even be very competitive. Probably closer to the 2015 scoreline.
 
MugOpponent - I don't get it. Can't you see that Nadal right now looks closer to the Nadal of 2015 (who lost to Novak in straights) than the Nadal of 2013/2014?
I think it's pretty easy to discern. Past performance is not an indicator of the future. There would have to come a time when Nadal stops winning RG. This year seems like the time. And unless someone else takes out Novak, I really don't see Nadal beating him there.
For heaven't sake, he did not even come close to winning a set in the AO. The match scoreline seems closer than the match actually was.
It is the worst slam final loss of Nadal's career. Do you think Rafa will suddenly discover his old form and become a totally different player in the summer? He's several level below the 2013/2014 level. Personally, I don't even think Nadal-Djokovic at RG 2019 (if it happens) will even be very competitive. Probably closer to the 2015 scoreline.
Agreed, it was a lopsided match that wasn't as competitive as the scoreline. I'm not sure there is 'old form' to rediscover. Making the finals is still a good overall result given the circumstances. It was one bad match in a tournament where Nadal overperformed expectations prior to the event. There's plenty of time to get into peak form for clay and Roland Garros. I get your confidence in Djokovic, he's a beast but in the context of clay and Nadal/RG, it's overconfidence.
 
Why is Xisca often absent from Nadal's tennis matches?
In one of her only interviews, Xisca Perello revealed that she chooses not to attend most of Nadal's tennis matches in a bid to preserve their relationship.
She added that she is concerned she would disrupt her fellow Spaniard's focus if she appeared at all events.
In an interview with The Telegraph in 2011, Xisca explained: "He 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.
"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."

Does Xisca Perello use Twitter or Instagram?
Xisca Perello doesn't have any public social media channels.
However, admiring fans have set up social media accounts to share pictures.
Xisca has previously spoken out about avoiding fame and celebrity status.
She explained: "It's 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."

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/3945964/rafael-nadal-girlfriend-xisca-perello-australian-open-final/
I think Xisca sounds very cool!
 

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Why is Xisca often absent from Nadal's tennis matches?
In one of her only interviews, Xisca Perello revealed that she chooses not to attend most of Nadal's tennis matches in a bid to preserve their relationship.
She added that she is concerned she would disrupt her fellow Spaniard's focus if she appeared at all events.
In an interview with The Telegraph in 2011, Xisca explained: "He 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.
"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."

Does Xisca Perello use Twitter or Instagram?
Xisca Perello doesn't have any public social media channels.
However, admiring fans have set up social media accounts to share pictures.
Xisca has previously spoken out about avoiding fame and celebrity status.
She explained: "It's 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."

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/3945964/rafael-nadal-girlfriend-xisca-perello-australian-open-final/
Two things strike me about those statements:

1. I seem to see her at a lot of his matches so I don't get why the interviewer or Xisca are suggesting otherwise?

2. If she doesn't want to be part of the world of celebrity why has she stayed with him for so long? Rafa is inevitably part of the world of tennis celebrities and so will she by extension at least to some extent. Like Mirka or Jelena or Kim she won't be able to avoid it entirely.
 
Great News! Congratulations to the beautiful couple.

"Rafael Nadal is engaged to his long-term girlfriend, Mery Perelló! The beautiful couple, who have been in a committed relationship for 14 years, are set to tie the knot this autumn in a Mallorca-based ceremony. HELLO!'s sister publication HOLA! has revealed that Rafa proposed to Mery, also known as Xisca, back in May during a romantic trip to Rome, but the couple kept it private for the first eight months of their engagement."

https://www.hellomagazine.com/brides/2019013067188/rafa-nadal-wedding-world-exclusive-autumn/
 
Toni isn't infallible, maybe marriage would have upped his game? He said almost a decade ago that Rafa would be pretty much "fatigued" and done at age 27-8.

http://www.soyouwanttowinwimbledon.com/TG TONI NADAL INTERVIEW.pdf
Toni's pro tennis career has had nothing to do with marriage. He started playing tennis from the age of 14, it's too late to become a successful tennis pro, besides he couldn't focus on tennis career because his father wanted him to study law at university.
 
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