Rafael Nadal is engaged to his girlfriend Mery Perelló after a 14-year relationship.
Hello! reports that the two have quietly kept their engagement a secret for eight months. According to Hola! (the sister magazine of Hello!), Nadal proposed during a trip to Rome.
The couple will reportedly marry this fall in Mallorca, Spain, which is their hometown.
Perelló goes by Xisca, while her future husband is best known as Rafa. She is currently the project director at his foundation, though not much is known about the couple’s private life.
In 2011, she spoke out about her beau’s busy global schedule between endorsements and tournaments. “Traveling together everywhere, even if I could, would not be good either for him or for me,” she told the Telegraph. “He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around waiting on his needs all day wears me out. It would asphyxiate me.”
She mused, “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.”
She recently joined Nadal at the Australian Open, where the tennis champ came in second against Novak Djokovic.
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