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Rafa Nadal deals with Mary "Xisca" Pero after 14 years

It is the news that will break the hearts of his countless fans.

Just days after his catastrophic loss in the Australian Open, it was revealed that tennis champion Rafael Nadal finally posed the question to his longtime girlfriend, Xyska Perilo.

The two are engaged after 14 years of courtship and plan to link the knot on the island of Mallorca, the birthplace of Spanish tennis, later this year.

media_cameraXisca Pero sees Rafael Nadal's victorious defeat for Novak Djokovic.

In a rare public appearance, Perolo was on the stands last weekend in Melbourne Rod Laver Arena, when Nadal was defeated in Novak Djokovic's finish.

According to Hello! , 32-year-old Nadal, proposed to Pero in May last year during a romantic journey to Rome, but now only publish the informative public.

media_cameraA miraculous insurance worker shuns the spotlight and seldom gives interviews. Picture: AP

Pero, an insurance worker, is something of the tennis circle enigma, but he firmly supported the 17th Grand Slam champion during his meteoric rise at the top.

She joined Nadal at this year's Australian Open only the second time since starting to entertain in 2005 and was spotted in every competition.

media_cameraBleskava Xisko Perolo looked shiny on the Australian Open between Rafa Nadal and Stephanos Tsipizas from Greece. Picture: Getty

She rarely speaks to the media even though she meets one of the world's best athletes, she avoids the spotlight.

In one of her few interviews, Perolo revealed that she decided not to attend the most Nadal tennis matches in an effort to preserve her relationship.

media_cameraPero wants to give the 17th Grand Slam champion the "space he needs when competing". Picture: AP

She added that she was concerned that she would distort the focus of her close Spaniard if she appeared at all events.

In an interview with The Telegraph in 2011, Perelloa explained: "He needs his space when competing, and just the idea of ​​me hanging around and waiting for his needs from day to day tires out of me.

media_cameraRafael Nadal suffered a catastrophic loss in the final of the Masters at the Australian Open in 2019. Picture: Getty

"It will stifle me, and then he will have to take care of me … No. If I follow him everywhere, I think there is a risk that we will stop fighting."

Nadal is not a secret for his desire to have children, saying he is a "family man" and is looking forward to having his offspring in a not so distant future.

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