It is not a reference to the next Marvel Movie Thor: Love and Thunder, but it is a title that can also lend itself well to tell some anecdotes about the life of Rafael Nadal, tennis champion and 20-times-Slam-champion, between love for his wife Xisca Perello and his amazing career.
On the court Nadal rewrote the history of the Roland Garros, winning 13 times the Parisian Slam and becoming the tennis player who has repeatedly won a Major between the men’s singles and the women’s singles. Rafael Nadal married his longtime girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello on October 19, 2019 in a fairytale wedding.
The wedding took place in one of the most exclusive estates in Spain, in the great Sa Fortalesa, Puerto Pollensa. Rafa married Xisca after fourteen years of living together. Xisca Perello works as Project Director of Strategy & Relations with Organizations for the Rafa Nadal Foundation.
Rafael Nadal: Love and Tennis
In an interview with Marca, Rafael Nadal clarified why he and his wife have no children yet, saying: “I keep my commitment to tennis and my family. I enjoy both tennis and life outside of tennis.
I have a wife too and I’m not the only one making decisions. You have to change and adapt to situations. Having a family? I don’t know, things are not easy to predict. At my present age I thought I would already retire and I would have started a family.”
When asked how he sees himself in 10 years, Nadal replied: “When I was young I thought that at 30 I would have already left the professional tennis circuit and instead I’m still here.” In his career, Rafa also won the Olympic gold medal in the singles in 2008 and the Olympic gold medal in the doubles in 2016, 5 Davis Cups with Spain (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2019), 36 tournaments ATP Masters 1000, 22 ATP 500 tournaments and 9 ATP 250 tournaments.
Nadal was ATP world number one for a total of 209 weeks, finishing 5 seasons in first place in the rankings. He is the only player in history to have reached the No. 1 position of the ATP ranking over the course of three different decades (2000-2009, 2010-2019, 2020-2029).
Furthermore, he is the tennis player who has occupied the second position in the ranking for the longest (370 weeks overall), remaining there for 160 consecutive weeks (absolute record) behind Federer. He is the only player in history to never be relegated from the Top 10 of the ranking, as well as the absolute record holder for the number of consecutive weeks (822: from 25 April 2005 to today).
Below is a beautiful video of Rafael Nadal between his story with Xisca and his career.