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“Nobody Calls Me Xisca,” Says Rafael Nadal’s Wife



Rafael Nadal with wife smile

Xisca Parello, who married Rafael Nadal last year, has been known to maintain a low media profile in public. Despite that, she has received a lot of coverage by reporters, especially in recent times.


This is primarily because of her tremendous looks and the power couple that she is part of with her husband. However, Xisca maintains that she would like to stay as far away from the media as possible. She used to work in insurance and is now the project manager of the Rafael Nadal Foundation.

It was pretty evident that she had set herself up for a very normal life. However, marrying Nadal would surely give you anything but normalcy. Xisca recently talked to La Vanguardia about some facts regarding her that are misreported in the news reports.

Rafael Nadal and wife

What did the wife of Rafael Nadal say?
Xisca revealed that the biggest sham was the name that has been propagated by media. She is actually called Meri by everyone around her and her birthday is not on July 7.

“Well, not much… nobody around me calls me Xisca. And my birthday is soon, I will surely spend it in confinement. But it is not in July. There is still a little time left…”

Meri (as we’ll call her from this point onward), is currently locked up in Manacor with her husband. She revealed that she is not a very frequent visitor at the Rafa Nadal Academy and most of her workout is currently happening indoors.

Rafael Nadal smiling with wife

“No, no. We are confined like everyone else. We were very clear about that from the first day and we train at home as we can. She added- We do everything we can. Rubber bands, push-ups, circuit… at least one hour a day in my case.”

Meri was asked about her interest in sports. She’s not really an athlete like her husband.

“I exercise a lot but always just for myself. Never seriously. I have played volleyball, I have done gymnastics, fitness and lately running. On vacation, I sometimes play paddle tennis with Rafael…”

Rafael nadal walk with wife

They might be different but they’ve been together for as long as you can imagine. Rafa knew Meri for a long time and was in a relationship with her for fourteen years before marrying her in 2019. That’s what makes them one of the most popular tennis couples.

Rafael Nadal: ‘Nothing changes after wedding with my wife. We had a great time’
Rafael Nadal is ready to compete again after suffering a hand injury in the last month and getting married to his longtime girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello. The Mallorcan said: “I have been recovering from my hand and I had a great day for me, my wife and the guests, the people that shared this special day with all of us.

Rafael Nadal serious

It was a great party and now it’s the moment to be back on Tour. Happy to be back in Paris. As everybody knows, it’s the most important place in my career even if I never won here. I am looking forward to trying to be ready for the beginning.

I have been practicing quite well, after the Laver Cup I had to take days off because my hand was not okay but after that, I practiced more or less okay and I hope to be ready for the action.” Asked if the wedding changes his relationship with Maria Francisca, Nadal replied: “I have been with my girlfriend for the last 15 years so nothing changes in my normal life.

Rafael nadal walk with wife

It was the moment to do it and we made it happen. That’s all. Life continues. Here we are again and happy to be back on the Tour too.” Meanwhile, Roger Federer spoke about his triumph in Basel final against Alex De Minaur.

Rafael Nadal and wife walk

The Swiss said: “At 4-0 in the second set he got back in the game, I got broken, it was a tough one. After that it was very important for me to hold serves easier and from there I kept on rolling.”