RAFAEL NADAL enjoyed an emotional hug with his wife Xisca after their encounter in Mallorca following the historic Australian Open win.
Xisca Perello stayed home while her husband headed Down Under was still recovering from foot surgery.
But extremely Nadal returned with some extra baggage: the Norman Brooks Challenge Cup.
And his beautiful wife was ready and waiting for him at Palma de Mallorca airport on Wednesday to greet him with a big hug after his long journey back.
And there is a petition to rename the airport after their local hero after his record success.
Nadal beats Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to reach 21 Grand Slams – the most of any male singles player in history.
He somehow fought back from two sets against Daniil Medvedev to won 2-6 6-7 6-4 6-4 7-5 in five hours and 24 minutes on court.
It was one of the greatest sports comebacks ever, as his father Sebastian assisted from the player box on Rod Laver Arena.
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Upon landing back in Mallorca and seeing Xisca, Nadal then approached tennis academy in his hometown of Manacor to present the trophy.
And very soon, he will definitely take some time to think about a January with Xisca and let his body recover.
A couple is mostly private, they can choose to enjoy some time £4.5m Sunreef Power catamaran, a superyacht that Rafa has custom made.
Rafa and Xisca met in the early 2000sand were best friends before they started dating in 2005.
She is an insurance agent and business graduate who is currently a project manager for the Rafa Nadal Foundation.
He needs his space when he’s playing… just the idea of me hanging around and waiting for his needs all day is exhausting for me.
They married in 2019 in a starry ceremony in front of some 350 guests at La Fortaleza castle in Mallorca.
Celebrities who attended the couple’s wedding included actors Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie.
But, you will rarely see her come to the field cheering for Rafael these days.
She told The Telegraph in 2011: “He needs his space when he’s playing, and just the idea of me hanging around and waiting for his needs all day leaves me exhausted.
“It would suffocate me. And then he would have to worry about me… No. If I followed him everywhere, I think there’s a risk we wouldn’t be close.”
But speaking of dodging fame and celebrity status, she added: “It’s not the world I want to be a part of, nor do I think Rafa would choose to be with a woman looking that in life.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17524505/rafael-nadal-wife-xisca-mallorca-australian-open/ Rafael Nadal hugs his beautiful wife Xisca after landing in Mallorca after historic victory at the Australian Open