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Nadal’s Girlfriend, Xisca Perello, Called ‘Wildcard’ by Rafa

Rafael Nadal and girlfriend, Maria “Xisca” Perello, are notoriously private about their relationship. After initially preferring to avoid the spotlight, Perello now attends Nadal’s big matches, but Nadal’s girlfriend still keeps a low profile. This led to an awkward moment after Nadal’s win in the fourth round of the 2019 Australian Open.
Nadal was asked by Jim Courier how he and Perello planned to spend their time together between matches. As expected, Nadal avoided giving many details to Courier, but did note his girlfriend is more than a “wildcard” now that the couple has been dating for 14 years.
Courier: I see Maria, your girlfriend, she’s back in Australia again this year and I’m wondering, you have a day and a half now off. What do you guys like to do when you’re not working, when you are here in Australia and you have a little bit of time. I told you, you were not going to like this question.
Nadal: …As I say to you a couple of years ago in 2017, I think, it was the first time she was able to be here. She received a wild card in that moment. Now, after 14 years together she does not need wildcards at all…She’s coming whenever she wants. That’s how it works. What am I going to do? Rest, try to sleep well tonight. Then have the right breakfast tomorrow. Have some rest in the afternoon and try to wake up with my 100 percent energy for that quarterfinal match. That’s all.
It is unclear what Nadal was referring to by “wildcard”, but the tennis player may have been referencing his girlfriend now regularly attending matches. Perello spoke with The Telegraph in 2011 about her previous stance on not attending matches.
“Traveling together everywhere, even if I could, would not be good either for him or for me,” Perello 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. 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.”
Here’s a look at Courier’s on-court interview with Nadal.

Nadal’s Girlfriend, Xisca, Is Part of His Foundation Team
GettyNadal’s girlfriend, Xisca Perello and sister, Maria Isabel Nadal at the 2018 U.S. Open.
Perello may not enjoy the spotlight, but she is passionate about helping Nadal give back. Perello is the Director of Strategy and Relations with Institutions of the Rafa Nadal Foundation.
Nadal uses his notoriety as one of the top tennis players in the world to help young people in need. Here is an overview of the foundation’s vision and mission, per their website.
In the Rafa Nadal Foundation we strongly believe in the transformative power of sport and education, two tools that allow children and teenagers to go as far as they can, regardless of their background or personal and social conditions, even for those who have learning difficulties or disability…
Our mission is based upon the belief that every child and youth should have access to equal opportunities now and in the future. Through our projects in Spain and India, we work alongside with them to make the most of their abilities, empowering them and fostering values such as self-improvement, respect and effort.

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Novak Djokovic’s Wife, Jelena, Watches From Home as Son Starts Preschool

Barring an unexpected change, Novak Djokovic’s wife, Jelena Djokovic, will be watching the Australian Open final from home. The couple’s son, Stefan, is starting preschool so Jelena and their two children are watching the tournament from home. The couple also has a daughter, Tara.
“My son is not watching me, he is going to preschool,” Novak said, per Express. “I actually talked with him about 45 minutes before the match and he was telling me about Spiderman. He was acting as a fish in an aquarium and doing different things. He just tells me ‘Good luck and make sure you win’. But to be a father, there is no better thing to happen in my life. My wife, we have been together for 15 years and now we are parents to two angels. To me, this is life.”
While his son is back home learning, Novak is hoping to add another Grand Slam title to his collection. Jelena remains busy with her writing as well as encouraging fans to live a healthy life through her social media posts.

Djokovic’s Wife, Jelena, Blogs About Health & Fitness

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Who’s excited?! 👋 Our conference for entrepreneurs is coming up in less than 3 days❗️👏💃🤪❤️®️ @orgnlmagazine . Uzbudjenje raste! Za 3 dana se održava #DareToBeOriginal konferencija za preduzetnike u Dorćol Platz-u
A post shared by Jelena Djokovic (@jelenadjokovicndf) on Sep 30, 2018 at 12:54am PDT

Jelena has her own website where she mostly writes about healthy living. Jelena notes every blog entry aims to answer the question “How to live a healthy life with purpose?” Here’s how Jelena describes her philosophy on her website.
I look for answers in different books on psychology, self-help, business, entrepreneurship, spirituality, and nutrition. I will share my findings and takeaways, as I have learned by now that the best way to memorize the new things we find is to write them down.
The beauty of being a seeker of knowledge is that you can take any path you’d like. There is no right or wrong, there is just a process of learning and shaping and growing. It can take you anywhere. As my blog grows, we will see where this path will take me and I’ll do my best to share with you what I learn so that we may both grow together.
Some of Jelena’s recent posts include why she recommends mediating, health book reviews and philanthropic giving. As she begins a post about meditation, Jelena explained how she started getting interested in health and fitness.
You might have gathered by now that I am VERY passionate about healthy living. I love researching ways to improve my health and luckily, there is already so much knowledge out there, and different opinions, that the journey is really adventurous too.
I would say that my interest in how to “survive” started when I moved away from my parents at the age of 18 to a foreign country and became a student. I had a lot of things on my plate to deal with, and for the first time, I had to take full responsibility for the outcome.
All those novelties brought me a lot of pressure and stress. I felt overwhelmed at times which affected a lot my results and openness to new experiences, learning, and friendships. Anxiety and stress are no joke.

Jelena Uses Social Media to Give Out Recipes & Health Tips

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Saturday we celebrated our favorite things.. love, family, friendship 🤗😍❤️#️⃣ and witnessed our friends get married and devote themselves to one another in this magical #soulfood place 🌳🌻🌱🌞
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Jelena uses social media as a way to provide similar health tips in addition to recipes. Jelena frequently posts photos of food she has made along with a few tips on how to make it.
“The more colors, the better 🍅🥒 Nurturing body and soul! Living food is the best 🌞,” Jelena writes in an Instagram post featuring peppers and cucumbers.

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Što više boja ❤️ hrana za dušu, telo i um! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The more colors, the better 🍅🥒 Nurturing body and soul! Living food is the best 🌞
A post shared by Jelena Djokovic (@jelenadjokovicndf) on Dec 28, 2018 at 10:13pm PST

Jelena also posts photos of her family. The photo below shows Novak cheering on his wife at the tennis courts in a bit of a role reversal.

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This time we switched roles. Today he came as my cheerleader 🤣 One way or another, he always ends up on a tennis court. P.s. Maros, @vajdamarian what do you think – is this appropriate attire and seating for a coach on the stands? 😜😎 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Danas smo malo zamenili uloge pa je on bio u ulozi navijača. Hteo, ne hteo, on nekako uvek završi na terenu 🤣 PS. Da vidimo šta ima Marian da kaže na ovakvo navijanje i ponašanje trenera 🌞
A post shared by Jelena Djokovic (@jelenadjokovicndf) on Nov 24, 2018 at 7:10am PST

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