Rafael Nadal is engaged to to long-term girlfriend Mery Perello after dating for 14-years. The pair are set to get married soon.
The news comes after his loss to rival Novak Djokovic in the 2019 Australian Open after his recovery from an injury plagued 2018.
Nadal who is a 17-time Grandslam winner is however set to marry his young sweetheart after the tennis star reportedly proposed.
According to Hello!, the couple are planning on tying the knot this autumn in Mallorca and have secretly been engaged for eight months.
Hello’s sister publication HOLA! revealed that Spanish player Rafa, 32, proposed to Mery, 30, an insurance worker and business graduate back in May during a romantic trip to Rome.
It was added that the couple decided to keep the happy news private for the first eight months of their engagement.
In a previous interview, Nadal spoke about his desire to have children, saying he is a ‘family guy’.
He said: ‘I would love to have children, boys, girls… I’m a person who loves kids and I’m a family guy.
‘But also I tell you that the reality is, the years keep passing, I would like to start to do all of this when my sporting life determines it.’
Maria once said that despite dating superstar such as Nadal she tries to give him his personal space. She said,
“Travelling together everywhere, even if I could, would not be good either for him or for me.
“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.”