During his on-court interview with Jim Courier, Rafael Nadal spoke about his love story with Maria Francisca Perello. The Spanish player has been dating Perello for more than a decade and she is in Melbourne with him.
"The negative thing is I lost in the quarter-final in Brisbane but the good thing is I had chance to visit Sydney, where I haven’t been there before. So I was knowing a little bit of the city and we enjoyed it.
After 10 years finally, my girlfriend gets a wildcard to come here”. Courier then added: “I’m going to take this in a different direction then. I don’t know if this is going to make you feel any better.
I see your girlfriend, she’s back in Australia again this year. 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’re here in Australia and you have a little bit of time?” Nadal replied: “As I say to you a couple of years ago, in 2017, it was the first time she was able to be here.
She received the wildcard in that moment. Now after 14 years together she doesn’t need wildcards at all. She’s coming wherever she wants. That’s how it works”. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title