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It continues his incredible record on the court but in a reminder that tennis players are not all about the sport, a tender photo won fans’ hearts after he shared a tender moment with his wife Xisca Perello.
Xisca took her husbands face in her hands, staring into his eyes with a mixture of love and pride after the stunning victory as Rafa stroked her face.
It’s a spectacular photo dripping with emotion.
Raquet.com tennis journalist Gaspar Ribeiro Lanca tweeted: “Rafael Nadal and his wife Xisca Perello with Felipe VI, the King of Spain in the background.
“The off-court photograph of the year, absolutely brilliant.”
“It’s obvious that with circumstances that I am playing, I can’t and I don’t want to keep going, so the mindset is very clear,” Nadal said. “I’m going to keep working to try to find a solution and an improvement for what’s happening in the foot.”
Nadal said he intends to play Wimbledon, where he is a two-time champion, and which gets underway in just three weeks’ time.
“I’m going to be in Wimbledon if my body is ready to be in Wimbledon. That’s it. Wimbledon is not a tournament that I want to miss,” he said.
“I love Wimbledon. So if you ask me if I will be in Wimbledon, I can’t give you a clear answer. Let’s see how the treatment works.”