RAFAEL Nadal’s long-term girlfriend Xisca Perello has shunned the media limelight over the years despite dating one of the world’s most famous sportsmen  But what is Xisca’s background and what has she said about her reluctant fame? Here’s all we know on the beauty who supporting her man at this year’s French Open 3 Xisca Perello smiles as she watches from the stands at the Australian OpenCredit: Getty Images – Getty Who is Xisca Perello and how old is she?  Xisca Perello – born Maria Francisca Perello – is a 31-year-old insurance worker and business graduate  She serves as project director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation, the charity which Nadal launched almost ten years ago  The pair reportedly started dating in 2005 despite having known each other for a number of years before  Xisca and Rafael, 32, are yet to publicly announce an engagement or plans for marriage 3 The couple have been dating since 2005Credit: Getty Images Does Rafael Nadal have any children?  Rafael Nadal does not have children, but has said that he would like to become a father  He commented: “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 ”  Mr Nadal added that his sporting career has made it difficult to think about having children so far, saying: “I think it’s also above all about looking after the kids  “I don’t know if it [travelling throughout the year and having children] is ideal ” 3 Xisca Perello in the stands at Wimbledon watching her partner Rafa NadalCredit: Getty Images – WireImage Why is Xisca often absent from Nadal’s tennis matches?  In one of her only interviews, Xisca Perello revealed that she chooses not to attend most of Nadal’s tennis matches in a bid to preserve their relationship  She added that she is concerned she would disrupt her fellow Spaniard’s focus if she appeared at all events  In an interview with The Telegraph in 2011, Xisca explained: “He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around and waiting on his needs all day tires 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 ” MORE ON RAFA NADALCOURT OF KINGS Nadal and Djokovic comfortably confirm spots in French Open second round ITALIAN JOB Roger Federer beats Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego on his return to French Open UNDERHAND TACTICS Nadal furious after bad boy Kyrgios tries underarm serve in shock win PicturedGAME, SET, MATCH Nadal gets over Aus Open final woes by proposing to sweetheart Mery GRAND SLAM MASTER Djokovic crushes Nadal to win record 7th Aus Open title Does Xisca Perello use Twitter or Instagram?  Xisca Perello doesn’t have any public social media channels  However, admiring fans have set up social media accounts to share pictures.  Xisca has previously spoken out about avoiding fame and celebrity status  She explained: “It’s not a world I want to be part of, nor do I think Rafa would have chosen to be with a woman who looked for that in life ”

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