An update on Rafael Nadal's wedding plans has been leaked by Telecinco. If the news is true, the Spaniard is set to tie the knot with longtime girlfriend Maria Francesca "Xisca" Perello in June in Mallorca in front of over 500 guests.
Telecinco's weekend TV show Socialite also reported that three-star Michelin chef Quique Dacosta will create the menu.
Nadal, notoriously private about his personal life, got engaged last year and kept the news away from the press for over eight months. He has not confirmed the recent news leak, or given away any details of his wedding plans. He has every right to direct journalists to cover his 17-time Grand Slam-winning tennis abilities only, but given his celebrity stature, it's natural that everyone is curious.
While he's in the midst of an unusual clay-court season, there's still no reason he won't be able to celebrate both his 12th Roland Garros title and his marriage. The world No. 2 hasn't won a title yet in 2019, but considers the clay-court season thus far "normal".
"It's more normal what is happening right now than what happened in the last 14 years," he said in Madrid. "I think I have tennis ahead of me. I have time ahead of me. I'll be able to try to win these tournaments that I was not able to win this year. And what I have to do is to stay fit and to keep playing at a high level."
Though title-less, he reached the semifinals in Madrid, Barcelona and Monte Carlo. Novak Djokovic would win the Madrid final over Stefanos Tsitispas, marking his 33rd ATP Masters 1000 title and tying him with Nadal's record.
Nadal was seeking his 12th career crowns in Barcelona and Monte Carlo, and will be the No. 2 seed in Rome this week.
"You just have to accept it and I have to accept it naturally. But to accept things does not mean to try to change things," he said. "During all my life, I think I have taken the victories very naturally and with a lot of normality. With the losses I'll do the same. It will be normal and I'm going to accept it naturally."
Many would have expected Nadal to plan his wedding for the offseason, but given how short, and often cold, it can be, June makes for a decent choice despite being crammed between two Slams.
His rivals have all had spring/summer weddings including Djokovic (July 2014), Andy Murray (April 2015) and Roger Federer (April 2009). The 32-year-old Nadal will be the last of the Big 4 to walk down the aisle.