Rafa Roundup: Nadal’s wife Maria Francisca Perello talks passionately about RN Foundation


Rafa Nadal himself is very excited about the inauguration of the project, which will take place in less than three months: “We’re very excited about this new international project in Hong Kong. Since the academy opened in Mallorca 5 years ago, we have always been interested in expanding our methodology to other countries in order to reach as many people as possible. To us, having trusted members is essential and therefore I would like to thank the HKGTA for their great confidence in the project. The facilities are spectacular and we’ll have great coaches at the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre. I’m sure it will be a success and that, bit by bit, we’ll be able to continue our international expansion”.

“… I love Rafa’s attitude, I think the guy, for me, is the best in everything. You never see him complaining, he’s all the time there, fighting, not throwing rackets. He is so stable, such a professional, such a class act on court.”

Osaka is keen on learning by osmosis as well. She says she likes to watch the King of Clay Rafael Nadal practice, and feels that it will actually help her game to watch top players train on the red clay.

“Honestly I’ve been wanting to watch the really good clay-court players practice because I feel like I’m the type of person that learns really fast if I see it up close, and honestly it’s a bit of a waste to have all these really good professional tennis players and not watch them,” she said.

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“The Rafa Nadal Foundation was born 11 years ago, the result of the desire of Rafael and Ana Maria, his mother, to contribute to a better world. They considered themselves lucky and wanted to do their bit and give back to society the love and support received in those years.”

Maria Francisca Perello

Social media related to Rafa:

“I’ve been practicing with Nadal for 3 days. At this point, it was the best experience I couldn’t afford to buy with the number one player in history. Thank you so much @RafaelNadal for these days of training and the @rnadalacademy for letting me come! An incredible experience.

Taro Daniel


  1. I love shopping in the rafa nadal shop when in mallorca l believe that all the money goes to the foundation l also buy on line your doing a great job maria and Ana

  2. She looks really happy there, and it’s great to hear how involved she is in this. Being the partner of a professional tennis player, who’s away for much of the year, can’t be easy.

  3. Magnificent Rafa & his wonderful wife. Humble and unbelievable . Role models both . of the highest order.

  4. Rafa is a perfect sportsman. The best of all times. Wishing him many more achievements, sound health and lasting happiness.

  5. Maria presents a natural, sporty image and is a terrific representative for the Academy and the Foundation. Good luck to Rafa and Maria in this new venture-they are a great team👏🎾🍀❤️

    • All that Mimi Lau, plus a positive support to her man.

      They say ‘behind every great man is a great woman’.

    • Yes she is a lovely person Mimi. It was a delightful surprise to see that article. She is so smart and caring.💝

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