Game, set and a perfect match

No Roger on the guest list, but Rafa Nadal married long-term girlfriend Xisca Perello at a venue made famous by the hit TV series The Night Manager, yesterday.

The two tied the knot at La Fortaleza in Pollença, in the north of Mallorca, where the average cost of hiring the 17th century venue is 40,000 euros per day.

Welsh international soccer star Gareth Bale of Real Madrid was married at the same place earlier this year. Nadal and Perello have been dating since 2005 and got engaged in May last year.


The exact attendance list was not been disclosed to the public, however the Spanish sister site of Hello magazine said an estimated 350 people attended, including Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya as well as players Feliciano Lopez, Marc Lopez and Fernando Verdasco. Former King Juan Carlos of Spain was believed to be on the guest list.

Others thought to have been at the nuptials were soccer stars Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas, as well as NBA player Pau Gasol.


No phones, drones or planes were allowed near the site and those working at the wedding has signed a confidentiality agreement.

Guests were also asked to not carry their phones.

A ‘Notice To Airmen’ banning air traffic and drones from the area above La Fortaleza was issued by The Rescue Air Service (SAR).

Those violating the notice could be fined in the region of between 30,000 and 50,000 euros. And security was managed by an independent firm and not the local police.

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