Rafael Nadal has created his own slice of tennis history.
The Spanish legend, 35, claimed a record 21st grand slam title after defeating Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final on Sunday.
But as The Sun reports, off the court, Nadal lives a life of luxury generated by the huge sums of money he has earned from being an ace on it. The tennis star has made a whopping $AUD285 million during his illustrious career, with more to come after his epic win Down Under.
He lives in a stunning beachfront Majorcan mansion, which he paid around $5.7 million for in 2013. The Real Madrid super fan also splashed some cash on a private jet — a Cessna Citation CJ2+ that cost $9.5 million and flies him to tournaments around the globe.
Nadal can also travel by sea in his stunning $8.5 million 80 Sunreef Power catamaran, a super yacht he had custom-made.
He has had insurance worker Maria Francisca Perello by his side throughout his success, with the pair finally marrying in 2019 after 14 years together.
By land and by sea
Back in 2019, Nadal traded in one yacht for another. He sold his 76-foot Italian-built MCY 76 motor yacht he called Beethoven for a cool $3.8 million. Then, he put that money towards buying his amazing customised 80 Sunreef Power catamaran.
Built for long cruises and not skimping on full comfort, the 80 Sunreef Power is powered by two 1,200 horsepower engines.
It has a personal jet ski garage and a 12m beam with a superyacht-style flybridge that offers a vast living space big enough to house a hot tub, a bar and waterfall-fed pool.
The main deck can be set up in a variety of ways, dependent on your dining needs with different seating, an open plan kitchen and a bar.
The master suite, which is also on the main deck, offers sea views, as well as natural light thanks to the skylight overhead. It has an ensuite bathroom with a shower, a spacious closet and a desk.
There are four guest cabins and two crew cabins, with up to 12 guests able to be accommodated at one time.
The yacht also has an eight-person dining table and two large-screen TVs that measure 195cm each.
Nadal has always had an affiliation with the ocean. “As someone from an island as I am, the sea is part of our lives and it’s not a secret that I love the sea,” he said in a statement after acquiring the yacht.
“Every time I am at home in Mallorca I try to go out and find that time where I can just enjoy my time on a boat.”
A home with a view
Although Nadal likes to remain private, like many professional athletes he gave us a glimpse into his amazing home in the Balearic Islands, off the east coast of Spain, during lockdown in 2020.
Found in Porto Cristo, Manacor, he paid $5.7 million for the stunning beach property that spans just over 1000 square metres. It was reported Nadal spent seven years renovating the mansion and pulled down some of the buildings before it became a dream place to live.
The design, from what his followers were shown on Instagram, is minimalist with all the essentials Nadal needs.
He has a fully-equipped gym to keep on top of his fitness while in his downtime, he can enjoy views of the Mediterranean Sea and idyllic coves from his window.
Time to fly
It’s amazing to think that in 2010, Nadal tried to get on an economy flight to the Match for Africa until rival Roger Federer gave him a lift in his private jet.
Not wanting to get stuck again, the 13-time French Open winner decided to buy his own plane – a Cessna Citation CJ2+. Only 223 of the jets were made and it costs around $400,000 per-year to maintain, accommodating eight passengers in luxury.
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Sharing his life
Despite spending most of his time travelling around the world, the one constant in his life is wife Maria, 33. Better known as Xisca Perello, she has never been one to hog the limelight or a celebrity lifestyle.
“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,” she once said.
They met in the early 2000s and were firm friends before they started dating in 2005. They married in 2019 in a star-studded ceremony in front of around 350 guests at the La Fortaleza castle in Majorca.
Celebrities in tow to watch the couple’s nuptials included actors Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie. But you’ll rarely see her on the circuit cheering Rafael on.
“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,” she told The Telegraph in 2011.
“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.”
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