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Tennis Star Rafa Nadal Marries Childhood Sweetheart

Tennis star Rafa Nadal has married his childhood sweetheart Mery Perelló at a lavish ceremony in Majorca in front of 350 guests.

The sportsman, who has been with Mery for 14 years, finally said I do at the £30 million La Fortaleza fortress on the Spanish Island.

The 17th century venue, owned by Conservative party donor Lord Lupton, is best known for featuring as a backdrop in BBC thriller The Night Manager starring Tom Hiddleston.

It also served as the location for Gareth Bale’s wedding to Emma Rhys-Jones last year.

Rafa, 33, and Mery, 31, are said to have invited around 350 guests to the bash, including former king of Spain Juan Carlos I, who abdicated the throne five years ago.

Other guests included Spanish actress Carolina Cerezuela and Argentinian tennis player Juan Monaco.

Reports suggest the bride wore a long-sleeved gown by acclaimed bridal wear designer Rosa Clará, and catering was provided by Michelin-star chef, Quique Dacosta.

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Rafael Nadal[Photo:Instagram @rafaelnadal]

Rafa and Mery – real name Maria Francisca Perello – have been dating for 14 years.

The brunette gave up a job in insurance to become project director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation, the charity he founded nearly 10 years ago.

The couple got engaged in Rome last May.

The original fort was built in 1628 to defend Majorca against invaders. By the time Lord Lupton’s family bought it the estate had been expanded to include a helipad, two swimming pools and seven villas with 17 en-suite bedrooms.

In The Night Manager it was the lair of “the worst man in the world” – billionaire arms dealer Richard Roper who was played by Hugh Laurie.

Spanish model Helen Lindes and basketball player Rudy Fernandez also married there in July 2015.

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