Tennis Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

01/17/13
 

Victoria Azarenka's boyfriend RedFoo

 

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You know what's nice about 2013? The fact we probably never have to hear about LMFAO again. You know, that obnoxious duo that had "hit" songs such as "Sexy And I Know It" and "Party Rock Anthem". Even the members names, RedFoo and SkyBlu, sound dumb. Wait... what's that? One of them is still relevant? Yes, unfortunately it turns out that the world's top ranked woman tennis player Victoria Azarenka's boyfriend is RedFoo. And the beat goes on...

Azarenka and Redfoo (who's real name is Stefan Gordy) first appeared together at one of her US Open press conferences. I'm sure people were pretty confused at first. Why is this guy with Anderson Varejo hair sitting at the desk? Redfoo subtly cleared the air by announcing he was "in love" with "a No. 1". Great work on his part, I guess.

At first we didn't see the connection at all. Yes, there are plenty of random couples out there, but typically there's an obvious link - be it same sport, both athletes, or male athlete dating a model. This one, not so much. At least not from a quick glance. But in a surprising discovery, Redfoo apparently is quite the tennis player himself. Good enough that he actually coaches other tennis players. I can't even imagine walking into practice the first day and seeing him. Personally, I would immediately be looking around for the hidden cameras as this was clearly some sort of prank. But this is legit. Redfoo even sponsors a tennis tournament in Vegas.

The timeline on this relationship isn't very clear, but they've been dating since at least September 2012. We'll keep an eye on this oddball couple for you, but for now consider it a match (ha!) made in heaven.

11/09/12
 

Serena Williams boyfriend Patrick Mouratoglou

 

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Serena Williams is on a roll, lately. After dominating for yet another Grand Slam title at the US Open, pundits were lauding her as one of the greatest women's tennis players of all time. While some women tail off once they hit their 20's, Serena is still rolling into her 30s, and just days short of turning 31.
One reason for the resounding success long after many tennis pro's hit their wall may be the amount of time she's spending with her tennis coach. It has recently come out that Serena Williams is dating Patrick Mouratoglou, who also happens to be her coach. Serena Williams' boyfriend founded Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, and while I'd love to tell you more about his school, I'm unfortunately not fluent in French and have no idea what his website says. We have learned the school was founded in 1996, so there's something I guess....

The two began working together professionally immediately after Serena's exit from the 2012 French Open. With Mouratoglou's coaching, she breezed to a Wimbeldon title, followed by a Wimbeldon doubles title, a 2012 London Olympic gold medal, and of course the 2012 US Open title. It's not entirely clear when the two began dating, but they were recently photographed holding hands and embracing in the streets of Paris.

Mouratoglou was born in 1970, and while he was once seen as a promising youth tennis player, it never translated to any professional exposure.

09/16/12
 

Venus Williams' boyfriend Elio Pis

 

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This is becoming a regular way for couples to meet.

As we've seen with Usain Bolt's girlfriend Megan Edwards, and Mark Sanchez's ex girlfriend Hilary Rhoda meeting at a modeling gig or a photo shoot is an easy way to begin a relationship. You can add another name to this roster, as tennis star Venus Williams has joined the club. Venus Williams boyfriend Elio Pis was just the other guy in the photo shoot with the older Williams sister, where they hit it off and began dating.

While arranging a photo shoot for her new clothing line, EleVen, she hand chose Elio Pis to model her menswear. Venus made her move on the Cuban model at the photo shoot and things blossomed from there. People Magazine was the first to report on the relationship, and their sources indicate that the couple began dating months ago, only to recently surface in New York during the US Open to watch Serena in the finals. Pis is 8 years Williams' junior, and learned English while trying to put himself through school. People did a rousing job of scouring his Facebook page revealing that his favorite sport is tennis, his hero is Venus Williams, and he has a lengthy list of likes:

He loves to play checkers and enjoys reading books such as Robert Wright's The Moral Animal. The 1993 Robert De Niro crime drama A Bronx Tale is his favorite movie, and he likes listening to Miami recording artist J-Toven. - People Magazine, 9/09/2012

Congrats to Venus for the new clothing line, boyfriend, and return to competitive tennis and good health after being forced out of competition last year due to Sjogren's syndrome.