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Let's be honest, between Petra Kvitova and her boyfriend Radek Stepanek, the people are coming out to see Petra. The Czech started turning up the heat back in 2011 when she won at Wimbledon. Interestingly, she is still the first and only person born in the 1990's to win a Grand Slam. That's kind of weird isn't it? You'd think the young guns would be all over the big tournaments.
Petra's second Grand Slam was the Wimbledon again this year. She has a beastly overhand left and uses her six-foot frame like a slingshot. She's also been criticized by a Czech politician for moving to Monaco, a tax-free principality on the coast of France. The name of the politician is Stanislav Huml, and he's publicly said that she should be stripped of her citizenship for having listed Monaco as her place of residence in order to escape income tax. Looks like crafty Petra pulled one over on you, Stanislav, and I don't like your complaining and whiny attitude. Maybe her citizenship should be decided on a tennis court. Step right up and see what happens.
I'm sure Radek Stepanek plays and practices with Petra regularly. He was actually ranked as high as 8th in the world back in July of 2006, but now he's only a top 40 tennis player in the world. Unfortunately for the United States, nobody cares about tennis any more (according to the rankings). Our one saving grace is the marvelous Serena Williams, who continues to soldier on like a tennis terminator and crush everyone that stands in her path. It won't last forever, and when she's gone the US will have basically no one in men's or women's. Joe Posnanski has a great blog post that covers the downfall of American tennis, if anyone cares. Anyway, Radek used to date Martina Hingis and was engaged to her for awhile until they called it off in 2007. He has since nabbed the lovely Petra out of the 90's youth bin.
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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.
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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.