Tennis Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

12/12/14 (Updated)

Ryan Kerrigan's Girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki

 

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Welcome back to the world of World's Best Genetically Engineered Sports Couples! Ryan Kerrigan's girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki is all kinds of awesome. We are talking about a tennis powerhouse now. She spent 67 straight weeks ranked the #1 tennis player in the world. That is amazing. And she's really good looking. Man, imagine dating the best women's tennis player in the world. That'd be pretty intimidating unless you yourself had some substantial sporting skill of your own. Fortunately, Ryan Kerrigan is a pretty decent linebacker. I think he looks sort of like a buffed up version of Seth MacFarlane. Anyway, back to Caroline...

Ryan's girlfriend Caroline was apparently the second highest paid woman athlete in the world in 2011. Bringing home the bacon; she's one of the most marketable female athletes as well. I guess she's pretty big in Europe (you know, where people actually play tennis). I dig the sport myself, and I wish there were a new crop of Americans to challenge the internationals. Well, we can't talk about Caroline without mentioning her intense marriage shutdown by another very famous athlete, Irish golfing wizard Rory McIlroy. Basically what happened is they started dating in 2011, and they got engaged in January of 2014. A few months later, Rory called her on the telephone and called the whole thing off. The phone call reportedly took less than three minutes. McIlroy then proceeded to play out completely of his mind: winning The Open Championship, the Bridgestone Invitational, the PGA Championship, and the Ryder Cup. I'm not sure what the takeaway from this is. Dump your fiance in a jerky fashion and you will dominate in your field or profession?

She doesn't have to worry about nasty old Rory and more now. Ryan and girlfriend Caroline have been spotted all over town, and they most recently attended a charity event where photographers/papa razzi caught a few shots of them at a table, grinning from ear to ear.

09/02/14

Petra Kvitova's Boyfriend Radek Stepanek

 

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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.

04/11/13 (Updated)

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.