Tennis Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)
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- Petra is the Czech born player who in 2011 at the age of 21 won Wimbledon. She not only beat Maria Sharapova in a total shocker to claim the title but became the first player born in the 90's to win a Grand Slam. She is currently a top ten player in the world and a constant threat to win any tournament she enters.
Petra Kvitova's boyfriend is Adam Pavlasek, who is also a Czech born tennis player on the junior circuit. Now why would he be on the junior circuit? Well that would be because he is currently only 17 years old. Yes our Petra likes a younger man, frankly a lot younger. The couple started dating we think when Petra was 21 and Adam was the tender age of 16. Now I know what most people are thinking,... but hold on for just a second. Dating someone younger than you is actually very common in Europe. Typically it is an older man dating a younger woman but to each their own.
Of course this caused a little noise when their relationship was made public, but let us remind you that this isn't the first time the tennis world has had a story like this. Many of you might remember when Anna Kournikova burst onto the scene and started dating (and eventually marrying) a much older Sergei Fedorov. At the time it was a huge media story as neither couple would even confirm the relationship. Compared to the Anna and Sergei relationship and the media storm it created the Petra and Adam story has been a small blip on the radar.
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- I'll be the first to admit I don't watch a lot of tennis. Even the few times a year I do tune in it's mostly to watch a men's match in one of the Grand Slam tournaments. Despite my lack of tennis knowledge I do know one thing. There are a lot of hot women tennis players and we need to get more posts up covering these ladies.
That in mind, there is no better place to start then at the top and when I say the top I mean the current #1 player in the world Victoria Azarenka. The 22 year old is the first tennis player from Belarus to win a Grand Slam singles title when she won the 2012 Australian Open. Victoria moved to the United States when she was young to train. This move to the US was made possible by the help of Nikolai Khabibulin's wife who is friends with Victoria's mother.
Another famous connection here is Victoria Azarenka's boyfriend, Sergei Bubka Jr. Now for those that know, Sergei as a struggling tennis player with a power serve (clocked at 157mph), then more power to you (Editor's Note: No pun intended). I would much rather know Sergei as the son of the most famous pole vaulter ever, Sergei Bubka. Both Sergei and Victoria live in Monaco. In an interview with the Miami Herald, Sergei admitted that he can't talk shop with Victoria when they're both at home:
I think it’s better for our relationship. If we speak tennis at home it’s going to be tennis 24-7. That could make you go crazy.
- Over the 30+ years in the public eye, Martina Navratilova has been through a number of well publicized relationships and an equal amount of breakups.
After coming out of the closet in 1981 and declaring to the world that she was gay, Navratilova was first linked to author Rita Mae Brown. After breaking up after rumored infidelity, Navratilova was then linked to Judy Nelson, whom she dated for 7+ years until 1991. After the split, Nelson sued Navratilova for palimony in 1991. She also penned two books about her relationship with Navratilova, Love Match: Nelson vs. Navratilova, and Choices: My Journey After Leaving my Husband for Martina and a Lesbian Life. Ironically, Judy Nelson and Rita Mae Brown were later linked together in a romantic relationship.
Fast forward to 2000, and Martina Navratilova begins dating Toni Layton who served as a business advisor. The two had an unofficial wedding ceremony in 2004. In 2009 , Martina returned home from a business trip to Australia and abruptly ended their relationship; Navritalova cited a loss in personal net worth as the reason, and Layton as the culprit for the damage. Layton was thrown out onto the street, with the locks to the home they shared having been immediately changed. After being offered only $10,000 by Navritalova and her attorney's, Layton later filed a domestic partnership lawsuit for an undisclosed amount, as she did not have the same protections as an official marriage would have carried. After filing the suit, Layton released the following statement:
"Martina has got a fight on her hands. Without any warning, my life came crashing down around me. I was kicked out on the streets with only the clothes on my back. I was left an emotional wreck, with nothing to show for eight years of my life. I still suffer nightmares today. It's something I don't think I will ever properly recover from. What I want now is justice. Justice for all those lost, wasted years."
The suit was reportedly settled out of court with Layton being awarded around $3,000,000.
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