Love Means More than Nothing in Tennis: The Top Tennis Couples
Unless you play doubles, Tennis can be quite a lonely sport. Not only are you alone on the court, but you are constantly travelling from tournament to tournament staying in hotels after hotels. It can be tough, and sometimes the only people who truly understand what it is like, are other players. Here we have a look at some of the most high profile tennis couples.
Roger Federer & Mirka Federer (Varinec) – When you are married to the greatest tennis player of all time, it can overshadow everything you do. Many people forget that Mirka was a former player, reaching 76th in the world shortly before she retired at only 24 years old due to a recurring foot injury. Interestingly she started playing tennis after meeting Martina Navratilova, with the former world number one even sending Mirka a racket. The couple met at the 2000 Olympics, and got married in 2009. The pair now have 4 children, two sets of twins.
Marcos Baghdatis & Karolina Sprem Baghdatis – A lesser known couple on our list, Marcos is the greatest ever Cypriot tennis player, with 4 ATP titles, a career high of 8th in the world, and the runner up of the 2006 Australian Open. His wife, Karolina, was once 17th in the world back in 2004, reaching the Quarter finals of Wimbledon that year too. She retired in 2011 due to a wrist injury, however it is not all bad news as she married Marcos the following year, with their first daughter born a few months later. Their second daughter was born in 2015.
Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf – The definition of power couple. Between them they have 31 Grand Slam titles, 6 year-end titles, 2 Gold medals and over 450 weeks as world #1. Not bad going. The pair married in 2001 at their home in Las Vegas, with only their mothers present. They have two children, an 18 year old son, and a 16 year old daughter, but have said that they are not pushing them to being tennis players
Radek Stepanek & Nicole Vaidisova – This is an interesting one so try to keep up. Vaidosova, an Australian and French Open semi-finalist who reached 7th in the world, was one of the youngest players in WTA history to crack the top 10 at 17. She briefly retired in 2010, before retuning in 2014, before then retiring again in 2016. Stepanek, Djokovic’s current coach, reached 8 in the world in singles, but more impressively, 4th in the world in doubles, along with 2 grand slam titles. Now Stepanek was engaged to Martina Hingis, before marrying Vaidisova in 2010, (around when she first retired at only 21 years old). They separated in 2013, and Stepanek dated Petra Kvitova. They split in 2014, with Stepanek and Vaidisova then remarrying in 2018, having a daughter that same year. Get all that?
Fabio Fognini & Flavia Pennetta – Our all Italian pairing. Fognini, winner of the 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters Mens Singles & 2015 Australian Open Mens Doubles, with his current ranking at a career high of 12th in the world. Flavia Pennetta reached number 1 in the world in doubles and 6th in the world rankings for singles, whilst also being the winner of the 2015 US Open Womens Singles & the 2011 Australian Open Womens Doubles. She retired in 2015, the year she and Fognini got engaged, after having started dating the year previous. They married in June 2016, and she gave birth to their son Federico on the 19th of May 2017.
Dominic Thiem & Kristina Mladenovic – Onto the non-married couples, and quite possibly our most equally dominant pairing. Thiem has a career high of 4th in the world, reached the final of the 2018 French Open, and won a Masters title at Indian Wells in 2019. Mladenovic, once 10th in the world for singles and 2nd in the world for doubles, has won 4 grand slam titles in doubles, the tour finals in doubles, and the Hopman cup for France. The pair started dating in the middle of 2017, but only came out in public in May 2018.
Stan Wawrinka & Donna Vekic – A mixed emotion one here. Stan Wawrinka, the former world number 3 and 3 time Grand slam champion, got married in 2009, with his daughter being born in 2010. In 2011, Stan and his wife separated, but later reconciled. In 2015, Stan and his wife got divorced. Later that year, Stan, 30, started dating 19 year old Donna Vekic. Vekic is at a career high of 25th in the world, with her best results getting to the 4th round of Wimbledon 2018, and winning the 2017 Nottingham Open. The couple have now been together for just under 4 years.
Gael Monfils & Elina Svitolina – A new couple, Monfils, one of the most exciting players on tour, reached 6th in the world in 2016, after getting to the quarter finals of the Australian Open and semi finals of the US Open. Elina Svitolina reached 3rd in the world in 2017, after winning 3 Premier 5 titles in Dubai, Italy and Canada. she retained her Italy title in 2018, later winning the WTA tour finals. The pair were dating in 2018, but after Monfils was spotted in Svitolinas player box at the Australian Open, the couple confirmed their relationship, and have since put many posts of the both of them on social media.