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Tennis romances are flourishing

EntertainmentBy Kevin Palmer
Sharapova has found love off the court
Sharapova has found love off the court

You always know summer has arrived when the Wimbledon tennis championships come onto our TV screens, with support crew behind the players on the Centre Court often getting almost as much coverage from TV crews and gossip columnists.

The glamorous faces who are spotting cheering on the players at Wimbledon ensure that plenty of showbiz reporters show up at The Championships each year and with the tournament set to get underway tomorrow and here is you sundayworld.com guide to the faces to look out for over the next couple of weeks.

THE BEAUTY AND THE SOCCER STAR

Serbian tennis beauty Ana Ivanovic has been causing a stir in recent months as her high-profile romance with Bayern Munich soccer star Bastian Schweinsteiger (below) has flourished.

The images of German World Cup winner Schweinsteiger getting very excited as his other half battled her way through to the semi-finals of the French Open in early June were front page news in Germany and his presence at Wimbledon is create a frenzy of photographers lenses flashing in his direction.

MR AND MRS MURRAY

The long-time girlfriend of British tennis ace Andy Murray became his wife as the pair tied the knot at the Scottish castle Murray owns back in April, with the stunning new Mrs Kim Murray set to be the focus of attention over the next couple of weeks.

Analysis of Kim’s clothing choices during the Wimbledon fortnight dominate the English tabloid newspaper headlines at this time of the year, with what she is muttering in the players’ box also the subject of conjecture at times as her tendency to allow her emotions to get the better of her and expletives to slip out getting her into hot water at times.

THE WORLD No.1 AND HIS LOVELY LADY

Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic tied the knot with his long-time partner Jelena Ristic last summer before the couple welcomed their first baby Stefan in October.

Ristic will be seen on the Centre Court over the next couple of weeks cheering on her man with real passion, with the 28-year-old Serbian beauty not affair to let her emotions overflow when her man is in the heat of battle.

FEDERER’S EXPANDING FAMILY

Roger Federer’s reign as the king of tennis may have come to an end, but his marriage to long-time partner Mirka appears to be unshakable as the family continues to travel around the world playing the game -- with an army of nannies! -- despite the arrival of a second set of twins.

The Federer clan was added to by the arrival of Leo and Lenny last summer, as they joined their sisters Myla Rose and Charlene to instantly become part of one of the highest profile families in world sport. Having a bet on one of Federer’s kids following in their father’s footsteps and winning Wimbledon in 20 years time may be a good investment.

MARIA SHARAPOVA’S FELLA

The lucky man who has managed to win the heart of tennis superstar girl Maria Sharapova is fellow court star, Bulgarian big hitter Grigor Dimitrov.

When you have got Miss Sharapova on your arm, you need to do all you can to hang on to her and it turns out that Dimitrov is quite the romantic as he revealed in a recent interview that he sent his Russian partner her favourite flowers to toast her 28th birthday in April. “She loves roses,” he said. “Sometimes I just go crazy and send her hundreds – 500 is the most I’ve ever sent at once.

SERENA PARTNER AND COACH

Undisputed women’s tennis champion Serena Williams has come up with another way to spend more time with her fella as she travels the world sweeping up the biggest titles in the game – as her love interest Patrick Mouratoglou is also her coach.

The Frenchman has coached a host of top names in the game, but his relationship with his latest star is that little bit more special and the duo are enjoying incredible success on court, winning all four Grand Slam titles in their time together on and off court.

WOZNIACKI MOVES ON FROM McILROY

Caroline Wozniacki had a very public separation from her former fiancé last year, as Irish golfing great Rory McIlroy called off their wedding just a few days after it had been announced.

Yet the Danish tennis ace appears to be moving on from that split as rumour has it she has started dating Danish tennis ace American football star Ryan Kerrigan from the Washington Redskins. The pair claim publicly that they are just good friends, but their attendance at parties has fuelled talk of a romance. Nothing like a bit of gossip when the lovely Caroline is involved.