Love and sports: A look at these star couples who dated or got married

Updated: 14 June, 2020 07:59 IST | Shawn.Dsouza
  • Andre Agassi and Steffi Graff

    Andre Agassi and Steffi Graff: The high profiled tennis couple began dating after the 1999 U.S. Open and got married in October 2001. He is a retired American tennis player, who was once ranked No. 1 in the world. She is a retired German tennis player who was also once ranked No. 1 in the world.

  • Dinesh Karthik and Dipika Pallikal

    Dinesh Karthik and Dipika Pallikal: He is India's wicket-keeper batsman while she is one of India's finest squash player. The couple briefly dated for a while and were engaged in November 2013. DK and Dipika went on to tie the knot in traditional Hindu and Christian ceremonies in August 2015 and have never looked back since.

  • Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik

    Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik: She's India's brightest female tennis star and is a multiple Grand Slam winner in doubles. He is a Pakistan cricketer and a former captain of the team. Shoaib and Sania dated for some time and were the talk of the nation at the time. They got married on April 12, 2010, in a traditional Hyderabadi Muslim ceremony in India which were followed by Pakistani wedding customs. In October 2018, Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik welcomed their son Imran Mirza Malik.

  • Geeta Phogat and Pawan Kumar

    Geeta Phogat and Pawan Kumar: She is a Commonwealth Games gold medallist wrestler and first-ever Indian female wrestler to qualify for the Olympics. He is also a fellow wrestler which is how they met. After dating for a while, Geeta and Pawan tied the knot in November 2016. Three years later in December 2019, Geeta Phogat gave birth to a son.

  • Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn

    Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn: He's an American professional golfer who counted among the most successful of all time. She's a World Cup alpine ski racer who competed with the United States Ski Team. Woods and Vonn's relationship was all over the media and one of the most high-profile relationships at the time. The couple called it quits in May 2015 after dating for two years. (Pics from Vonn's Facebook account)

  • Adam Scott and Ana Ivanovic

    Adam Scott and Ana Ivanovic: She's s a former world no. 1 Serbian tennis player. He's an Australian professional golfer who plays mainly on the PGA Tour. The pair briefly dated in 2010, but they split in September that year her poor on-court form led to a slide down the rankings. The duo briefly reunited in 2011, before splitting up again just one year later.

  • Ana Ivanovic and Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Ana Ivanovic and Bastian Schweinsteiger: She's a former tennis star and he's a superstar in the German football team. Ana and Bastian began dating each other in 2014. Two years later, the couple got hitched on July 12, 2016, in Venice. In March 2018, Ana Ivanovic announced that she and Schweinsteiger welcomed a baby boy and named him Luka. In August 2019, Ana and Bastian welcomed their second son Leon.

  • Roger Federer and Mirka Vavrinec

    Roger Federer and Mirka Vavrinec: He is a Swiss professional tennis veteran and former World No. 1. She is a former tennis player from Switzerland. They met at the 2000 Summer Olympics and wed on April 11, 2009, and have identical twin girls.

  • Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki

    Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki: The Northern Irishman is the World No. 1 professional golfer and Wozniacki is a former World No. 1 retired Danish tennis player. They dated for three years before splitting in 2014. They were engaged in January 2014 but a few months later, in May 2014, McIlroy ended their engagement.

  • Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic

    Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic: He is a Slovenian basketball player who has played for the Los Angeles Lakers in NBA. She is Russian tennis player who was ranked World No. 2 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). Sharapova and Vujacic started dating in October 2009 and were even engaged before breaking off in 2012.

  • Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov

    Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov: She is a former Russian tennis star while he is a current tennis player. The pair began to date in 2013 and separated three years later in 2016. While Sharapova went on to date British businessman Alexander Gilkes, Grigor Dimitrov is dating pop singer Nicole Scherzinger

  • Kim Clijsters and Brian Lynch

    Kim Clijsters and Brian Lynch: She is a Belgian tennis player and former World No. 1. He is an American basketball player, who played professionally in Europe. They got married on July 13, 2007. They have three children together - a daughter and two sons.

  • Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall

    Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall: She's British royalty and an equestrian. She's is the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. He's a former England rugby union player. They were married on July 30, 2011. (Pic/Getty Images)

  • Laird Hamilton & Gabrielle Reece

    Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece: The pair have been together for 16 years - they began dating in 1996. They were married in 1997 and have two kids. He is a Hawaiian big-wave surfer and she's a former professional volleyball player.

  • Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm

    Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm: The pair, which began dating in 2001 and were married in November 2003, have been together for 11 years. He is a retired professional baseball player who played for teams like the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs. She is a retired American soccer player.

  • Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr

    Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr: He's NASCAR's 2013 rookie of the year candidate and the two-time reigning Nationwide Series champion. She's also a NASCAR driver and is the only woman to win a race in the IndyCar Series. On January 25, 2013, Danica Patrick said she was dating her competitor. The couple dated until December 2017 before calling it quits.

  • Marion Jones and Obadele Thompson

    Marion Jones and Obadele Thompson: He's a former Barbados sprinter, who became the first individual Olympic medalist from Barbados with a bronze medal in the 100m race in 2000. Jones is a former world champion track and field athlete, and a former professional basketball player The duo got hitched on February 24, 2007, and now have three children.

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About The Gallery

Former German tennis star Steffi Graf married American tennis star Andre Agassi and are one of the most prominent sports couples. As Steffi Graf turns 51 today, we look at other star couples in the world of sports over the decades - the ones that made it and that didn't.

First Published: 01 June, 2015 09:29 IST