'Love' literally means 'nothing' on the tennis court. But it certainly can blossom there! Tennis history is filled with stories of players who ended up being romantically linked through their shared love of the game. Here, we profile 5 couples who matched each other's skills – both on and off the court:
#5 Grigor Dimitrov and Maria Sharapova
Bulgarian ace Grigor Dimitrov has been compared to Roger Federer, but neither his skills nor his personal life compare to the Swiss legend’s. Dimitrov has found a number of relationships on the tennis court, most notably with former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova.
The pair got together in 2013, following the breakdown of each of their respective relationships - Sharapova’s with musician Adam Levine, and Dimitrov’s romance with Serena Williams.
They were together for two years, and they even purchased homes together and were reportedly engaged. They were set to marry in 2015, and Sharapova spoke of her appreciation for having a partner within the tennis world who “knew the drill.”
Dimitrov announced in July of 2015 that the pair had decided mutually to end their relationship, wishing Sharapova “happiness and success.”
Since then, Sharapova has been engaged and is currently apparently single, while Dimitrov is in a serious relationship with musician Nicole Scherzinger.