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The New Hotness: Tennis Love

Connors and Evert started the trend in the 70s, and the next power couple was Agassi and Graf in the last decade. Now, it’s a full-blown trend: Coupling up at the top of the tennis rankings. Here we have the lovely Ana Ivanovic (No. 12) and the men’s No. 8-rated player, Fernando Verdasco (they’re no longer together). Mr. Verdasco is quite the cocksman – he also dated Gisela Dulko (No. 45), non-tennis player Camilla Belle, and is “friendly” with Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki (No. 9).

Defending the title of ATP playboy, though, is Czech Radek Stepanek. He was engaged to Martina Hingis, is dating Nicole Vaidisova and is known for charming ladies with his sense of humor and a victory dance he calls “the worm” which he debuted at a player party in the Austrian Alps several years ago after a big win and a little too much Schnapps.

Mr. Stepanek has fine taste in women. Vaidisova is gorgeous, and Hingis occasionally reminds us of Natalie Portman.

Among this summer’s love matches: Igor Andreev, who beat Vincent Spadea this week, is inseparable from Maria Kirilenko. Dominika Cibulkova, the 20-year-old Slovakian who defeated Urszula Radwanska, recently split from her second ATP beau, Austria’s Jurgen Melzer. (Her first, France’s Gael Monfils, was charming at dinner parties but wasn’t “a relationship guy,” says Ms. Cibulkova’s coach, Vladimir Platenik.)

We’d like to thank the Wall Street Journal for bringing Miss Cibulkova to our attention. Ako sa máte?.

Tennis Gets Hot and Heavy (WSJ)

 

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