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Game, Set and Match – We found love in a sporty place

Vijay Singh never let Christmas stop his golfing practice but these couples surely have better Valentine’s plans.

Image: PA images

THE EARLY MORNINGS, sweat-inducing exercise, back-breaking commitment – nobody knows a sports-person’s troubles. Maybe that is why so many of them chose to couple up.

Peter Crouch may have delivered the best ever self-deprecating jibe when he admitted his footballing career saved him from a life of virginity but there was a glimmer of truth in his words.

Sometimes, however, sports stars grow weary of partnerships with supermodels, actors and ordinary folk; choosing to look closer to home, or the nearest sporting arena.

St. Valentine’s Day has thankfully fallen on a Tuesday this year and the sporting calendar is uncluttered.

Sports couples the world over may get the best seats in the finest restaurants but few would envy a romantic meal of boiled vegetables, protein-high finger food and isotonic drinks.

The union Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki has bred a catchy Wozzilroy moniker for the pair and they regularly tweet words of support and cheerleading from afar.

The prize for most gratingly perfect athletic duo surely must go to Australian golfer Adam Scott and his tennis playing girlfriend Ana Ivanovic.

A no-holes-barred doubles match must surely be in the offing this year before the last summer sun has set – with golf clubs substituted for tennis rackets – it is what pay-per-view was invited for.

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  • Dan Carter and Honor Dillon

    Carter rugbySource: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • Don Drysdale and Ann Meyers

    Drysdale baseballSource: Ed Bailey/AP/Press Association Images
  • Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic

    Sharapova tennisSource: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport
  • Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra

    Hamm and GarciaparraSource: NICK UT/AP/Press Association Image
  • Nancy Lopez and Ray Knight

    Knight and LopezSource: DUANE BURLESON/AP/Press Association Images
  • Shoaib Malik and Sania Mizra

    Cricketer MalikSource: K.M.Chaudary/AP/Press Association Images
  • Adam Scott and Ana Ivanovic

    Scott and IvanovicSource: Charles Guerin/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment
  • Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi

    Graf and AgassiSource: Katerina Sulova/Czech News Agency/Press Association Images
  • Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy

    Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroySource: Fred Beckham/AP/Press Association Images
  • One(s) that got away - Chris Evert and Greg Norman, Jimmy Connors, Andy Mill and John Lloyd

    Chris Evert and Greg NormanSource: Morry Gash/AP/Press Association Images

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