News, Culture & Society

Australian open 2020: Meet the tennis WAGS

The Australian Open officially kicks off on January 21 and excitement for the annual tennis tournament is already sky-high.

And while a plethora of famous sportsmen sweat it out at Melbourne Park, all eyes will be on the stylish spectators who will be watching courtside.

From new loves to childhood sweethearts, these are the gorgeous WAGS believed to be heading Down Under to cheer on their partners.

Husband and wife: Maria Francisca Perello has been dating Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal, 33, since 2005 – with the pair tying the knot in October last year (pictured – their wedding in Spain)

Spain: Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perelló

Maria Francisca Perello has been dating Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal, 33, since 2005 – with the pair tying the knot in October last year.

The happy couple said their ‘I do’s’ in a seaside fortress in Majorca, Spain – believed to be the most expensive property in the whole country.

The pair were childhood sweethearts and grew up together in their hometown of Palma de Majora on the Spanish Coast. 

Gorgeous: Maria, who is known as Xisca, studied business administration and management and has always appeared happy to let Nadal take the spotlight. Pictured in 2016

Gorgeous: Maria, who is known as Xisca, studied business administration and management and has always appeared happy to let Nadal take the spotlight. Pictured in 2016

Maria, 31 – who is known as Xisca – studied business administration and management and has always appeared happy to let Nadal take the spotlight.

In 2011 the tennis star spoke fondly about his love for Xisca.

‘She is a lovely person, I feel great with her and [she] is probably the woman of my life,’ Nadal told Harper’s Bazaar.

New romance! World number seven Alexander Zverev (left) only went public with his jaw-dropping girlfriend Brenda Patea (right) in December 2019

New romance! World number seven Alexander Zverev (left) only went public with his jaw-dropping girlfriend Brenda Patea (right) in December 2019

Germany: Alexander Zverev and Brenda Patea

World number seven Alexander, 22, only went public with his jaw-dropping girlfriend Brenda Patea in December 2019.

Ever since, the genetically-blessed pair have shared a string of loved-up snaps online – and Alexander has even given German model Brenda her very first tennis lesson.

Confirmed! It was Brenda herself that confirmed the pair's romance, revealing to German TV network RTL that the pair met in Paris last year

Confirmed! It was Brenda herself that confirmed the pair’s romance, revealing to German TV network RTL that the pair met in Paris last year

Success! Brenda has found much success within her modelling career, and even participated in the 12th cycle of the reality show Germany’s Next Top Model - placing 10th overall

Success! Brenda has found much success within her modelling career, and even participated in the 12th cycle of the reality show Germany’s Next Top Model – placing 10th overall

It was Brenda herself that confirmed the romance, revealing to German TV network RTL that the pair met in Paris last year.

According to reports, the brunette stunner said she’s over the moon that Alexander is tall, because ‘most guys are shorter’ than she is.

Brenda has found much success within her modelling career and even participated in the 12th cycle of the reality show Germany’s Next Top Model – placing 10th overall.

Prior to his new romance, Alexander previously dated Russian tennis player Olya Sharypova for almost one year.

So loved up! Another member of the model WAG set, Belgian-born Camille Ringoir is the girlfriend of Canadian-Montenegrin tennis player Milos Raonic (pictured together)

So loved up! Another member of the model WAG set, Belgian-born Camille Ringoir is the girlfriend of Canadian-Montenegrin tennis player Milos Raonic (pictured together)

Canada: Milos Raonic and Camille Ringoir 

Another member of the model WAG set, Belgian-born Camille Ringoir, 26, is the girlfriend of Canadian-Montenegrin tennis player Milos Raonic, 29.

The couple are understood to have started dating in late 2018, months after Milo’s split from his model ex Danielle Knudson.

Camille went Instagram official with Milos when she shared a photo of them together from the Met Gala in May.

New love: The couple are understood to have started dating late last year, months after Milos split from his model ex Danielle Knudson

New love: The couple are understood to have started dating late last year, months after Milos split from his model ex Danielle Knudson

Skilled: Camille began modelling aged 13, signing a contract with prestigious Belgian agency Dominique Models

Skilled: Camille began modelling aged 13, signing a contract with prestigious Belgian agency Dominique Models

Before going public with their relationship, Camille and Milos set tongues wagging when she was spotted in a box at the US Open. 

Camille has graced the covers of Elle Czech, Marie Claire Belgium and Elle Singapore, and has also featured in several lingerie campaigns. 

She began modelling aged 13, signing a contract with prestigious Belgian agency Dominique Models.      

True love: Jelena started dating Serbian-born Novak Djokovic in 2005, two years after he turned professional and three years before his first senior tournament win (pictured together)

True love: Jelena started dating Serbian-born Novak Djokovic in 2005, two years after he turned professional and three years before his first senior tournament win (pictured together)

She's a busy woman! The busy mother-of-two now runs the Novak Djokovic Foundation, which develops early childhood education projects in Serbia, as well as Original Magazine

She's a busy woman! The busy mother-of-two now runs the Novak Djokovic Foundation, which develops early childhood education projects in Serbia, as well as Original Magazine

She’s a busy woman! The busy mother-of-two now runs the Novak Djokovic Foundation, which develops early childhood education projects in Serbia, as well as Original Magazine

Superstar: Novak Djokovic is currently ranked the second best singles player in the world

Superstar: Novak Djokovic is currently ranked the second best singles player in the world

Serbia: Novak and Jelena Djokovic

Jelena started dating Serbian-born Novak Djokovic, 32, in 2005.

After almost a decade together, the couple tied the knot in 2014 and have since welcomed a son and a daughter.

The busy mother-of-two now runs the Novak Djokovic Foundation, which develops early childhood education projects in Serbia, as well as Original Magazine.

She is also a social media force to be reckoned with and has racked up more than 450,000 followers on Instagram. 

What a gene pool! Gorgeous Italian Fabio, 32, shares two-year-old son with his gorgeous wife Flavia Pennetta - who is a retired tennis player herself (pictured together)

What a gene pool! Gorgeous Italian Fabio, 32, shares two-year-old son with his gorgeous wife Flavia Pennetta – who is a retired tennis player herself (pictured together)

Italy: Fabio Fognini and Flavia Pennetta

Gorgeous Italian Fabio, 32, shares two-year-old son with his gorgeous wife Flavia Pennetta, 37, who is a retired tennis player herself.

The genetically-blessed pair began dating in 2014, and were engaged a year later. 

In June 2016, the pair married each other in Ostuni in Italy’s Apulia region, with Flavia giving birth to their son in May 2017.

Family fun: In June 2016, the pair married each other in Ostuni in Italy’s Apulia region, with Flavia giving birth to their son in May 2017

Family fun: In June 2016, the pair married each other in Ostuni in Italy’s Apulia region, with Flavia giving birth to their son in May 2017

She's skilled! Flavia became Italy's first top-ten female singles player in 2009

She’s skilled! Flavia became Italy’s first top-ten female singles player in 2009 

And it’s a family of highly-skilled sports stars – as Flavia was titled Italy’s first top-ten female singles player in 2009.

She later became the first Italian to be ranked world No. 1 in doubles in 2011.

Flavia won the US open back in 2015, and announced her retirement surely afterwards. 

New love: Matteo Berrettini (left) and Ajla Tomljanovic's (right) relationship only recently came to light, following her split from fellow Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios

New love: Matteo Berrettini (left) and Ajla Tomljanovic’s (right) relationship only recently came to light, following her split from fellow Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios

Italy: Matteo Berrettini and Ajla Tomljanovic 

Matteo and Ajla’s relationship only recently came to light, following her split from fellow Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios.

Ajla had been in an on-again, off-again relationship with tennis bad boy Nick since July 2015 – but by 2017, it’s believed their fiery romance came to an end.

Now, her and hunky Italian Matteo, 23, appear happier than ever.

So sweet: Speaking about his relationship with Alja last year, Matteo told Gazzetta 'we are two calm people, we share the passion for dogs and movies'

So sweet: Speaking about his relationship with Alja last year, Matteo told Gazzetta ‘we are two calm people, we share the passion for dogs and movies’

Over: Ajla had been in an on-again, off-again relationship with tennis bad boy Nick (left) since July 2015 - but by 2017, it's believed their fiery romance came to an end

Over: Ajla had been in an on-again, off-again relationship with tennis bad boy Nick (left) since July 2015 – but by 2017, it’s believed their fiery romance came to an end

Speaking about his relationship with Alja last year, Matteo told Italian publication Gazzetta: ‘We are two calm people, we share the passion for dogs and movies.

‘But we often have to be away from each other and it’s not easy to understand each other being from another side of the world. But how could you handle it when there were no video calls?’

Ajla is a formidable tennis pro herself, and will no doubt be watching her partner on the sidelines. She’s also competing in the tournament.

Happily married: Mirka Federer has been married to tennis great Roger Federer, 36, since 2009 (pictured together)

Happily married: Mirka Federer has been married to tennis great Roger Federer, 36, since 2009 (pictured together)

Switzerland: Roger and Mirka Federer

Mirka Federer has been married to tennis great Roger Federer, 38, since 2009. 

The former professional tennis player first met Roger at the 2000 Summer Olympics and retired from the sport two years later due to a foot injury.

Since her retirement, mother-of-four Mirka has supported her husband both as his public relations manager and on tour.

The couple have two sets of twins, ten-year-old twin girls Charlene and Myla and five-year-old boys Lenny and Leo.

Smitten: Fee Maeueler (left) met Australian star John Millman (right) while working at a tennis club in Germany

Smitten: Fee Maeueler (left) met Australian star John Millman (right) while working at a tennis club in Germany

Australia: John Millman and Fee Maeueler

A passion for tennis sparked a budding romance between Australian star John Millman and his stunning girlfriend.

The 30-year-old Brisbane-born player was barely making enough to scrape by while playing club tennis in Germany when the pair crossed paths.

Fee Maeueler was behind the counter at the club making coffees when the young player struck up a conversation with the German beauty.

The couple have been together for more than three years, but it hasn’t been all smooth sailing.

‘Fee has put up with a lot of the starts and stops in my tennis career,’ John told the Courier Mail last year. ‘She’s been a rock solid support of mine through the times which haven’t been so good. That’s a great trait in someone.’

Fee Maeueler was behind the counter at the club making coffees when the young player struck up a conversation with the German beauty

Fee Maeueler was behind the counter at the club making coffees when the young player struck up a conversation with the German beauty

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk