The wives and girlfriends of tennis players are a mixed bunch – some very glamorous and successful in their own rights, some beautiful and silent, and some an integral part of their mans life. So lets take a look at the most beautiful and influential women in the grand stands.
It’s impossible to look past Andy Roddick’s wife for the number 1 spot. This years Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model, sexiest woman alive and star of the new Adam Sandler movie Just Go With It. All year Decker has been plastered all over magazines and over our TV screens with interviews on David Letterman to name one.
Decker has also participated in the Elle Magazine Make Better self improvement and exercise campaign. She has also received press coverage lately because Andy and Brooklyn took an IQ Test in which Decker beat her witty, intelligent husband.
After sitting on the sidelines for so long, only being seen with long term boyfriend Rafael Nadal at certain tournaments or in Mallorca, Xisca has been a very present figure in Team Nadal this year. This year Nadal happily declared to media that she was one of the loves of his life (his parents and sister being the other two) and that “the more famous I became, the more I had to fight for Xisca’s favour” (translated).
Perello cried court side with Rafa won Wimbledon this year and stood proudly by his side for media shots with his family and team after he completed a career slam – a huge step forward into public life for the shy and quiet Spaniard’s girlfriend who stood in front of Nadal’s father Sebastian.
Perrello, and his whole family for that matter, were so present this season it became normal spotting Xisca laughing with Nadal’s mother Ana Maria and sister Maribel. Xisca also made headlines herself this year when she graduated from her business degree in Palma de Mallorca. Xisca has been seen waiting for Nadal at promotional duties, while he plays golf, court side, award ceremonies of various sizes and the doctors office. Xisca has been everywhere this year.
While Kim may have had a brief break-up late last year, their reunion earlier this year is widely credited to the improvement in Murray’s form and temperament, the Scot looking jaded on court for months after the Australian Open.
Sears has perfected the art of sitting court side, locks flowing and perfect, supporting her man while fulfilling the role of a modest English rose. She is rarely quoted by media sources, trying to redirect the attention back to Andy. “No. Sorry. It’s not about me, it’s about Andy
Foster, 90210 actress, model, and recent first time mum with fiancee Tommy Haas, Foster has been a long term WAG on tour who shirks the demure court side activity. Foster attend Haas’s matches without make up and cheers loudly for her man, only interested in what he thinks. Before she started acting Foster was heavily involved in the modeling world and appeared in the 2005 ‘Shape of My Heart’ video clip for the Backstreet Boys.
Sara has a recurring role on TV show Psych 9 but is currently on maternity leave after the birth of her daughter with Tommy Haas.
Long term girlfriend of Novak Djokovic, Jelena is a regular figure in Novak’s box, loudly cheering on her man and attending media events with him. The two have been together at least the last three years but have been rumoured to be on/off partners.
Gorgeous Ristic has a relatively low profile with the media but has regularly displayed her unwavering support for the current world number 3.
The Spanish model is the long term partner and mother of recent retiree Carlos Moya’s only child, daughter Carla. Carolina is also an actress starring mostly in TV shows since she was 15 years old. Since 2008 Carolina has been constantly by Carlos’ side, regardless of whether he was rehabing, working at his gym in Mallorca, competing or retiring.
She has been with him in London for his retirement ceremony and to watch good friend Rafael Nadal compete in the Barclays Tour Finals.
While it may not have been the best year for the Davydenko’s, with Nikolay breaking his wrist earlier in the year, wife Irina brings to mind the lyrics “behind every great man there has to be a great woman.” Irina has long been Nikolay’s traveling companion, putting baby plans on hold to promote his success and push him through tournaments even though Nikolay has said publicly he wants children now.
Mirka Federer has to be one of the best known WAGs and while she is not a model (to add to the seemingly never ending group of model girlfriends) she the most influential without doubt. For years after her own retirement she acted as Roger’s PR manager and is now the mother of their twin daughters.
Mirka is always in Roger’s box, always. Mostly she applauds quietly but is quick to rise to her feet if her man needs an extra push. It has long been known that Mirka is instrumental in Federer’s career, even helping with tactics and coaching tips on his long breaks between coaches.
While Mirka might not be a swimsuit model she is perhaps the most famous of all the WAGs and most definitely the most powerful.
Gardner, wife of Mardy Fish, is one of the lesser known WAGs but is extremely successful in her own right. Gardner works as both a lawyer in California and as a Deal of No Deal suitcase model. The pair have been married since 2008
Actress Bec Hewitt, formerly Bec Cartright, recently gave birth to her third child with Lleyton Hewitt, another daughter, Ava. Hewitt is a former soap star and wannabe singer who is a constant fixture in Australian Gossip magazines and is regularly interviewed by OK magazine. Hewitt has, aside from increasing her family, more or less retired from her career to follow Lleyton around for his final years on tour.