Valentine’s Day is here, and power couples are no stranger to the sporting world. That said, NitroBetting celebrates the day with the list of the most famous sports couples of all time.
Top 10 Sports Couples of All-Time
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10. Zach Ertz and Julie Ertz
Julie Ertz plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League. She also plays for two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion United States. Meanwhile, Zach is a Super Bowl champion and a reliable tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was responsible for the game-winning touchdown of Super Bowl LII. The two met at a Stanford University game in 2012 where Zach was a player on the team. Julie was part of the Santa Clara University soccer team. The two started dating in 2014 and got married in 2017.
9. Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick
One of the most iconic players of the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, had been friends with professional racing driver Danica Patrick since meeting at the 2012 ESPYs event. Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. Her career includes a victory in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 and is the only win by a woman in an IndyCar Series. She confirmed her relationship with Rodgers in 2018 and split up with the football star in 2020.
8. Sasha Vujacic and Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova claimed the throne of women’s tennis during her prime. She is the only Russian tennis player to win all Grand Slam events and topped the world rankings on five different occasions. She had a long relationship with Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard and two-time NBA Champion Sasha Vujacic. He is known for his shooting skills and ability to hit clutch shots. The two were among the iconic couples of the sporting world during their time. However, the pair split in the spring of 2012.
7. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ana Ivanovic
Tennis player Ana Ivanovic and Bundesliga superstar Bastian Schweinsteiger started dating in September 2014. The German soccer player spent most of his career in his home country but met Ivanovic a year before signing with Manchester United. He also won the FIFA World Cup with the German national team in 2014. Meanwhile, Ivanovic holds a solid career record of 480-225 with 15 career titles to her name. The pair married two years after dating in 2016 and had their first child in 2018. This was followed by a second son in 2019.
6. Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy was golf’s top player for almost two years. He is one of three players with three majors by age 25. McIlroy holds four majors so far, which includes two PGA Championships, one US Open Championship, and one Open Championship. He started dating Danish tennis superstar Caroline Wozniacki in 2011. She is the first Scandinavian player to top the women’s tennis rankings. Wozniacki held the title for over a year. She has 25 WTA victories to her name. The couple engaged in 2013. However, McIlroy called off the wedding in 2014.
5. Jrue Holiday and Lauren Cheney
Milwaukee Bucks guard and NBA Champion Jrue Holiday married his college sweetheart Lauren Cheney in 2013. The two met at a women’s basketball game while attending UCLA and started dating in 2008. Cheney was diagnosed with a brain tumor several months after they conceived their first child, which was removed after giving birth. Her husband, Jrue, took a leave of absence during his time with the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2016-17 season to take care of his family. The two welcomed their first child in 2016. A year later, Holiday posted a family photo celebrating his daughter’s first birthday, announcing that Cheney and his firstborn were healthy.
4. Roger Federer and Mika Federer
Roger Federer is one of the most decorated tennis players in the world. The 40-year-old holds 20 Grand Slam Singles titles on top of two Olympic Games medals. He is married to tennis star Mika Vavrinec who he met in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The Swiss player boasts quite the repertoire during her professional career, featuring a 202-159 career record. The two married in 2009. Shortly after, Mirka gave birth to identical twin girls. The Federers had another set of twins in 2014 but welcomed boys this time.3. Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf dominated women’s tennis for the longest time. She is the only player to win the Golden Slam (Grand Slam and Olympic gold medal). The German tennis player started dating tennis Golden Boy Andre Agassi in 1999. The latter was a former world #1 who bagged eight grand slam titles during his career and an Olympic gold medal in 1996. They tied the knot two years after dating in 2001 and happily married with two children.
2. Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn
Tiger and Lindsey were the most popular couple in sports. The former needs no introduction. Tiger Woods is the face of golf and was one of the world’s highest-earning athletes for multiple years. To name a few, Woods boasts silverware that features six Masters Tournaments, three U.S. Open championships, and four PGA Championship trophies. Meanwhile, Lindsey Vonn was America’s top ski racing athlete, having won the World Cup overall championships four times. Furthermore, she is the first American to score an Olympic gold medal in the downhill ski event. Vonn split from her husband in 2011 and confirmed their relationship in 2013. The two were together for three years but eventually split in 2016 due to hectic schedules.
1. Nomar Garciapara and Mia Hamm
Mia Hamm was married to college sweetheart Christian Corry for over five years before getting divorced in 2001. She met Nomar Garciaparra in 2003 and got married the same year in a ceremony. Both are athletes with loads of professional experience. Mia Hamm was the top forward for the United States women’s soccer team between 1987-2004. She secured two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup titles during her career. Meanwhile, Nomar Garciaparra was the AL Rookie of the year in 1997. He played shortstop for the Boston Red Sox and is one of only two players to hit two grand slams in a game. The baseball player was also a six-time All-Star.