Love was in the air at the All England Club, especially for tennis stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa.
Tsitsipas and Badosa’s blossoming relationship began to blossom on the third day of Wimbledon. The 24-year-old Tsitsipas won his first-round match and, during a post-match interview, referred to Badosa as the Spanish player’s «girlfriend.»
«You are also playing doubles here with your brother, Petros, and you are playing mixed doubles with your girlfriend Paula Badosa,» said BBC presenter Karthi Gnanasegaram.
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Tsitsipas responded by smiling and nodding and pointed towards Badosa.
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Badosa then raised his fist and the crowd began to cheer.
Gnanasegaram also told Tsitsipas Badosa that he won his first round match.
«Oh, I just found out. I had no idea. Congratulations,» Tsitsipas said as Badosa smiled and clasped her hands in the shape of a heart.
In January, Tsitsipas advanced to the men’s singles final at the Australian Open. She spoke to the BBC about playing in the doubles and mixed doubles competitions with her brother and Badosa.
«Honestly, it’s a joy to do this with people, some of them have come into my life recently and I never would have done it if it wasn’t for that. So, Paulita, let’s do it,» Tsitsipas said.
Tsitsipas also recently revealed that the couple’s whirlwind romance began with a text message.
«It started in Rome with a message from me when he beat Ons Jabeur in the second round,» he told Greek media at Wimbledon. «I watched the match and I really liked the way he played and handled the situation against a very good clay-court player.
«I sent him congratulations, and the whole story started like that.»
Tsitsipas added that there were «so many signs» that brought them together.
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At Wimbledon, Tsitsipas defeated British player Andy Murray in the second round. Badosa withdrew with a back injury during her second-round match against Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk on Friday.
The injury also forced Badosa to withdraw from his mixed doubles match with Tsitsipas, which was scheduled for Saturday. She said the «smart» thing for her to do was to stop playing.