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Special: WAGs @ Wimbledon 2011

Last updated on: June 29, 2011 10:30 IST

Maria 'Xisca' Perello has been dating Nadal for three years now

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The moving cameras look for an opportunity to click pictures.

The magazines and websites have no hesitation in giving them as much prominence as their playing partners.

They are the cynosure of all eyes. And readymade gossip for the paparazzi.

Yes, we are talking about the wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of the tennis players.

Let's take a look at some of the WAGs of the promiment players featuring in Wimbledon this year.

We begin with Maria Francisca Perello

Low profile to the core, Maria Francisca Perello, or Xisca as she is known, usually avoids watching Rafael Nadal play.

The reason: she doesn't want to be a distraction

Having met Rafa while in school, Perello presently attends a university in Palma de Majorca.

The 20-year-old has been dating Nadal for the past three years.


Image: Maria Francisca Perello
Photographs: Reuters
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Djokovic and Ristic are very much in love

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Their relationship has been on/off, or shall we say Kabhi haan kabhi naa?

Novak Djokovic has been dating Jelena Ristic since the end of 2005.

There have been reports of sporadic break-ups but the light-haired classic Serbian beauty is seen with her boyfriend even as the rumours die a natural death.

The two made an appearance at the Cannes film festival this year looking genuinely in love.


Image: Jelena Ristic

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Mirka also manages Federer's career

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She was Roger Federer's long-time girlfriend once.

Now Mirka Vavrinec is Mrs Federer and the mother of his twins.

A former top-100 player herself, Mirka met Federer during the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and two have been inseparable since.

A persistent foot injury cut short her fledgling tennis career, but, in hindsight, she would certainly have no regrets about that.

Mirka, besides being Federer's wife, also happens to manage his career.


Image: Mirka Vavrinec

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Kim Sears has been a consistent factor in Murray's life

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A permanent feature at Wimbledon every year, Kim Sears is Andy Murray's girlfriend for long.

The wannabe actress started dating Murray at the 2005 US Open and their relationship became public a year later.

The 23-year-old's father, Nigel, coached WTA pro Daniel Hantuchova of Slovakia for some time.


Image: Kim Sears

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Jenni loves a tennis player but plays golf

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Jenni Mostrom is engaged to Robin Soderling.

Born in Ljungskile, Sweden on March 24th, 1983, Jenni has majored in business and has worked in Stockholm.

She likes to play golf and those who have seen her play vouch for the fact that she's good in it.

Jenni travels with Robin for a few tournaments.

Besides, she takes care of his website.


Image: Jenni Mostrom

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Lucie Safarova plays tennis as well

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A professional tennis player herself, Lucie Safarova has for long been Tomas Berdych's inspiration.

Safarova won four singles titles and reached six other finals.

Her best result this year has been a final appearance at the Malaysian Open where she lost to Jelena Dokic despite having match points.

She suffered a second round exit at Wimbledon this year.


Image: Lucie Safarova

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Roddick's wife is multi-faceted

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Brooklyn Decker is the wife of Andy Roddick.

The 24-year-old American fashion model and actress is best known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, including the cover issue last year.

In addition to working for Victoria's Secret for the 2010 "Swim" collection, she has ventured into television with guest appearances on Chuck, Ugly Betty and Royal Pains.

Brooklyn made her feature film debut in Just Go with It and has also won won Esquire magazine's 2010 "Sexiest Woman Alive" bracket challenge.


Image: Brooklyn Decker

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Gardner the model

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Stacey Gardner is the wife of Mardy Fish.

The lawyer-turned-NBC's Deal or No Deal briefcase-holding model, the 30-year-old has also served as a red carpet host for Fox Sports.

The two got engaged in November 2007.

The two were married in a Jewish ceremony less than a year later.


Image: Stacey Gardner

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Sara Foster is engaged to Tommy Haas

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Sara Foster is presently engaged to German player Tommy Haas.

The 29-year-old is best known for her role as Jen Clark in 90210.

Sara, the daughter of Canadian musician David Foster, was engaged to Ashley Hamilton in 2000 and has dated Leonardo Di Caprio and Benicio Del Toro, before dating Haas.

Her biggest screen appearance so far has been in The Big Bounce (2004), an adapatation of Elmore Leonard's novel.


Image: Sara Foster

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Suncica Travica owes her popularity to Twitter

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Suncica Travica is a Serbian model.

Born in Serbia in 1986, she began modelling when she was 18.

Viktor Troicki and Travica started dating early in 2009 at a time when the latter was working as a model in Paris.

Travica was a contestant on Miss Fashion TV in 2007.

But it was when she turned to Twitter, posting a series of raunchy images, that her popularity skyrocketed.


Image: Suncica Travica

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Cartwright is an actress

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Bec Cartwright is better known as Mrs Lleyton Hewitt.

The actress who starred in films like Heartbreak High, Police Rescue and Totally Wild, initially dated actor Beau Brady for four years.

Then began her relationship with Hewiit, who proposed to her after just six weeks of dating.

The two got married in July 2005 and their daughter (Mia Rebecca Hewitt) was born in November that year.


Image: Bec Cartwright

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