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Hitched: Sports stars who tied the knot in 2019

By Rediff Sports Desk
December 31, 2019 10:26 IST
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From surprise weddings to stunning ceremonies, many sporting stars said 'I do' in 2019.

Cheers to the newlyweds!


Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

IMAGE: Rafael Nadal tied the knot with Maria Francesca Perello at a castle on the island of Mallorca. Photograph: Rafa Nadal Academy/Twitter

Rafa wed his partner of 14 years, Maria Francesca Perello, in Mallorca, Spain, on October 20.

The 33-year-old 19-time Grand Slam champion met Maria through his younger sister Maribel.

Around 350 guests were invited to the private ceremony.

Rafa look dashing in a grey morning suit, with a matching tie over a white shirt.


Manish Pandey

Manish Pandey

IMAGE: The wedding capped off a good year for Manish Pandey. Photograph: Sunrisers Hyderabad/Twitter

Cricketer Manish Pandey wed actress Ashrita Shetty in Mumbai on December 2, a day after he led Karnataka to the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy title.

Ashrita has predominantly featured in Tamil films where she rose to fame after working in Udhayam NH4.


Babita Phogat

Babita Phogat

IMAGE: Babita Phogat looked gorgeous in her red lehenga. Photograph: Geeta Phogat/Twitter

On December 1, Babita Phogat and Vivek Suhag tied the knot and promised to fight together for the country.

On their wedding day, Babita wore a red lehenga with kundan jewelry. Vivek looked dapper in a beige sherwani.

From Babita's shaadi ki pehli rasam baan to the wedding, the Internet was flooded with pix.


Sai Praneeth

Sai Praneeth

IMAGE: 'From the time I met her I know she is the one for me and finally we are together', tweeted Sai Praneeth. Photograph: Sai Praneeth/Twitter

World Badminton Championships bronze medallist Sai Praneeth tied the knot with Swetha Jayanthi on December 8.

Praneeth ended India's 36-year wait for a World Championships medal in the men's singles event when he became the only Indian man to bag a bronze after Prakash Padukone in 1983.

Praneeth also reached a career-high world No 10 in the BWF rankings mid November as he continued his quest for qualification in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He is currently ranked 11th in the world, a place above Kidambi Srikanth.

Praneeth also received the Arjuna Award this year.


Divij Sharan

Divij Sharan

IMAGE: Divij Sharan with Samantha Murray. Photograph: Divij Sharan/Twitter

2018 Asian Games gold medallist Divij Sharan wed British tennis player Samantha Murray on July 21.

'My best partner @SamMurray87 #SamAndDivHitched #PerfectMatch #SamWedsDivijPart1', Divij tweeted alongside a pic from their wedding.


Stephen Amritraj

Stephen Amritraj

IMAGE: Alison Riske and Stephen Amritraj. Photograph: Stephen Amritraj/Twitter

We couldn't get enough of Alison Riske and Stephen Amritraj. The 29-year-old tennis star married her longtime partner in Pittsburgh on July 22.

Former Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj's son, Stephen tweeted, 'Best day of my life to marry the woman of my dreams @Riske4rewards and to be surrounded by family, friends, mentors, colleagues and coaches. Thank you to everyone who has sent messages to us. Grateful beyond words'.

Alison stole the show at the wedding with her Bollywood moves, dancing to Nachde Ne Saare from Baar Baar Dekho.

Take a look at the video below!


Hasan Ali

Hasan Ali

IMAGE: 'Keep us in your prayers', tweeted Hasan Ali. Photograph: Hasan Ali/Twitter

Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali tied the knot with Indian national Samiya Arzoo on August 20.

Samiya has a degree in aeronautics and is a flight engineer with Emirates airlines. She is based in Dubai while her family is settled in New Delhi.

'Thanks to everyone for your wishes on this auspicious occasion which is very close to my heart. May Allah bless all the people who have shown love and support to us,' Hasan tweeted. 'Keep us in your prayers'.

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