The 2012 US Open got underway on Monday, so all of the world’s biggest tennis stars will be hanging out in Queens, NY, for the next two weeks. For today’s list, therefore, I wanted to do something that celebrates America’s Grand Slam. However, I also wanted to do a list that features pictures of attractive women, because those seem to be kind of popular with our readers. And since we did a list focusing on the gorgeous female athletes participating at the event last year, this year I thought I’d look at the lovely wives and girlfriends of the contestants on the men’s side of the draw.
The results of my research? Not disappointing. So check it out.
Italy's Filippo Volandra is ranked No. 80 in the world right now, but he's doing considerably better with the ladies. Francesca here is an Italian game show host, which is the second-most popular job for hot women in Italy. (The most popular is being a mistress of Silvio Berlusconi).
20. Francesca Fichera (Filippo Volandri)
The No. 25 player in the world is married to Stacey Gardner, who is both a lawyer and a model. In fact, she was one of the briefcase girls on Deal or No Deal. (I'd say she was probably overqualified for that job.)
19. Stacey Gardner (Mardy Fish)
Pons is dating 23-year-old Frenchman Benoit Paire, who is ranked No. 375 in the world. But she herself is a tennis player...though not yet a very good one. Unlike her BF, she doesn't even have a Wikipedia profile.
18. Morgane Pons (Benoit Paire)
Unlike our previous entry, #17 Nicole Vaidišová actually achieved some success on the WTA tour. She reached the quarterfinals twice at Wimbledon, the semifinals at the French and Australian Opens, and was at one point ranked No. 7 in the world. Then she suddenly retired in 2010. So I guess today the 23-year-old Czech beauty is focusing on being the girlfriend of world No. 40 Radek Stepanek.
17. Nicole Vaidišová (Radek Stepanek)
This former TV personality and current yacht model (yacht model?) is married to a man who is currently on the top of his game. Tipsarević is currently ranked No. 8 in the world. (He's got a lot to be happy about, doesn't he?)
16. Biljana Sesevic (Janka Tipsarević)
Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych dated fellow tennis player Lucie Safarova for almost a decade, but as soon as they broke up the No. 7 player in the world hooked up with this 19-year-old Czech model.
I don't know about you, but I've never had a rebound like that.
15. Ester Satorova (Tomas Berdych)
The lovely Jelena has been together with Novak Djokovic for 6 years, long before he became one of the sport's biggest stars. Though Djokovic had one of the best years ever in 2011, and while 2012 started off well with a victory at the Aussie Open and a finals appearance at the French, he currently sits at No. 2 behind Roger Federer.
14. Jelena Ristic (Novak Djokovic)
The No. 5 player in the world has himself a lovely companion in Marta Tornel, who apparently has some kind of degree in optometry. (It's hard to tell because I don't read Spanish.) Together they are one of the best-looking couples in Tennis.
13. Marta Tornel (David Ferrer)
Kim Sears has been dating Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray for about 6 years. It's unclear what she does—apparently she has a degree in literature—but we know she is a big dog-lover (she set up a Twitter account for hers and Andy's pooch), and it is quite obvious she is really hot.
12. Kim Sears (Andy Murray)
Paula Kalini is aToronto-based model. She hasn't hit the big-time yet (judging by her scant following on Twitter), but she is dating a rising star in the Tennis world. If Raonic ever breaks through (currently the 21-year-old is ranked No. 16), they could be the next big Canadian power couple.
11. Paula Kalini (Milos Raonic)
I have no idea who Charlotte Deon is other than the hot blonde girlfriend of French tennis star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. But I know the No. 6 player in the world is a lucky man.
10. Charlotte Deon (Jo-Wilfried Tsonga)
Tommy Haas is 34 years old and on his way out of the game, having fallen to No. 23 in the world from No. 2 in 2002. If I were him, I would just retire already and spend all my time with my super hot wife, 90210 actress Sara Foster.
9. Sara Foster (Tommy Haas)
Anfisa here is married to Ukranian tennis player and world No. 96 Sergiy Stakhovsky. And I mean no disrespect to the guy, but she is way out of his league. Like, she's the World Series MVP, and he's still in Little League.
8. Anfisa Stakhovsky (Sergiy Stakhovsky)
You know a woman is hot when she goes by just one name. Sadly, her name is all I know. (PS, don't Google "vika" at work. Apparently that is a very common name for adult models in Eastern Europe.) In any case, Vika, whoever she is, is dating world No. 15 Alexandr Dolgopolov from the Ukraine.
7. Vika (Alexandr Dolgopolov)
Argentina's Juan Monaco is ranked No. 11 in the world right now. However, I think he should have to crack the top 5 in order to get a girlfriend as insanely hot at Zaira Nara here.
6. Zaira Nara (Juan Monaco)
At #5 we have yet another crazy hot woman dating an Argentine tennis player. As you probably assumed, given her fine features, Cecilia de Liberti here is a model. Apparently they became acquainted after she snaps a few pics of herself and texted them to del Potro. (For all we know, this was one of them.)
5. Cecilia de Liberti (Juan Martin del Potro)
Australia's Lleyton Hewitt was ranked No. 1 in the world way back in 2001, having won two grand slams. However, today the 31-year-old sits at No. 125. But with a wife as hot as Bec, who is a 29-year-old Australian actress, I bet he doesn't care one bit what he's ranked.
4. Bec Hewitt (Lleyton Hewitt)
This 27-year-old Sports Illustrated swim suit model is dating Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco. And to that I say, hey, Spanish guys, leave some hot women for the rest of us.
3. Jarah Mariano (Fernando Verdasco)
I don't know what Suncica Travica does for a living, but if I had to guess I'd say she's a model. Call it a hunch. In any case, I'm glad she knows her way around Twitter, otherwise we wouldn't have lovely photos like this to show you.
Oh, yeah, and she's dating Serbia's Viktor Troicki, who is ranked No. 30 in the world...if you care.
2. Suncica Travica (Viktor Troicki)
You know, I didn't set out to give the top spot to SI Swimsuit legend Brooklyn Decker. I came into this project with an open mind. But while there are some women on this list who gave her a run for her money, none of them were able to supplant Mrs. Andy Roddick at the hottest WAG in all of tennis.