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Courting romance: Ups and downs of tennis love affairs

Updated 1511 GMT (2311 HKT) May 30, 2014
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It's official -- double major winner Rory McIlroy and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki are no more. McIlroy says he realized he wasn't ready for marriage when their wedding invitations were mailed out. When it comes to sport, the path of true love rarely runs smooth and in this gallery, CNN looks at sporting couples who have aced their relationships and those who have seen their private lives hit the rough. Andrew Redington/Getty Images/file
American lovebirds Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert won both singles titles at Wimbledon in 1974 and were engaged, but by the time the grass-court grand slam came around in 1975 the wedding was off. Decades after splitting from the eight-time grand slam champion, Evert swapped the tennis court for the golf course... Getty Images
After the break up of her marriage to British tennis player John Lloyd in 1987 and a divorce from Olympic skier Andy Mill in 2006, Evert tied the knot with Australian golf star Greg Norman. But it would not be a case of third time lucky for Evert as the pair separated in 2009 after 18-months. David Cannon/Getty Images/file
Adam Scott followed in the footsteps of his hero Norman by sparking a golf and tennis romance of his own in 2010 with Serbia's Ana Ivanovic. The pair split after both saw their form suffer, before unsuccessfully reuniting in 2011. Scott captured the first major title of his career at the Masters in 2013. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images/file
When Australian Lleyton Hewitt began a romance with fellow tennis ace Kim Clijsters in 2000, the former world No. 1's country took the Belgian to their hearts. She was dubbed "Aussie Kim" and it looked like they were set to live happily ever after when a wedding was scheduled. The pair split in October 2004, but Clijsters would still find her happy ending... PETER DE VOECHT/AFP/Getty Images/file
Now retired, Clijsters is happily married to former American basketball player Brian Lynch, with whom she has two children. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/file
Like Clijsters, Maria Sharapova found love on the basketball court. The four-time grand slam winner got engaged to former Los Angeles Lakers star Sasha Vujacic, before ending her relationship with the Slovenian in 2012. She is now dating fellow tennis star Grigor Dimitrov. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/file
Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic knows more than most about the trials and tribulations of a tennis fling. He was engaged to marry former world No. 1 Martina Hingis before the two called off their nuptials in 2007. Aaron Francis/Getty Images/file
Undeterred, Stepanek started a second tennis fling with compatriot Nicole Vaidisova and the couple married in June 2010, but subsequently announced they had filed for divorce. Stepanek has since dated 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova but they split in April. MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images/file
Tennis super stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf are living proof that sporting couples can go the distance. The former world No. 1s married in 2001 and have two children together. MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images/file