According to a May 28 FOX Sports report, the on-and-off relationship between world-class golfer Rory McIlroy and tennis star Carolina Wozniacki recently came to an end in one of the most unceremoniously way possible. According to reports, the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland did not only end his engagement to the 23-year-old Dane over the phone, but it only took him three full minutes to get the job done.
With wedding invitations having been mailed out, Wozniacki’s initial reaction was complete disbelief. In fact, the former world No.1 thought the whole thing was a practical joke by her fiancée, who won the BMW PGA Championship in England over the weekend.
“The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realize that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails,” McIlroy said in a statement last week. “I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we’ve had. I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting.”
As detailed on May 28 by The Times of London, a heartbroken Wozniacki did her best to try and put her personal turmoil aside as she made her 2014 French Open debut on Tuesday. Unfortunately, she wasn’t as successful at filtering things out as her former beau, as the world’s 14th-ranked player was stunned by unseeded Belgian, Yanina Wickmayer, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2.
“You’re not prepared for something like this, and it came as a bit of a shock,” Wozniacki said of the split. “I just tried to prepare the best that I could and really tried to focus on my match and on what I had to do out there.”
As a NY Times report indicates, everyone in her camp advised her to stay out of the spotlight in the days following McIlroy’s public announcement. Her agent John Tobias even suggested the 2009 U.S. Open should skip the Roland Garros championship, but she wouldn’t listen.
“I always wanted to play here,” Wozniazki said. “You need to just keep going and keep moving forward. You know this is what I do and is my profession.”
Still in search of her first Grand Slam title, Wozniacki will have the opportunity to heal and hopefully come back better and stronger in the coming weeks. The third major of the tennis season, the 2014 Championships at Wimbledon, is scheduled to get underway Monday, June 23, and concludes Sunday, June 6 from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, United Kingdom. Wozniacki is currently listed as a 100/1 (longshot) underdog to win the 128th edition of the Wimbledon Championships.