It was quite a shock when Nicole Vaidisova, once the most prospective WTA teenager, decided to quit the sport at the young age of 20 and marry fellow tennis player Radek Stepanek, 11 years her senior. Radek, who had a reputation of seducing tennis beauties, due to his previous engagement with tennis legend Martina Hingis, started dating Vaidisova in late 2007 and their relationship was crowned with marriage in July 2010 in Prague. After three years of marriage, the Czech couple is now seeking a divorce.
Unbelievably, rumors are already circulating that Stepanek is dating another fellow Czech tennis star, Petra Kvitova, who didn't want to comment:
I am aware of the rumors, but prefer not to talk about my private life. Wimbledon is the most important tournament of the year for me and I would like to play my best tennis and focus only on winning matches. Therefore will you please try to respect my wish not to comment on my private life during the tournament.
By the way, Kvitova broke up with her long-time boyfriend Adam Pavlasek.
Vaidisova's career slump seemed associated with her involvement with Stepanek, and ever since they got married little has been heard about her, while her husband continued his career. Will the 24-year-old Vaidisova return to the courts now? (source: Tennis.com, photos: © Neal Trousdale)