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Gang of husbands and boyfriends supporting partners at Wimbledon

Here come the HABs! Handsome gang of husbands and boyfriends supporting their tennis star partners at Wimbledon – including a professional footballer, TV presenter and social media mogul

  • World class tennis players have arrived in London as Wimbledon gets underway
  • Women will be supported in  SW19 by proud husbands and cheering boyfriends
  • Among those leading the pack will be Alexis Ohanian, Serena William’s husband

While Wimbledon ladies take to the courts today as the competiton begins its second day, a gang of handsome husbands and boyfriends will be cheering their partners on.

The Covid-19 pandemic has restricted the number of attendees for the prestigious tennis tournament, but  it’s still likely to attract a dream guest list of A-listers of royalty, as well as players loved-ones, to the stands. 

Leading the way will be Alexis Ohanian, who will be on hand to support wife and Meghan Markle‘s BFF Serena Williams.

Meanwhile Bromley footballer Courtney Duffus will be rooting for British girlfriend Heather Watson as she takes to the court.  


Wimbledon fans will be cheering from the stands as the two-week tennis tournament gets underway today – but no one will be more excited than the players’ proud plus-ones. (Pictured left, Michal Hrdlicka who will be rooting for his partner Karolina Pliskova and right, Martin Hromkvoic, who will be sure to support girlfriend Belinda Bevic in the contest) 

British player Heather Watson will be cheered on by her boyfriend Bromley footballer Courtney Duffus 


Meanwhile Karim Kamoun is married to Tunisian trail blazer Ons Jabeur (left) and professional player  Stan Wawrinka is rumoured to be dating Spanish player Garbine Muguruza (right) 

COURTNEY DUFFUS

DATING: HEATHER WATSON, WORLD NUMBER 163   

Former Everton youth player Courtney Duffus has been dating British tennis star Heather Watson for little over two years now.  

She previously revealed in an interview: ‘Since we met each other we’re both doing a lot, lot better. He’s had a big part to play – he’s super positive.

‘I don’t like to let boys have too much influence over me but he has really been a good influence. He’s so calm, level-headed.

‘I think you all know I’m quite emotional. He’s just really, really supportive. He gets up at all hours of the night, he watched all my matches in Hobart. I just need that.

Former Everton youth player Courtney has been dating British tennis star Heather for little over two years now


Watson is not much of a football follower and had some negative perceptions of what a member of that profession might be like, only to be pleasantly surprised (left and right together)

‘It’s not just because he plays sport. That helps but I know there are sportspeople that don’t understand as well.’

Watson is not much of a football follower and had some negative perceptions of what a member of that profession might be like, only to be pleasantly surprised.

She previously said he was the ‘opposite of what she expected’ from a footballer. 

He signed to Bromley earlier this year, and just last week posted an emotional tribute to Heather online, writing: ‘In what has been a very difficult few months, this woman has been and always will be my rock. Such a beautiful, devoted and inspiring person. I love you.’ 

MARTIN HROMKOVIC 

DATING: BELINDA BENCIC WORLD NUMBER 12

Tennis star Belinda Bencic, 24, has been dating Slovakian Martin, 39, who is fifteen years her senior, since November 2018

The former footballer is now a full-time member of her fitness team, with Belinda previously revealing how the couple manage to keep their work and private life separate (pictured, Martin with Roger Federer)

Tennis star Belinda, 24, has been dating Slovakian Martin, 39, who is fifteen years her senior, since November 2018. 

Martin played football in Slovakia for OFC Russel Gabčíkovo but retired in 2019.  

The former footballer is now a full-time member of her fitness team, with Belinda previously revealing how the couple manage to keep their work and private life separate.

She said: ‘When I work, I really see him as a coach. I hope it stays that way. For him, the job is done when I’m fit. Martin was an athlete himself, a footballer. So he understands well when I’m nervous or tense.’ 

JOEL CANNELL 

DATING: KATIE SWAN WORLD NUMBER 246  

Hunky heartthrob Joel Cannell has been dating rising star and British player Katie Swan for five years 

Earlier this week Katie Swan became the first British woman to come through qualifying at Wimbledon for 20 years with victory over Australia’s Arina Rodionova. 

Dating for five years, both Swan and Cannell regularly publish sweet images of their time together, which can be rare with both young players establishing themselves on their respective tennis circuits. 

It’s been a challenging few years for Joel, who nearly lost his life to malaria. He contracted the disease through a mosquito bite in Nigeria in October 2018 and nearly died. 

Dating for five years, both Swan and Cannell regularly publish sweet images of their time together, which can be rare with both young players establishing themselves on their respective tennis circuits

Katie previously revealed:  ‘It was really scary. I was actually in China when found out that he had it and he was taken straight into hospital and for a few days it was really on edge because he was diagnosed with the worst strain.

‘There are four different strains of malaria and he had the worst one which can be fatal if you don’t catch it early enough. He was in hospital for about a week and then after that its just been a long recovery for him.

‘He’s much better, he’s still recovering. His malaria can take up to a year to fully recover physically.’

GAEL MONFILS

DATING: ELINA SVITOLINA WORLD NUMBER  5

Tennis stars Monfils and Svitolina have been dating since 2019 and have become fan favourites, posting to their shared ‘GEMS life’ Instagram page

The couple are ready to tie the knot, with the popular couple announcing their engagement earlier this month

Tennis stars Monfils and Svitolina have been dating since 2019 and have become fan favourites, posting to their shared ‘GEMS life’ Instagram page.

The Frenchman currently sits at No.14 in the ATP rankings, while his Ukrainian partner is No.5.

The couple are ready to tie the knot, with the popular couple announcing their engagement earlier this month.

The pair revealed the news on social media, with the Frenchman posting a picture of Svitolina showing-off her ring in the mountains and writing: ‘She said YES. Madame MONFILS.’

The Ukrainian former world No.3 posted a shot of their pair together, adding: ‘YES! to the beginning of our forever.’ 

MICHAL HRDLICKA

MARRIED TO: KAROLINA PLISKOVA WORLD NUMBER 10

Czech Michal Hrdlicka was working in TV before meeting his now wife Karolina Pliskova, and the two married in 2019

In 2019, Michal hit the headlines after he was spotted erupting in unbridled joy after his wife beat Serena Williams

Czech tennis player Karolina Pliskova met Hrdilicka while the two were partying in a club in 2015. 

At the time, Michal was working as a  Czech TV presenter and ended up asking Karolina for her autograph before they started chatting and exchanged numbers. 

The couple dated for three years before Michal, who is now working as Karolina’s agent, popped the question at their home in 2017.

They went on to tie the knot in a lavish ceremony in Monte Carlo in July 2019. 

In 2019, he hit the headlines after he was spotted erupting in unbridled joy after his wife beat Serena Williams.     

KARIM KAMOUN 

MARRIED TO: ONS JABEUR WORLD NUMBER 24

Ripped James Bond lookalike Karim is a top fencing champion with a Master’s degree in psychology

Ons, 25, was the first Arab woman to reach the third round of a slam, the first to break into the top 50 and the first to reach a WTA final

Ons, 25, was the first Arab woman to reach the third round of a slam, the first to break into the top 50 and the first to reach a WTA final. 

When not on the court, Tunisian player Ons spends her time with her husband of four years, Karim Kamoun.

Karim, who is a top fencing champion with a Master’s degree in psychology, often shares snaps of his wife on social media with supportive captions.   

ALEXIS OHANIAN 

MARRIED TO: SERENA WILLIAMS WORLD NUMBER 8

Alexis, who met Serena at a hotel pool in Rome in 2015, is a regular court-side and can often be seen cheering his wife on from the sidelines

Reddit co-founder Alexis married Serena Williams at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans in 2017, with the pair surrounded by a bevy of friends, families and A-listers for the Beauty and the Beast-themed bash.   

Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Anna Wintour were among the guests to attend the star studded event.

Alexis, who met Serena at a hotel pool in Rome in 2015, is a regular court-side and can often be seen cheering his wife on from the sidelines.

He stepped back from the social media network in 2010 and now focuses on tech investing.  

STANISLAS WAWRINKA

DATING: GARBINE MUGURUZA WORLD NUMBER  13 

Earlier this month it was announced Stan Wawrinka’s bid to complete the career Grand Slam set will have to wait another year, with the Swiss star ruled-out of Wimbledon with a foot injury – but he might be tuning into Wimbledon to watch rumoured girlfriend Garbine Muguruza play

The pair have remained low-key about their romance however, rarely sharing snaps together on social media and staying tight lipped about their relationship in interviews

Earlier this month it was announced Stan Wawrinka’s bid to complete the career Grand Slam set will have to wait another year, with the Swiss star ruled-out of Wimbledon with a foot injury.

The 36-year-old was forced to miss the French Open this month as he continues to recover following surgery on his left foot in March.

Wawrinka has appeared at the All England club 15 times, reaching the quarter finals twice during his peak years between 2014 and 2016.

However it’s possible he’ll be cheering on rumoured girlfriend Garbiñe Muguruza as she competes in Wimbledon. 

The pair have remained low-key about their romance however, rarely sharing snaps together on social media and staying tight lipped about their relationship in interviews.  

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