French Open tennis star is married to ex-Prem footballer dubbed ‘worst ever’

US tennis superstar Sloane Stephens will be hoping to climb one of her final peaks this month – as she starts another outing at Roland Garros.

Stephens has never conquered the clay in Paris, and she lost in the final during the 2018 edition. However, there will be one famous face hoping she can go one better five years on – Premier League cult hero Jozy Altidore.

Altidore is most fondly remembered by Sunderland fans, where he spent two years – but others have dubbed him as the Prem's 'worst ever' signing. The American is still playing for New England Revolution in the MLS, but he will be tuning into his TV as his wife takes to the court in the French Open.

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The pair were childhood friends, growing up together in Florida, but they drifted apart as they made their way in their respective sports.

However, a reunion in 2016 changed their lives. "I was doing a media scrum in the hallway during a US Mens National team camp," Altidore told VOGUE. "Sloane was there training for Fed Cup in Hawaii. Sloane turned the corner while having a loud conversation on FaceTime.

"We locked eyes and started talking during the scrum. We exchanged contacts and went to dinner after my game versus Iceland. The rest was history."

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Speaking late last year, Stephens added: "Because Jozy is also a professional athlete, there is so much implied understanding about what is required for each of us to do to be and feel our best.

"It is so comforting to have that level of understanding in a partner."

Stephens opened her French Open with a clash with Czech star Karolina Pliskova, and the American cruised through the opening round with a resounding 6-0, 6-4 win.


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