Caroline Wozniacki puts to rest rumors that she and her boyfriend of a year and a half, golfer Rory McIlroy, have split.
A British newspaper had written that it was possible that the reason why McIlroy pulled out of last week’s Honda Classic after just eight holes due to what he said was “mental problems” (he later said he had a toothache) was because he and Wozniacki were having romantic issues. Earlier that week, the Dane lost in her opening match at the Malaysian Open. It was then posited that their relationship was potentially on the rocks.
“We don’t pay attention to anything unless it’s like a rumor like the other day that said we had broken up and I was like, ‘Oh really, thanks for letting me know,’” Wozniacki told a small group of reporters at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. “I didn’t think it was necessary [to call him because I knew it wasn’t true].”
McIlroy, who is the world’s No. 1 golfer, said earlier in on Wednesday that, “just because I have a bad day on the golf course and Caroline loses a match in Malaysia, it doesn’t mean that we’re breaking up. It’s sport.”
Former No. 1 Wozniacki added that she is not slumping due to her relationship with McIlroy, and isn’t in a downward spiral in general.
“I don’t think I have a problem,” the now 10th-ranked Wozniacki said. “When you are No. 1 there is only one way and it’s down and you can’t go further up. I feel like I am playing well. People can say what they want, but I have a life.”