When Victoria Azarenka Split with her Boyfriend Billy McKeague & Got Custody of Son Leo

Published 01/01/2020, 1:33 PM EST
Victoria Azarenka and Billy McKeague


Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka was once with Billy McKeague. The couple also had a child together named Leo. At a time when things were looking good, the duo split up. Here is all that we need to know about Victoria Azarenka’s ex-boyfriend, Billy McKeague, their son Leo, and them splitting up.

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Who is Billy McKeague?

Billy is the son of Chase McKeague and Lynn McKeague, and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He spent his high school days at Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis and was a hockey player there. For further studies, Billy went to the University of Missouri.

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He is known to have played three hockey seasons and also developed an interest in golf during his time in college.

His interest in golf also saw him work as a Golf Pro in a resort in Hawaii later.

Azarenka, McKeague & son Leo

During his time as a golf pro in Hawaii, Billy McKeague met Victoria. Since then, their relationship grew and they subsequently started dating.

The couple started living in Manhattan, California after Azarenka purchased a house there.

In 2016, Billy McKeague and Victoria Azarenka gave birth to a son, Leo.

“You don’t know how someone is going to react at a young age being a dad, but he loves Leo so much and is very affectionate,” Azarenka once said. “He understands what I want to do right now, and he’s also willing to sacrifice his time away from his family as well for the next five, six years for me to be done with this chapter of my life of playing,”

Victoria Azarenka & Billy McKeague split-up

The duo split up in 2016. Leo was hardly one-year-old at the time.

In August 2017, the two were in a custody battle over their son Leo. Her non-American citizenship worked in Billy’s favor and she could not take her son out of California.

She did not participate in the subsequent US Open as she did not want to leave her son in California. Following that, she missed out on many tournaments on the women’s tour.

In 2018, she said that she wouldn’t wish for anybody to go through what she had been going through. She suggested that she might write a book on it someday which will be Oscar-worthy.

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At the end of the lengthy battle, Victoria got custody of Leo and spent the 2020 lockdown with him. She also made her first Grand Slam appearance after seven years and reached the final of the US Open.

Victoria confessed that after living with her son, she realized that he likes to win just like her. She keeps sharing adorable pictures with him on her Instagram handle.

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Saketh Kandadai

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