Silver Medallist Marketa Vondrousova Announces Engagement With Tennis Player After Tokyo Olympics Glory

Published 08/11/2021, 11:34 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Silver medallist Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic reacts on the podium REUTERS/Yara Nardi


Silver medalist in the women’s singles tennis event at the Tokyo Olympics, Marketa Vondrousova announced her engagement with her long-time boyfriend, Stepan Simek. She did so on Instagram and flaunted the engagement ring on her hand.

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Notably, the duo had been dating since April 2016, according to their oldest picture together on Instagram. Moreover, as Simek is also a tennis player, they joined the list of official tennis couples.

Vondrousova, who gained a recent high in her professional career, found another positive one in her personal life. She captioned the image, “My forever.”

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Besides Vondrousova and Simek, Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina recently got married to French professional Gael Monfils. Additionally, the pair even skipped their honeymoon to take part in the Tokyo Olympics.

Later on, Svitolina lost to Vondrousova in the semifinal, but brought home the bronze medal. Most certainly, the love life is pretty much active for these tennis players alongside their careers.

Kristina Mladenovic, Kiki Bertens, and others congratulate Marketa Vondrousova on her engagement

On hearing the news, many WTA competitors rushed to Instagram to forward their wishes. The list includes Kristina Mladenovic, Kiki Bertens, Marta Kostyuk, CiCi Bellis, Katie Swan, Katie Boulter, Destanee Aiava, Rebecca Sramkova, Priscilla Hon, Viktoria Kuzmova, and Andrea Sestini Hlavackova.

The fans and fellow players would now be looking forward to hearing about the wedding date from them. However, for the couple, the time is to make the most of this moment in their lives. And what’s interesting to wonder is whether Vondrousova knew that the silver medal wasn’t the only unexpected thing coming her way.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Belinda Bencic of Switzerland with Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic after winning her gold medal match REUTERS/Edgar Su

Naturally, the engagement would put World No.42 in great mental space. Let’s see how it impacts her tennis when she returns to the WTA Tour.

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Where will Vondrousova play after Tokyo Olympics glory?

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The Czech professional pushed back her return to the WTA Tour after the Olympics. Hence, she did not take part in San Jose or Montreal.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic in action during her gold medal match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland REUTERS/Mike Segar

Importantly, Vondrousova will mark her comeback at the Western and Southern Open in Ohio. There, she will eye for her first WTA title of 2021 and second of her career.

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All in all, the 22-year-old would be on the watch-out list at the upcoming US Open 2021. Only time will tell if she gives the tennis world more surprises this season.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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