Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki will run New York City Marathon

July 31, 2014

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Caroline Wozniacki was supposed to marry golfer Rory McIlroy in November. That plan got nixed when McIlroy broke off the engagement in May, shortly after wedding invitations were sent out.

Instead, come Nov. 2, Wozniacki, a former world No. 1 and currently the 13th-ranked female tennis player, will run in the New York City Marathon.

Wozniacki, 24, made the announcement Thursday on “CBS This Morning” alongside Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi.

“It’s always been on my bucket list to run the New York City Marathon,” she said on the show. “And kind of November opened up for me and I thought, ‘Why not tick that off?’”

The tennis star will be running as a member of the New York Road Runners Team for Kids and has a donation page set up.

“I can’t wait to trade my tennis racquet for a pair of running shoes on Sunday, November 2 and join the Team for Kids runners at the Marathon,” she wrote. “I grew up in a family where sports were a huge part of our lives, and I learned from a young age the importance of being active. I strive to inspire others to do the same. That’s why running for Team for Kids is so important to me.”

Several professional athletes have run in marathons, but it typically happens after they have retired. Wozniacki won her 22nd career WTA title in early July at Instanbul and while it’s a long shot, Wozniacki still has a chance to qualify for the WTA finals held mid-October for the top eight women’s singles players in Singapore.

The last notable professional tennis player to run the New York City Marathon was Amelie Mauresmo in 2010. Mauresmo, who currently coaches world No. 10 Andy Murray, retired in 2009 and  finished with a very respectable time of 3:40:20. Former top 70 ATP player Justin Gimelstob crossed the finish line in 4:09:58 in the same race.

Fellow tennis player Laura Robson of Great Britain, who is currently rehabbing from wrist injury, is clearly impressed.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.
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