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Rory McIlroy, Caroline Wozniacki are fine, tennis player says

Caroline Wozniacki was Rory McIlroy’s caddie during a pre-Masters event. (David J. Phillip / AP)

Updated with Wozniacki comment

The sports world’s favorite couple, whose relationship has lasted over two years and has been notable for social media sharing, may not be kaput after all.

As a two-sport twosome, Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy were splitsville, according to an Irish Independent report. Wozniacki, the Danish tennis player who was ranked No. 1 in the world but has never won a major, was reported to be “absolutely devastated” by the Irish Independent.

But Wozniacki denied a split today, according to USA Today’s translation of a report in the Danish paper Ekstra Bladet. “I’m so tired of the rumors. They occur every time Rory and I are apart a few days or do not write on Twitter. There is nothing in it, and from now on I just think that I will keep my private life private. … All is well [with the relationship], and then there’s not much more to say about it. I just want to be allowed to live my life off the court without all the speculation.”

Wozniacki’s Twitter avatar continues to be a photo of the two and the reports were fueled partly by the absence of “happy couple” updates since late summer. One source told the Independent that a photo of McIlroy sleeping that Wozniacki shared a month ago was the dealbreaker. Even Serena Williams commented on it.

McIlroy hasn’t tweeted about Wozniacki, who is playing in Luxembourg starting tomorrow, much since wishing his “gorgeous girl” a happy birthday in July and most of his tweets since have been strictly business-related. In late August, he nixed an Independent report of a break-up with a tweet saying that the source “seems to pop up in the papers all the time and is wrong 99.9 percent of the time.”

This time, his new PR firm handling the matter, telling the Independent it “does not comment on Rory’s private life.” But it did confirm that he is headed to Asia for up to two months.

Follow @CindyBoren on Twitter and on Facebook.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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