Congratulations to Russian tennis star Maria Kirilenko, who will undoubtedly become the next reason why Alex Ovechkin isn’t the same player he was or is playing better than ever. One of the two.
David Abrutyn of IMG congratulated Ovechkin, 27, and Kirilenko, 25, on their engagement on Monday morning, as the Washington Capitals captain asked his girlfriend of over a year for her hand in marriage. Ovechkin has been playing for Dynamo Moscow of the KHL during the NHL lockout; Kirilenko is 14th in the WTA world rankings.
Alas, Kirilenko wasn’t given a ring, because Ovechkin doesn’t know how to get one. (Just jokes, people; we're sure the diamond is the size of Red Square.)
OviLenko have been an adorable couple, with Ovechkin having exuberantly celebrated her bronze medal victory at Wimbledon at the London Olympics.
In an interview with CSN Washington about his relationship, Ovechkin said Kirilenko taught him the ways of tennis:
Before meeting Kirilenko, Ovechkin admits he knew nothing about tennis. But he played a lot of it this summer. “Tennis helps me a lot to be in good shape, Ovechkin said. When you’re not practicing and eating food and watching you get out of shape. But I was always running and moving when I played.”
So at least something good came out of the lockout for Ovechkin. Oh, who are we kidding: He made millions, was treated like a returning hero and played hockey for his hometown team during the last few months, along with getting engaged to a tennis hottie. Everything’s coming up Ovi...
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