The New Year started off with a bang for Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy, who popped the question in Sydney, Australia, where Wozniacki is preparing to play the Sydney International. Having secured a yes from Wozniacki, McIlroy announced the engagement on Twitter: “Happy New Year everyone! I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year!! My first victory of 2014 #shesaidyes!!”
The high-profile pair have been dating since the summer of 2011 and spent most of 2013 denying both break-up and engagement rumors in equal measure. This should silence them once and for all.
Here are some of our favorite moments of the very public “Wozzilroy” courtship:
The time Mardy Fish played detective: When rumors began swirling in 2011 that the two were dating, Fish tried to get to the bottom of things on Twitter:
The time they made out in front of the Yale football team: After officially confirming the relationship in August 2011, they effectively went “Facebook official” with this kiss at The 2011 New Haven Open, where the Yale Football team served as witnesses. Wozniacki went on to win the tournament. (Photo via @newhavenopen)
The time they gave themselves their own nickname: It was going to happen anyway. At least they owned it.
The time they imitated each other: Caroline pokes some fun at her boyfriend’s curly coif while Rory does his best tennis impression.
The time Caroline crashed Rory’s press conference: It wasn’t the first press conference she’s ever crashed, and it probably won’t be the last.
The time Rory streamed tennis in the middle of the night: It’s the sign of any enduring love affair.
The time Caroline caddied at The Masters: And hit this shot:
The time break-up rumors started for no apparent reason: Caroline tweeted an unflattering picture of Rory sleeping, which started a nearly unstoppable rumor in the Irish press that the two broke up.
All the times they showed up in the crowd to support each other: Despite their busy international schedules they endured the heat, both literally and figuratively, to be there.
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All that is to say, for two such famous and highly-visible athletes, their relationship has been shockingly and refreshingly normal. Congrats to the happy couple.