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Ovechkin learns lots about tennis thanks to bronze-medal winning girlfriend

Sep 8, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

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Alex Ovechkin didn’t know anything about tennis before he started dating Maria Kirilenko, but that’s something that’s changed over the course of their relationship.

He attended all of Kirilenko’s matches over the summer, including her bronze medal doubles victory in the 2012 Summer Olympics. In addition to that, he’s taken up the sport.

“Tennis helps me a lot to be in good shape,” Ovechkin told CSNWashington. “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.”

Ovechkin and Kirilenko have been seeing each other since early last season, although their respective professional careers have made that a long-distance relationship at times.

“We were always on the phone or on Skype,” Ovechkin said. “[Later in the season] three times she come here, so she was here a lot. It’s good. It’s the kind of relationship I like.”

Meanwhile, Ovechkin is waiting to see what will happen in the NHL’s ongoing CBA talks. He’s already said that he’ll play in the KHL if there’s a lockout.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    2012 Winter Olympics?…. Doesn’t anybody proof read anymore before they publish it?

  2. ravenscaps48 - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    2012 Winter Olympics?…. Does anybody proof read anymore before they publish it?

  3. millers37 - Sep 8, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Where does it say anything about 2012 Winter Olympics?

    • ravenscaps48 - Sep 8, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      He edited it. It said 2012 Winter Olympics…

  4. id4joey - Sep 8, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Maybe you should proof read yourselves…. Am yeah, what this needs to learn is how to be a C

  5. ducksk - Sep 8, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    His girlfriend is ugly. He would be great at tennis as he likes playing alone without a team.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      What kind of guys are you used to dating because I’m not sure why you’d think she’s ugly

  6. ducksk - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    I apologize. She is a fox!

  7. cspsrbums - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Yes she is hot

  8. snipedanglecelly13 - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    She’s definitely hot

  9. jason9696 - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    He should be more worried about his hockey. He’s coming off a horrible season.

    • ravenscaps48 - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      A horrible season? He scored 38 goals in 78 games… 41 games without his best playmaker, Nicky Backstrom

      • jason9696 - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:40 PM

        You’re right. Horrible was too strong of a word. I should have said he wasn’t as good as we’re accustomed of seeing.

  10. topnotch60 - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Hello, for the moron who thinks Maria is ugly. Id like to see what you go home to every night. She’s smokin !!!!

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