Fans think they’ve uncovered tennis’ new power couple - and they’ve got the pics to prove it.
Stan Wawrinka and Garbine Muguruza are at the centre of tennis’ latest romance rumours after hanging out together in Switzerland during the coronavirus shutdown.
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The grand slam winners have posted a number of photos on social media that suggest they may be in a relationship, including ones enjoying a hit on the court together.
“Hot and humid with Mugu,” Wawrinka captioned one such photo.
But it’s photos of them not together that has social media detectives really going wild.
Wawrinka and Muguruza have both posted photos recently in which they can be seen next to what appears to be the same pool.
Many are speculating that the pool may be at Wawrinka’s house near Lake Geneva.
The pool itself and the surrounding landscapes certainly look very similar.
1) dark edging tiles, lighter surround
2) infinity edge
3) rolling hills, mountains in the distance
Coincidence? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/CZMJRSh6dN
— Peetah Pan 🐝 (@i_am_peterpan_) July 12, 2020
So Muguruza and Wawrinka are a couple now ?
— Dishwasher Jen Z (@KitabiKanya) July 13, 2020
Garbi Muguruza and Stan Wawrinka: the couple I didn’t know I needed.
— Erika (@erikaxtc) July 12, 2020
Wawrinka and Muguruza ❤️❤️
— Himansh (@fanbissaka) July 12, 2020
— V (@vanistrator) July 12, 2020
Wawrinka, 35, recently split up with fellow tennis star Donna Vekic.
The pair had been together for about four years before parting ways last year.
Wawrinka and Muguruza would join the likes of Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina, as well as Fabio Fognini and Flavia Pennetta, as tennis power couples.
Between them they boast five grand slam titles - Wawrinka with three and Muguruza with two.
Tennis introduces new rankings system
Meanwhile, a revised system for calculating the world rankings when the tennis season resumes in August following a five-month stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic was unveiled recently.
The rankings, a determining factor in a players' ability to enter events and receive seedings, traditionally operate on a "Best 18" results basis over 52 weeks but will now cover a 22-month period from March 2019 through December 2020.
International tennis ground to a halt in mid-March, with Wimbledon being cancelled and the French Open being moved to September, and rankings were frozen.
The men's Tour will resume on August 14 with the Citi Open, ATP 500 event in Washington, DC.
Among the key elements of the revised system, a player's ranking will now be comprised of his "Best 18" results over the 22-month period. A player cannot count the same tournament twice in his breakdown.
The ATP tour also said tour-level tournament points added in 2020 that count in a player's ranking breakdown will remain on a player's ranking for 52 weeks, or until the event in question is played again in 2021, whichever comes first.
“The temporary changes to the rankings system have been made in consultation with the four Grand Slam tournaments and the ITF,” the ATP said in a news release.
“Should the 2021 season be impacted by COVID-19, further adjustments to rankings will be considered.”