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Golden couple Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniaki

Golden couple Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniaki

David Cannon

Rory McIlroy with his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki

Rory McIlroy with his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki

Darren Kidd

Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland joins his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on the court during her match against Maria Sharapova of Russia at the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2012 in New York City.

Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland joins his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on the court during her match against Maria Sharapova of Russia at the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2012 in New York City.

Chris Trotman

Rory McIlroy joins his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki on the court during the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden in New York yesterday

Rory McIlroy joins his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki on the court during the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden in New York yesterday

Chris Trotman

Rory McIlroy joins his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki on the court during the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden in New York yesterday

Rory McIlroy joins his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki on the court during the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden in New York yesterday

Chris Trotman

Golden couple Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniaki

The most famous couple in sport are about to celebrate their first anniversary.

But Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki have no time to let their hair down as both will be aiming to capture their best form during the Irish Open and Wimbledon this week.

The pair — nicknamed ‘Wozzilroy’ — met after Wimbledon last July and have been experiencing a worrying dip in form lately.

Former world number one Caroline has slumped to seventh in the rankings since she started stepping out with the Co Down-born golfer.

Meanwhile Rory will also be hoping for an upturn in fortunes when he takes to the greens at Royal Portrush for the Irish Open this week.

Despite the dip, Caroline, who has been using her Twitter account to promote her new lingerie range which debuts this September, has insisted the couple have little to worry about.

“If we need to talk, we can,” she told the Daily Mail. “But I don’t think there are big things for us to talk about. Of course, you can learn things from each other. But it’s the mentality where you can probably talk about the similarities.” Both Rory and Caroline — who have flown to various countries to support each other — have come in for criticism that they have been distracted.

However, Caroline hit back: “It’s been very important for me to enjoy my life off court. I’m 100% focused when I’m on court and practising. But it cannot be your whole life.

“You see some of the girls and if they are injured, it’s over. For me, I recharge my whole batteries better off the court. If I can relax off the court, you can refresh your mind.

“I don’t want to play for too long. I would like to play for a couple of years. It’s not easy to travel all the time and to have to be 100% all the time on the court. If you don’t get a good result everyone says: ‘Oh no, this is a disaster’. I’m saying: ‘Relax, it’s not a disaster. I lost a tennis match’.”

Belfast Telegraph