Schweinsteiger and Ivanovic: The Story of a Dream Sports Couple
How the soccer player and the tennis player came to be and what they went through
World soccer champion with the German national team, Bayern Munich legend Bastian Schweinsteiger and former world number one from Serbia Ana Ivanovic have been an example of a strong family for many years. Let us tell you how they met and what they are doing now.
History of acquaintance
Schweinsteiger and Ivanovic’s relationship began with a funny challange on social media. Of course, they had been introduced to each other before: they were introduced by the German tennis player of Serbian origin Andrea Petkovic. However, the soccer player and the tennis player became close after Ana threw Bastian a popular dousing challenge – Ice Bucket Challenge. That was in the fall of 2014.
It was also a very fruitful career period for both athletes. Ivanovic returned to the top 10 of the world ranking, while the soccer player had just finished the World Cup. The couple didn’t advertise their romance until paparazzi filmed them on a walk in New York City. They were walking through the park, holding hands, after the tennis player’s defeat at the US Open.
That said, back at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Schweinsteiger was supported by his girlfriend Sarah Brandner. He had been dating her for several years.
Only a couple of months after the news of the affair between Schweinsteiger and Ivanovic, the media already reported about their breakup. They wrote that the footballer returned to his previous girlfriend. However, after these rumors, Bastian was seen at the Australian Open tournament, where he supported the tennis player. And at Bayern’s training camp, everyone witnessed an unusual confirmation of their romance. The soccer player came out wearing boots with the image of the Serbian flag, the number 31/7, and the word “darling”.
So they followed each other to different cities and countries to be together and support each other during the performances.
By the way, prior to meeting with the German footballer, Ivanovic had several high-profile romances. At one time she was in a relationship with Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco, and then – with the Australian golfer Adam Scott. The beautiful tennis player was also attributed to affairs with Serbian basketball player Ivan Paunic and Novak Djokovic’s sparring partner Mark Stillitano.
The footballer and the tennis player played their wedding on July 12, 2016, when Bastian finished the European Championship and Ivanovic finished Wimbledon. The marriage ceremony was held at the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti in Venice. It was a lavish celebration, including a gondola ride on the canals with star guests including coach Joachim Leo, soccer player Thomas Muller, tennis players Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber, skier Felix Neureuther and others. In total, 300 guests were invited.
By the way, the guests did not know until the last minute where the young family holiday would take place. They were all brought to the airport, from where they were taken by charter to Venice. They had been preparing for the wedding for six months. And, according to the Serbian media, about one million euros was spent on the wedding. The next day, the lovers were married in the church of Misericordia Abbey in Cannaregio.
Ivanovic chose two dresses for the ceremony. One was from a fairly democratic brand called Parker. This straight dress with flowing ruffles and American armholes emphasized the athlete’s height. The tennis player walked down the aisle in a delicate gown with a long train from an unknown designer. The make up of the bride was very natural. Also, she did not wear any big jewelry.
On March 19, 2018, the couple became parents for the first time. Ana gave her beloved man a son, who was named Luca. A year later, the family of athletes made a new announcement. “We are overwhelmed with feelings of love and happiness. Our boy has a little brother,” is how Ivanovich announced another piece of happy news on Twitter.
It happened on August 30, 2019. The second son was given the name Leon.
Star parents prefer not to show their sons to strangers. If pictures with children appear in social networks, you can see only either hands or feet.
“We don’t tell our kids who we are at all, and we prefer to keep it as long as possible. We just want our sons to have their own choices and their own hobbies. It’s important that they learn who they are first and foremost,” Ana admitted in an interview.
How they live now
Bastian and Ana currently live in the United States. The couple leads a measured family life. They raise children and play tennis against each other. At the same time they can be seen on the covers of glossy magazines, at social events and various matches.
Schweinsteiger appears on television as an expert and has written a book called “One of You. Ivanovic helped her native Serbia during the pandemic by buying ventilators. On social networks, they publish many photos together, signing them with cute messages to each other.
Not for nothing the soccer player and the tennis player were called a dream couple in world sports by WELT portal. They fully live up to that status.