McIlroy tightlipped over Wozniacki, eyes 2013 win

Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:15pm EDT
 
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By Narae Kim

SEOUL (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy laid the blame for a winless 2013 on mental and mechanical issues on Tuesday, saying his struggles had nothing to do with an equipment switch, but the former world number one refused to open up on reports of a split with Caroline Wozniacki.

McIlroy, speaking at a news conference in Seoul ahead of this week's Korea Open, deflected questions about his relationship with the Danish tennis player amid reports the high-profile pair had broken up.

"My private life is private and I would like to keep it that way," the Northern Irishman told reporters in the South Korean capital.

McIlroy and Wozniacki are one of sport's glamour couples and were frequently seen supporting each other when their hectic schedules allowed.

While Britain's Daily Telegraph said Wozniacki was "absolutely devastated" about the breakdown of her relationship with the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 U.S. PGA champion, the tennis player dismissed the reports as pure speculation.

"I'm so tired of the rumors. They occur every time Rory and I are apart a few days or do not write on Twitter," the former world number one told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

"There is nothing in it, and from now on I just think that I will keep my private life private.

"It is so annoying that the media and the so-called sources constantly spread the rumors. They write just what they want."   Continued...

 
Rory Mcilroy of Northern Ireland reacts after putting on the 14th green during the second day of the Hong Kong Open golf tournament at the Hong Kong golf club December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu