McIlroy, with eye to end 2013 drought, stays tight-lipped over Wozniacki
By Narae Kim ,ReutersSEOUL -- 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.
October 16, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
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 glamor 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.”
Wozniacki, who has slipped to ninth in the world rankings, said: “All is well” with the relationship.
“I just want to be allowed to live my life off the court without all the speculation,” she added.