Move aside Sydney Leroux and Dom Dwyer, Jozy Altidore and Sloane Stephens are the new hot couple in American sports.
The two childhood friends have reportedly been dating for at least a couple months and both had big wins on Saturday. Stephens won her first grand slam by taking down Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in the U.S. Open. Altidore scored a brace in Toronto FC’s 4-0 victory over San Jose.
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Altidore and Stephens grew up together in Florida, where they met in fifth grade. Stephens, who came into the tournament ranked in the 900s after a foot injury, credited Altidore for his positivity during her recovery. Altidore knows a thing or four about being injured.
Altidore, 27, and Stephens, 24, haven’t been dating for too long, as Stephens was involved with fellow tennis player Jack Sock as recently as 2014. In 2014, Sloane said she’d only be watching the World Cup because of her friend Jozy. They seem to have been dating back in July when Altidore mentioned that his girlfriend was upset that an El Salvadoran player bit him during a match.
Altidore was in New York City to watch a couple of Stephens’ U.S. Open matches, but obviously was unable to attend the final because of his match against San Jose.
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Altidore found out during the game from his mom in the stands that Stephens had won and his halftime interview was focused more on Stephens than the match in Toronto.
While Altidore gushed over his girlfriend, Stephens wasn’t as impressed with Altidore’s two goals, which both came after halftime.
“He should have got a hat trick,” Stephens said. “It would have been such a good day.”
Nonetheless, it was a pretty damn good day for America’s hottest new couple. Stephens netted $3.7 million for winning the U.S. Open. Altidore makes about $4.8 million per season with Toronto. Not quite Beyoncé and Jay-Z money, but it’ll buy plenty of IcyHot for these two injury prone athletes.