Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova ‘not having a happy time’ as she reveals personal struggles

Marketa Vondrousova Stuttgart
Marketa Vondrousova has opened up about the difficult personal circumstances she has been dealing with in 2024

Reigning Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova has admitted she is “not having a happy time” as she opened up about the breakdown of her marriage and the passing of her grandfather.

Czech star Vondrousova stunned the tennis world with her SW19 triumph last summer, becoming the first unseeded woman to claim the title at the All England Club.

But the 24-year-old has not been in strong form this season, with an opening round loss at the Australian Open among her results, and the Vondrousova has perhaps provided some context for her on-court struggles.

Many will remember Vondrousova’s emotional celebrations with her husband Stepan Simek after her Wimbledon triumph but, in an interview with Czech site Bleszk, the former French Open runner-up revealed that she and her husband had decided to end their marriage.

She said: “I’m definitely not having a happy time in the last few weeks.

“Our marriage with Štěpán ended a few weeks ago, we broke up. He moved out of the shared apartment. Even with a cat. Now we’re all single and we don’t have anyone.

“It just didn’t work out for us. It wasn’t what we both imagined, so we agreed not to be together anymore. Now we are formally resolving the divorce, but we have agreed on everything.”

The break-up of her marriage with Simek, who she wed in the summer of 2022, has not been the only personal tragedy that Vondrousova has had to deal with, with the world No 7 also opening up the loss of her grandad, Stanislav.

“I learned in America that he was no longer well, so I definitely wanted to see him again and say goodbye,” added Vondrousova. “I am very glad that I flew and that I made it.

“It’s hard for me to talk about it even now. One realizes what is important in the world and essential in life, that tennis is definitely not everything.

“My grandfather was the person who stood at the very beginning of my tennis career, he was there for everything important. Without him, I would never have achieved what I have achieved in my career.

“I was with my family, my parents and my sister. We supported and held each other, we all loved Grandpa very much. And we said goodbye to him together, even though there was no public funeral.”

After returning home from Indian Wells, Vondrousova took a month off tour before playing in Stuttgart last week.

And after achieving her best result of the season, beating Aryna Sabalenka on her way to the last four, Vondrousova admits she is feeling more confident – with the Tokyo Olympic silver medallist eyeing up Paris 2024.

“After the death of my grandfather, there was no point in flying back to America, then the BJKC qualification was on the agenda, where we got a wild card and did not play.

“So I waited until Stuttgart and my favorite clay. And I was quite good at her after such a break.

“I will now play the nearest tournaments in Madrid and Rome, and in Paris in August I will defend the silver medal.

“The Olympic Games are once every four years, it will be an exceptional tournament. I’m slowly starting to organize a family trip so that my loved ones can cheer me on.”