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Tennis star lightens the mood at press conference


Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki watches the first round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Thursday.

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Caroline Wozniacki brought the house down on Thursday when she spiced up Rory McIlroy’s post-round news conference at the DP World Tour Championship by asking her boyfriend what she was getting for Christmas.

The Danish tennis player, a former world No. 1, interrupted the normal talk about birdies and bogeys and five-irons and three-woods with a question out of the blue from the back of the room.

A smiling Wozniacki, dressed in all white, took the microphone from one of the reporters and asked McIlroy amid roars of laughter from the assembled media: “If you win this week am I going to get a really nice Christmas present?”

The world No. 1 golfer pulled his cap over his eyes before telling his girlfriend: “Have you not already got a lot of nice presents? I have been looking, I have been looking. But it won’t take winning this week to buy you a nice present — I’ll get you a nice present anyway.”

It drew another smiling response from the golf-watching Wozniacki: “That must be because I’m an unbelievable cheerleader.”

McIlroy prompted more giggles from the floor when he said: “You’re a better tennis player,” to which the Dane replied: “That’s not very nice.”

An expensive gift is sure to be heading Wozniacki’s way next month with the Northern Irishman having already banked almost US$13 million in official earnings by winning the money-lists on both sides of the Atlantic.

McIlroy can add US$1.33 million to his bulging account by landing the first prize here this week plus a US$1 million bonus from the end-of-season prize pool.

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