In spite of, and not because of, their fame, talent, and dashingly good looks, Caroline Wozniacki and David Lee are a perfect match for one another.
The star athletes, who are each accomplished and well-rounded in their own right, recently sat down with Vogue to recount their love story, and more specifically, how they went from dating to being happily engaged.
According to Lee, 35, he had reached a point in his career this past October where he felt like retirement was the right route to go. (He had played for twelve seasons with the NBA, culminating in a championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015). Once he’d made the decision, Wozniacki, 28, was the first person he wanted to tell.
“I said, ‘Guess what, babe, my schedule just opened up,” he told Wozniacki, who was in Singapore at the time, set to play in the WTA year-end championship. On the flight over to Singapore, during a layover in New York City, he snagged an eye-popping 8.88-carat ring.
Fast-forward to post-Singapore, after Wozniacki defeated Venus Williams in the final, and the pair had jetted off to Bora Bora for vacation. Lee organized a private dinner cruise for the two of them, ostensibly to celebrate her win, and the couple watched the sun set over the South Pacific.
Wozniacki told Vogue that she remembers saying, “Isn’t this beautiful?” and getting silence back in response; Lee was so nervous about the moment that he didn’t know what to say. Finally, he said, “One second,” and reached inside his backpack for the ring.
“It was good execution,” he said in a self-deprecating manner. “Even if we had just had had a normal dinner—it would have been one of the most beautiful things we’d ever done.”
Though Lee admitted he was nervous prior to his popping the question, his queasiness prior to the proposal were nothing compared to how he felt asking Piotr Wozniaxcki, Caroline’s father, for her hand in marriage.
“We’d had every conversation in the world,” Lee said of his relationship with Piotr, “but to take it from ‘Wow, what a beautiful day outside,’ to ‘So!’” (The two men met up for a drink after Wozniacki had secured a place in the semifinals.)
These days, the newly engaged couple is thinking ahead to what might come next in their lives, both in terms of their careers and their private lives together.
“I would love to have a big family and probably step away a little from the spotlight,” Wozniacki said. Added Lee, “Whether that’s fifteen minutes from now, or fifteen years from now, whatever she decides—all I’ve told her is, ‘I’m supporting you.’ It’s just a matter of doing it on your terms.”
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