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American Wimbledon ace met boyfriend in London coffee shop after tournament exit

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In-form tennis star Danielle Collins has revealed that she met her partner in a coffee shop after crashing out of Wimbledon. The American may have been disappointed with her performance at SW19 but the trip to England proved to be worthwhile as the pair are still an item.

Collins is in the midst of a fairytale run, winning her first WTA 1000 event at the Miami Open last week with a straight-sets victory over Elena Rybakina in the final.

The 30-year-old, who has pledged to retire at the end of this season in the hope of starting a family, has followed up that Florida triumph with a barnstorming run at the Charleston Open. Collins faces fourth seed Daria Kasatkina in the final later today (Sunday) in the hope of clinching back-to-back tournaments.

Ahead of her showdown with Kasatkina, Collins explained to the Tennis Channel that her partner Bryan had flown to North Carolina to show support, and shed light on how they first met.

“He’s had a really busy work week,” she explained. “We have been going out for a while now. We met at a coffee shop in London so that was pretty exciting. I didn’t think I would meet someone at a coffee shop.

“Who would have thought? Just after the tournament, Wimbledon. He didn’t know anything about tennis, and he didn’t know I was a tennis player, which was really nice. He was actually a bigger fan of golf and so he said, ‘Well I really like golf. I don’t really know much about tennis.’ And I was like, ‘Yes! That’s so exciting’.

“We haven’t had a lot of time on the court for me to like teach him because we just don’t find enough time cause we’re doing golf and he’s also at my matches a lot and he’s working,” Collins continued. “But in the future, I’m hoping we’ll play like the husband-wife doubles like the USTA, you play for the ‘Gold Ball.’

“I explained to him that this is a big deal in the tennis world so hopefully that doesn’t tear us apart. He is very competitive. He was a football player at Columbia. Very smart. Engineer major. So, I’m more kind of like the jock in the relationship, and he’s definitely more of the cerebral one.”

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