Katie Boulter and Alex De Minaur reveal romance secrets amid Challengers success

Katie Boulter of Great Britain and boyfriend Alex De Minaur during a TV interview on Day 3 of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 5, 2024
Katie Boulter and Alex De Minaur have been together since 2020 (Picture: Getty)

Following the release of sexy tennis movie Challengers, real-life couple Katie Boulter and Alex De Minaur have lifted the lid on their own steamy romance.

Challengers arrived in UK cinemas on Friday – a sweaty, X-rated romantic sports drama starring Zendaya, Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist as fictional tennis players.

Social media has been in a frenzy over the movie directed by Luca Guadagnino, which has scored 83 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating universal acclaim.

With everyone talking about the film, British No.1 Boulter and Australian world No.11 De Minaur have taken the time to open up about their own relationship.

The power couple have been together for four years but initially hid their romance from fellow players across the ATP Tour and WTA Tour as well as the public.

They have now revealed the extreme lengths they went to in order to avoid speculation and the tricks they played to keep their relationship a secret.

‘Remember that time when we were having breakfast on like separate tables?’ a giddy Boulter said in a video posted by the WTA.

Katie Boulter of Great Britain and partner Alex De Minaur of Australia interact against John Peers of Australia and partner Storm Hunter of Australia in the Mixed Doubles First Round match during day five of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2023 in London, England
The duo melted hearts in the Wimbledon mixed doubles last year (Picture: Getty)

‘That was the early stages,’ De Minaur added. ‘We would rock down to breakfast at different times.’

Boulter elaborated further, explaining it was ‘different times, like 10 minutes later’ with her boyfriend De Minaur confirming they did it to ‘avoid speculation’.

‘It’s so true, so people wouldn’t find out,’ Boulter said, with the lovebirds clearly enjoying their trip down memory lane as De Minaur added: ‘Works every time!’

Boulter and De Minaur have both enjoyed successful spells since their relationship went public with the Briton clinching her maiden WTA Tour title last year and following it up with the San Diego Open trophy on clay in March this year.

De Minaur, meanwhile, earned a spot inside the world top 10 and recently beat Rafael Nadal at the Barcelona Open on the Spaniard’s favourite clay surface.

‘I think what was very important in the early stages, we talked about tennis being the No.1 priority and that we would make all of this work,’ De Minaur said.

‘Just finding that balance. Like, I thought it was going to be quite tough.’

Boulter added: ‘That was the tough part I think. The very start of the relationship was hard.

‘It’s crazy to think this time last year I was playing in Japan, I was ranked like world No.150.’

De Minaur then chimed in and said: ‘I remember you telling me, ‘I will not be playing a clay-court swing in my life, I refuse to play on clay’ – and now here you are! Top 30.

‘It fills me with a lot of joy being able to say I told you so. I think we are helping each other.’

Boulter teased her boyfriend in response and said: ‘I take full credit for you making the top 10!’

‘Only reason I made it,’ De Minaur joked.

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