Investing so much of your time and energy into a pursuit in order to be the best in the world at something is a fairly unique endeavor known to elite athletes and, well, not many other groups of people.
Given their rigid schedules, strict diets and training regimens, unconventional hours and typically grueling travel demands, there aren't many people who get the life of an elite athlete. Therefore, sometimes the easiest way for an athlete to share their life with someone is to find a mate in their own line of work.
The benefits are fairly self-evident. Two athletes can produce some pretty incredible genetics while understanding the other's odd existence within the public eye. Sometimes, it doesn't work out, but it can be a pretty great thing when it does. Just ask tennis superstars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, who knew one another for years before pairing up and marrying in 2001.
Of course, another tangible benefit when fit, sculpted athletes get together is that they can often give each other a run for their money in the looks department. Here are the top 10 hottest athlete couples of 2015:
10 Sania Mirza & Shoaib Malik
9 Tiger Woods & Lindsey Vonn
8 Matt & Misty May-Treanor
7 Alex Morgan & Servando Carrasco
6 Jennie Finch & Casey Daigle
5 Andrew Luck & Nicole Pechanec
4 Danica Patrick & Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
3 A.J. Feeley & Heather Mitts
2 Bode Miller & Morgan Beck Miller
1 Grigor Dimitrov & Maria Sharapova
These two tennis hotties are an item now after being involved in their own separate, previous athletic trysts. Grigor Dimitrov, nicknamed "Baby Fed" for his similarities to the legendary Roger Federer, had been involved with world No. 1 (and Sharapova rival) Serena Williams, while Maria had previously been engaged to former Los Angeles Laker Sasha Vujacic. The 23-year-old stylish Bulgarian Dimitrov has seen his star on the rise after an impressive 2014 campaign, while the 27-year-old Russian Sharapova remains one of the most famous female athletes in the world for both her looks and her game.
Sources: abcnews.go.com, emirates247.com, en.wikipedia.org, ohio.com, hollywoodlife.com, baseball-reference.com, heavy.com, sbnation.com, espn.go.com, usmagazine.com
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