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Wozniacki reveals how McIlroy popped question

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Tennis star, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland after the first round of the DP World Tour Championship, on the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 14, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Rory the romantic?

Caroline Wozniacki revealed Monday how fiancé Rory McIlroy popped the question last week in Sydney, saying that he did so traditionally, first asking her parents, Piotr and Anna, for permission.

“It’s amazing to have everything set in the personal life and we can really focus on our games and the year ahead of us in the sport, which we’re both looking very much forward to,” Wozniacki said, according to a report in the AAP.

There’s also a benefit, she said, to being in a committed relationship with another high-profile athlete.

“It’s great to have someone there who understands you and is always there to support you,” she said, according to the report. “I think mostly it’s just he understands how it is to be a professional athlete. All the expectations and all the ups and downs and how amazing it feels when you’re winning and how tough it can be when you’re not.”

McIlroy makes his 2014 debut on Jan. 16-19 in Abu Dhabi.