HOW WAS YOUR DAY, HONEY?
Jozy Altidore’s better half had a much better day.
While her main squeeze was potting goals Saturday night in a rout of the San Jose Earthquakes, Altidore’s girlfriend was becoming a major tennis champion.
American Sloane Stephens — who has been spotted mingling with Altidore in Yorkville — defeated Madison Keys in straight sets to win the U.S. Open.
Altidore had travelled to Flushing Meadows, N.Y., to watch Thursday’s semifinal. He returned to Toronto on Friday morning in time for pre-match training.
He’d probably admit his two-goal performance was a bit overshadowed by what his girlfriend accomplished.
“I’m thrilled for her,” Altidore told TSN during a halftime interview. “She’s worked really hard to get back to where she is right now. I couldn’t be happier.”
Altidore surprised TSN’s Kristian Jack when he said he was aware of Stephens’ win despite the first half being played simultaneously.
“My mom told me in the stands,” Altidore said. “It’s good for her. We’ve been friends for a long time. To see her progress, it’s a great sight to see.
Altidore mother signalled to her son at some point in the first half that Stephens had won.
“Her dedication. Her handwork. Her resilience to come back at an even higher level than she was before. Well done to her,” Altidore added.
The duo have known each other since the fifth grade at Boca Raton (Fla.) prep school.
Both are South Floridians, who spent much of their youth at high performance soccer and tennis academies.