The tennis world - bar the eight men competing at the ATP World Tour Finals - has wound down for the calendar year, and two people enjoying their time together as the shops start to deck the windows with boughs of holly are Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov.
Tennis' most famous dating couple have been pictured together in a cold and blustery London over the last weekend. Both looked very contented to be holding bags of designer shopping rather than unflattering sports bags full of racquets.
Their stroll around the English capital seems to have put harmful rumours, that the couple were on the rocks, firmly to bed, according to the Daily Mail at least.
LONDON LOVE ACTUALLY?
Quite why Sharapova and Dimitrov were claimed to have been nearing a split is not explained by the newspaper, but nonetheless the pair did look happy together. Sharapova was even spotted with a big ring on her wedding finger, but apparently that is not uncommon for the Russian.
We may not be hearing wedding bells yet, but there certainly aren't alarm bells either. If they had been unhappy recently, it perhaps could have been because of their respective late-season disappointment on-court.
Dimitrov may well be in London at the moment, however, unfortunately for him, it isn't to compete in the season-ending ATP Finals with the cream of tennis' crop, currently taking place on the banks of the River Thames at the O2 Arena.
The young Bulgarian star has enjoyed a breakthrough season; he knocked Andy Murray out from Wimbledon and reached his first Grand Slam semi-final as a consequence. Despite that - complementing a quarter-final showing at the Australian Open - the 23-year-old failed to qualify in one of the top eight spots for the Finals.
Dimitrov put up a late fight, but he was pipped to post by the likes of Murray, Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic; who all just managed to book their places.
Sharapova, on the other hand, did qualify for the women's season-ending equivalent - the WTA Finals - on the back of her French Open win in the summer, but she suffered disappointment anyway.
The 27-year-old world famous superstar had the chance to leapfrog Serena Williams to become the world's no.1 at the Finals in Singapore. However Sharapova's early exit was compounded further as Serena went on to lift her seventh title.
Neither have had a bad 2014 but late shortcomings will surely spur them on to be better in 2015. Their competitors better watch, it seems this strong couple are in it to win it together (cringey, I know).
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