Former World No. 1 tennis player and World No. 26 as of January 14, 2013 in singles, is dating hot Cuban Elio Pis. The 32-year-old tennis champ has been dating 24-year-old Cuban model for several months now, according to People Magazine.
After dropping out of last year’s U.S. Open and announcing she was suffering from Sjögren’s Syndrome, a systemic autoimmune disease in which immune cells attack and destroy the exocrine glands that produce tears and saliva, a happy and healthy Venus Williams made a triumphant return to the New York Grand Slam tournament with her new boyfriend at her side.
At the tournament, People reported that the pair were seen kissing and cuddling up to one another at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Pis has been seen at Venus’ matches during the U.S. Open, and was sitting next to her during the quarterfinal match between Serena Williams and Ana Ivanovic.
Williams had a longtime relationship with Hank Kuehne, and after rumors of engagement in January 2008, the couple broke up.
Elio Alberto Pis, is a huge fan of tennis, but he also shares Venus’s passion for fashion. He has even modeled some of Venus’s designs from her sportswear line EleVen, appearing on her website alongside her. The 6’1 hunk has also been featured in French Vogue with Brooke Shields and has modeled for Russell Simmons’s clothing line.
The Cuban model, who now lives in Miami, is more than a pretty face and, according to the People article:
“Studied diligently to learn English and put himself through school. He graduated with a psychology degree from Florida International University in 2010.”
Pis describes himself as:
“constant thinker, optimistic, a free spirit and blunt.”
He loves to play checkers and enjoys reading books such as Robert Wright’s The Moral Animal. His favorite movie is Robert De Niro’s crime drama A Bronx Tale (1993), and likes listening to Miami recording artist J-Toven.
Elio graduated in 2006 from Marathon High in Florida, he then enrolled at Miami Dade College where he studied psychology, in 2010 received his BS in Psychology from the Florida International University,
Pis lists only one sports hero on his Facebook page, can you guess? Of course! None other than her darling Venus Williams.
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