Sears, who’s been praised for her beauty, style and undying support for Murray, has been in the stands for each of her boyfriend’s matches at Roland Garros, including Monday’s fourth-round battle against Fernando Verdasco of Spain.
Sears and Murray met in 2005 at a party for the US Open and starting dating officially in 2006.
Here’s what you need to know about the British bombshell:
1. Murray Jokingly Said They were Engaged Via Twitter
Tennis star Andy Murray faked out fans on January 29, 2014 via a twitter Q & A, announcing he would be marrying Kim Sears just after Wimbledon this year. He says they will marry eventually, but not yet. The public was disappointed and will continue to wait for him to pop the question.
3 things.. I don’t smoke grass, I’m not getting married(yet) and I don’t want to kill rafael Nadal..
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) January 29, 2014
2. Sears Met Murray When She was a Teenager
At the time Sears met Murray, she was travelling with her father, Nigel, who was head of the women’s section of the lawn tennis association in England.
Their quickly developing romance was kept in the dark to give the couple time to know each other.
A year after they met, Sears found herself in the eye of the public when Murray won the first tournament of his career in San Jose, California. After his victory, Murray found his new girlfriend in the crowd and gave her a big kiss for everyone to see. Murray was her first real boyfriend. Watch the video above at 1:50 to see Murray kiss Sears after his first ever win in San Jose.
Since she was only 17 years-old at the time, she was still attending high school.
She told HELLO! Daily News:
“I went away with him thinking it’s fine because he’s never going to win so I’ll be back in time for school on Monday and then he did!”
“I remember saying to my mum, you’ve got to call in and tell them I’ve got the winter vomiting virus and I won’t be in but then it was on the front cover of the paper so I was busted.”
3. Her Father is Tennis Coach Nigel Sears
Kim was used to being around pro tennis players her whole life due to her father’s career in the business. The Sears are from Barcombe, West Sussex where Kim grew up with her tennis coach father Nigel, South African mother Leonore and younger brother Scott. Nigel is best known for coaching former top five players Amanda Coetzer, Daniela Hantuchová and Ana Ivanovic.
4. Sears and Murray Split Up Briefly
Like every couple, Sears and Murray have had their trials and tribulations of the 8 years they have been dating. In 2009 the couple split up after three years of dating due to Murray’s “addiction to video games,” according to POPSUGAR Entertainment. Six months earlier, the couple had moved into a £5 million, 6 bedroom house in Oxshott, Surrey which Kim moved out of after the split.
By June 2010, Sears and Murray figured out their issues and reunited. They have been together ever since.
Judy, Murray’s mother, who formed a close bond with Sears told OK! Magazine:
Kim “is the best thing that ever happened” to her son.
5. Her Style Has Made Headlines
Sears has been known to cause a distraction on the sidelines with her signature blowout and chic style. There is even a twitter account attributed to her hair. Many people have compared her to the royal fashionista and beauty, Kate Middleton. Fashion magazines such as Marie Claire have taken note of her outfits.
HELLO! Magazine said of Sears:
“This summer, Kim Sears became our new style crush with her effortless fusion of high street and designer items. Her impeccable Wimbledon wardrobe cemented her status as a fashion favourite, as match after match she served up yet another chic but affordable look.”
Sears graduated from the University of Sussex with straight A’s in her Music, Art and Drama A-levels, majoring in English Literature.
As a huge supporter of “Team Murray,” Sears has been traveling around the world with Murray for almost all of his tournaments. Even so, Murray has told media that Sears has no interest in becoming a WAG. Sears is an artist and has been painting portraits of pets for wealthy clients around London while trying to get her acting career going.
Wimbledon starts and Kim Sears is ready to look court side ready in a beautiful cream lace combo. Go Andy Murray! pic.twitter.com/nbAJXnSVAl
— Style Edit (@Style_Edit) June 23, 2014