Venus I’m rarely into writing about players’ personal lives unless there’s a relevance, but something I heard this afternoon on the Torrey Pines practice green is too good not to pass along: Hank Kuehne is dating tennis star Venus Williams. The two recently were seen having dinner together at a posh Florida resort with Kuehne’s toddler—the 1998 U.S. Amateur champ went through a divorce last year shortly after the baby was born.
You may recall that Kuehne dated “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul for about six months in 2000. One thing he does have in common with Williams in that their playing careers seem to be stuck on hold. Kuehne’s last start came 10 months ago at the Players Championship. He was granted a major medical exemption for a back problem and will get somewhere between 15 and 18 events in ’07 to make about $612,000, which would allow him to maintain full-time status.
Venus has won five Grand Slam titles. Hank is winless in 113 tour starts. Wonder who picked up the check.
Photo: AP, from 2006 Australian Open. Williams has pulled out of the 2007 Australian Open due to a wrist injury.