Toronto FC’s Altidore says competition is fierce with tennis star fiancee

Tennis star Sloane Stephens and TFC forward Jozy Altidore announced their engagement on Monday (Sloane Stephens/ Instagram)

TORONTO — Put a star soccer striker and world-ranked tennis player together and what have you got?

One competitive couple, when it comes to Toronto FC‘s Jozy Altidore and world No. 8 Sloane Stephens.

"We race to the car, man," Altidore said with a wide grin. "I’m not going to lie to you, every day there’s a race to something. It’s funny.

"But it’s all fun and games with her. It’s good. We have a really good relationship obviously. We’re excited to take the next step."

The two Florida natives, who started dating in 2016, announced their engagement in late April via social media.

The 29-year-old Altidore, in his fifth season with TFC, signed a three-year contract extension in February that will keep him in Toronto through the 2022 season.

The 26-year-old Stephens, who won the U.S. Open in 2017, is seeded eighth going into the French Open.

Altidore said Tuesday he has not been afraid to step on the tennis court with Stephens.

"We’ve sparred a couple of times. I’ll keep the results to myself," he said with a laugh.

Altidore says the two have got better at juggling their schedules to maximize time together.

"Our lives are very intertwined and if there is a jam-packed moment, we make time and that’s the great thing about it. We always make sure we put our relationship first and make time to see each other, be it games or just getting a quick getaway — those type of things."

But he acknowledged it hasn’t got any easier watching his fiancee at work.

"Still hard to watch. I’m still taking forehands into my pillow and stuff like that … You think you get used to it but you don’t. I want her to do well so much all the time. I’m out there with her even though I’m not.

"It’s tough to watch but obviously I admire watching her. She’s an incredible athlete — one of the very best."

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