She was just three years old – and while he was to make considerable sacrifices for her talent, he quickly surmised she could provide his passport to riches.
Within a year the family were moving again, this time to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where the climate and facilities were far better suited to tennis.
The reality queen, 38, has been linked to Algerian-born male model Younes Bendjima, 23 - weeks after 33-year-old Scott was spotted out with British beauty Ella Ross, 19.
And Kourtney Kardashian is certainly giving her playboy former partner a run for his money in the younger lover stakes.
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The group garnered international attention after a fan-taken video of Gfriend members continuing and completing a performance of "Me Gustas Tu" despite continuously falling on a slippery stage went viral in September 2015.
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The stunning brunette was seen enjoying a casual day date with the hunk, wearing her new uniform of skimpy top and ripped jeans, in LA this week.