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Olympian Ian Thorpe watches Ash Barty match at the Australian Open in Melbourne

Olympian Ian Thorpe shares a laugh with a friend as he watches Ash Barty match against Danielle Collins at the Australian Open in Melbourne


Ian Thorpe took in a spot of tennis on Saturday. 

The Olympic swimmer watched a match between Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty and American Danielle Collins at the Australian Open in Melbourne

The 39-year-old appeared in good spirts as he took in the grand slam tennis tournament at Melbourne Park alongside a friend. 

Fun day out: Ian Thorpe took in a spot of tennis on Saturday. Pictured alongside a friend 

The pair shared a laugh in the stands as the nail-biting action took place on the court below.  

Ian was dressed casually for the outing, opting for a dark blue blazer over a black t-shirt. 

He added a pair of dark shorts to the ensemble, and had a pass on a blue lanyard hanging around his neck. 

Tennis fan: The Olympic swimmer watched a match between Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty and American Danielle Collins at the Australian Open in Melbourne

Tennis fan: The Olympic swimmer watched a match between Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty and American Danielle Collins at the Australian Open in Melbourne

Cheery: The 39-year-old appeared in good spirts as he took in the grand slam tennis tournament at Melbourne Park alongside a friend

Cheery: The 39-year-old appeared in good spirts as he took in the grand slam tennis tournament at Melbourne Park alongside a friend

Laughs: The pair shared a laugh in the stands as the nail-biting action took place on the court

Laughs: The pair shared a laugh in the stands as the nail-biting action took place on the court

It comes after Ian revealed that he’d like to become a father some day soon. 

Speaking to The Herald Sun he said: ‘I’d love to be a father at some stage,’ adding that he hopes his children enjoy swimming as much as he does. 

‘I’d love the kids in the pool, but I’d love playing in the pool and if they happen to like something else, I am happy with that as well,’ he said.

A look: Ian was dressed casually for the outing, opting for a dark blue blazer over a black t-shirt

A look: Ian was dressed casually for the outing, opting for a dark blue blazer over a black t-shirt

Relaxed: He added a pair of dark shorts to the ensemble, and on a chunky watch

Relaxed: He added a pair of dark shorts to the ensemble, and on a chunky watch 

Ian’s split from ex Ryan Channing in 2019 put an end to the couple’s surrogacy plans.   

Ryan was Ian’s first public boyfriend since he came out as gay in an interview with Michael Parkinson back in 2014.

In August 2019, a source close to Ian and Ryan told Daily Mail Australia that the pair had ‘rekindled their romance’ while holidaying in Ibiza, Spain.

Dad duty: It comes after Ian revealed that he'd like to become a father some day soon

Dad duty: It comes after Ian revealed that he’d like to become a father some day soon

They were even rumoured to be considering getting ‘engaged’.   

‘They’re trying to find the nearest Cartier store for rings,’ the alleged source said at the time. 

But in November 2019, Ryan told Daily Mail Australia that he was no longer in a relationship with Ian and also denied they had ever reconciled in August.

Breaking up: Ian's split from ex Ryan Channing (pictured) in 2019 put an end to the couple's surrogacy plans

Breaking up: Ian’s split from ex Ryan Channing (pictured) in 2019 put an end to the couple’s surrogacy plans

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