Retired American tennis star Cici Bellis announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend Sam Riffice. Belis and Riffice have been dating for eight years. They first met each other when there only nine years old. They often ran into each other at junior tennis tournaments.
Riffice won the SEC championship and NCAA singles title in 2021. His mother, Lori Riffice, is a national coach with the USTA Player Development program.
Bellis was the second-youngest player in the top 100 WTA rankings in 2018. She reached a career-high ranking of world number 35. But a string of injuries derailed her career. She hung up her racquet in 2022.
While announcing her retirement, Bellis said she was going to graduate with an undergraduate degree in business and had plans to start her MBA program. She is currently working as an investment analyst for leAd Sports.