So how did Christmas celebrations go under their respective roofs? Why, unicorns, gifts, and glitter, oh my!
Interestingly, Federer’s killer instinct seems to have abandoned him in sports and games other than tennis. Check out the end of this clip, when he says losing at cards doesn’t bother him, and Sharapova looks on quizzically.
He then went into interviewer mode with Maria. They talked injuries, culture shocks, and moving to strange new locales as young stars-in-waiting.
It’s hard to think of Maria being “so much more mellow” now when she happens to lose a tennis match, but we’ll take her at her word. Here’s Fed again, on the idea of adopting Sharapova’s “glass half full” approach to tennis and being “totally Zen” about falling short on court sometimes.
The 17-time major winner wielded an exceptionally large racquet in teaming with Garbine Muguruza against Victoria Azarenka and Radek Stepanek at the Brisbane International Kids Day event.
As fate would have it, Sharapova withdrew due to injury, ironically, at this combined ATP/WTA tour stop. To his credit, the top-seeded Federer won his opening match in straight sets and then beat Grigor Dimitrov to advance to the semifinals. Sure, the Bulgarian is Sharapova’s ex, but more importantly he’s the player who was once christened Baby Fed.
Get your popcorn out, tennis fans. The 2016 season is on.
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