‘You were fanboying’: Maria Sharapova lifts the lid on date with Novak Djokovic

Recently retired tennis star Maria Sharapova has called out 17-time Grand Slam champ Novak Djokovic for a dinner they shared at the beginning of the Serb’s career.

World No.1 Djokovic and Sharapova shared an Instagram Live chat during their self-isolation and the Russian revealed the hilarious dinner date they shared following and exhibition tournament.

Well before Djokovic had made a name for himself as a Grand Slam champ, the pair were playing doubles against each other at La Quinta in Indian Wells.

Sharapova said Djokovic made a cheeky bet as they were standing across the net – if he won she had to go to dinner with him.

I was like, ‘OK whatever, who is this kid?’” she joked, retelling the story on Instagram Live.

But after Djokovic won, he surprised her by following through with the wager.

“You won and you’re like, ‘We have dinner, tonight. We’re going to the Japanese place’. And I was like, ‘Are you serious? You and me are going to dinner? Tonight?’” she said.

“So we did! We ended up going to dinner.”

Both Sharapova and Djokovic were born in 1987, but the Russian burst onto the scene and won the Australian Open in 2004 at a younger age.

Djokovic captured his first Grand Slam in 2008.


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