World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and five-time major champion Maria Sharapova took a hilarious trip down memory lane during a…
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and five-time major champion Maria Sharapova took a hilarious trip down memory lane during a recent Instagram Live session.
Djokovic and Sharapova, two of the sport’s biggest stars, caught up on Instagram Live on Tuesday to discuss a wide range of topics.
One of the highlights included Djokovic and Sharapova recounting their first meeting in 2006, when the pair were playing an exhibition mixed doubles match.
“I remember we played this little exhibition. I was young, you were young, way before you had any Grand Slam titles. I don’t know if you’d even won a tournament at that point,” Sharapova recalled.
“You said that if you’d win, I would have to pay dinner. I was like, ‘Okay, whatever, who is this kid?’ You won and you were like, ‘We have dinner tonight. We’re going to the Japanese place!’ I was like, ‘Are you serious? You and me, going to dinner, tonight?’ So we did. We ended up going to dinner and it was so funny because you pulled out I think it was an old Kodak camera and you asked the waiter to take a photo of us… and here we are.”
“Maria is saying the truth,” Djokovic confirmed.
“I think you were fanboying,” Sharapova joked.
Watch the hilarious exchange below.
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While most of the catch-up was the pair cracking jokes, things did get serious when Sharapova complimented Djokovic on how he turned his career around in regards to fitness.
Djokovic famously struggled with his physical conditioning after his breakout 2008 Australian Open final victory – but after educating himself about his body, the Serbian went gluten-free in 2010 – among other things – and has since carved out a legendary career.
“It’s really admirable to watch you gain this interest throughout the years because I will say, and you’ll probably admit to it, but at the beginning of your career you struggled so much with your body and the length of matches,” Sharapova said.
“I remember watching you on the clay and all the cramping and being like, ‘Are you ever going to get your s*** together?’ To see you make a transformation, what I loved about this sport… our game and our results really did the talking for us.”
You can watch the entire Instagram Live chat between Djokovic and Sharapova below.