For some tennis fans, an eleven-month season hasn’t been long enough to satiate their appetites for their favorite stars–hence the success of the off-season exhibition tours. One of the most buzzed about in 2012 is the Gillette Federer Tour in South America, which aside from the Maestro, includes big names like Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki. The two ladies sparred on Friday, December 7, and while it wasn’t a laugh-a-minute, there were a fair amount of amusing and surreal moments to treasure.
Let’s relive it together, as Wozza comes out grinning and Masha comes out swinging…
Maria goes airborne…
…and breaks Caro twice to go up 3-0.
“She knows this is just an exo, right?”
“Haha…she fell for it again…she still doesn’t know I don’t *do* exos, I always play for realz…haha…”
“No, seriously, she knows it’s an exo, right?”
“Push me to 20 minutes just for three games? Fine. I won’t bagel you. How’s that?”
“That’s okay. I have other ways of dealing with you.”
“Oh look! It’s the tournament mascot, Maria! Let’s dance!”
“You want ME?” (Oh hellz no, I don’t do that. Nonononono…)
“I can do this, I can. I can be as fun as Ms. Freakin’ Sunshine over there…”
“Yeahy…wheee…okay, are we done yet?
“Oh good, now we can just stand here and watch him.”
Distance yourself, Maria. Back away slowly, so they don’t notice until it’s too late…
“Look Maria, it’s Gangnam Style…I think…”
“Okay, back to the tennis…”
“Now let’s see if my master plan…”
“…with a %$#@! mascot!”
“…just as I expected…”
“my plan IS working!!”
“Now I can…”
“And I will…”
“…break right back.”
“AUGH! Why is the crowd so loud?? In the middle of a point here!!!”
“So sorry, it’s just me, Roger Federer. In this hideous shirt Gillette
pays me millions to makes me wear…”
“Oh shit. They *swore* there wasn’t anything ‘extra’ in those brownies!”
“Erm…do you see a pink bunny in a Santa suit?”
“You do. Well…that’s a relief.”
“Oh look…pretty girls!”
“How *you* doin’?
“Hee. I’m fine, baby, how *you* doin’?”
“Oh crap. Mirka cam!”
“Pssst, Caro. Ixnay on the irtingflay, okay?”
“How about I just show you my Serena impression?”
The King is amused.
While Prince Rory tries to hide in the shrubbery…
And Maria struggles to overcome the distraction of Caro’s antics and finally beat her in a tiebreak…
And yes, Caro is still smiling.
And Rog is smiling, because the best part is coming up…
Masha seems pretty excited about it, too.
And it’s time for the handshake, double-kiss, cheek smoosh. (At least we think it’s her hand…)
Caro closes her eyes in anticipation…
Three pro players, all in a row.
Roger squeezes in for his Caro/Maria sandwich.
And they all danced with Santa bunny happily ever after.
Hope you enjoyed the story. And do tell: which moment was most surreal to you? Santa bunny, Caro’s Serena impression, or Maria dancing?
PHOTOS: Screencaps of Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova match, Gillette Federer Tour, December 7, 2012. Fair use.