Did you post a picture of your bestie on Instagram? Because in case you forgot, it’s National Best Friend Day! The day to honour that one special person or persons you call your best friend(s).
Tennis being a competitive sport on the court doesn’t mean they are all rivals, the players still find the time to keep friendships off the court.
Let’s take a closer look at the ATP and WTA friendships on tours.
Denis Shapovalov and Félix Auger-Aliassime
These are two Young Canadians who brighten tennis hopes in Canada. Although they are rivals on the court, they have remained close friends over the years. They know when its time to get serious on the courts, and when its time to celebrate!
According to Sportsnet, Auger-Aliassime claimed, “Even though we’re really good friends, what the relationship does is we push each other. He motivates me to become a better player and I think I do the same for him. It’s a healthy rivalry. He’s a really good friend of mine, so there’s not anything other than that.” That’s what we like to hear – great sportsmanship!
— Denis Shapovalov (@denis_shapo) March 20, 2017
When Shapo visits Montreal to train, he stays with Auger-Aliassime and they always make the most out of it. During last year’s Rogers Cup, Shapovalov took time off to celebrate Auger-Aliassme’s 17th birthday!
Just look at these two! Can you feel the #bromance?
Eugenie Bouchard and Sloane Stephens
The pair together was a surprising doubles team! They had so much in common and almost hit the jackpot in earning a championship title.
— Sloane Stephens (@SloaneStephens) August 6, 2017
It was definitely a special time for Bouchard and Stephens for they were making their maiden performance in a WTA Final and with each other.
Yes, ladies! Slay that court.
Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis
These fellas go way back! They’ve been friends since they were kids and have been linked together ever since!
Both of the Australians participated at the Queen’s Club in London 2017 as they got set for Wimbledon. Kyrgios claimed on tour, “Me and Thanasi grew up together, playing all the same tournaments, we sort of came through together and we always had the spotlight shared a little bit,” he said. We feel for you, Nick!
The bond they share remains strong as they seek out the best for each other, and that’s all we can really ask for in a friendship!
Daria Kasatkina and Daria Gavrilova
Daria and Daria! These two ladies are best buddies and doubles partners known on tour as “The Dashas.”
Last year, everyone was talking about handshakes at the WTA tournament in Charleston. The close friends and doubles partners faced off and afterwards, the pair quickly put the results behind them as they went up to the net for their “fake handshake”.
— WTA (@WTA) April 6, 2017
After the match, Kasatkina explained,
“We just spoke before the match, like ‘Let’s do some weird handshake.”
“She was like, ‘Okay, let’s do the weird handshake.’
“And I said, ‘Let’s go like fake handshake.’ She goes, ‘Okay, that’s a good idea.’ So we just were trying to make some fun. That’s it.”
It’s refreshing to see the sportsmanship and friendship that can exist on tour. It’s worth celebrating!
Tsonga, Pouille, Goffin and Herbert
A few months ago, before resuming training, David Goffin enjoyed a well-deserved trip in the Maldives, where he stayed with the winners of the French Davis Cup!
What’s better than a vacation with your friends?
The pictures say it all!
It kinda makes me want to go to the Maldives now… anyone interested to tag along?
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Least we forget about the Top 2 Men’s Single players in the game! The pair has enjoyed a storied rivalry over the years and has claimed a total of 36 Grand Slam titles between them. To add to that, they’ve met each other on the court 38 times in their career. They’ve definitely come a long way!
We’ve seen the exhilarating contests that could have gone either way, like adrenaline that tested physical endurance, divine natural talent, and above all the mind.
— TroubleFault (@troublefault) October 19, 2016
Federer was named Sportsman of the Year for the fifth time in his career during the Laureus Awards. After receiving his award, the Swiss legend was asked about his friendship with Nadal and it just warms our hearts!
“We’re good friends off the court, because we have shared special moments away from it. Perhaps, because of charity games for his foundation and his matches for my foundation.”
“When you lose against a guy in the fifth set or beat a guy in the fifth, there’s something special there.”
“We enjoy each other’s company and fans know that too.”
We do know it, we do!
The growth between players have progressed immensely throughout the game, and it’s enlightening to know they share a special bond because of it.
What’s your #NationalBestFriendDay story?