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‘Hello outdoor workout!’ Maria Sharapova boxes on the beach as retired star proves she’s in fighting shape (VIDEO)



Russian ace Maria Sharapova may be officially retired but she’s showing no signs of slowing down with her fitness regime, taking to the beach to hit the pads as part of a grueling workout.
The five-time Grand Slam winner called time on her glittering career earlier this year, citing the increasing toll that injuries had taken on her body.

But far from putting her feet up, she’s continued to maintain the trim frame that made her a pin-up girl for tennis and a mainstay of glossy magazines.

Sharapova’s latest workout took her to the beaches of the US with trainer Tommy Cassano, where she first limbered up under clear blue skies by grooving to a rap track while Cassano applied hand wrap.

The 33-year-old stunner then pummeled away at the pads before taking up the battle ropes for a full-body workout.

The toned tennis ace continues the intense workout by doing lunges with weights and the sprints while her trainer provided resistance.

Sharapova’s workout clip closed with her doing a series of stretches with resistance bands.

“Wowzers I forgot how tough you are!! Hello outdoor workout, I’ve missed you! Thank you for making it so fun, @tommycassano!!” Sharapova captioned the clip.

After her exertions the Russian star has since taken a well-earned rest, treating British businessman boyfriend Alexander Gilkes to a birthday roadtrip, as the pair shared images of themselves ‘glamping’ in the Colorado wilderness.

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“Good Person”: Rafael Nadal Opens up on His Relationship With Rival Novak Djokovic



Many tennis fans wonder how Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic get along outside the tennis court. Their conduct towards each other on the tennis court is always respectful, and that translates outside the court as well, as admitted by Nadal. The Spaniard spoke about his relationship with Djokovic, whom he called a good person.

“I have a good relationship with him. Is a good person. We must relativize things between us,”  Nadal said, in a recent interview, throwing light on his camaraderie with Djokovic.

There was also speculation among fans as to what Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic spoke about at the end of their French Open 2020 final. Interestingly, it was one of the most one-sided battles they have played over the years. However, Nadal said that Djokovic, with whom he shares a strong relationship, simply congratulated him and nothing more.

Rafael Nadal understands why Novak Djokovic did not say much

I could not talk to him. He congratulated me on the track and that’s it. It is normal,” Nadal said. He said he understands that Djokovic was not in a mood to talk, as no one usually is, after a heartbreaking loss.

When you lose a game like that, you don’t really want to talk. I understand it,” Nadal added.

Nadal avenged his one-sided loss in the 2019 Australian Open final against Djokovic. The two men also shared a respectful exchange during the trophy ceremony post their match. Nadal lauded Djokovic and said he hopes to keep facing him, further adding to their already great rivalry.

What you’re doing in tennis is very very special. Hope to keep facing you [Djokovic] on the court for the next couple of years,” Nadal said to Djokovic.

The mutual respect between the two stars

Despite not having a conversation with Nadal after the match, Djokovic spoke highly of Nadal in his post-match presser. Djokovic highlighted why Nadal is a great champion. He also admitted that it was one of those days where Nadal was simply the better player and there was not much he could do to tame the ‘King of Clay’.

I was also thinking that these conditions are more favorable to me. I was feeling great throughout the tournament playing. […] But, yeah, I mean, Rafa has proven everybody wrong. That’s why he’s a great champion. He just played a fantastic match today,” he said.

The two champions are expected to resume their rivalry at the ATP Finals next month. While they will not face each other in the Round Robin stage, the anticipation of another Nadal-Djokovic final is already running high.

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