Though they are friends off court and do keep up even to this day, it wasn’t often that Rafael Nadal and former Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova found themselves on the opposite sides of a tennis court for practice. However, they did meet once for a practice hit, and it happened at the tournament which is currently the center of attraction for tennis fans all across the globe.
An old video clip of the 13-time French Open champion and the five-time Grand Slam champion sparring in Rome has surfaced on streaming giant YouTube.
Rafael Nadal is seen trading his signature shots with Maria Sharapova
In the footage, Nadal, with his signature baseball cap flipped front-side back, is seen in an intense practice session with the two-time French Open champion. Sharapova looks in fine fettle too as she gets into her trademark forehands and backhands against the ‘King of Clay’
The former Russian star reached the semifinals of the Italian Open in 2005 before losing to now-retired Swiss star Patty Schnyder. Sharapova would have become World No.1 for the first time had she won the last-four tie.
The clip shows the two stars striking it deep into each other’s court and testing each other out in a manner similar to a competitive match.
Looking at the footage once can’t but wonder the damage they could have done had they paired up for mixed doubles.