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It’s #NationalBestFriendsDay and we’re obsessed with these amazing tennis friendships

Jun 08, 2018
written by: Kate Aquino
written by: Kate Aquino
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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 build friendships off the court!

Let’s take a closer look at some of the best friendships in pro tennis.

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!

Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov

Photo credit: TSN

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!

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 at the Citi Open in Washington last season, reaching the championship match before losing a close one.

It was definitely a special time for Bouchard and Stephens, as they were making their maiden appearance in a WTA doubles 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.

Nick Kyrgios speaks about good friend Thanasi Kokkinakis

Photo credit: Tennis Australia

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”.

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!

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, David Goffin and Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Last off-season, before resuming training for 2018, David Goffin enjoyed a well-deserved trip in the Maldives, where he stayed with the France’s of the Davis Cup champions, who had defeated Goffin and his Belgian squad just days before!

What’s better than a vacation with your opponents-turned-friends?

🙌

A post shared by Lucas Pouille (@lucaspouille) on

The pictures say it all! These guys are the definition of “leaving it all on the court.”

📸🌴☀️#dreamteam

A post shared by David Goffin (@david__goffin) on

It kinda makes you want to go to the Maldives now… anyone want to tag along?

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Least we forget about two of the game’s biggest legends (and current World Nos. 1 & 2 in the ATP Rankings!) Federer and Nadal have enjoyed a storied rivalry over the years, having 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!

Their exhilirating contests have yielded some of the greatest matches in tennis history, including the legendary 2008 Wimbledon final, as well as their recent 2017 Australian Open final, which had fans on the edge of their seats. Their contrast in styles — Federer’s graceful shotmaking vs. Nadal’s determined and passionate defense — has been an absolute joy to watch over the years.

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!

Photo credit: newshub.co.nz / Getty Images

Said Federer,

“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?

(Feature photo: Martin Sidorjak)

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