Tennis WAGs you need to know
Maria Francisca Perello (Xisca for short)
Known for: Being in it for the long-haul (she and Nadal grew up together) and remaining more low key than other tennis WAGs. Nadal revealed to Jim Courier this week that Xisca never travels with him to the Australian Open because it’s “too far.”
Known for: Her fist-pumping enthusiasm that eclipses that of almost everyone else in the arena. She is also the director of the Novak Djokovic foundation.
Known for: Travelling everywhere with her beau and having flawless hair. The couple are pretty serious and, while Murray is yet to propose, he has spoken openly about wanting kids with Sears. “She is very savvy about people,” Murray told Hello! Magazine about his girlfriend of eight years. “She can see which of them are trying to leech on to me or who might want to be near me for their benefit rather than mine.” Sears is an artist who specialises in animal portraiture.
Known for: Being an incredibly beautiful, 20 year-old swimsuit model.
Known for: Being a former tennis player and the mother of Federer’s twin girls, Charlene and Myla. Mirka is decidedly less glamorous than the other tennis WAGs, and that’s why we love her.
Roger the babysitter
Australian player Casey Dellacqua managed to get a snap of Roger Federer holding her five month-old son, Blake. Federer, who is already father to twin girls and whose wife, Mirka, is expecting another this year, looks incredibly comfortable in the babysitter position. Is it wrong to be jealous of an infant?
— caseydellacqua (@caseydellacqua) January 16, 2014
The world number one is riveting to watch on the court, but it’s not just because of his power forehand. While much of the world was watching Nadal expertly win his two-set match against Thanasi Kokkinakis, we found it hard to look away from his quirky body language.
Last night, he made 17 year-old Kokkinakis wait while he neatly folded and tied his bandanna to perfection. He also touches his face an awful lot before serving, and bounces the ball an inordinate amount of times. While it is has been suggested before that the Spaniard most likely suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, whatever he’s doing does seem to be working for him.
Kitten off duty, tiger on the court
The unimposing David Ferrer is the shortest male player in the tournament, standing at a lowly 1.75m. He’s also softly spoken and has the face of a friendly Hollywood actor, like Aaron Eckhart or the guy who plays the Kingslayer in Game of Thrones. However, when Ferrer hits the court he becomes a lethal weapon. Today, he beat 29th seed Jeremy Chardy in straight sets. As Jim Courier said to him in the post match interview, “”For a man with such a small, quiet voice, you play like an animal on the court.”