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10 tennis stars and their cars

Roger Federer likes his Mercedes on the fast side, Andy Murray likes to joke about his girlfriend's driving and Serena Williams has very good taste


Wimbledon Champions Dinner

ANDY MURRAY, beaten today in straight sets by Grigor Dimitrov, has probably got more than his girlfriend’s driving on his mind.

Yesterday in his blog, however, he certainly found time to joke about it. The then defending champion reported that a member of the public saw Kim Sears driving him to his next match and gesticulated in a way Murray thought could have been a criticism of his girlfriend’s driving.

“One guy did spot me and had his arm out the window and was fist pumping,” he wrote in his blog. “It was pretty funny. I think it was to encourage me – either that or he was angry at Kim’s driving.”

Perhaps he was just forecasting the player’s exit from the championships.Either way, the story reminded Driving that tennis players have a long and sometimes colourful relationship with cars. Here are 10 tennis stars and their cars.

 

Roger Federer

Mercedes-Benz/AMG Driving Experience

The Fed is often offered free cars or driving experiences such as this ride in a Mercedes-Benz AMG Touring Car at Estoril race circuit in Portugal in 2005.


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Venus Williams and Andy Murray

Sony Ericsson Miami Open Preview

Always up for a game, the pair found time to knock a ball about while standing on the roofs of two cars at the Miami Open in 2009.

 

Serena Williams

Pearl Records Group CD Release Party For Platters Star Kris Lamans And Lisa Rine

You wouldn’t catch the other Williams sister playing tennis on the roof of her Bentley.


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Maria Sharapova

Sharapova resized

The star could have done with the Porsche 918 Spyder’s hybrid power to prevent her being eliminated in this year’s Wimbledon championships.


Search for and buy a used Porsche on driving.co.uk


 

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with his tro

Nadal, knocked out of this year’s championships by 19-year-old wild card Nick Krygios, in happier times with the SL he bagged for winning the Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in 2005.


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Jennifer Capriati

Jennifer Capriati of the USA poses with her new Ferrari

The player poses with her, then, new Ferrari. Somehow, the sacrifices seemed to have all been worthwhile.


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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic Photo Call

The ace prepares to hit a ball faster than an Audi R8 LMS GT3. The idea was for Djokovic to serve just as the car sped passed him. His ball crossed the line faster than the Audi.


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Chris Evert

Chris Evert, June 1974.

The former Number One poses on the bonnet of a Triumph in Manchester in 1974, to promote a competition.

 

Boris Becker

Boris Becker In Mille Mille Race In Italy

Always with a larger-than-life appetite for life, the player enjoys a sandwich at the wheel of a Mercedes 300 SL seconds before beginning the Mille Miglia in 2002.


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Andre Agassi

Tennis Player Andre Agassi Poses With His Girlfriend

Surely the only reason he devoted his life to hitting a ball over a net: the chance to pose with a Vector sports car, and a glamorous lady.