Maria Sharapova hung around in New York this week even though she made a quick exit as she tried to defend her 2006 U.S. Open title.
So she spent today making the rounds, first stopping by Bryant Park for Fashion Week.
She took in Peter Som‘s show, likely wearing something of his design; not sure. We love the peep-toe pumps, though! That’s Peter on the right.
Then she also sat front row at the Michael Kors show which started not too soon after. She was carrying a pretty cute clutch.
And to cap off her afternoon she joined the Djokovic camp in the player’s box for today’s final against Roger Federer. All the folks were wearing adidas‘s Summer YOC Polo in the white/red/blue colorway, which is also Serbian colors. Maria and fellow Nole guest Robert De Niro opted not to wear the shirts.
JNP wonders what this cameo means, and so does the press. They asked Nole about it after the finals match:
Q. Maria Sharapova was in your box and also Robert De Niro. What are those two relationships with you? Somebody had to ask.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I was expecting that question on the first place (laughter).
No, let’s not go too much with Maria. It’s just a friendship we have. It was nice from her to come and support me. As well, Robert, he was yesterday on the match, and today.
I mean, it’s amazing feeling to see such a successful people, you know, in my box supporting me, playing with me I can say, living every emotional moment. It’s great. It’s great.
Q. What does she think of your imitation?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: She said she’s going to kill me. Of course, she accepted it on the right way. Of course, she found it funny, not offended.
Q. How did you meet Robert De Niro? Did he just show up in your box?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I met him randomly on the street. I was sitting in a bar. He was coming, smoking a cigarette (smiling). No, no.
We were invited ‑‑ I went with a couple of players, Ana Ivanovic, we got invited from he and his wife to come to the dinner. It was really nice. He owns the Japanese restaurant, so we went there for dinner. We met. We talked.
As well, his wife is a very big fan of tennis. She’s a great woman. He’s, you know, a great person. I’m really happy that they showed up and supported me.
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