Blink and you would have missed it.
But the tennis and K-pop worlds collided on Roger Federer’s Instagram, of all places, as he posted a picture of himself with the K-pop stars Blackpink in Paris.
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“My kids said this was a definite IG post,” the 20-time grand slam winner commented and as his likes ticked well above one million, it appears they were right.
Blackpink – made up of four members, Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa and Rosé – is one of the biggest bands in the world, boasting more YouTube subscribers than any other music artist and an army of fans known as “Blinks” – a portmanteau of “black” and “pink.”
“blink????” current world No. 7 Coco Gauff commented on Federer’s photo while Denis Shapovalov, who reached the third round at this year’s Australian Open commented: “Hahaha yessss,” alongside a sunglasses emoji.
Federer, who retired from competitive tennis in September, posted the photo exactly five years after he defeated Marin Cilic in the men’s Australian Open final – his 20th and last grand slam title.
Since retiring, Federer has spent more time in the world of fashion, posting pictures on Instagram from Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday.
And he and his wife Mirka sent the internet into a spin when they were spotted at the Christian Dior Haute Couture show on January 23.
Posing with the likes of Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Aussie filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, Federer looked dapper in a dark suit and turtlene/ck.
But it was wife Mirka whose outfit had people really talking.
Mirka was dressed in a patterned top and shorts, paired with a black vest featuring a blue goat emblazoned across the front.
For those not in the know, “GOAT” is an acronym for “Greatest of all Time”.
Although many believe Federer is the tennis GOAT, with 20 grand slam wins, Rafael Nadal actually holds the title, with 22.
However, that is set to be challenged if Novak Djokovic, who currently has 21 grand slams under his belt, goes through to – and wins – the final of the Australian Open on January 29.
But on seeing Mirka’s outfit, tennis fans were nonetheless asking the question.
Was she sending out a subtle message via her fashion choice for the event?
“She knows,” Eurosport announced on Twitter, sharing an image of Roger and Mirka
In March, he will join Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to co-chair the 2023 Met Gala alongside singer Dua Lipa and actors Penélope Cruz and Michaela Coel.
– with CNN