why Azarenka systematically enters the court with a PSG jersey

why Azarenka systematically enters the court with a PSG jersey

Victoria Azarenka (33), qualified for the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday, systematically wears a PSG jersey before and after her matches. She has been a fan of the French club since signing David Beckham in 2012.

Before each match the same ritual: Victoria Azarenka (33) appears on the court wearing the PSG jersey. This was again the case on Tuesday before her victory against the American Jessica Pegula (6-4, 6-1) in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. The Belarusian takes it off to reveal his colorful match outfit before putting on the Parisian jersey again immediately after the match. And not just any: that of the 2012-2013 season. She became a PSG fan that year after signing David Beckham, as she recently admitted. The former international signed a free contract in January 2013 to play the last six months of the season there.

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This Tuesday, she again recalled her link with the Parisian club in front of French journalists. “I have supported PSG for more than ten years now, shortly after the arrival of Qatar, she said. I had friends there when I played tennis. I also worked a lot with Aspetar (the Qatar-based medical center where PSG players go for treatment, editor’s note). I also did events in Paris related to football, so I always revolved around them. What they did with the club is super exciting. Now it’s a world famous name. They’ve made it a super cool club, with amazing players. They’ve always had great players since 2012. Messi is the best for me. My son wants playing for PSG. During the summer we will have to do some training and recruitment camps, I’m looking at that.”

His coach supports OM

Since 2012, his affection for PSG has not been denied. Azarenka, twice Grand Slam winner (at the Australian Open), follows Parisian stars more than ever, including Lionel Messi. “Messi has always been my favorite player for years, she says. I just like his way of being so humble, of being a great worker, he has the best left foot. I also like Ronaldo because that he is such a competitive player. Mbappé’s speed is incredible, Neymar is super talented. I also like Hakimi. The team is incredible.” She also knows the slogan of the supporters by dropping a “Ici c’est Paris” in French.

His love of PSG, however, poses a small problem of cohabitation with Maxime Tchoutakian, his young French coach (29 years old), supporter of … OM. “She’s a PSG fan, I’ve been all for OM since I was little, smiles the latter. I’m from Aix-en-Provence. It’s a bit of a rivalry! We joke about that, We’re sleeping, it’s a good fight. I leave him his PSG shirt, I have OM’s, warm at home and I’ll wear it when I get home.” This promises some tension in the coming weeks with two games on the program between the two rivals.

“She has been a PSG fan since Beckham, continues the coach. She was a fan of him before and he signed in 2013 and since then she has been wearing this. Her son, Leo, who is six years old, plays football and has all the PSG outfits When we were at Roland, she went to see a PSG match, she enjoys it, loves football and France.”

The coach also smiles at “Vika’s” admiration for Messi, which caused some tension between them during the last World Cup final won by Argentina against France (3-3, 4 tabs). 2) “His favorite player? Messi by very, very far, he insists. Besides, we had a little fight during the World Cup because she was for Argentina. It was also a lot to piss me off because she loves France.”

In the semi-final against the Kazakh Elena Rybakina, she will repeat this ritual which brings her luck for the moment.