WIMBLEDON – Maria Sharapova crossed one off her bucket list in Rome when she got to have a hit with Rafael Nadal.
Maybe she caught the bug.
Because on Sunday at Aorangi Park, she hit it up with the Beast.
Max Mirnyi of Belarus, the 40-year-old veteran doubles player who is based out of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, had a practice session with Sharapova.
Sharapova grew up at that academy. And she has spent more time there of late, as she has reunited with coach Thomas Högstedt, who also calls it home.
The look on her face when she pulled off a sneaky little drop shot that caught Mirnyi completely flatfooted was priceless.
As an extra, Sharapova certainly seems to have a ton of affection for Mirnyi’s dad and coach, Nikolai – an even beastier beast then his son. Big man.
Here’s what it looked like.