“Let’s invite them to every tennis tournament”
Like many others, tennis legend Chris Evert was thrilled with the presence of superstar singer Pink at the 2023 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Pink was present at Saturday’s thrilling semi-final match between Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner, in which the Spaniard defeated the Italian in straight sets 7-6 (4), 6-3 and advanced to his first final in Indian Wells, where he faced Daniil Medvedev will compete.
The American singer-songwriter, who is a huge tennis fan herself, thoroughly enjoyed the match. She was also observed vibrating with the music being played at the stadium. She even stood up briefly when the camera turned to her and started moving to the music, entertaining the crowd and adding a lot of sparkle to the match.
In light of this, 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert took to Twitter to share her delight that the American was having the time of her life and declared that she should be invited to every tennis tournament in the future.
“Look at that smile; let’s invite her to every tennis tournament!” Evert wrote.
Chris Evert praises Iga Swiatek, saying she’s still the ‘player to beat’
Chris Evert explained in an interview with Eurosport that although Iga Swiatek is a great athlete, her emotional state “broke down” in the games she lost this season.
“We know she has the game physically. We know she’s a great competitor and she’s a great athlete. She has wonderful tools and wonderful tennis skills. But it seems like in the games she lost that emotional part and broke down,” Evert called.
The 18-time Grand Slam winner then compared Swiatek to Novak Djokovic, noting that while the Pole isn’t a ‘machine’ like the Serbian, she is still the player to beat and should work on becoming hers to control emotions.
“[Novak] Djokovic is almost like a machine. He goes out there and you know, he can just have that tunnel vision and focus and not let his emotions get in the way,” said Chris Evert.
“I think Iga [Swiatek] has shown in a few games that she let her emotions run free. So she should just be aware of that, I think. But she’s still the player to beat no matter what you say,” she added.
Swiatek’s most recent performance was as the defending champion at the 2023 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where she was eliminated in the semifinals by reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.