Maria Sharapova and her ex-boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov have produced a hilarious moment of live TV at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne.
After her clash was called off due to hazardous conditions, Sharapova jumped into the commentary booth to provide some insight as Dimitrov prepared to take on Croatian Borna Coric.
While one of the hosts was preparing to ask the women’s World No. 145 a question, Sharapova was clearly distracted by Dimitrov, who she used to date from 2013 to 2015.
“He keeps looking over here, can you tell him to stop looking?” Sharapova said refering to Dimitrov.
The Bulgarian tennis star clearly heard the comment from Sharapova and strolled over to the box to see what was going on.
Donning a pair of headphones Dimitrov asked: “What’s the commentary here?”
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Watch the hilarious moment in the video above
Sharapova seized the opportunity, asking her ex-boyfriend “what about this yellow thing going on,” in reference to his bright shorts.
“You like it, huh?” Dimitrov asked.
“No, not really,” Sharapova replied in brutal fashion.
However Dimitrov quickly showed there was no ill-feeling between the pair as he laughed off the joke with a hilarious response.
“I thought you liked yellow on me but that’s OK. People change, I get it,” Dimitrov quipped.
Sharapova recently discussed her relationship with Dimitrov, saying the couple’s main issue was bad timing.
“Grigor recently told me…that one of the worst things in life is when you have the right thing at the wrong time,” she wrote in her 2017 autobiography.
“It made me think of an evening we spent before the 2015 Wimbledon tournament. He pulled out a book that Wimbledon puts together of previous championships.
“He quietly flipped through the pages of the book until he found a picture of me, in his box, watching his match. He looked at me, sad — I thought I saw tears in his eyes — ‘Did you see this? This means everything to me. Seeing you in my box next to my mother.’
“It was then, at that moment, that the emotional pull I had been fighting came to an end. I knew, and so did he, that I couldn’t be that person at this time of my life. I was supposed to be focused, getting prepared for my own matches, my own triumphs and defeats, on the largest stage of my career.
“I had been watching his match that day only because I’d lost early at those championships. So his good memory was my bad memory. What meant everything to him happened only because I had lost.”
No regrets over abandoned match
Former world No.1 Sharapova says smoke was behind the decision to call off her Kooyong Classic match late in the second set when she started to succumb to the tough conditions.
Taking on German Laura Siegemund in the Australian Open warm-up exhibition tournament with heavy smoke blanketing Melbourne, the players and officials decided to stop play at 5-5 in the second set.
World No.72 Siegemund had won the first set 7-6 (7-4).
Sharapova said she felt a cough coming on as the match stretched past two hours with temperatures on court around 40 degrees.
“I started feeling a cough coming toward the end of the second set but I’ve been sick for a few weeks so I thought that had something to do with it,” Sharapova told SBS after the match.
“But then I heard Laura speak to the umpire and she said she was struggling with it as well.
“We were out there for over two hours so from a health stand point it’s the right call from officials.”
On the back of a tough run with injuries, Sharapova’s ranking has slipped to world 145.
She won the Australian Open in 2008 and has reached the final a further three times.
Despite the decision, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Croatian Borna Coric still took to the Kooyong court for the second scheduled match.