FEATURE: Which football teams will Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Roger Federer be supporting this season?
The Premier League season is back, with other top leagues around Europe and the world also back in the football swing, so which teams will tennis’ top stars be supporting this season?
Now we all know tennis players LOVE their football. Don’t believe us? Do continue reading further to find out which football teams the likes of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic support.
Juan Martin del Potro – Boca Juniors
Sure it’s not a Premier League team or a major European outfit like Barcelona or Real Madrid, but the man from Argentina deserves to start us off. Why, you ask? He is trying to get everyone on the ATP Tour to support his beloved Boca Juniors.
Boca Juniors are one of the biggest clubs not only in South American, but around the globe. Think Diego Maradona. We don’t think we have to say anything else.
In another interview with Fifa.com, the former US Open winner admitted that he “always liked football more” than tennis and in a follow-up piece he claims to have turned Roger Federer into a Boca fan while the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marin Cilic are also supporters.
Rafael Nadal – Real Madrid
World No 1 Rafael Nadal was also a talented football player in his younger days, but opted for tennis as a career. Add to that his uncle Miguel Angel Nadal played for Barcelona and the Spanish national team.
So you’d think Nadal would be a Barcelona fan? Wrong! He is a Real Madrid fan as his father is a Madridsta.
The tennis legend has admitted he would love to become Real Madrid president one day and he actually helped Real Madrid to negotiate the transfer of Marco Asensio in 2017.
Maybe they should turn to him to lure Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Andy Murray – Hibernian FC Arsenal
When you start off with “I used to support Hibs when I was a kid“, then you lose brownie points. Andy Murray actually has an association with the SPL side now as a mentor for young players.
Andy Murray now supports Premier League side Arsenal as he was a big fan of Robert Pires when the Gunners were dominating the Premier League back in the day.
Football will be a touchy subject at Murray family gatherings in the next few weeks as his brother Jamie is a big Manchester United fan.
— Jamie Murray (@jamie_murray) December 25, 2014
Novak Djokovic – Manchester United / AC Milan
The world number one has been linked with several teams, but we have it on camera that he supports Manchester United.
Then there was this other time that he claimed “I’m a big fan of Milan and I’ll always be”.
Caroline Wozniacki – Liverpool
Wozniacki is a Liverpool fanatic.The Dane has visited Anfield countless times and we assume she will be happy with the way the Reds have already started the season with a 4-1 win over Norwich City.
She even once played a tennis match wearing a Liverpool shirt.
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) September 13, 2017
Dominic Thiem – Chelsea
Here is the Austrian visiting Stamford Bridge in 2015.
Two years after that visit he met his “big” idol Jose Mourinho. Chelsea head into the new season with Frank Lampard the new manager, someone Thiem says played a big part in his decision to follow the Blues.
Angelique Kerber – Bayern Munich
The 2016 Australian Open winner admitted back in 2013 that she was “a Bayern fan right form being a small child, despite coming from northern Germany. Everyone around us supported HSV or Bremen, so I was the odd one out”.
And here she is showing off her football skills.
Stan Wawrinka – ‘prefers Real to Barca and also likes Chelsea’
The three-time Grand Slam winner is a big football fan, but he isn’t really a one-man club as has soft spots for certain players and then follow their careers. However, in an interview with Fifa.com, he admitted that he “prefers Real to Barca” and “supported Chelsea all the way” during their Champions League victory in 2012 as he was a big fan of Didier Drogba.
Nick Kyrgios – Tottenham Hotspur
The Australian arrived at a Wimbledon training session in 2017 wearing a Spurs shirt. He also visited the team’s training ground in 2015.
Milos Raonic – Barcelona
— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) December 25, 2012
Tomas Berdych – Manchester United
Don’t think we need to add anything else to this tweet.
@meokee manchester united!!!
— Tomáš Berdych (@tomasberdych) June 20, 2013
Roger Federer – FC Basel
The 20-time Grand Slam winner is a regular at St. Jacob’s Park in Basel. That’s of course when he doesn’t follow Boca Juniors with Del Potro.
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