NBA stars descended on the stands of the Miami Hard Rock Stadium to witness the heart-throbbing rivalry between two youngsters Jannik Sinner and the current World No.1 Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-final round match of the Miami Open 2023. Jimmy Butler who is a fan of Carlos Alcaraz and has been a regular in his matches was present yet again in the stands.
Besides him Slovenian basketball professional and NBA star Luka Doncic also graced the event with his sheer presence. He plays for NBA team Dallas Mavericks and is one of the most prolific scorers for his team.
American sports broadcaster Tennis TV shared an excerpt of the match featuring both the players on social media.
“Luka Magic x Jimmy Buckets. @NBA superstars @luka7doncic and @JimmyButler courtside for Alcaraz-Sinner!” the caption read.
Jimmy Butler supports Carlos Alcaraz. The photographs of both the sportstars together is all over the internet. Luka Doncic on the other hand is a big fan of Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini. But it is not known who he was supporting between the current World No.10 and the Spaniard.
Meanwhile, Jannik Sinner won this match 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2 to book a date with Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Miami Open 2023.
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Tennis players connection with basketball
Tennis professionals do not get much time from their training regime but whenever they do, they flock to basketball stadiums to catch their favorite stars in action. This is especially true when the ATP and the WTA Tours brings them to the shores of the North American continent.
Nick Kyrgios is one of the players who is well-known for his love for basketball. He has featured in the NBA All-Stars game previous occasions. He also owns South East Melbourne Phoenix team which plays in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL). Besides him, Naomi Osaka and Iga Swiatek has also been seen in the basketball stands from time-to-time.
This year, Frances Tiafoe featured in this year’s NBA’s All-Stars game. He also scored multiple times to help his team win. A few days ago, Carlos Alcaraz was also seen cheering for the Miami Heat and Jimmy Butler from the stands.
Besides young players, NBA has also hosted tennis legends. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both came to NBA matches to watch their favorite teams and stars in action. The Swiss legend even tried his hand in playing basketball.
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