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My Toronto 2019 Photos:

First of all, pardon my ugliness. :D Especially it was hot, humid, and I was covered with sunblock to become oily mess. 0:)

Those of you here who know me know how unlucky I have been when I tried to meet my ultimate fav ever Sharapova. Starting from 2011, every single year I kept jinxing her. Whenever I attended a tournament, she ended up withdrawing last minute even though she was originally in the entry list. Until this year... :sobbing:

I didn't manage to get a selfie with Sharapova :sad:. Too many fans there, pushing and squeezing each other. After I failed to get the selfie, I immediately took her autobiography book that I bought and read 2 years ago. I know how important this book is to her (according to her instagram story posts :eek:h:). And when she saw my book, she signed it immediately first thing, skipping all the other endless balls and posters from other fans :eek:h::spit:

http://instagr.am/p/B00C5raFxo4/ Monday, August 6, 2019
Finally got the chance to attend a Maria Sharapova (@mariasharapova) match live, complete with her iconic grunting and intensity. �� Full house in the centre court tonight for the Round 1 match between the tennis superstar Maria Sharapova of Russia vs Anett Kontaveit (@anett_kontaveit) of Estonia. Also got to see Round 1 matches between Angelique Kerber (@angie.kerber) vs Daria Kasatkina (@kasatkina) and Jelena Ostapenko (@jelena.ostapenko) vs Caroline Garcia (@carogarcia) at @Rogerscup 2019. #RogersCup ��

http://instagr.am/p/B0u4XH7lg8R/ Saturday, August 4, 2019
I can’t believe I FINALLY met Maria Sharapova (@mariasharapova) of Russia today after her practice session at @Rogerscup 2019. She was right in front of me and I was totally starstruck. �� I don’t think she needs any introduction either as she is one of the biggest tennis superstars and was the highest paid female athlete in the world for so many years. She is the 2004 Wimbledon Champion, 2006 US Open Champion, 2008 Australian Open Champion and 2 times Roland Garros Champion (2012 & 2014), highest ranking of world no. 1 and the 2012 London Olympics Silver medalist ��. She already won every single one of the 4 grand slam tennis tournaments (Wimbledon, Roland Garros, US Open and Australian Open). She was the reason I started following tennis back then in 2004 when she won Wimbledon at the age of 17 and became a tennis sensation. I basically followed almost her entire career from her rise to superstardom during her teenage years to now towards the tail end of her career (she is 32 now). My quest to finally meet her in person was a loooong and painful one lol starting from Beijing tournament back in 2011 where she withdrew due to injury and then every single year since 2012 she failed to compete in Toronto tournament due to various reasons and the only times she competed at Rogers Cup, it happened to be in Montreal ��, until this year. �� Didn’t manage to get a selfie with her because the huge crowd of her fans were crazy and we were squeezing and pushing each other ��, but I did manage to get her autograph. �� #RogersCup ��

http://instagr.am/p/B0u6R--FMi_/ Saturday, August 4, 2019
When my ultimate favourite female tennis player Maria Sharapova (@mariasharapova) signed her autograph on her autobiography book that I bought in 2017. �� Especially after such a long struggle to finally meet her in person lol. PS: This autobiography of her is very inspiring btw. ���� #RogersCup ��

http://instagr.am/p/B0uwHHmFyLm/ Saturday, August 4, 2019
With Monica Puig (@monicaace93), the gold medalist��for tennis singles at 2016 Rio Olympics for Puerto Rico, after her match at @Rogerscup 2019. #RogersCup ��

http://instagr.am/p/B0uxmlzFAnG/ Saturday, August 4, 2019
With Jelena Ostapenko (@jelena.ostapenko) of Latvia, the 2017 Roland Garros Champion & highest ranking of world no. 5 so far, after her practice session at @Rogerscup 2019. She rocks because she actually grabbed my phone and pressed the selfie for us, resulting in a better selfie because of the position. �������� #RogersCup ��

http://instagr.am/p/B0uzeaqFovh/ Saturday, August 4, 2019
With Angelique Kerber (@angie.kerber) of Germany, the 2016 Australian Open Champion, 2016 US Open Champion, 2018 Wimbledon Champion, highest ranking of world no. 1 and 2016 Rio Olympics Silver medalist ��, after her practice session at @Rogerscup 2019. I looked like a total mess here because of the heat, humidity and sunblock lmao. �� #RogersCup ��

http://instagr.am/p/B0u037mlfzY/ Saturday, August 4 , 2019
With Venus Williams (@venuswilliams) of USA, after her practice session at @Rogerscup 2019. I don’t think she needs any introduction lol as she is one of the huge tennis superstars. But ok, she is 5 times Wimbledon Champion (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008), 2 times US Open Champion (2000, 2001), and highest ranking of world no. 1. She is still playing at the age of 39! So much respect for her. ���� #RogersCup ��

http://instagr.am/p/B0w1NKqhG3v/ Sunday, August 5 , 2019
With Ashleigh Barty (@ashbar96) of Australia, our current world no. 1 and the reigning Roland Garros Champion 2019, after her practice session at @Rogerscup 2019. The unintentional photobomb is real in this photo. �� #RogersCup ��




Notes: I attended Serena's practice session twice on the centre court. On Saturday, she skipped my whole row when signing autograph. On Sunday, she ignored ALL the fans and went straight in to the locker room. On Sunday, Kuznetsova ignored ALL fans and went straight to the locker room, while Wozniacki skipped 1 row (my row).




From Toronto 2016:

http://instagr.am/p/BIQ3Tr-jOH5/ With Mikhail Youzhny (my fav)

http://instagr.am/p/BIQhJmSjp6y/ With Milos Raonic

http://instagr.am/p/BIQazm5Dyiy/ With Grigor Dimitrov (my fav)

http://instagr.am/p/BIPja2ajuRp/ With Nenad Zimonjic


From Toronto 2015:

http://instagr.am/p/6LqugKCWlt/ With Eugenie Bouchard

http://instagr.am/p/6JStL7CWqo/ With Simona Halep (after Ivanovic ignored ALL fans and went straight to locker room)

http://instagr.am/p/6LoRd9iWhH/ http://instagr.am/p/6JPNkUCWj_/ With Cory (inger) and Mikel (newballsplease) from TF, who are boyfriends in real life
 

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I would've made a fake book out of this and asked her to sign it just to see her reaction :eek:h:

 

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Great photos Julian! Always nice to out a face to a name of a fellow poster. I'm jealous you got to meet Youzhny in 2016 he is also one of my favourites. Keep enjoying the tennis!!
 

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P.s, plural boyfriend?! You ol dawg!!
Dead. They are not my boyfriends :spit::rolls:

I have to edit the way I phrased the caption :haha: They are a couple. :lol:
 

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Great photos Julian! Always nice to out a face to a name of a fellow poster. I'm jealous you got to meet Youzhny in 2016 he is also one of my favourites. Keep enjoying the tennis!!
Yes, I was so happy when I got the chance to meet Mikhail. :grin2: I miss him on the ATP Tour...
 

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Good move to have brought her book ; I had noticed that she loved signing those from pics I've seen! :eek:h:
 

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Good move to have brought her book ; I had noticed that she loved signing those from pics I've seen! :eek:h:
Yup, I noticed the same from her instagram so yeah I made sure I bring my book 0:):eek:h:
 

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Genie looking amazing in your selfie with her. :hearts: Love how you still chased after her even though you kicked her out of your signature. #notyourfav #fakefan
 

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Genie looking amazing in your selfie with her. :hearts: Love how you still chased after her even though you kicked her out of your signature. #notyourfav #fakefan
Hey, that photo was from 2015, before she became an evil force and I kicked her from my signature :eek:h:
 

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I would've made a fake book out of this and asked her to sign it just to see her reaction :eek:h:

I would've asked her to sign a box of this just to see her reaction.

 

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I don't even have a pic with Momo... :hysteric:
My best chance was when she played dubs with Sveta but she snubbed us...

I do have pics with Dementieva, Goffin and a couple of others. I'm a bit shy, not as forward as other fans... :p

Have you ever volunteered at the Rogers Cup?
 

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Hey, that photo was from 2015, before she became an evil force and I kicked her from my signature :eek:h:
I didn't even notice. She doesn't age. :hearts: I guess not everyone can be so blessed.
 

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I don't even have a pic with Momo... :hysteric:
My best chance was when she played dubs with Sveta but she snubbed us...

I do have pics with Dementieva, Goffin and a couple of others. I'm a bit shy, not as forward as other fans... :p

Have you ever volunteered at the Rogers Cup?
Well, I still don't even have a pic with Sharapova and Roddick either :sobbing: My ultimate fav from WTA and ATP :lol: Even Djokovic, i got so close to him 3 times but failed to get a photo each time because too many fans there. Same story with Sharapova the other day... At least I got her autograph lol

I have never volunteered yet at the Rogers Cup. Have you?
 

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I would've asked her to sign a box of this just to see her reaction.

I just heard Genie got signed up by Venus to commemorate her outstanding losing streak. She's gonna look fabulous in her clothes!

 

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I don't even have a pic with Momo... :hysteric:
My best chance was when she played dubs with Sveta but she snubbed us...

I do have pics with Dementieva, Goffin and a couple of others. I'm a bit shy, not as forward as other fans... :p

Have you ever volunteered at the Rogers Cup?
Btw, you can still get a chance with Momo. Just come to Rogers Cup when ATP is playing and visit Pouille's practice sessions :D
 

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Well, I still don't even have a pic with Sharapova and Roddick either :sobbing: My ultimate fav from WTA and ATP :lol: Even Djokovic, i got so close to him 3 times but failed to get a photo each time because too many fans there. Same story with Sharapova the other day... At least I got her autograph lol

I have never volunteered yet at the Rogers Cup. Have you?
Yes, for 10 years straight (best way to watch tennis for free...). I didn't this year though ;)
My sis got one with Roger Federer (so jealous!)
I would have liked one with Marat Safin :drool:
But I mostly have pics of players, that I like, that are just like the one you took of Sharpie, if it's any consolation! ;)
 

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Btw, you can still get a chance with Momo. Just come to Rogers Cup when ATP is playing and visit Pouille's practice sessions :D
Oh yeah, good point! I completely forgot that she coaches him... goes to show you, I followed her mostly for the tennis :eek:h::eek:
 
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