The exceptionally talented, versatile, leading actresses of Bollywood and one of the most paid actresses of India, Deepika Padukone is lesser known as a national-level badminton player. After attempting for nation-level championships in Badminton Deepika opted for being a fashion model onwards which she began her career as an actress.
The actress who had her debut with ‘Om Shanti Om’ alongside Shahrukh Khan in 2008, had risen to the rim of fame and excellence in the show-biz attaining back to back super hits cum blockbusters in her journey with Bollywood. Earlier speaking about her acting career in her social media handle, Deepika quoted, “I was all of 16 when I decided to switch careers from being a competitive badminton player to becoming an actor. Little did I imagine that 20 years hence, I will be standing here and receiving the TIME 100 Impact Award.”
Although wrapped up with the sports career, the daughter of ace badminton player Prakash Padukone had never passed into oblivion with her skills in the sports. The last time the actress was found playing badminton was in September 2021, with legendary athlete PV Sindhu. And prior to that in 2014, the actress was spotted teaming up for tennis with one of the eminent world-class Swiss tennis player, Roger Federer who has recently made headlines with the sudden news of his retirement.
In 2014, while attending the International Premier Tennis League’s inaugural ceremony, in Delhi adorned by Sania Mirza, Akshay Kumar, Sunil Gavaskar, Riteish Deshmukh, and Novak Djokovic the actress displayed her tennis vigor on getting a golden opportunity to play a competitive match alongside world champion Roger Federer.
After the proclamation of Federer yesterday about concluding his tennis career, the throwback pictures of Deepika playing tennis with him back in 2014 have been roaming accross the news feeds. Fans have digged down the snaps and delighted to recall the iconic moment down the memory lane, clouding on the series of pictures where the duo can be seen smiling at each other, enjoying their match and the whole internet is effectively grooving over the spectacular moment.
In the pictures, the actress is looking slim fit as always kerchiefed with a black sport outfit; A black skin fit top pairing with matching black trousers and white sneakers while Federer is seen in his juvenile smile in a black sports jacket topping over a pair of grey quarter trousers.
On the other hand, Roger Federer, who had been conferred upon the title of ‘the greatest tennis player of all time’ along with multiple rewards, the man who escorted the sport to new horizon, carved a niche in the international tennis kingdom with his unbeatable tennis prowess has announced his retirement ascribing a huge irreplaceable void in the world of tennis.
The world champion tennis player preached a statement earlier on Thursday, that informs his physical condition has observably flagged him down indicating towards his senescence and he is just a few days ahead of the final bell concluding his year long career in sports that yielded him 20 Grand Slam singles titles. The sudden tragic news has left his fans into the pool of grief, made some break into tears.
Penning a heartfelt gratitude note to his fans and lovers he proclaimed he had to bring down the curtain on his glorious and illustrious 24 years long tennis career post to the Laver Cup team event that’s to be held on the next week in London. The event will also offer him the final chance to play competitively as a part of the “Big Four”, including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, who have been running tennis over the past two decades. Peradventure, that’s for the last time his fans could see their beloved player gracing the courtyard and bid him a farewell good-bye.