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6’11” American Tennis Star’s Summer Training Outfit Doesn’t Impress Venus Williams as She Questions His Fashion Choice With a Pertinent Question

Published 05/26/2023, 5:40 AM EDT

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Towering American tennis star Reilly Opelka recently drew the attention of the tennis community. The 6’11” tennis ace shared an adorable picture of himself playing soccer during his summer training. Although his athletic prowess and playful side were publicly admired, it was his choice of attire that captivated the interest and confronted the criticism of legendary tennis icon Venus Williams. Williams openly questioned Opelka’s fashion choice on Instagram.

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Venus Williams couldn’t help but express her concern about Opelka’s fashion choice. In her comment, the American questioned the decision to wear cotton T-shirts during the scorching summer heat. She accentuated her attention to detail and sincere care for Opelka’s comfort during training.

Venus Williams questions Opelka’s fashion choice at his summer training


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Opelka, the American tennis star, caught the attention of his fans on Instagram recently with a charming picture of himself playing soccer. Opelka’s apparel – a pink t-shirt and a Redbull cap – mixed both sportiness and casual tone. A caption – Forza Lazio 🤍💙” – accompanied the photo, demonstrating the athlete’s appreciation for both the sport and the Italian football club, Lazio, who play in the first division of the Italian soccer league, Serie A.

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He proved his multidimensionality by booting the ball with skill and showing off his love for the game. However, Venus Williams, who is a close friend of Opelka, raised her doubts about his fashion choice. She bantered playfully about his clothing, especially wondering how one can bear the scorching heat in a cotton t-shirt.


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Williams commented on his post, “How are you wearing cotton T-shirts in this heat?!”


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Williams once shared her support for her friend at his tennis match

Williams lent her support to her good friend Opelka at the Delray Beach Open in 2022. The highly anticipated matchup between two American players, Opelka and Jack Sock, tested their skill and abilities. They had competed for two hours and seventeen minutes in a match of high stakes. While Williams watched from the crowd, Opelka asserted his dominance in a match that would extend until the final set. Opelka had ultimately emerged victorious with a score of 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4), 6-1.


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It comes as no surprise that these two share a close and genuine bond. What do you think about their special bond? Share your views in the comments below.

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Written by:

Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon


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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, covering several high-profile tournaments and events. With a passion for writing that matches his love for the sport, he has a special interest in covering the activities of tennis legends like Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis. Aditya’s interest in tennis started at a young age when his father introduced him to the sport.
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Tony Thomas