After $50,000 US Open Belief, Dave Portnoy Reunites With Tennis Star Aryna Sabalenka in Miami

Published 10/21/2023, 2:01 AM EDT

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Belarusian professional tennis player Aryna Sabalenka was relatively unknown until 2017. But the 25-year-old has marked her territory in the tennis world. According to the Women’s Tennis Association, she is rated as the top player in the world in both women’s singles and doubles. But that is not all. With 19 titles in her hand—13 in singles and six in doubles—she is a force to be reckoned with. Her perfect display of athleticism has earned her praise from many stars. But recently, the CEO of Barstool Sports has given her a new title, one that has ‘queen’ written all over it.

The CEO of Barstool Sports, Dave Portnoy, has won the love of fans for his vocal personality. As a man who prefers to give his views on sports and pop culture, Portnoy doesn’t shy away from appreciating talent when he sees one. It all started when Portnoy put a big wager on the tennis prodigy. He impressed Sabalenka, who in turn invited him to watch the final match in her box. After putting his $50,000 belief in her, the two have reunited in Miami. This time, Portnoy has crowned her with another verbal appreciation.

Dave Portnoy is all praises for Sabalenka


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When Aryna Sabalenka played in the semifinals of the US Open, she gave her blood, sweat, and tears to the game. After losing the first set, she maintained her professionalism and didn’t let failure cloud her ambition. The Belarusian player emerged victorious and won the match. It was her gameplay that impressed Dave Portnoy, who bet $50,000 against Madison Keys. With this, it looks like the two have reunited. Portnoy’s Twitter account confirms that.

Captioning the picture, Dave Portnoy shared a joyous picture with Aryna Sabalenka. The post read, “The Queen of Tennis @SabalenkaA.” The two were seen posing happily together. After what Dave Portnoy had stated regarding the tennis player, this statement stands even more accurate. When the match had come to an end, Portnoy had confirmed his love for Aryna’s playing style. He said, “I was animated, I liked watching her, and I kind of fell in love with her style”.


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Having said that, Dave Portnoy has always valued skill and diligence. Whether he plays on the field or not, he deserves equal recognition for reaching a significant goal with his entrepreneurial skills.

Dave Portnoy’s love for pizza has earned him one million subscribers


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As an entrepreneur, Portnoy has not limited himself to sports. He indeed has a smart way of handling business. As a pizza lover himself, Portnoy has a YouTube channel dedicated to reviewing pizza places “until he tries them all.” Merging smart business with his own interests, the YouTube channel recently crossed one million subscribers.

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Portnoy took to his Twitter account to thank his fans. He tweeted, “Thank you to all 1 million subscribers #onebite.” He had posted a video of himself embracing the plaque. In the video, Portnoy also said, “They told me 10 million; I get a diamond one of these, so that’s the next stop… Again thank you guys, next stop 10 million.”


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It looks like he does not wish to stop there. Appreciating talent while simultaneously working towards his own empire is something this business owner loves to do. Portnoy’s business skills sure have encouraged young fans to pursue their interests. He has shown that even an interest so minuscule, like pizza reviews, can help you earn the right recognition. That is if the individual has the proper mindset.

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Bisma Shakeel


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Bisma Shakeel is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Bisma headed to the sports arena after her stint as an editor of her college sports magazine. A follower of Simone Biles, US Sports division was a natural choice for her.
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