“Borrowing Shirt. Wearing as Dress”: Venus Williams Continues Adorable Banter With Reilly Opelka

Published 12/07/2021, 2:39 PM EST

American tennis player Reilly Opelka, who enjoyed some incredible victories this year on the ATP tour, has been enjoying the off season. The star was last part of Team USA’s Davis Cup campaign.

Last week, Opelka was seen at Art Basel event in Miami along with Venus Williams, Taylor Fritz, and others. In a new post on Instagram earlier today, the American was seen wearing a flowery shirt. He captioned it, “Based on true events”.


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Venus Williams posts an adorable comment on Opelka’s Instagram post

Opelka also tagged artist Bram Demunter, whose painting was seen behind the tall American in the photo. Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams joined the comments section alongside scores of affectionate fans.

Borrowing shirt. Wearing as dress”, wrote the American legend. Opelka and Venus’ friendship has grown this year as they were captured together on few occasions, including the premiere of King Richard, where fellow tennis player Frances Tiafoe was also invited.

Looking back at Opelka’s season, the American had a shaky start but found his way to the semis at the Madrid Masters. He unfortunately lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets. Opelka defeated the likes of Aslan Karatsev and Lorenzo Mussetti to reach the final four.

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Reilly Opelka enjoyed a successful run on the ATP tour this year


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Even his grass-court stint went well as he reached the finals in doubles at the Queen’s Club Championships, where he partnered with the Frenchman Pierre-Hughes Herbert.

But, the result Opelka might really cherish would be his runner-up title at the Canadian Open. The American defeated the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov, Roberto Bautista Agut, and others to reach the final where he was overpowered by Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.

Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Reilly Opelka of the United States returns a shot against Lorenzo Musetti of Italy in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

All in all, it was a memorable year for Reilly Opelka on-court and should hope to continue the run.


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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.