“That Is Bizarre”: Victoria Azarenka Mocks Hilarious Picture Shared at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, Fans React

Published 04/29/2021, 1:29 AM EDT
ROME, ITALY: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates in her round one match against Venus Williams of The United States during day three of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Riccardo Antimiani – Pool/Getty Images)


Belarusian tennis star Victoria Azarenka gave a bizarre review post her first day of practice at Mutua Madrid Open 2021. Funny enough, it was not related to her game or the surface but about on-court tennis photography.

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The Mutua Madrid Open shared snapshots of WTA players practising on their official Twitter account. It led to an in-depth conversation on athletic shots between the former World No.1 and her fans.

At first, the tournament page uploaded a ridiculous picture of the current World No. 12 Victoria Azarenka. In response, she playfully mocked them for selecting such a silly pose.

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She wrote, “What a great choice of picture guys, out of 10-15 min of taking pictures during practice, this is the best one of me?!?”

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After seeing her hilarious photo, Victoria became more intuitive about what all goes behind finalizing the shots. So much so that she went on to discuss the issue briefly with her fans on Twitter.

“I always have been curious of like tennis photos taken during matches, like what’s the catch?” Azarenka questioned. “What is making photographers or editors to be like, yea that’s the great one, and your face is like all squeaky.”

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 9, 2021 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka during her first round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Furthermore, the two-time Australian Open champion clarified that she understands that the pictures are more about intensity, movement and moment. However, what she cannot contemplate is how they surface on the internet.

“Am I the only one who is sometimes like why and why would this be a photo on like front page of the website or something?!?! Maybe fans like it? Maybe other players like them too?” She added, “Maybe I’m the only one,” she added.

Following that, one fan explained that tennis photographers obsess with having the ball in the frame over everything else, to which she responded, “That is bizarre kinda.” He added that sometimes it is about intensity, and sometimes photographers don’t care as long as the snap is in focus.

Here’s some of the best from the Azarenka-fans discussion on tennis photography.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 9, 2021 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka reacts during her first round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

12 seed Victoria Azarenka will start her Mutua Madrid Open 2021 campaign against Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova. She will face fifth seed and WTA Stuttgart Open 2021 finalist Aryna Sabalenka in the next round.

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Looking forward to finding back her winning ways, Azarenka has to come through a tough draw ahead of her. Hopefully, in the meantime, she gets some of the good snapshots she fancies!

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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