Roger Federer takes time off practice court to meet Indian cricket star Virat Kohli ahead of Australian Open last-16 clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Roger Federer met Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli on his day off in Melbourne
- The Swiss icon enjoyed some down time on Saturday before his last-16 match
- Federer spent his afternoon relaxing with Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma
- Kohli and his wife then sat down on Rod Laver Arena to watch Novak Djokovic
Roger Federer made the most of a day off at the Australian Open by meeting Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli.
The Swiss tennis icon enjoyed some down time on Saturday as he prepared for his last-16 tie with Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in Melbourne.
After hitting the practice court, Federer spent his afternoon relaxing with Kohli and the cricket star’s wife Anushka Sharma in one of the more luxurious areas of Melbourne Park.
Roger Federer made the most of a day off at the Australian Open by meeting Virat Kohli
Federer spent his afternoon relaxing with Kohli and wife Anushka Sharma at Melbourne Park
The trio chatted and then posed for a series of pictures in the glorious Australian sunshine
Kohli and his wife sat down in the VIP section on Rod Laver Arena to watch Novak Djokovic
The pair shook hands before Kohli introduced Federer to his wife. The trio were then pictured in discussion before they posed for a series of pictures in the glorious Australian sunshine.
Kohli was at the venue just a day after leading India to another series win over Australia at the nearby MCG. India claimed a 2-1 ODI series win over the hosts after also beating them in Test action earlier this month.
Following their meeting with Federer, Kohli and his wife took their seats in the VIP section on Rod Laver Arena to watch Novak Djokovic beat Denis Shapovalov in four sets.
Federer is in form right now as he bids to defend the Australian Open title he won 12 months ago but it seems his global reputation is still not enough to get him past security at the tournament.
He may be one of the most famous faces in tennis but the Swiss was still stopped by security
Unsure what to do next, Federer was made to wait until one of his coaching team arrived
One of his coaches showed accreditation and Federer was then let through to carry on his day
Earlier on Saturday, tennis fans were left astonished at the audacity of a security guard who stopped the six-time Australian Open champion at a checkpoint.
In the video, the official is seen indicating to the Swiss that he was missing his Australian Open accreditation pass and therefore would have to wait outside.
Players, coaches, members of the media and tennis officials have lanyards with that show a name, an organisation, a photo, tournament role and a bar code that can be scanned at security checkpoints.
While many may assume Federer would be above the stringent protocol given his immense stature in the game, the world No 3 did not argue and respected the site rules.
He waited until he was joined by a members of his team and then continued his preparations for his clash with Tsitsipas.