Tennis great Roger Federer hay have retired from professional tennis but he is finding plenty to keep himself busy in retirement.
Last January, the Swiss great attended Paris Fashion Week, where he rubbed shoulders with some fellow global icons, K-Pop stars Blackpink.
Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa found themselves flanked by the 20-time Grand Slam champion meeting K-Pop royalty and quite literally hanging from the ceiling as part of an art installation created by Swiss artist and sculptor Ugo Rondinone.
Blackpink, a four-piece musical group from South Korea, has rocketed to international fame since releasing their debut album in 2016. It is unclear how familiar Federer is with their work, however, as the Swiss great admitted it was his children who had prompted him to post about the encounter on Instagram. “My kids said this was a definite IG post,” he wrote.
Some of his younger colleagues from the tennis world were quick to respond. “Hahaha yessss” commented World No. 27 Denis Shapovalov on Federer’s post, while WTA star Coco Gauff enquired whether the 103 tour-level titlist now considered himself a ‘Blink’, the nickname commonly used for fans of the K-Pop giants.