Models, actresses, singers and political powers have made their presence felt in the players boxes at Wimbledon and beyond over the years, especially as tennis has transitioned the last few years as more of an entertainment sport. But how often can we say a model slash coach slash hitting partner sits him or herself in the box to watch a major semifinal? Not often. Well, if you count Matthew Perry as a hitting partner, maybe… but the boy is no model, that’s for sure!
Vera Zvonareva’s surprise run to the Wimbledon final can now add this footnote: she has a model in her corner. Sergey Demekhine, a former touring pro from Russia, has been spotted in her box throughout the tournament, as well as hitting with her on the practice court. On Zvonareva’s web site, he’s listed as the 25-year-old’s coach.
Somewhere along the road, Demekhine has put his tennis body to work for him in different ways, most notably as an Abercrombie & Fitch model. Check out the pictures after the jump to see the proof.
No peeking, Serena. Zvonareva will need all the help she can get from Demekhine on Saturday.