The LMFAO frontman known for his wild hair and wilder music has been a colorful addition to this year’s Australian Open, where he was a regular fixture in Azarenka’s front-row seats. During her final, his leopard-print jacket was visible from the upper decks.
The interviewer seemed more interested in getting the pair to talk about their relationship, which made the 23-year-old Azarenka turn bright red.
“She’s actually very into music, she has a piano now on the road. In the off-season she might be my pianist,” Redfoo said of the world’s No. 1 player.
The interaction was a light moment after a heavy match.
Li twisted her ankle twice, needed two medical timeouts and hit her head on the hard court. When twisted her ankle the second time and fell, Li said she blacked out for a couple of seconds. That happened early in the third set after a 10-minute break for Australia day fireworks.
By the end of the ceremony Azarenka was all smiles, and the interviewer asked how she planned to celebrate.
“We party,” Azarenka said.
Redfoo added: “We bring out the bottles” _ a subtle plug for his upcoming new single called “Keep Calm and Bring Out the Bottles.”
Last year, Maria Sharapova also lost to Azarenka and went on to win at Roland Garros.
The same thing happened to her, too.
In 2008, Ana Ivanovic lost the Australian final before winning the French Open.
“I don’t know,” Li said. “I hope I can do the same this year.”
Chinese fans poured into Rod Laver Arena for the match and cheered Li on with shouts of “Jai You Li Na” _ or Let’s Go Li Na!
Li said she felt lifted by the support.
“I (could) hear a lot of Chinese fans,” she said.
So could the chair umpire, who had to ask for silence as some exuberant fans cheered in the middle of points.
“Also, I (could) see them with the China national flag everywhere,” she said, with a big smile. “I was like, `Oh! It looks like the China Open.’”
It was a change from 2011, when Li admitted she struggled to deal with how some fans cheered during her final.
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