Former Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale was one of the best footballers of his generation and one of the greatest Welsh players of all time. Bale won the UEFA Champions League five times with Real Madrid, which is more than many top European clubs have managed since their existence.
The 34-year-old star retired from football in January 2023 after an incredible 16-year career achievements. He was seen in a recent video playing tennis with an amazing forehand and many fans believe that the world no. 1 Serbian star Novak Djokovic had something to do with it.
Did Novak Djokovic inspire Gareth Bale to try tennis?
Former football star Gareth Bale has displayed remarkable skills and a strong interest in various sports, including tennis and golf. Several years ago, Bale was spotted at Tottenham Hotspur taking part in a campaign that involved fitness sessions with younger children, including playing tennis. During this event, he even played a few practice matches against the younger participants, creating a celebratory atmosphere.
After retiring in January, Gareth Bale has pursued other sporting ambitions beyond football. In September, the sports star was part of Colin Montgomerie’s team at the All-Star Match held at the Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome for the Ryder Cup. He teamed up with Novak Djokovic, who had just won the US Open title by defeating Daniil Medvedev. Both enjoyed their time together, contributing to Team Europe’s victory over the USA.
Gareth Bale shared a video on his Instagram story, showing him playing tennis while he was in the Middle Eastern island of Saadiyat Island. It was an impressive display by the former football player, showcasing his excellent technique as he held the racket in his right hand. Several fans noted their surprise at seeing the predominantly left-footed wonder playing tennis right-handed.
Fans had mixed reactions to Gareth Bale playing tennis
A video of Gareth Bale playing tennis has been circulating on social media, eliciting mixed reactions from tennis fans. The 34-year-old Welsh star began his career as a left back before transitioning to a right winger due to his speed. However, it’s important to note that tennis is about more than just speed and agility; it primarily relies on technique.
A fan wrote: “worst termination I’ve seen in my life. The elbow should be way up and finish ‘looking at your watch’. Stick to golf mate.”
Another fan wrote: “he’s good! Those Novak tips during that golf tournament worked!”
Another fan wrote: “loves to play everything but football.”
A fan wrote: “Better than the current ATP top 10.”
It is not a surprise to some tennis fans because athletes are known to have several talents. Novak Djokovic days ago was spotted playing the saxophone with Croatian Cellist Stjepan Hauser’s concert in Belgrade which spurred fans reaction.
Gareth Bale began his professional career with Southampton before moving to Tottenham Hotspur, and later joined Real Madrid CF in a world-record transfer, where he won three La Liga titles, five UEFA Champions League trophies, three Spanish cups, and more. After an illustrious career, Bale retired and embarked on the next phase of his life.