Novak Djokovic looked stunned when an eagle-eyed camera operator spotted him in the stands with Rita Ora.
The 24-time Grand Slam champion was one of the lucky few in the Stade de France to watch the Rugby World Cup final. He watched South Africa retain the title after a narrow victory over New Zealand that will forever be remembered for Sam Cane becoming the first player to be given a red card in the final.
It’s another sporting moment of history Djokovic can always say he was party to. Nevertheless, he will likely look back on the game with more fondness as it was mostly spent with pop icon Ora.
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A camera operator managed to spot the Serbian in the stands next to the pop star. When their faces appeared on the big screens in France’s national stadium, Ora could be seen waving and cheering.
Meanwhile, Djokovic just turned his head, almost like he was baffled about being spotted by the production team. In the end, he offered a wry smile to the rest of the fans packed into the stadium.
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“My man is winning off the pitch as well,” one fan laughed. “Novak better be supporting the Springboks,” a particularly passionate South Africa fan commented.
“Novak looks very relax & handsome sitting with a friend,” said a third. After the controversy surrounding the red card situations, one fan also laughed: “Their guess about the application of modern rugby’s arcane rules is probably as good as anyone’s."
In case anybody was even contemplating the possibility of suggesting any romantic intentions between the pair, Ora was also watching the game with her husband; film directing and acting sensation Taika Waititi, who hails from New Zealand.
He would have been eager to see the All Blacks win their third world championship. Unfortunately, his hopes did not come true as South Africa stood firm to secure a 12-11 victory. Hendre Pollard’s four penalties proved to be the difference against the 14-man All Blacks.
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