Rafael Nadal and Shakira have had a secret relationship, according to reports from Spain!

According to Jordi Martin, a Spanish paparazzi, the singer and tennis player began their secret relationship in 2009, when they met for the Gypsy video clip.

The video for one of Shakira’s most well-known songs featured sensual looks and laughter, but it appears that it was more than just script requirements.

According to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the paparazzo explained that the two were having an intense love affair when the song’s video was shot.

Rumors circulated at the time that Shakira was dating Alejandro Sanz, a well-known Spanish singer.

On the other hand, Nadal was in a difficult situation: at the time, he was already romantically linked to Mary Perell, whom he met at school in 2005.

The news is incredible, but the rumours of a possible betrayal come at a bad time for Rafael Nadal, who is focused on the US Open.

With the first two Grand Slam titles of the year under his belt, the world number three is aiming for number 23, which would tie him with Serena Williams for the most Grand Slam titles in history.

To reach the final, Nadal must overcome a number of challenges: after the first round against Australian Hijikata, he may face Italian Fabio Fognini in the second match at Flushing Meadows.

After falling behind by two sets, the Italian is one of the few players to have reassembled the Iberian champion in a best-of-five match.

If he survives the quarter-finals, where Rublev and Norrie are circling, there could be an all-Spanish semifinal: Carlos Alcaraz could be waiting for him.

In a hypothetical final, however, the card indicates that Daniil Medvedev could return, as he did in the final act of the previous Australian Open.

Serena Williams extends her US Open farewell

Serena Williams bid farewell to the US Open with a gritty opening win on an exciting night in New York filled with hope and celebration.

Williams, who is set to retire after the tournament, defeated Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-3, 6-3.

A near-capacity 25,000-person crowd gathered at Arthur Ashe Stadium to cheer on their idol, who responded in typical determined fashion.

On Wednesday, Williams, 40, will face Estonian second seed Anett Kontaveit in the second round.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, who is one short of Australia’s all-time record, is also competing in the doubles with her older sister Venus, adding another exciting element to what she hopes will be a long goodbye this fortnight!