- Drake watched Serena Williams play in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Tuesday.
- The pair were romantically linked in 2015.
- Fans were worried that Drake’s presence would distract the tennis star, but she triumphed in three sets to progress to the semi-finals.
- Drake wore tracksuit pants and a hoodie with an $18,000 Rolex.
Serena Williams may have spotted a familiar face in the crowd on Tuesday as she took on Camila Giorgi in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships.
Rapper Drake, who Williams was romantically linked with in 2015, came to support his ex in her 10th run in the grass court tournament.
The surprise appearance didn’t seem to ruffle the seven-time Wimbledon champion’s feathers, though, as she breezed past her opponent in three sets to reach the semi-finals.
Viewers, however, were distracted as eyes turned to the “God’s Plan” rapper in the stands.
🎵 Serena, do you love me 🎵
— ESPN (@espn) July 10, 2018
People on Twitter joked that Drake should leave the court after he was blamed for Williams’ loss in the 2015 US Open semi-final.
Serena is not converting her break points. I need Drake outta that damn court 🗣🗣🗣🗣 GUAAAAAARD
— Phiwomhle (@PeachSkwebu) July 10, 2018
It looked like history might repeat itself as Williams dropped the first set 6-3.
Fortunately, though, Williams came back to win the second and third sets 6-3 and 6-4, prompting viewers to proclaim the Drake curse broken.
She’s done it. Serena has broken the dreaded Drake curse. Through to the semifinals. #Wimbledon
— Merlisa (@merlisa) July 10, 2018
Drake kept things casual with a dark green hoodie from his own clothing brand, October’s Very Own, as he sipped Pimms in the stands.
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) July 10, 2018
Drake’s Rolex has 18-karat yellow gold construction paired with diamonds set around the dial’s hour markers, taking its value to around $18,000.
Drake is in London following his surprise headline performance at Wireless festival.
And the rapper wasn’t the only star in the stands that day — Justin Timberlake, who is performing at London’s O2 Arena this week, and his wife Jessica Biel were also spotted enjoying some centre-court action.
Judge Rinder, Drake, Justin Timberlake AND Jessica Biel.
What a day at Wimbledon!
— BBC Tennis (@bbctennis) July 10, 2018
Drake and Williams made headlines in 2015 when the pair were spotted kissing in a Cincinnati restaurant.
The romance didn’t last, though, and Williams married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November 2017, after the birth of their first child in September.
Williams was forced to take a break from tennis after suffering health complications from her pregnancy and is now launching a full-scale comeback to the top of the tennis world.
“This is only my fourth tournament back, so I don’t feel pressure,” Williams told ESPN. “I don’t feel I have to win this; I don’t feel I have to lose this. I’m just here just to be here and to prove that I’m back. And I feel like I’m back. I still have a long way to go to be where I was.”