Maria Sharapova is not sure the part she filmed will end up appearing in the upcoming heist comedy film Ocean’s 8, but says she enjoyed the experience of shooting her brief cameo.
An all-female reboot of the Ocean’s trilogy will be released in June, starring an A-list cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson and Rihanna.
Sharapova, as well as Serena Williams are supposed to make cameo appearances in the film.
Speaking at the Shenzhen Open following her opening round win over Mihaela Buzarnescu, Sharapova said of her experience on the Ocean’s 8 set: “It’s (the role) very small, I don’t even know if I’m in it, but I filmed it.
“I think in the end you don’t know if your part will be actually in the movie. It was a really nice invitation. The director was very nice to work with and I was alongside very talented individuals so it just, it’s a different experience, it’s very different from what I do and I enjoy being part of those things.
“I haven’t seen the trailer yet, and I certainly haven’t seen the movie, I’ll see it probably when you see it, so we’ll see if I even made it. But I’m in the credits, so that’s a good start.”
Speaking ahead of his appearance in the year-opening tournament, the Qatar Open which starts on New Year’s Day, the world number 19 said men’s tennis was set for a “very interesting year”.
Since 2010 28 of 32 Grand Slam titles were won by the quartet.
Asked if the ‘big four era was over, the Czech Republic star responded: ” It’s hard to say right now. But yes, I think it’s very possible.
“I’m not saying that it’s over, but I think it’s the nature of the process of the time and of the sport.”
He added that he expected other players emerging through the year to “be definitely competitive to get a chance to win a Slam”.
The 32-year-old was speaking after the late withdrawal from the tournament of defending champion Djokovic, who has an elbow injury.
Combined with the continued injury concerns of Nadal, still recuperating from a knee problem, Murray recovering from a hip issue, as well as Federer turning 37 in 2018, the door seems open for new stars to stake their claim next year.
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And Berdych, 32, once a world number four, says he still harbours hope of winning a Grand Slam.
“I think that’s the beauty of our sport that no matter where you are, you still have a big chance.
It’s about that particular day, and from that one day you can create a great week.
“From one great week, you can make it two and that’s what you are looking for.
“To be honest, that’s the only reason why I’m still around.”
A semi-finalist in the past two years in Doha and seeded three this time round, he begins his quest for the title against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.
The top seed in Doha is Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who begins his campaign against Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.
Former world number one Andy Murray said Sunday he was desperate to get back into competitive tennis after a five-month absence due to a debilitating hip injury.
Murray, who is in Queensland for the season-opening Brisbane International, has not played on the ATP tour since losing a tough five-setter to American Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
He said despite some lingering problems with his hip, his body was feeling much better than at the same stage last year.
“I don’t feel like there’s many miles in my legs, which, you know, was certainly the case at the beginning of 2017, where most days I was quite sore kind of all over,” he said.
“Right now the hip is the only thing that is any concern. The rest of my body feels really good.”
Murray admitted he wasn’t heading into this tournament or the Australian Open with great expectations.
“Just because I’ve not played for such a long time,” he said.
“And also I just want to enjoy playing again. I’ve really missed it the last six months or so.
“I don’t mind if it is at 30 in the world. I would love to be number one in the world, but I just want to play.”
Murray spent 41 weeks at number one, losing that ranking in August during his injury-enforced absence.
He is now ranked 16th in the world and said he had adjusted his schedule to play less in 2018 in a bid to avoid further injury.
“Certainly, when you miss a period, you realise how lucky you are to be doing this as a job,” he said.
“Giving yourself breaks, especially as you start to get older, I think, is very important and something that I’ll certainly be looking to do for however long I keep playing.
“For tennis as a sport, it’s not good when so many of the top players are injured and for extended periods,” he added.
“I certainly think it’s something that should be looked at and to understand why, what the reason for that is.”