Sachin Tendulkar with football legend David Beckham. The two were spotted at the Wimbledon Championships in London, along with other sports personalities such as Stuart Broad, Andrew Strauss and Ian Poultier. (HT Photo)
Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday reacted to tennis star Maria Sharapova's recent revelation of not knowing who he is. Tendulkar was quoted by television channels as saying that her "comment (was) not disrespectful, maybe she doesn't follow cricket".
Recently, when the French Open champion was asked if she knew Sachin Tendulkar, she had responded in negative saying "I don't".
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Tendulkar, David Becham and golfer Ian Poulter were in the Royal Box in Wimbledon when Sharapova was playing. When Sharapova was asked if she was aware of the sports celebrities who had come to see her play, the five-time Grand Slam champion said she had met Beckham a few times but wasn't familiar with Tendulkar.
On Beckham, the Russian tennis star said: "I've actually met him a couple times at events in LA and in London. He is a great guy. Besides being an incredible football player, he has done so much in his career, having a family, maintaining so many things off the court. He is a really nice person to chat to. We're not best friends or anything, but it's nice to be able to say hello and congratulate each other on achievements we've had in our careers and so on."
Tennis World (tennisworldusa.org) reported that when Sharapova was asked: "Sachin Tendulkar was the other person who came in at the same time as David. Do you know who Sachin is?" she flatly replied: "I don't."
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