Athletes spend a lot of time together, both at practice and during game day. With all that time together, special bonds are forged, and competitors often find themselves becoming super close friends. We’re taking a look at some of the best friendships in all of professional sports.
Tiger Woods and Roger Federer
It’s clear why these two sporting greats have become close friends, they can bond over how much they’ve won. They can swap stories over who won the most prize money during their career, as greatness appreciates greatness. Both are icons of their respective sports and have been known to hang out together during Wimbledon. Tiger even introduced Roger to his children as a “legend” while Federer went on record saying he hoped Woods could taste victory again.
Lewis Hamilton and Neymar
Lewis Hamilton has been so dominant in Formula 1 during recent seasons in the motorsport, and he’s made friends with one of soccer’s biggest stars. Brazil is famed for its talented soccer stars, and the one who shines the brightest is Neymar. Both stars share a similar taste in fashion and have been to many exclusive parties together.
They were even spotted at London Fashion Week, and Hamilton has referred to Neymar as his “brother from another mother.” Neymar plays soccer in Paris, while Hamilton hangs out in Monaco when he’s not on the track, so the two buds are only an hour away from each other.
Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki
You’d think with the number of heated battles Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki have had on the court that they would be enemies, but instead they’re best friends. Even though Serena comes out on top most of the time, just like she does against everyone else, the pair love spending time together.
They hang out together all the time and have enjoyed watching other sports, sharing photoshoots, and even vacationing with each other. Williams even turned up to show her support for Wozniacki when the Danish tennis star completed the New York Marathon.
Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield
You might think with the history between these two boxers that they would be enemies, but it seems time heals all wounds. Tyson and Holyfield might have tried to batter each other in the boxing ring, but it seems their past rivalry is all water under the bridge. After Tyson bit a chunk of Holyfield’s ear off, it was hard to see how these two fighters could ever become friends.
Holyfield was always going to be missing a chunk of his ear, and any time he looked in the mirror it would be a reminder of what Tyson did to him. In 2009, however, Tyson apologized to Holyfield on Oprah and since then all has been forgiven. In fact, they became close friends, and Tyson even said that he now loves his former opponent.
These athletes are remarkably similar thanks to their drive and ambition, so it made sense they would eventually become friends. They are like two peas in a pod, and they are some of the closest friends in all of sports.