Maria Sharapova has easily become one of the most recognisable faces in tennis' history, and her star status has jumped to another level after appearing in a music video.
The Russian is one of the favourites at Wimbledon this year as she hunts for her first title in 10 years at SW19, and singing duo Rizzle Kicks will be right at the front of the queue for adoring fans.
In fact, Jordan Stephens and Harley Alexander-Sule, the two singers in the band, were so infatuated with Sharapova that they approached the 27-year-old to work with them.
And, after agreeing to the collaboration, the blonde beauty starred in the video to new song 'Tell Her' which will be released in August.
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The three-minute clip, released on YouTube by bottled-water company Evian, who sponsor the athlete, features the two singers trying to get noticed by their crush. The lads, in tennis whites, are shown to have posters of Sharapova in their house before they find her walking around London.
After failing to get to meet the French Open champion, the end of the video sees the former world no.1 admitting in a press conference that she loves the music by Rizzle Kicks.
On completion of the song, the Rizzle Kicks pair revealed their delight at getting to work with their idol and crush.
"We were both really excited about the opportunity to do something different and work with evian® especially as it meant we got to work with our long time crush Maria Sharapova.”
This is a new experience for Sharapova as well, despite her varied activities off-court, this is her first time doing this such work.
“Music is one of my passions and what great fun to star in my first music video!
She continued: "The video is really playful; and that is what Live young is all about."
It seems like only yesterday that a 17-year-old Sharapova burst onto the world scene by shocking the world and winning her first Grand Slam on the grass of Wimbledon.
Since then, the world no.5 has enjoyed unrivalled success on and off-court. In 2012, she completed a career haul of the majors by winning the French Open, and earlier this month she added a second Roland Garros crown to the trophy cabinet.
Through endorsements and business ventures, Sharapova has entrenched herself as a worldwide figure. Her Twitter following spills over one million.
The pretty blonde has tried her hand at modeling, fashion design and recently opened her 'pop-up' sweet shop, named 'Sugarpova', in London for the duration of the championships at the All-England Club.
In terms of repeating her 2004 win at SW19, it could be a tough ask for the tall star. The Williams sisters are always dangerous in London and world no.1 Serena will be keen to banish the demons of Paris earlier this month where she was dismissed in round two.
British wildcard entrant Samantha Murray has the pleasure/curse of taking on Sharapova first up when they meet on Tuesday.
However if the Russian isn't successful this year, she could always cheer-on boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov, who will be expected to do well in the men's draw after winning the Wimbledon warm-up at Queen's last week.
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