The paths of musicians and tennis players do not cross too often, one would imagine. That wasn't the case this week, however. Andy Murray had a special fan watch him in the ATP World Tour Finals against Milos Raonic.
Inside the O2 Arena on Tuesday night there was a member of popular British boyband One Direction, the group made famous by the television show 'The X-Factor', as Liam Payne watched the events unfold with his girlfriend.
Murray, the British number one, pleased the local fans with his win over the young Canadian before spending some time with Payne, apparently to give him some direction with a racquet.
The 27-year-old posted a picture of the pair on Twitter with a caption which read: "Great to meet you @Real_Liam_Payne thanks for your support tonight and make sure you keep working on that serve!"
Payne isn't the only 'Directioner' to appreciate a good game of tennis, however. Niall Horan, also in the group, was spotted at Wimbledon earlier this summer.
The unlikely 1D/tennis partnership presents the perfect opportunity to have a look at which players and which bands go hand-in-hand, just for a bit of fun. Looks, style, performance etc...it's all included in the decision process, as you'll see.
I have a challenge for you readers as well. Hidden - not very well - in this multipage article are 19 references to songs through titles or lyrics. I'll give you a prize (not really, probably just a message of congratulations) if you can pick them all out in the comment box below. Good luck.
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