Red Bull chronicled Azarenka’s weekend in NYC, which included taking on Tim “Timbo” Gonzalez, the #1 wall ball player in the world and the US national champion, in a match on NYC’s popular hand ball courts. Before beginning play, Gonzalez and Azarenka whipped out their respective balls to compare sizes. Azarenka noted that her ball was bigger than the bouncy, rubber version used in American-style handball.
While the Belarus-born Azarenka played with her trusted racket, Gonzalez relied on his bare hands in a competitive back-and-forth match. In the end, “Timbo” slipped by Azarenka – with her already looking forward to a re-match down the road. New York has been a hotbed for bare-hand wall ball since the 1930s. Thousands of one-wall courts, both indoor and outdoor, have been built throughout the city.
After her on-court adventures, Azarenka slipped into more fashionable attire for a fun photo shoot, which included dancing and jumping on the bed inside The Standard Hotel.
Since winning the Australian Open last month, the 23-year old Azarenka has also won the Qatar Total Open, beating Serena Williams in three sets. Azarenka is currently playing in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. She is the defending 2-time champ of the Australian Open.