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First they were friends, then they played tennis together, then they were dating... and now...
Drake became a fan of Serena Williams back in 2011 and began watching her matches from the stands. He was spotted at a number of her games cheering her on from the sidelines. Picture: Getty
Back in 2011, Drake let everyone know that he had a thing for the US tennis champion when he posted this very suggestive message on Twitter. The tweet also hinted the pair were spending time together off the court.
It was clear the pair had struck up a flirty relationship when Drake name-dropped Serena on his 'Nothing Was The Same' track 'Worst Behaviour'. Adding to his previous suggestion the two spent time together, he rapped: "I'm with my whole set/Tennis matches at the crib/ I swear I could beat Serena when she playin' with her left."
Serena Williams' ex-fling Common sent subliminal shots at Drake on his 2011 song 'Sweet', inferring that the Canadian rapper was "soft". A few standout lines from the track include: "Singing all around me man, la la la/ You ain't motherf***ing Frank Sinatra." Picture: Getty
After hearing Common's diss song, Drizzy wasn't impressed. First he hit back in an interview, adding that although he sings he "ain't no b**ch" and challenged Common to say those comments to his face. Drake then unleashed one of his greatest verses on Rick Ross' 2011 song 'Stay Schemin' firing off lyrics such as: "shawty wanna tell me secrets about a rap n*gga/I told that b**ch its more attractive when you hold it down."
After firing off a number of diss tracks at Drake, Common and Drake eventually squashed their rap feud in 2012. In an interview, Common later confirmed that Drizzy's growing relationship with Serena was the cause of his animosity with the Canadian rapper. "For me, I think it was an emotional thing," he said. "Unfortunately the war might have been over a girl, even though at the time I never said that." Picture: Getty
During his trip to London in 2015, Drizzy was pictured spending his spare time supporting Serena Williams at Wimbledon. He sat alongside her team in the stands and reportedly spent time with her off the court. Picture: Getty
After watching Serena Williams claim her 2015 Wimbledon title, Drake reacted on Instagram by posting an image of her holding the trophy, alongside the caption: “Showtime Champ. A big plate for all that food you ate at Wimbledon!”
Tennis fans began noticing that Drake was becoming a regular at Serena Williams' matches. Rumours began circling about a possible romance between the pair although both sides remained very quiet on the subject. Picture: Getty
Things began heating up between Drake and Serena when they were spotted making out in the VIP section of a restaurant in Cincinnati, US. Photos and video footage of the moment began circulating on the Internet.
Video footage emerged of Drizzy and Serena Williams kissing as they left what appeared to be a restaurant or a hotel. Drake can be seen walking her to an awaiting car.
With talk of a potential relationship between Drake and Serena Williams dominating the Internet, Drake released a very interesting freestyle over The Weeknd's 'Tell Your Friends'. He glided over the production with a number of sporting references: "The ball is in your court/No defence, nobody’s keeping score/No offence but I’ve played this before/Maybe you can but you just don’t care anymore". Picture: Getty
Serena Williams and Kim Kardashian were spotted having lunch together without Kanye West and without Drake. This photo posed many questions. Where were the rappers? How do the women know each other? Did Drake introduce Serena to Kim? What type of tea were they drinking?! Picture: Instagram
With Serena Williams one match away from securing her status as the greatest female tennis player of her generation, Drizzy was again supporting her from the stands. However after she was defeated in the semi-finals of the US Open, he quickly became a scapegoat for her loss - many people blamed the Canadian rapper for making Serena lose focus. However the pair left the match together. Picture: Getty