‘Almost ready for the US Open!’: David de Gea leaves his Man United team-mates in awe of a game of tennis with a superb drop shot from the net … and Sir Andy Murray even jokes that he would be his double partner!
- David de Gea’s super-fast reflexes came in handy during a game of tennis
- Against Manchester United team-mates, De Gea managed a nice drop shot
- Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira remained in disbelief after the magical moment
- Sir Andy Murray said he would be De Gea’s doubles partner after seeing the clip
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has proven himself a good tennis player as well after pulling off a sublime drop shot that left his teammates stunned.
A number of United players enjoyed a game as they looked to improve their fitness for the new season, but it was De Gea’s moment of brilliance that stole the show.
In a video shared on the stopper’s social media pages, De Gea returned a cross shot from Juan Mata with a superb and skillful backhand that drifted just over the net.
David de Gea showed his lightning fast reactions with a nice drop shot in a game of tennis
Andreas Pereira, who was associated with Mata, did his best to reach for the ball as he fell, but in the end he just found himself grabbing the void.
Casually, De Gea then threw his racket on the ground, while Mata looked in disbelief at his compatriot with his hands on his head.
Pereira was equally in awe and could be seen throwing his arm up jokingly in frustration as he came back from the net.
De Gea left his Manchester United team-mates stunned after his shot drifted just over the net
It’s no surprise that De Gea is just good at tennis, with the 30-year-old famous for his lightning-fast reflexes and hand-eye coordination.
All of these attributes were on display during the magic split second, and De Gea couldn’t help but comically reveal that he was “almost ready for the US Open.”
Tagging the official ATP Tour Twitter account, he then added, “Do you think I’m in time to get a wild card?”
He might end up missing out on that luxury eventually, but his highlight caught the eye of an all-time great tennis player – Sir Andy Murray.
Juan Mata (bottom right) was incredulous and Andreas Pereira (bottom left) was at a loss for words
Sir Andy Murray responded to pictures of De Gea and joked about a duplicate partnership
Responding to De Gea’s tweet, Murray said: “If you need a doubles partner, I’m in it.”
The prospect of seeing two of the sport’s biggest names team up is certainly appealing, but the pair are currently focused on making it happen over the next year.
Murray made a winning comeback after retiring from singles at the Olympics with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati.
Britain’s No.1 Jo Konta was knocked out in the first round of the women’s event by Karolina Muchova, and Kyle Edmund withdrew from this month’s US Open on Tuesday night after failing to withdraw. delivered in time from knee surgery.
Murray returned to action in Cincinnati after retiring from Tokyo singles tournament
After battling a thigh injury in Tokyo, Murray gave up to focus on the doubles with Joe Salisbury, and recently impressed in the United States.
He sent 14 aces, including 10 in the lone first set, and finished with 38 winners to score a strong start in the competition.
De Gea, meanwhile, insisted he has “many years to come” at United, posing the challenge to Dean Henderson.
De Gea started between the sticks for United in the 5-1 win over Leeds which started their season
“It has been many years at the club and a great source of pride for me to have been able to play for a club like Manchester United for so many seasons now,” said De Gea.
“But you have to live in the present, I think I still have a lot of years ahead of me at the club, I’m excited about it, I feel strong and I really want to do well.
“I feel good about myself, very confident and I think this should be – and should be – an important season for all of us.”