Drake cheers on Serena Williams at Rogers Cup

Drake is no stranger to attending sporting events in Toronto, but the rapper’s multiple appearances at the Rogers Cup had more to do with the visiting talent than any homegrown heroes. The 28-year-old was on hand to cheer on his pal Serena Williams, who had a great run in the annual tournament before an upset courtesy of Swiss player 18-year-old Belinda Bencic booted her from the competition.

Drake and a friend cheer on tennis ace Serena Williams in Toronto. Photo: © Getty Images

Drake and Serena, who have been friends for years, have been the targets of romance rumours on more than one occasion. But according to the reigning Wimbledon champ, their friendship is strictly platonic, telling the Canadian Press, “We’re friends. He’s just like a normal person to me. He’s super nice and super sweet … a super amazing person.”

The rapper was also in the stands during Serena’s triumph run at Wimbledon in July. Photo: © Getty Images

Serena also opened up about the “Started From the Bottom” singer’s tennis skills, saying, “ He’s a really good player. He said he played tennis when he was younger. I thought, ‘Really of all sports?’ So he’s always kind of been into tennis.” She added that she’s ready to hit the court anytime Drake is ready for the challenge, “He says he can take me lefty, which gets me charged up.”

It’s been a challenging week for the Toronto-born rapper. After two weeks of silence, Drake finally commented on the tragic shooting that took place at his official OVO Festival after-party on Aug. 4 - taking the lives of two fans, Duvel Hibbert and Ariela Navarro-Fenoy. Drake’s failure to address the shootings at Muzik nightclub was criticized by many, but in a new written statement, the star admits that he mistakenly took the advice of, “trusted advisors and counsel,” instead of following his heart. “My deepest condolences go out to the families for their loss, he wrote,” adding, “Along with them I send my condolences to all of the families that have lost loved ones to the senseless violence that has and continues to occur in our city.”

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