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Video: Sharapova, Dimitrov, and Stephens at ESPY Awards

Thursday, July 17, 2014 /by

Drake hosted last night's ESPY Awards on ESPN, and the evening featured some memorable moments, among them Maria Sharapova presenting the award for Best Game alongside boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr. The boxer demanded (not really) that Drake announce his entrance from behind a podium in a terrible British accent while reading from a scroll after trumpeters played. After rattling off a litany of Mayweather's accomplishments, including his Oscar for best cinematography on Memoirs of a Geisha (nope), Drake concluded by noting the ringmaster would be presenting alongside "from tennis, or whatever, Maria Sharapova." Here's the full clip:

Sharapova wasted no time in issuing a retort at the microphone: "Wow, where was my introduction?" The timing of Drake's dig about tennis in general couldn't have been better timed in light of his verbal dust-up about Nick Krygios's comment on his music after a Wimbledon match:

“I came out really flat, so hopefully I won’t listen to that again!" Kyrgios has said. "It was actually Drake. Didn’t do the job for me.” Drake's response was to say he looked forward to someday having the chance to "size him up and chop him right down."

The 6'2" Sharapova made her mark on the event, ducking behind the 5'8" Mayweather as they presented and using him as an armrest. The audience, and Twitter, roared:

Sharapova was presented the 2014 ESPY Award for Best Female Tennis Player on the pre-show red carpet, besting Serena Williams, Li Na, and Agnieszka Radwanska for that acclaim. She wasn't alone among tennis pros in attending the event. Grigor Dimitrov and Sloane Stephens each stepped out on the red carpet as well. Stephens brought her brother, and Dimitrov ... well, you know. Each looked great, from Dimitrov's shirt print to Sharapova's LBD excellence to Stephens's deep-rouge frock. Here are more scenes from the event:

Dimitrov found Chrissy Teigen, wife of Andy Roddick's pal, John Legend, backstage:

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