Reuniting with friends is an ever-reliable source of joy. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday in Paris, five-time major champion Maria Sharapova linked up with former coach Riccardo Piatti, his family, and the newest member of the ATP’s Top 10, Jannik Sinner. The group basked in good company and good food, which included chocolate mousse served tableside.

The Sinner camp, with Piatti at the helm, are in the French capital for the final Masters 1000 event of the season. The Italian is looking to claim one of the final two ATP Finals berths and begins his quest Wednesday after receiving a bye into the second round.


“Special days require special people to be shared with,” the Piattis joint Instagram account wrote in a caption.

Sinner isn’t the only one celebrating an achievement of note. Piatti has released a book, one that features Sharapova as its foreword writer. The two collaborated at the tail end of the Russian’s playing career, which ended in early 2020.

The former world No. 1 knows a thing or two about finishing out a season strong. Sharapova won on her WTA Finals debut in 2004 and advanced out of the round-robin stage six times over eight appearances.