Dustin Martin spotted on holiday with sporting royalty

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

Richmond Tigers star Dustin Martin has been spotted holidaying in the Maldives with Serena Williams.

Yes, you read that correctly.

If leaving his car parked at the MCG for months on end and his antics in Las Vegas with Dane Swan weren’t enough, the enigmatic Tigers star has probably proved once and for all that nobody celebrates a premiership quite like him.

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It’s unclear how or where Martin first encountered Williams and her husband, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian.

Only eagle-eyed fans of Williams and AFL football would have spotted Martin - 13 clicks deep into Williams’ Instagram story.

Tennis superstar Serena Williams was hanging out with Richmond Tigers champion Dustin Martin in the Maldives, according to her Instagram story. Pictures: Getty Images/Instagram

But there Martin was - he had been tagged - sitting in the foreground while Ohanian mans the DJ decks in the background.

How Dustin Martin’s seemingly newfound status as a member of the global sporting elite will affect Richmond’s chances of securing back-to-back premierships remains to be seen, but at least Tigers coach Damien Hardwick can rest assured his star midfielder is keeping exceptionally good company.

Hawthorn midfielder’s ‘nightmare’ injury recovery

Superstar Hawthorn midfielder Tom Mitchell has opened up about his lengthy recovery from the gruesome broken leg he suffered in January.

Mitchell, the 2018 Brownlow Medalist, suffered the injury during pre-season training, and is yet to return to full training sessions at all.

While a round one return in 2020 isn’t off the table, Mitchell said he was still quite a long way from getting into contact drills, let along throwing himself into the fray in an actual game.

In an interview with the Herald Sun’s Sam Edmund, Mitchell said he’d been plagued by nightmares in the months after he broke his left tibula and fibula.

“I can’t compare it to anything else. It was pretty bad,” Mitchell said.

“For the first month or so I was waking up with a few nightmares,” he says.

“I was sleeping really poorly. I just kept replaying the incident in my head over and over and at night I’d wake up grabbing my leg as if it had just happened.”