As a successful rugby league star, New Zealand Warriors player Shaun Johnson is used to being asked the tough questions in post-game press conferences.
But on Wednesday, the 25-year-old decided to be on the other side of the microphone, posing as a journalist at the ASB Classic in Auckland and asking Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki some interesting questions.
‘On behalf of all male Kiwis in this country, and I hope your Dad doesn’t come after me after this one… can you follow me on Instagram?’ the sportsman asked 25-year-old Caroline, who was previously engaged to Irish professional golfer Rory McIlroy.
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New connection: New Zealand rugby league star Shaun Johnson and Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki had a cheeky exchange during a press conference at the ASB Classic in Auckland on Wednesday
No doubt taken by surprise when presented with such a question, blonde beauty Caroline initially giggled, before eventually responding with a simple ‘yes’.
Then turning the tables and asking some cheeky questions herself, the tennis sensation asked Shaun: ‘Are you following me?’.
Given the effort Shaun had gone to to speak to her, it was easy to assume he was a fan of her work, on the court.
He responded to her: ‘Are you serious? I’ve followed you since…’
Making her laugh: Posing as a journalist, 25-year-old Shaun asked Caroline, also 25, if she could follow him on social media platform Instagram
‘Well, as far as I know, you came to the players’ party to see Ana Ivanovic. I’m sure you follow Ana Ivanovic too,’ Caroline then replied, not letting the rugby league star get the upper-hand so fast.
She was making reference to 28-year-old Serbian tennis player Ana, who was pictured with Caroline at the ASB Classic Newmarket Exhibition Match over the weekend.
Following the exchange, Caroline even posed for a photo with Shaun.
Sharing the snap to his Instagram account, Shaun wrote to his over 193,000 followers: ‘Chats with @carowozniacki last night. Was buzzing! @asbclassic can’t wait to get out and watch this week Shouts to @workingstylenz for making me look the part (sic)’.
Obliging: No doubt taken by surprise when presented with such a question, blonde beauty Caroline initially giggled, before eventually responding with a simple ‘yes’
Another on-court beauty: ‘Well, as far as I know, you came to the players’ party to see Ana Ivanovic. I’m sure you follow Ana Ivanovic too,’ Caroline then replied – the tennis star pictured with Serbian Ana in Auckland last week
Furthermore he wrote on his Twitter page: ‘On the court she’s amazing. But have to give her props for being a fun down to earth awesome chic off it. #TeamCaro (sic)’.
Despite Caroline being a great sport during the pair’s banter, it seems she hadn’t quite followed through with her promise to follow Shaun on Instagram.
Being the centre of attention at a press conference on Friday, Shaun was asked by local media about his social media status with Caroline.
But he admitted Caroline still hadn’t followed him, and asked the press to go back to her for an explanation.
‘So he’s stalking my Instagram now, that’s good to know!” the Danish beauty joked when quizzed in a subsequent press conference. ‘I don’t know, he should ask me himself.’
Sports star: Shaun, who was named captain of the Warriors 2015 Auckland Nines Squad last year
He’s a fan: Shaun later took to Twitter to acknowledge the tennis star for being ‘fun’and ‘down to earth’
Caroline was previously engaged to Irish golfer Rory McIllroy, before the pair split in 2014.
Speaking to FEMAIL in July last year, she said: ‘I am single and happy to live my life. I’m not looking for anybody or anything, I’m just living my life.’
She previously admitted she was stunned and heartbroken when the Northern Irish sports star suddenly called off their engagement after their wedding invitations had been sent out.
He had proposed to her in December 2013 but as the wedding plans picked up speed, he realised he wasn’t ready for such a big commitment.
Former flames: Caroline was previously engaged to Irish golfer Rory McIlroy before the pair split in 2014