LEISHMAN FAIRY TALE

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NICK KYR­GIOS We are on a (dodgy) knee to know ba­sis about the ex­tent of his in­jury

TCom­piled by DANNY RUS­SELL

ENNIS dy­namo is mov­ing house. By the time she re­turns to Melbourne for next week’s Aus­tralian Open, Gavrilova and part­ner will have new digs in South Melbourne.

Not that Gavrilova will lift a fridge, wash­ing ma­chine or even a box in anger.

The stress of chang­ing ad­dresses has been ab­sorbed by her house­mate, friend and Colling­wood foot­baller

“They’ve got enough on their plate — they help a lot, don’t get me wrong — but the last thing I need Dasha and Luke to worry about head­ing into the big­gest time of the year for them is a house move,” Shea­han said.

“Be­fore Christ­mas, be­fore they went back to (Sav­ille’s fam­ily in) Ade­laide, they packed all their stuff up, so that when the truck comes we can just load it on.

“I’ll just make sure that when they get home from their tour­na­ments, ready for the Open, their room is al­ready to go and it’s busi­ness as usual, just in a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion.”

She said the rea­son be­hind their un­timely move from Mid­dle Park to South Melbourne was “our lease was up”.

Shea­han, a ten­nis coach, and Gavrilova have been friends since cross­ing paths dur­ing a Melbourne Park train­ing ses­sion in 2012.

Shea­han’s six-year-old son, Will, lives with the pair and Sav­ille since the Rus­sian ace moved per­ma­nently to Aus­tralia af­ter suf­fer­ing a knee in­jury in Oc­to­ber 2013.

Shea­han said Gavrilova had not changed de­spite reach­ing No.25 in the world.

“The thing I love about Dash is that she is still all about other peo­ple,” she said.

“When I knew I was go­ing to Colling­wood — it hadn’t been an­nounced yet — I sent her a mes­sage.

“She was pre­par­ing for the US Open, and she called me straight away and she started cry­ing.

“She was just so happy that I had this op­por­tu­nity and she knew I was re­ally ex­cited about it.”

Shea­han, 35 to­mor­row, is hop­ing she can make it into the Colling­wood team for the AFL Women’s open­ing match against Carl­ton at Olympic Park Oval on Fe­bru­ary 3. Help­ing her cause might be the fact head coach and many of her team­mates are un­abashed Gavrilova fans.

“He mes­saged me the other night and said, ‘First things first, Kate: how’s the body, how are you go­ing? Sec­ondly, what about Dash last night?’,” Shea­han said. “It was af­ter she lost in Perth. “I wrote back, ‘Let’s not kid our­selves, Wayne, you are not re­ally in­ter­ested in me, you’re more in­ter­ested in Dasha. You’re only go­ing to give me a game so you can sit in the Aus­tralian Open play­ers’ box’.”

Will, 6, Kate Shea­han, Daria Gavrilova and Luke Sav­ille (top left) are one big happy fam­ily, which is on the move from Mid­dle Park to South Melbourne.

Any­one un­for­tu­nate enough to be bowl­ing to David Warner or Chris Lynn

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