LEISHMAN FAIRY TALE
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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.
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