Off Court Shenanigans
Ahead of the Philadelphia Freedoms’ Mylan World TeamTennis match against the Boston Lobsters on Friday night, Billie Jean King once again proved that there is truly no opponent she can’t conquer.
The Twitter machine.
To raise awareness for the Mylan Aces charity initiative, in which the team that hits the most aces is awarded $1,000 for the charity of their choice after each match, the league has held several Twitter Q&As with its players this season. Previous participants included Michael Russell, Marion Bartoli, Daniela Hantuchova, Aisam Qureshi and Leander Paes.
Since joining the social networking site last year, the tennis legend has fully embraced the medium – posting selfies with all of her famous friends (and one famous puppet), #tbt-ing with Eugenie Bouchard, and photobombing Victoria Azarenka.
Marked with the hashtag #MylanAces, BJK took time out of her pre-match preparations to answer a series of questions on a whole host of topics; she touched on everything from her famous ‘Battle of the Sexes’ against Bobby Riggs (the 40th anniversary of the match passed in September), to Andy Murray’s appointment of Amelie Mauresmo, to the age-old question: cats or dogs?
Game, set and match.
At ESPN’s annual ESPY awards on Wednesday, also known as the awards show that doesn’t actually mean anything, Maria Sharapova and Floyd Mayweather presented the fan-voted award for “Best Game.”
The 6’2″ Sharapova, “miffed” by her lack of introduction by master-of-ceremonies Drake, decided to take over the stage in the most hilarious way possible. She walked out in front of the 5’6″ boxing great, and then proceeded to prop herself up on him.
Awesome GIF is awesome.
Sharapova won for Best Female Tennis Player while Rafael Nadal claimed the ESPY for Best Male Tennis Player.
Oh, and Grigor Dimitrov (duh) and Sloane Stephens were also there reppin’ tennis.
A fun night was had by all.
You never quite know what’s going to happen on a road trip. Just ask Britney.
On the way to Eastbourne from Birmingham on Friday, a bunch of WTA players found themselves on the struggle bus. Literally.
Because this is 2014, they took pictures and tweeted about it.
From left to right: Hao-Ching Chan, Lauren Davis, Madison Keys, Christina McHale, Gabriela Dabrowski, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (plus a baby), Olga Savchuk, Lucie Safarova, Vesna Dolonc, Oksana Kalashnikova, Tamira Paszek, Alison Riske, Varvara Lepchenko and Yung-Jan Chan.
Saturday was a mixed for the weary travelers competing in the qualifying draw as McHale and Paszek both picked up wins, while Dolonc and Lucic-Baroni (l. by retirement) bowed out.
Bernard Tomic is back at it, kids. Photos from Tomic’s 21st birthday extravaganza have hit the internet. Tomic, whose birthday is actually on Oct. 21, presumably waited until his holiday to celebrate reaching this milestone at the Gold Coast-area night club Sin City. A fitting place for the Australian to celebrate his passage into adulthood, considering he also is the proud owner of a yellow Ferrari with the license plate S1NC1TY.
The discovery of the photos comes just 24 hours after Lleyton Hewitt challenged Tomic to step up on the ATP Tour.
After winning his first career title in Sydney in January and reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon, Tomic’s 2013 took a turn for the worse. On the court, he did not pass the second round in any of the ATP Masters 1000 events, lost his last five main draw matches and ended the year ranked No. 51. His controversial father and coach, John Tomic, was convicted of assaulting Bernard’s then-hitting partner Thomas Drouet in Madrid in May. The ATP banned the elder Tomic from all events in 2013 and will decide whether to lift the ban in May. He is also barred from entering the 2014 Australian Open.
Tomic has crafted quite the reputation for himself off the court in his young career, from standoffs with the police, traffic violations and….naked rooftop wrestling. On the court, he’s had his commitment questioned; the brothers McEnroe accused him of ‘tanking’ against Andy Roddick at the US Open in 2012, and Australian Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter called him ‘disgraceful’ during the period of their dispute.
179 photos will live in infamy on the internet forever courtesy of the nightclub’s website. They feature Tomic in varying stages of undress receiving lap dances from some women (who are, oddly enough, fully clothed) and posing with an oversized bottle of Belvedere vodka.
Here’s the thing. Is anyone really in the position to condemn him for going out and doing something stupid on his 21st birthday? Probably not. However, because it’s Bernard Tomic, it matters. Last year on Tomic’s birthday, a fight erupted between him and a friend which needed to be broken up by police.
Maybe next year, his friends can just buy him a cake.
Fret not, people of Australia – it’s now safe to take the roads again.
Tomic, who was granted a
stay of execution a 12-month one point license for good behavior after his “hooning” incident in an obnoxious orange BMW (which he later sold), was caught speeding at 78 km/h in a 60 km/h zone in an even more obnoxious yellow Ferrari (with the license plate S1NCITY on it) Tuesday. As a result, a $220 fine was levied against him and he lost three points on his license, leading to its suspension.
I find this incredibly entertaining. After simultaneously proclaiming himself the next GOAT and begging us to take him seriously for his tennis at the Australian Open, he goes and does this barely two days later.
As if his behavior wasn’t already offensive enough, he’s also single-handedly trying to bring cutoffs back in.
Bernie, since you’re not going to be using that Ferrari for a while, I heard a certain Sergiy Stakhovsky is still in need of one.
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We finally found a use for Google+. Rafael Nadal hosted his first “Google+ Hangout” video conference on Friday. The live video-chat included a select group of fans and tennis journalists from around the world, who asked Nadal a whole host of questions. Topics ranged from the Olympics and the recent David Nalbandian drama, to Disneyworld and his wardrobe choice. Neil Harman successfully videobombed and a good time was had by all. If you missed it like I did, the full video is below.
One of Wimbledon’s many glorious traditions is the annual WTA players’ party, which takes place on the Thursday before the tournament begins. There is no tennis to tear apart until Sunday, so we can slam the outfits instead! Presenting: Your Obligatory WTA Fashion Police Blog Post!
The defending champion continues to shine when given the chance. After being thrust into the public eye following her Wimbledon win in 2011, the soft-spoken Czech has embraced her outer sparkle off the court.
As we know, the only reason why Jelena even bothers to play tennis these days is for extra spending money, clothes and parties. She can’t even do that right anymore.
Venus and Serena Williams
Venus and Serena’s fashion choices over the past decade have sometimes wowed us, and other times, have left us scratching our heads. Both opted for classic options, but the jury’s still out on the hair.
Maria Sharapova doing what Maria Sharapova does with commanding presence as always. She wouldn’t look out of place on a Hollywood red carpet. Bonus points for the shoes.
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Azarenka, who also opts for casual looks at these events more often than not
(yes, that debacle at Indian Wells excluded), sports a new layered hairdo to go with her trusty black leggings.
If you’re experiencing deja vu, don’t fret! I am too. Wozniacki sported a similar off the shoulder black dress and up-do at last year’s players’ party. Stella, get the girl another look, stat.
Take me to your leader. China’s first Grand Slam champion rocks the makeup and hair as always, but I do wonder if the dress picks up radio signals. Or at one time sustained alien life.
Ivanovic, unlike her compatriot Jankovic, never fails to disappoint. Although this picture does. The only negative of this dress was the fringed monstrosity on the bottom that I’ve spared you from seeing. Thank me later.
Radwanska rocking a simple, black floor length gown. Although, if I were her, I’d lose the number of Kuznetsova’s hair dresser.
The Russian knocks it out of the park, and the dress really brings out her eyes. My winner for sure.