Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That – Redfoo Returns!

Thought we were rid of the crotch-grabbing, animal-print wearing, afro-rocking, pseudo musician?


Redfoo, one half (along with his nephew, SkyBlu) of the American electropop duo LMFAO, has made his glorious return to the WTA this week in Istanbul. Behold.

Redfoo has been a huge presence in women’s tennis since he was thrust upon us at the US Open. I don’t know how this circus began, to be frank. I mean, did Adam Levine not answer the pay phone? Did Taylor Swift say that she was never, ever getting with the WTA…like ever? I don’t get it. First, we had him lurking in off court features and videos. Next, he was tweeting players, in their boxes and has apparently become great friends with Victoria Azarenka. (The girl does like Nickelback after all, leave her be.)

But it didn’t stop there. We now have the Party Rock Open, an entire $50,000 ITF Pro Circuit event owned and organized by him. Sponsorship and promotion? Great. BUT COACHING? He has recently began coaching Japanese junior Ayaka Okuno, practicing several hours a day with her in Las Vegas. “I kind of use the Phil Jackson approach which I teach her some vague things – I teach her how to think for herself on the court,” he told the Associated Press. “She’s really good at self-analyzing.”

He’s also planning on launching his own line of tennis clothing and told Barbara Schett in an interview with Eurosport this week that he would like to play in some Futures events.

He’s everywhere.

I have mixed feeling on him. I mean, his ‘music,’ if we’re going to loosely use the term, is terrible. I feel like I need to shower after looking at his hair. (I mean, who *knows* where it’s been?) However, the guy seems to dig women’s tennis. He’s actually sort of knowledgeable about it, enjoys it and the tennis community has been begging for someone in the mainstream media to promote women’s tennis.

On September 21st, LMFAO released a statement announcing their hiatus, with Redfoo stating that his and his nephew’s careers are going in different directions. Is his direction WTA global brand ambassador? If the WTA wants to party rock and shuffle, I guess I can deal. At least he’s better than Donald Trump.

Karolina’s Krazy Kopenhagen Karnival Out of Komission?

Let’s spare a thought for our beloved Karolina, shall we? 2012 has not been very kind to her.

She lost her #1 ranking. She dropped outside the top 10 for the first time since 2009. She bombed out in the first round of back-to-back Grand Slams for the first time in her career. With her third round defeat at the hands of Angelique Kerber in Beijing yesterday, she was all but mathematically eliminated from a top eight finish for the WTA Championships in Sofia. She has booked her ticket for the Pironkova Invitational Tournament of Champions in Sofia courtesy of a title in Seoul, but that’s another story.

But perhaps most upsettingly, most shockingly of all – Karolina was dethroned as Kween of Kopenhagen by Kerber. The event came onto the calendar in 2009, and Wozniacki had previously been undefeated at the event.

She might not even get the chance to reign again.

While the tournament is under contract to be held at the Farnum Arena indoors until 2015, a report broke today from Christopher Srogosz of Polish Eurosport, suggesting that an International level event in Katowice, Poland can replace Copenhagen on the calendar next season. The piece suggests that Piotr Wozniacki, mastermind behind the entire Kopenhagen operation, was unhappy with the organization of the event. Conveniently. In the year Karolina finally lost. And when they finally got competent officiating.


Anyway, the last time the WTA staged a tour event in Poland was Warsaw, which was cancelled after 2010. The main sponsor, television channel Polsat, dropped the event as it struggled to draw attendance. Agnieszka Radwanska did not play the event in 2009 or 2010, officially due to injuries. Unofficially, there was tension between the Radwanskas and then-tournament director Stefan Makarczyk. The *ahem* always opinionated Robert Radwanski said at the time, “As I understand, he has nothing for us, just a playing for patriotic reasons and high-flown phrases.” Considering the mass of Polish and Polish-descended players on the WTA (both Radwanskas, Wozniacki, Kerber, Wozniak and Lisicki), I doubt this edition would struggle to draw in fans.

If the rumors turn out to be true, thank you Copenhagen, for all the good times. Aw, who am I kidding. Thanks for the ridiculousness.

The ugly trophies.

And the empty stands.

It’s been fun, but I hope to never use this many ‘K’s’ in succession ever again.