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So I camped overnight in the Queue at Wimbledon, right? A more comprehensive description of that experience will follow. But while I was in the Queue I did a thing with ESPN that involved me interviewing other peeps in the Queue (#humblebrag). It was fun and I met some really interesting people who were, quite possibly, bigger tennis fans than me. It was...disturbing. BUT. Ok, so they were queueing up for Center Court tickets to... Continue »
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News broke today that Dinara was pulling out of RG and taking an indefinite leave from the tour in order to let her back heal properly. Thanks to Christina, here's the full translation: Dinara Safina: “I don’t know when I’ll come back.” Former #1 ranked tennis player Dinara Safina spoke to Sport Express about the reasons behind her decision not only to miss Roland Garros, which starts on May 22, but also to take an... Continue »
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Happy 24th Birthday, Masha. You may try and play all cool and icy, but I know you's a big dork. Some of my favorite Masha moments: I mean, duh. Continue »
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So Petko's blowing up. We all know this. Yesterday she got the Pete Bodo treatment. Now, I know what a lot of you are thinking, but surprisingly, no, he did not describe her as being "strong like a Munich beer wench." I know. I was shocked, too. It was actually a very nice, positive take on Petko's refreshing personality. Unfortunately, it's kinda totally factually wrong: "Remember, Petkovic knocked out Venus Williams and Sharapova in back-to-back... Continue »
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Everyone knows the formula for an awesome boy band. You always have to have the super-talented, hot, charismatic, wide-grinning one who all the boys want to be and all the ladies want to be with. They're the Michael Jacksons, the Timberlakes, the Lacheys, the Lennons, and the George Michaels of the world. Then there's the super emo dude who isn't all that good at singing or dancing who leave you wondering why the hell he's... Continue »
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This is Josh. He's been my traveling this year. He braved the heat and rain of Australia and on his first trip to Indian Wells, he went a little nuts. You'll be seeing more of Josh, trust. Much like his patron, Josh is a big fan of Serbs. And they love him, too. Dirty, Petko. Dirty. (Pics: Forty Deuce) Continue »
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What I wouldn't give for my favorite players to have Shahar and Frank's fight, resolve, and resourcefulness. The two fought for over 2 hours and 45 minutes in the searing afternoon heat, with Shahar coming out on top. She's got a chance to break into the top 10 here. Fran didn't have it today and really, throughout the week her game hasn't been as tight as it needs to be. But the passion, heart, and... Continue »
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I was en route to Indian Wells when the Nole/Andy soccer match from heaven was taking place. You can see pics here. But DonkeyGrooming was on-site and she drunkenly relayed this rather amazing anecdote. Apparently, while Nole, Andy and the boys were embroiled in some intense kicking of things, Rafa was walking across the practice field on his way to practice. He was walking rather slowly and kept his eyes on the footie the whole... Continue »
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Tongue or it didn't happen, Gentlemen. (Pics: Forty Deuce) Continue »
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IW dubs partners. Yeah, you heard me. Continue »
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You know you're big time when you get papped in the States, TMZ thinks it's newsworthy, and they're too busy wanking off under the desk to fact-check. That said, I cannot, even in the slightest, blame them. HOLY HOT. (Source: TMZ) Continue »
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Cheers to @carole_bouchard and @footfault_ for tweeting. Continue »
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"He played great. I mean, I would have liked to have played better. But, you know, I think he would have beaten every other player on the tour if he played like that tonight." To quote @crystaleyed: That's not not an excuse. That's a fact. Much will be made about Andy Murray's performance tonight. People will ask questions, they will recycle pieces from their file cabinets that haven't even had time to gather dust, they... Continue »
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I was out until 5am last night drinking. It is now a little over 12 hours later and I feel like puking. I cannot for the life of me tell if that's just my body rejecting the 6am McD's run and pitcher of beer, or my soul trying to fight off yet another soul-crushing Andy Murray failure. I'm going to pretend it's the former but prepare myself for the latter. Wouldn't it just be my... Continue »
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Q. Did you speak English back when you were 11? Could you talk to him? NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I had it in school so already I knew some basic things. Back then, yeah, we were speaking kind of more with the signs, you know, hands and legs and stuff (smiling). He was using more of a Scottish accent, so he was really hard to understand. Q. You also played doubles with him. NOVAK DJOKOVIC: He... Continue »
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Are we really already at Championship weekend. I have to say, this whole experience has gone incredibly fast. But for all the tennis I've seen over the past four weeks all across Australia, from Perth, to Sydney, to Melbourne, I have to say that in all honesty... I AM SO NOT SICK OF IT. This sport is just the best. It absolutely 100% kicks all other sports' saggy asses and I have pictures to prove... Continue »
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There's been much chatter on the Twitter between the Murray camp about their penguin walk impressions. So Jamie finally opened it up to the public for a look. Even Maggie got into it. As usual, I think Judy pwns. Heh. Continue »
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Don't insult yourself, Petko. Also, please don't encourage John. SHE FUCKING RULES. And so does Nole. You're fucked, Andy. Continue »
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Q. You played Novak seven times on the tour. You maybe played with him as a junior or something. Can you talk about the rivalry between you and Novak. ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, because we've always been like 3 and 4 the last few years, we've always been on different halves of the draw in every tournament we've played. So, yeah, we haven't come up against each other I think for over two years now. So,... Continue »
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Q. It's been no secret that Ana has a crush on Roger. She always says that Roger is her favorite player to watch. NOVAK DJOKOVIC: She has a crush on Roger? Q. I think so. NOVAK DJOKOVIC: But you said for sure. Was she sitting in my box? Q. Yeah. Why was she in your box and supporting you and not... NOVAK DJOKOVIC: A little bit of gossip. You want to hear that. No, Ana... Continue »
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