Five things about tennis players who want to be rock stars (or rappers):
– Bob and Mike Bryan performed this week in Indian Wells, in the Californian desert, with a former American Idol finalist, Michael Johns. Andy Murray once contributed a rap to a Bryan brothers track called Autograph. Murray rapped: “During Wimbledon it gets really crazy, my mind cramps up and my mind gets hazy; sign and sign but the line doesn’t end. Wake me up tomorrow and let’s do it again. Autograph.” One music industry manager, who has worked with Culture Club and The Stereophonics, observed: “Never has the maxim ‘never give up your day job’ been more apt.” Murray did not make a guest appearance on stage during the set in California.
– The crowds were not always kind when John McEnroe used to sing with his rock band: “At one gig, people threw tennis balls. At another, a guy in the audience yelled, after our first song, ‘You suck!’ – and then our equipment exploded,” the New Yorker recalled.
– Andrea Petkovic is an indie girl at heart. “I play the drums and the guitar, but I’m not any good at either. I cannot bring the drums with me on tour as I think my neighbours would complain in the hotel. Also, there’s so much luggage already with my rackets,” she said. “Every time I’m home I try to arrange a lesson. I sometimes practice by slapping my hands on the edge of the table, and that’s really annoying for other people. After my tennis career, when I have settled down in one place, I would like to form a rock band.”
– Yannick Noah, the 1983 French Open champion, has been very successful as a singer, but he did not endear himself to war veterans with his pacifist reworking of ‘La Marseillaise’, the French national anthem.
– Pat Cash loves Iron Maiden, and would have loved to have been a rock star.