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Monte Carlo 2

Oddballs and Oddities

   

A smattering of some of the weird and wonderful things that made the headlines in the tennis world last week…

Why you shouldn’t do it yourself
Andy Murray has chopped off all his hair. Himself.

Something bright
The French Open is famous for commissioning a brand new poster every year, which has varied from artistically beautifully to downright strange. I would say that 2012 falls in the latter category. Non?

Practical jokers
Anyone who has had the pleasure of interviewing the Bryan brothers will know that from time to time, they like to take advantage of their identical twin status.

Fellow pro Amer Delic was the one that spotted this one. Or perhaps Mike Bryan had just lost his jacket.

Entering the ivory towers
The latest player to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (note the capitals), is Jennifer Capriati, who is most well known for breaking records as a wunderkind, burning out, and then coming back, all in quite extraordinary fashion. Three grand slam singles titles, 17 weeks at No 1 and an Olympic gold medal. Congratulations.

Farewell to Ivan Ljubicic
The great and good of tennis turned out in Monte Carlo on Sunday to bid farewell to Ivan Ljubicic, one of the nicest, most articulate players on the ATP, and yet still a world-beater, all at once.

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What next…
Few people in tennis could forget the vast sums of money spent by both the ATP and the city of Hamburg on legal fees, as the clay-court tournament, the first to ever sport a retractable roof, in fact, took the ATP to court over the decision to downgrade the tournament from its compulsory Masters status and move it from before the French Open to after.

Hamburg lost the case, and a lot of money, and was given a new spot as an ATP 500 event in July. Now, there are reports from Tim Boeseler of Tennis Magazin that the famous stadium could be torn down completely.

A real weight around the neck
Reports have emerged stating that the Olympic gold medals for the London 2012 games will be the heaviest in Olympic history. Apparently, winning gold will feel like having a tin of baked beans hanging off your neck.

Instagram: The top 5
The news that Facebook has bought Instagram, the retro photo service, dominated headlines last week, particularly because Zuckerberg and co valued its worth at more than that of the New York Times. So in very timely fashion, Beyond the Baseline did a top 5 tennis instagrammers.

Their name is Rio
IMG, the new owners of the ATP and WTA tournaments in Memphis, are planning to move them to Rio de Janeiro from next year.

Heeeeey Rafa
Thanks to Jon Scott at Tennis.com for this. Rafael Nadal as a Capybaras. Happy Mondays.