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Some Olympic-themed (mainly) bits and bobs from the tennis world this week

Singing in the rain
Novak Djokovic handles a wet day in Toronto.

It’s gone golden at Wimbledon
In celebration of Andy Murray’s win in the singles, not only is there an Andy Murray stamp, a gold post box in Dunblane that eager residents have been chipping away at to take home a souvenir, but the Royal Mail have also turned the post box nearest to the All England Club gold too.

Toronto went one better
Well, almost. They made Murray a cake, complete with gold medal. That someone ate.

Is that a Hawaiian garland around your neck?
Laura Robson did rather well with both her Olympic pin collecting, Olympic medal collecting, and Olympic star spotting. Not bad for a first Olympics.

Tennis celebrities
The Olympics at Wimbledon brought a very new crowd to SW19, and among them, plenty of celebrities. Michelle Obama, Kobe Bryant, Alex Ovchekin, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, all mingled with lots of very patriotic fans for mexican waves and more. Rather different from Royal Box-ing…

Commentator Mary Carillo is being convinced to join twitter…
Will she won’t she? 

Stat of the week
16 months ago…

2012’s double gold medallist and double Wimbledon champion Serena Williams was in hospital. Astonishing.

Happy birthday to…
Roger Federer, Rod Laver, Victoria Azarenka, and Brad Gilbert. They all celebrated birthdays this week. As did others too, no doubt.

In case you missed the wandering flag
The stars and stripes went for a trip.

NBC still in the game?
NBC, which lost Wimbledon to ESPN this year, the American giants who also cover the Australian Open and US Open, have extended their grip on the French Open to 2024. Interesting.