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Oddballs and Oddities


Some of the more unusual things around the tennis world that caught our eye this week…

Save College tennis
There is a campaign running to prevent the NCAA making some sweeping changes to the collegiate tennis format, such as scrapping best-of-three set matches, among other things. The USTA and tennis community, including John Isner (pictured above), have reacted against the proposals. To show your support, join this group or tweet #savecollegetennis

Jilly beats Fifty Shades for Kim
Fifty Shades of Grey may have taken the UK by storm, the tennis world included (just ask Laura Robson), but Andy Murray’s girlfriend Kim Sears has decreed that the E L James triology isn’t a patch on the works of her heroine Jilly Cooper. “I would have honestly written my dissertation on her,” Sears said of Cooper.

So, does Rupert Campbell Black out-class Christian Grey? Have your say…

More cover time for Maria
Maria Sharapova may not have had the grass court season she wanted, but she’s been working on her sweet tooth with new venture Sugarpova, telling all in a cover interview for Hamptons Magazine.

Rory gets around
Rory McIlroy is certainly putting in the air miles supporting girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki as and when he can around the golf tour. The two-time major champ was by Wozniacki’s side in London for the early stages of the Olympic tennis, and then made another appearance in Cincinnati for the WTA Premier event there.  It must be love.

How not to play swingball…
By Andy Murray and Keith Lemon.

Anyone want a gold medal?
Bob Bryan has one. The American star has generously been letting anyone who wants to have a photo with his hunk of gold. So, get thee to Cincinnati…

Remind you of anyone?
There’s only one tennis player in here, but this list of Olympic doppelgangers is well worth a giggle-read.

Get well soon…
To Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who ran into a fire hydrant while out on a run in Toronto. Poor Jo had eight stitches in his knee, but is expected to be ok for the US Open. Running: it’s bad for you.