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Oddballs and Oddities


A few things that have been said and done off the court in the week before the US Open…

Adidas goes NYC for the US Open
Andy Murray is in New York. And in case you didn’t know it, his t-shirt tells you so…

The Olympic champion has also been experiencing the classic case of ‘it didn’t happen, it was only a dream.’ After Wimbledon, he revealed he dreamed he had won the title. Ater the Olympics, he dreamed he had lost the gold medal match. In both cases, waking up to realise it was only a dream!

No ‘maybe’ about Djokovic’s dancing
Carly Rae Jepsen joined Missy Franklin, Mardy Fish, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Glee’s Matthew Morrison on Arthur Ashe Kids’ day at Flushing Meadows, but it was Novak Djokovic who really threw himself into ‘Call me Maybe’

He was in as playful a mood when he and Maria Sharapova tried out some golf (of sorts) for Head.

Slightly hard to reconcile this Joker with the man who reportedly sawed all his rackets into pieces after losing the Olympic bronze medal match…

A work in progress
As adidas tennis noticed, this court at Flushing Meadows was missing something…

Federer gets a cake fit for a King
I’m sure you’ll agree Anna Wintour pulled out all the stops.

But was it as sugar-coated as his new advert for Lindt?

Anne Keothavong is now Czech…
According to Eurosport 

Farewell Kimmy
The US Open will be Kim Clijsters’ last tournament, and in honour of the Belgian star, Fila have brought at a special commemorative outfit. The stars under the skirt are nifty indeed.

WTA relaunches Strong is Beautiful
Following on from the inaugural Strong is Beautiful campaign, which from 2011 showed off the stars of the women’s tour in a way many fans would never have imagined them, the WTA have taken it on a step, combining with some of the world’s most famous faces.

“Women’s tennis is fortunate to boast so many personalities with huge fan followings from the worlds of entertainment, music, sport and business who admire our players and our sport,” said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA. “With this new campaign, we aim to tap into these celebrities’ fan bases and powerful personal brands to help stretch the boundaries of the sport even further and attract a new generation of fans to women’s tennis.”

Gallery 1 features the likes of Li Na, Kelly Rowland, Serena Williams, Rory McIlroy and Aretha Franklin, while Gallery 2 features Maria Sharapova, Billie Jean King, Richard Branson, Stanley Tucci and Nadine Coyle.

There are also a series of videos that are well worth a watch.

Speaking of Rory
The boy has skills. Or else driving a tennis ball into a tunnel isn’t that difficult.

You won’t have missed it…
Maria Sharapova launched Sugarpova, did a ginormous media blitz, and even ended up playing beer pong with Jimmy Fallon. Whatever that is.

Whatever next for Uncle Larry?
According to the Huffington Post, Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO and owner of the Indian Wells tournament, has bought a Hawaiian island.

Cincinnati titbits
Tennis.com’s Jon Scott has compiled a fun list of things he spotted in Cincinnati. Li Na’s husband sounds like a gem.