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How tennis players would accept Oscars

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Roger Federer

Are the Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, really all that different from a Grand Slam tournament? You tune in to see what everyone is wearing, stick around to find out who wins and then settle in for the victory speech. Compared to most other athletes, tennis players are incredibly comfortable behind a microphone giving speeches. So how would they fare if they were to receive acting’s biggest prize? Here’s how we imagine some of tennis’ biggest names would accept an Oscar.

Roger Federer: “This is amazing, you know. It’s not so easy, you know. The fans see us flying around all over the world and everything looks so special and glamorous, but sometimes I don’t think they see it’s a lot of hard work. You know, the fans tell me I make it all look easy but it’s not so easy, you know. But winning today makes it all worth it because at this stage of my career it’s not about the money or the fame. I act because I love it and sometimes I think that’s difficult for the media to understand sometimes, you know. But I still feel my best acting is still to come and that keeps things for me, you know, exciting. I look forward to seeing you again here next year.”

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  • Published On Feb 28, 2014
  • WTA players as Winter Olympians

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    Tennis players are some of the most versatile athletes in the world. It’s hard not to wonder how their strength, agility, focus and flexibility would translate to other sporting endeavors. So with the Winter Olympics in full swing, we couldn’t help but let our imagination run wild and match players with select events in Sochi. Here are our picks for WTA players as Winter Olympians. (Click here for ATP players as Winter Olympians.)


    Alpine Skiing: Serena Williams

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    It’s hard not to think that Williams could be strong in any of the Winter Games’ power sports, with speed skating coming to mind first. But we like Serena as a Julia Mancuso-like alpiner. Her power and strength would be deadly around the corners and her aggressive mindset is exactly what you need when going 60 mph on slushy ice.

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  • Published On Feb 20, 2014
  • ATP players as Winter Olympians

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    Tennis players are some of the most versatile athletes in the world. It’s hard not to wonder how their strength, agility, focus and flexibility would translate to other sporting endeavors. So with the Winter Olympics in full swing, we couldn’t help but let our imagination run wild and match players with select events in Sochi. Here are our picks for ATP players as Winter Olympians. (Click here for WTA players as Winter Olympians.)


    Moguls: Roger Federer

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    Moguls would be perfect for Federer to show off his artistic flair and penchant for the precise. His easy footwork and reflexes would shine, too.

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  • Published On Feb 18, 2014
  • Your all-tennis holiday gift guide

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    With the gift-giving season in full swing, we figured we would do our part to spread good cheer by putting together suggestions for presents for the tennis-loving people in your life. Because, let’s face it, Centre Court tickets to Wimbledon are sooooo lame.

    Who wouldn't look phenomenal in this sweater?

    Who wouldn’t look fantastic in this sweater? (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

    For the man who has everything, also possibly your grandpa: Roger Federer’s 2010 Wimbledon cashmere cardigan. Yours for a measly $1,500 on eBay.

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  • Published On Dec 18, 2013
  • Tennis and Home Alone meme, Part II

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    It’s a universally accepted fact that no proper tribute to the holiday classic Home Alone is complete without a potentially flawed but ultimately earnest sequel. We had so much fun hijacking the movie’s popular meme last week that we decided to keep going with a fresh group of characters.


    John Isner:


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  • Published On Dec 17, 2013
  • Tennis hijacks the Home Alone meme

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    Prepare yourself for a mind-blowing piece of information: At 33, Macaulay Culkin is the same age that Daniel Stern was when Home Alone was released. He’s also older than both Serena Williams and Roger Federer. Weird, right?

    December means revisiting old holiday cinema classics, and Home Alone, a much-celebrated and timeless movie, got the Internet meme treatment this week. Based on the short, but memorable, “Buzz, your girlfriend … woof!” scene, you can go over to WoofMaker.com, upload a picture and make a pretty amusing GIF.

    We decided to put ourselves in players’ shoes and create a few GIFs that might evoke the look of abject horror, disgust and fear that flashes across young Kevin McCallister’s face when he looks at the mystery photo.


    Rafael Nadal:

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  • Published On Dec 13, 2013
  • Victoria Azarenka makes music-video debut in Redfoo song

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    ISTANBUL — Victoria Azarenka tried to get out of making her acting debut in Redfoo’s new video for Let’s Get Ridiculous, but she finally caved and settled on a small role as a stewardess.

    “I didn’t want to be in that video, to be honest,” she told reporters during her pre-tournament interview at the WTA Championships. “[He was] just trying to sneak me into every scene there was. I was supposed to be a mermaid, but I said, ‘You are out of your mind. I’m not swimming in the water. It’s cold.’”

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  • Published On Oct 21, 2013
  • Parents of Tornado, Hurricane Black say names are part of marketing strategy

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    Tornado Alicia Black

    Tornado Alicia Black made the U.S. Open girls’ final as a wild card. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

    With names like Tornado and Hurricane, you’re just asking for attention. As it turns out, that was kind of the point.

    Gayal Black, the mother of junior standouts Tornado Alicia Black, 15, and Hurricane Tyra Black, 12, told espnW that she gave her daughters those headline-grabbing names for marketing purposes in anticipation of potential future success in tennis. Gayal and the girls’ father, Sylvester Black, who played for the Jamaican Davis Cup team and is now a teaching pro, say the names are all part of a larger plan for their talented daughters.

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  • Published On Sep 19, 2013
  • Agnieszka Radwanska, John Isner pose for ESPN The Magazine‘s ‘Body Issue’

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    Agnieszka Radwanska likes to eat a plate of pasta 30 minutes before a match. (Alan Clarke for ESPN The Magazine)

    Agnieszka Radwanska and John Isner are the latest tennis players to bare it all in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue, which hits newsstands this week. Serena Williams, James Blake, Vera Zvonareva, Daniela Hantuchova and wheelchair star Esther Vergeer have all posed for the annual issue.

    The 5-foot-8 Radwanska and 6-10 Isner spoke with ESPN about how their body types affect their game, how they stay in shape and how it took them some time to accept that they weren’t going to look like everyone else on tour.

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  • Published On Jul 10, 2013
  • Redfoo set for U.S. Open qualifying

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    Redfoo took to the court against Serena Williams in an exhibition in March. (Bill Kostroun/AP)

    Stefan Gordy, aka Redfoo, one half of the now-defunct dance-pop band LMFAO, begins his attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open this week at the sectional qualifying tournament in Salinas, Calif.

    The 37-year-old musician, who is dating WTA No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, says he used to be a highly ranked junior player in Southern California. After breaking his wrist in a snowboarding accident as a teenager, Redfoo turned his attention to music. But Redfoo says he’s always dreamed of playing professional tennis.

    Redfoo releases song that includes Azarenka’s grunt

    “Every time I tour, I find a pro — I go to the local tennis center in that country, wherever it is and I play,” Redfoo told ESPN.com in January. “I played with a Davis Cup player, he’s 19 but he’s on a Davis Cup team in Malaysia. I don’t even want to tell you the score.”

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  • Published On Jun 18, 2013


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