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Wozniacki, Serena Get Manicures In Beijing

Serena Williams

It was girl time for Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki in Beijing this weekend. Serena posted the above photo to Instagram with the caption: “Hair, nails, tennis… Talk @carowozniacki”

Of their lengthy hangout time, Caro said: “We had our nails done. They turned out pretty nice. But we were sitting there for like four hours. We were over it by the end of it.”

Monday night, the pair were back together again and this time, Aga Radwanska joined them for a little fun at the China Open player party.

And Caro said in press, like any girl, she’s still dreaming of a chocolate sponsorship (which she briefly mentioned in a recent interview with WSJ): “I haven’t gotten one yet. I’m still waiting. But saying that, I haven’t talked to my agent for a few days. I’m hoping he’s working on it.”

Get on it, agent.

(Photo: Serena Williams)


Players Attend China Open Party In Beijing

Ana Ivanovic Caroline Wozniacki

It was a long day of matches in Beijing for most, but the players still came out Monday night for the China Open player party at the InterContinental hotel. Ana Ivanovic (who won earlier) and Caroline Wozniacki looked stunning as usual, all dressed up for the event. Novak Djokovic, who never loses in Beijing, looked great in blue while Rafael Nadal, in his first tournament since Wimbledon, posed with some traditionally-dressed women.

Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal

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ATP Players Attend Tokyo Party

ATP Tokyo

The men scrubbed up nicely for the Rakuten Open welcome reception Monday in Tokyo. Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kevin Anderson and Bob and Mike Bryan were among those who attended. And later, a few of them, including  Jo, Gilles Simon, Federico Delbonis, John Peers and Go Soeda tried out a little traditional saké.

ATP Tokyo

(Photos: ATP)


Graf And Agassi Attend Longines Los Angeles Masters

Graf Agassi

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf looked fantastic as they attended the Longines Los Angeles Masters on Saturday. The day’s festivities included a  Pro-Am event, which featured the riding skills of Ryan Sweeting‘s wife (and The Big Bang Theory star) Kaley Cuoco. The Agassis at a horse event? Not totally strange as both legends are Longines  ambassadors and the event benefitted several charities, including the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education.

Agassi Cuoco

The 22-time Grand Slam winner posted to her Facebook:

“Got dressed up and had a good time last night at the Longines Los Angeles Masters…it’s the first time this equestrian show jumping competition has been held in the United States. Wish we could have taken this little guy home with us!”

Steffi looks great but really, how cute is that horse?

Steffi Graf

(Photos: Getty Images, Daily Mail, Stefanie Graf Facebook)


Rafa Makes Return In Kazakhstan Exo Vs Tsonga

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal hadn’t played a match since his defeat at Wimbledon but made a winning return on Thrusday in Kazakshtan. Rafa defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 in an exhibition match in Astana.

Rafa tweeted:

View more photos here!

(Photo: Getty Images)


Robson Changes Clothing Sponsor To Nike

Laura Robson

Recovering from surgery, we haven’t seen Laura Robson on court for a little while. But when she does make her return, she’ll have a new look: Nike. Robson’s Adidas contract was up and the IMG client followed her predecessors (Maria Sharapova and Li Na) to the swoosh. “Spot the difference” is what she posted with the above picture on Instagram (and her agents confirmed) as she announced the change. And Wednesday in London, it looks like the publicity has already begun.

Laura Robson

Wednesday, Laura tweeted:

(Photos: Laura Robson, IMG Tennis)


Players Make Prints At Shenzhen Party

atp party

Party after party must be boring so it has to be exciting when a tournament puts on a party with a little arts and crafts. At the Shenzhen Open Player Party, Richard Gasquet, David Ferrer, Andy Murray, Tommy Robredo and Juan Carlos Ferrero had the opportunity to make hand imprints. A great souvenir, especially if you don’t get the trophy at the end of the week.

atp party

(Photos: ATP)


Quick Hits

Juan Martin del potro

Happy birthday to Juan Martin del Potro, who is really just a big kid, right? (Pic above from a trip to Disney that just needed to be shared again).

Best news: Victoria Duval is cancer free.

Rafael Nadal withdrew from the IPTL but no worries… Roger Federer is in.

In a great piece from The Wall Street Journal, The marketing aspect of tennis isn’t Caroline Wozniacki‘s priority, but the stance she wants to take on endorsements is refreshing.

Victoria Azarenka has ended her tennis season to recover from injuries and hopefully come back stronger in 2015.

Newly retired Li Na met with press in Beijing on Sunday. Here’s a great read on what she could be up to next – charity work, a tennis academy and maybe.. a home collection.

After Carlos Moya stepped down as Spain’s Davis Cup captain last week, a former WTA player, Gala Leon, was chosen to fill the spot. And Toni Nadal doesn’t seem too thrilled.

Justin Bieber took his first tennis lesson. There’s video.


Li Na Retires From Tennis


Friday morning, Li Na sadly announced her retirement from tennis. The two-time Grand Slam champion paved her own way in tennis and won so many people over with her great personality. She will be missed on court!

To celebrate her career, Nike announced a new brand campaign, “Be the Bird that Sticks Out,” paying tribute to her through the icon of a phoenix spreading its wings.

(Image: Nike)


Quick Hits

Rafael Nadal continues to work on his poker skills as he tries out bluffing in this funny video from PokerStars.

Optimistically hoping this isn’t true but sadly think it might be: Li Na is reportedly set to announce her retirement from tennis.

Andy Murray voiced his support for Scotland’s independence but told Daily Mail that whether or not the yes votes win, he’ll play for Team GB in 2015. As an aside, really liked this heat map in DM that showed how the indyref campaign has been trending around the world.

Nicole Vaidisova made a winning return in her first match in over four and a half years in the first round of an ITF Women’s Circuit event in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Roger Federer announced he’ll face Stan Wawrinka on December 21 in Zurich in the The Match for Africa 2 to benefit the Roger Federer Foundation.

You must watch this shot Gael Monfils hit during France’s Davis Cup semifinal win over the Czech Republic.

Sorana Cirstea, Sam Stosur and Sloane Stephens were among those at the player party for the Guangzhou International WTA Open.

The ATP announced Tuesday that the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals will kick off with a charity event on the Friday before in support of the male cancer awareness charity One For The Boys.

Adidas has released its annual special edition Barricade 8+ Shanghai, commemorating the Asian ATP swing.

(Video: PokerStars)