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Wozniacki Attends Michael Kors Fashion Show

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The new darling of New York (yes you earn that title when you’re training to run the NY Marathon and win over the crowd with your runner-up speech at the US Open), Caroline Wozniacki attended Michael Kors’ Spring 2015 fashion show Wednesday in New York City. Gorgeous in black with just a pop of color for shoes, Caro looked happy and natural. Via Women’s Wear Daily:

“I love fashion” said the tennis star, sporting high open-toed pumps with sparkly heels.  “I helped design my own tennis collection with Stella McCartney and Adidas.” She called her style “more feminine, I like a certain pop of color.” She said maybe someday she’ll design an apparel line.

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Quick Hits

US Open champion Marin Cilic presented the “Top Ten Thoughts Going Through My Mind During the Championship Match” on Tuesday’s Letterman. He also visited a bunch of other shows during his media tour in New York.

Serena Williams debuted at her first-ever fashion show at New York Fashion Week with her collection for HSN.

A really open interview with Caroline Wozniacki by Graham Bensinger where she opened up about the break up and how she got over it.

Maria Sharapova has joined Instagram. Get ready for fashionably-filtered selfies.

Congrats to Martina Navratilova on her engagement.

The Bryan Brothers appeared on The Charlie Rose Show. Also take a walk down memory lane with their 100 titles in pictures.

(Video: Letterman)

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Photo Of The Day: Tennis and Fashion Collide

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US Open champion Serena Williams presented her first-ever fashion show during Spring 2015 Fashion Week Tuesday in New York City. Serena and bestie Caroline Wozniacki posed with Vogue editor Anna Wintour before Serena’s HSN fashion show at STYLE360.

Watch clip of the show on Serena’s Instagram here.

(Photo: AP)

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Federer Graces “Town & Country” October Issue

Roger FedererRoger Federer is on the cover and inside the pages of the October 2014 issue of Town & Country. Looking more debonair than usual (is that possible?), Roger spoke about everything from his thoughts about tennis before he became a legend, his kids and what he plans to do after. Some great tidbits:

- He has a secret: “I look like I’m so laid-back, I love everything, it all came so easily for me. But it wasn’t like that at all.”

- He didn’t think he’d be great: “I wasn’t Tiger Woods, or Rafa, or -Hingis—one of those genius superkids who you knew one day would be a champion.”

- On traveling with Mirka when they first started dating: “She was missing me on the road, and I was missing her when she was home… It was an interesting time. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner together, 365 days of the year. And, yeah, we loved every moment of it and still do.”

- On traveling with the kids: “Not being with my kids is like—well, what’s the point in having kids?”

- On what he’ll do when he retires: He’d like to live in Switzerland, “retreat a little bit” and be “happy not to be recognized so much.” He can imagine finding another job in tennis, “helping kids, juniors, that kind of stuff.”

- On his feelings after his 2008 loss to Nadal at Wimbledon: Federer recalls that, in the immediate aftermath of the match, “it was sort of tragic” and that he returned to his hotel to eat pizza, despondent. But when he headed to America for his next tournament, everyone wanted to talk about his battle with Nadal. He soon began to understand that millions of people had watched the final and thought “it was amazing.” He started to see past the loss and accept that the world had fallen in love with him as an athlete at a moment of professional disappointment. Fans, he says, “relate to you sometimes more when you lose. And then I think I got unbelievable support from 2008 onward. They wanted to see me win again.”

Read the entire interview here.

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(Images: Town & Country)

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Serena Trains In Beats By Dre Commercial

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Serena Williams stars in a new ad for Beats by Dre, promoting the Powerbeats2 Wireless and basically shows us why she’s won 18 Grand Slams and we haven’t. The commercial called “Nothing Stops Serena” shows her training regimen and will have you wanting to hit the gym. Or the ice cream.

(Video: Beats by Dre)

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US Open Madness

As many of you have noticed, The Slice has been on a brief hiatus during the US Open. I was given the great opportunity of writing for usopen.org and it’s been a great experience (and not over yet!).

While I haven’t been able to update here due to lack of time (yes, I do need sleep), I had to share one of my proudest pieces for the website, this feature on Aleksandra Krunic. It was great speaking with her one-on-one after she upset Petra Kvitova, and I was so impressed with how she handled the media in her big moment.

More tennis here soon… promise.

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Playing With Babolat Play

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Friday in New York City I was given the exciting opportunity to test out the new Babolat Play connected racquet. I met the Babolat team at the Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club, a little slice of tennis heaven tucked into Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, for my first experience with Babolat Play. Babolat has adapted the same Bluetooth technology that allows us to sync our phones to our cars or use an earpiece for hands-free chatting to its already-successful racquets (used by Rafael Nadal, Caroline Wozniacki, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and more). The Babolat Play racquet syncs to an app (available on iPhone and Android) and after a hitting session, can tell you how you’re hitting the ball (flat, slice, smash), how many balls you hit and so much more.

Radwanska

So after a quick warm-up with the new racquet and a Babolat pro, I was able to hit with a WTA pro: Aga Radwanska. I made sure to set her expectations low by telling her I wouldn’t be that great so that when I succeeded in being terrible, she wouldn’t be too surprised. Now you might think I’m better than I’m letting you believe, but thanks to Babolat Play, I know exactly how bad I am! Aga and I were able to look at the analysis of our hitting and compare where on the racquet we make contact with the ball. While Aga was more into hitting the sweet spot, I clearly wasn’t.

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Aga had to leave just as Genie Bouchard arrived, who, despite the fact that this was one of her many practice sessions today, proceed to seriously whack the ball. Genie seemed really into the technology as well and even mentioned how cool it was that it counts how many total balls you hit in a practice session (one of my favorite features as well) so you can compare how long and hard you worked to other practice sessions.

Genie Bouchard

Another cool feature my kind Babolat warm-up partner told me about is that you can create a profile for yourself and see how you rank against players from around the world (for instance, the number 10-ranked Babolat Play user is from Spain… no, not Rafa).

I can’t say enough how impressed I was by the new technology Babolat has seamlessly applied to your everyday tennis racquet. It’s definitely going to improve the game for professionals and recreational players alike. The future of tennis? It’s this.

(Photos: The Slice)

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Murray Attends The Barclays, Basketball Game

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Andy Murray took some time away from tennis to watch some golf nearby on Friday. The Barclays are currently taking place at the Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey, and Andy looked pretty pleased to attend. He posted on Instagram: Spent some time today at @thebarclaysgolf with Kim and few of the team. Great to see @rorymcilroy in action. @pgatour #golf

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Later he enjoyed some basketball as the USA Basketball Men’s National Team faced Puerto Rico National Team (and was, rightly so, featured on the big screen). He posted on Instagram: Court side at Madison Square Garden for the USA game. Love this place. #nyc #MSG #basketball

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(Photos: Getty Images, Andy Murray Instagram)

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Lisicki Receives Guinness World Record Award

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They call her “Boom Boom” and now she has an award to prove it. In the end of July, Sabine Lisicki lost her match against Ana Ivanovic in Stanford. But along the way, she broke the record for the fastest serve of all time in women’s tennis with a 131mph serve. Friday in New York City, Sabine was presented with an award for her Guinness World Record ”fastest serve.”

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Quick Hits

Berdych

Tomas Berdych helped ring the NYSE Opening Bell at The New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.

The US Open men’s and women’s draws are out!

Lengthy and incredibly insightful article on Genie Bouchard in NYTimes Magazine (plus she’s on the cover this weekend!).

Andy Murray is paving the way for more female coaches.

Roger Federer finally accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. And it was great.

Talking about his iffy form lately, Novak Djokovic said: “Well, there’s only one ‘Rusty’ and that’s Lleyton Hewitt.”

Tons of great pics of the stars at the annual Taste of Tennis Gala at the W New York Thursday night, including Serena Williams (making sushi), Aga Radwanska (serving cheesecake), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Monica Puig, Venus Williams and more.

Serena Williams was on the Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday night. I’m wondering if the deli saw her forehand coming…

(Photo: ATP; Gif: USA Today)

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