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Federer Gives Racquet To Princess Charlene’s Foundation

Roger Federer

Roger Federer was tested by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday but ultimately defeated Jo 2-6, 7-6, 6-1 to reach the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters. After his win, Roger presented Monaco’s Princess Charlene with an autographed tennis racquet to be sold at auction and the proceeds given to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.

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ATP Players Entertain At Monte Carlo Party

Klaasen Bopanna Qureshi

The annual player review in Monte Carlo Wednesday looked to be a lot of fun again as Goran Ivanisevic, Rohan Bopanna, Jurgen Melzer and others performed in skits, danced and entertained the crowd. Bopanna channeled his inner Pharrell as he, Aisam Qureshi and Raven Klaasen performed “Happy” (apparently Milos RaonicMax Mirnyi and Fabio Fognini, who all couldn’t attend, filmed a video montage for the song too). I’m going to need to see this on YouTube stat.


All the sketches were in good fun and the cross dressing seemed to be on point!

Aisam Qureshi
Melzer Tecau

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Quick Hits

Li Na Li Na

Li Na looked more like a model than a tennis player in a photo shoot for Mercedes Benz.

Andy Murray, Martina Navratilova and Tim Henman are leading an all-star line up at exhibition matches as British Tennis stages a second Rally Against Cancer charity event called ‘Rally For Bally’ in support of Elena Baltacha on Sunday, June 15. Donate here.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic supported Natalia Vodionova’s Naked Heart Foundation in Monaco this week.

Serena Williams was spotted relaxing on the beach in Miami.

A great piece on Tomas Berdych, who believes he can crack into the “world’s elite.”

The Czech Fed Cup team had a little fun in a store window after picking out their team dresses for the banquet.

Photos from the WTA Malaysian Open player party in Kuala Lumpur.

Benoit Paire would invite three Victoria’s Secret models to dinner.

Pete Sampras was named the tennis pro emeritus for The Greenbrier in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, and will host a clinic there in late May.

(Photos: LiuShang)


Decker Talks Coach Roddick On Late Late Show

Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick‘s wife Brooklyn Decker was on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Monday night promoting her new show, Friends With Better Lives. During their interview, Craig asked if she ever hits the court with Andy, and she tells him she has an even bigger temper than her notoriously outspoken husband. Is that possible? Also find out just what kind of tennis coach Andy is to his beautiful wife:

(Video: The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson)


Quick Hits

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka joined boyfriend Redfoo in Sydney for a club appearance, looking matchy-matchy in similar eyewear.

Behind the scenes at Roger Federer‘s recent photo shoot with Rolex in Lucerne.

Fernando Verdasco takes a joyful jump into the pool after his win in Houston on Sunday.

Andy Murray joined fans for just 77 minutes at the Rado store in London last week. See pics here.

Self takes a crack at the most fashionable tennis-inspired clothing of the season (not your traditional on-court brands!).

The best No Challenges Remaining podcast yet, featuring Andrea Petkovic.

All is right in the world again now that Rafael Nadal is back on the red clay. But Monday he tried a different surface: water.

Rafael Nadal

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Serena Covers May’s Fitness Magazine

Serena Williams

Serena Williams proves yet again she’s one of the most fit females in the world as she flaunts her swimsuit figure on the May cover of Fitness magazine. Inside the pages, Serena shows just how flexible she is with a backbend pose as she shows off white and red bathing suits.

Serena tells the magazine that there’s two sides to her: “I think of myself as two different people. There’s the Serena Williams that everyone knows: She’s crazy… She can’t make a mistake… And she’s angry and just not nice, to be honest. I’m only that person for three hours a day when I’m on the court. The rest of the time I’m just Serena. I’m the class clown.”

Also, she doesn’t want people to think she’s a mean person, which they might assume based on her aggressive and passionate nature on the tennis court: “It’s not the real me. Even for me, it’s shocking to see. But in another way, it’s kind of cool to know that I have everything together on the court, because I don’t really have my life together personally.”

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ATP Players Party For Monte Carlo Masters

Benneteau Berdych

It was a swanky affair in Monaco Saturday night to celebrate the launch of the ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. Many of the top men were in attendance on the red carpet as they arrived at the Grimaldi Forum. No, Julien Benneteau and his date aren’t laughing at Tomas Berdych and girlfriend Ester Satorova, but the two pairs definitely win for “cutest couples.” The “best smile?” David Ferrer, for sure, while Pablo Andujar gets the award for “best shave.” 

Ferrer Pablo Andujar

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Photos Of The Day: Can’t Read My Pokerface

Rafael Nadal

I officially can’t get Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface” out of my head after seeing these pictures. Rafael Nadal played a poker match against Vanessa Selbst at the Monte Carlo casino in Monaco on Friday. Now, did Rafa set up his chips  in a perfect line? Did he fix his hair before betting? Not quite sure, but looks like he had some good cards!

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

View more pictures from the event here.

(Photos: Reuters)


Sharapova Goes Beauty With Supergoop

Maria Sharapova

It was only a matter of time before Sugarpova owner Maria Sharapova dove into the beauty business and Thursday, it was announced that she did just that. Maria is now the co-owner of Supergoop—a UV-focused skin-care line founded in 2007 that’s all about sun protection, something Maria knows a lot about. 

Maria told Vogue that she’s been a fan of Supergoop for a while. I found it at Sephora. I’ve been in the sun for as long as I can remember for my job. I’ve spent years training in Florida. That application of sunscreen became a ritual for me, and something I [have done] almost every day of my life. And when I met Holly, her message was such an important one— raising awareness and making sure that many people are knowledgeable about skin cancer, that it is the leading cancer [in the United States], and that it’s preventable.”

Sun safety aside, Maria said her makeup routine includes “a Japanese brand called Kanebo for makeup over my sunscreen, and Chanel for mascara.” But she doesn’t wear makeup when she plays. When I’m in the moment, I’m playing—I don’t really care if I look natural, as long as I feel good. But makeup doesn’t make me feel good, it just makes you prettier.”

Not only is this a partnership that makes sense (sunscreen by a tennis player, hello – no brainer), it’s one that also works for Maria’s career goals. Her agent, Max Eisenbud, told Bloomberg“Maria has never had time to give sponsors the days they needed, so we were never able to work out deals. The last couple years as she’s started to get near the end of her career, I began to focus on what kinds of relationships could she start now and then be with when her career is over.”

(Photo: Bloomberg)


Wozniacki Watches Masters First Round

Caroline Wozniacki Caroline Wozniacki

One day after Caroline Wozniacki shocked the world with her pink hair at the par three competition in Augusta, Caro watched fiancee Rory McIlroy in the 2014 Masters first round on Thursday… still with pink hair. So it hasn’t washed out yet? I’d love to know the story behind the choice for the new ‘do. Was it a dare? Did she lose a bet?

Also, I neglected in sharing her fabulous 30-foot putt from the competition yesterday. Definitely worth a watch!

Caroline Wozniacki

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