The Slice Rotating Header Image

Graf Promotes Teekanne In Hamburg

Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf was in Hamburg on Wednesday to promote, not tennis, but tea! As a Teekanne brand ambassador, the legend posed at a presentation of the brand’s new product, Teekanne Tealounge System.

Teekanne also supports the charity that Graf is founder and chairwoman of, the Children for Tomorrow Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to enhancing the lives and spirits of children and families around the world who have become victims of war, persecution, and violence.

Steffi Graf

(Photos: Getty Images)


Cilic Celebrates US Open Win In Hometown

Marin Cilic

Tuesday was basically Marin Cilic day as the the US Open champion arrived home to a hero’s welcome (and a huge party). Cilic visited his hometown Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina and was greeted by thousands of local fans as he rode in a motorcade, was celebrated during a mass at church and had a concert held in his honor in front of over 30,000 people (where he joined in on the singing). Watch!

Marin Cilic

(Photos: Getty Images; Video: HayatTV BiH)


Jaguar Announces Nishikori As Ambassador

Kei Nishikori

Jaguar announced Wednesday that US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori would be its new ambassador.  Kei will be the face of Jaguar’s F-TYPE Coupe in print ads and videos, like the below. See more photos from the announcement in Japan here.

(Image/Video: Jaguar)


Olyphant Talks Tennis Love On Conan

Timothy Olyphant Conan

I managed to catch Timothy Olyphant on Conan Monday night while I was on my flight to Florida and was pleasantly surprised at how the conversation turned to tennis. Apparently the actor, who was promoting his new movie “This is Where I Leave You,” is a huge tennis fan. And I don’t mean the kind who just attends the US Open for the Heineken (although he did do that). I mean the kind who goes to the outer courts to watch Martin Klizan, and then talks about it to Conan O’Brien. The best exchange was Conan then said he didn’t know who Klizan was. Tim’s response: “No one does.”

Apparently he loves tennis so much he pitched a web series to Conan called ”Let’s Talk Tennis.” Watch him talk tennis to Conan here

PS: I want his shirt.


Nishikori Arrives Home in Japan

Kei Nishikori

US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori arrived home to Japan late last week to celebrate his amazing run to the finals of a Grand Slam. Tuesday in Tokyo, Nishikori visited Nissin Food Products headquarters (one of his sponsors) and was presented with a cup noodle designed with him celebrating and the saying “Hungry to Win.” Yum.

Kei Nishikori

(Photos: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)


Wozniacki Attends Michael Kors Fashion Show

Caroline Wozniacki Caroline Wozniacki

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.

(Photos: Getty Images)


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)


Photo Of The Day: Tennis and Fashion Collide

serena wozniacki

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)


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.

Roger Federer Roger Federer

(Images: Town & Country)


Serena Trains In Beats By Dre Commercial

Serena Williams

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)