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Raonic Serves First Pitch In Toronto

Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic was on hand Tuesday night for the first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays game as they took on the Boston Red Sox in Toronto. Not your typical first pitch though – Milos served it!

He also sat down with Chris Sorensen of Maclean’s magazine and basically said he’s not quite satisfied with what he’s achieved: “For me, it’s always about the next thing. I always need to have a challenge. And, to tell you the truth, what I said when I was 12 is what I will say right now: I want to be the best in the world.”

(Photo: AP Photo/The Canadian Press)


Quick Hits

Roger Federer

Roger Federer graces the cover of this weeks El Pais Semanal. A few days ago (in case you missed it), he and skier Lindsey Vonn played some tennis on a glacier.

After being dropped by IMGBernard Tomic rises above to win his 2nd ATP title in Bogota. Leonardo Mayer won his 1st ATP title in HamburgCaroline Wozniacki won in Istanbul while Mona Barthel won in Bastad.

Ana Ivanovic announced her new coach on her website.

Andy Roddick talks World Team Tennis: “The best part about the World Team Tennis format is that it doesn’t last very long for me personally. But I’m able to play with these guys over a set. But once it gets past that you can’t fake being in shape or being an athlete. I tried my best for a couple of weeks.”

Looks like Rafael Nadal has been enjoying his vacation time in Spain with his girlfriend, on the boat of course.

Serena Williams is also on vacation in Croatia and trying out flying ice-cream.

(Image: El Pais)


Fashion Focus: Nike Fall 2014 For Federer

One would never use the term “mint condition” to describe Roger Federer as his Wimbledon results proved the best is possibly yet to come. Maybe his Nike Fall 2014 collection will make him… Betterer?

Federer Nike Polo Fall 2014Federer Nike Shorts Fall 2014

Roger’s Nike Fall Advantage Premier Polo comes in medium mint with mystic green (above) and black with magnet grey and will be paired with the Nike Premier Gladiator 9″ Shorts in rift blue (above).

The Nike Premier RF Men’s Tennis Sweater (below) is made of a wool blend for those chilly Summer nights in the USA when Roger’s vest just doesn’t do the trick.

Federer Nike Sweater Fall 2014

My favorite item from Roger’s fall collection? The RF Betterer Tee, which comes in black, light blue, mint and grey

Federer Nike Betterer Tee Fall 2014

(Images: Tennis Warehouse, Nike)


A Brief Hiatus

Dear Slice readers,

Unfortunately I will be taking a brief hiatus from updating The Slice. The reason being: I’m off to Wimbledon! I am so excited to attend the tournament for the first time and, even better, have the honor of working on the award-winning social media team.

After Wimbledon I’ll be doing a little bit of traveling (England, Scotland and Amsterdam, to be exact) so I sadly won’t be able to provide any tennis news updates here for the next month.

As always, feel free to follow my travels on Twitter (@TheSliceTweets) and I will rejoin you here in a month!





Serena Attends NBA Finals In Miami

Serena Williams

It makes sense that great athletes would stick together so who else should Serena Williams sit with at the NBA Finals game between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night? Usain Bolt, of course. The pair chatted in their court side seats and were even joined by Burnie, the Miami Heat mascot.

Serena Williams

(Photos: Getty Images)


Quick Hits

Andy Murray Amelie Mauresmo

The “Murresmo” partnership seems to be going well so far. Andy Murray blogged from Queens that his partnership with Amelie Mauresmo started with a text message.

Novak Djokovic is still having fun with his bachelors (and a blow-up doll) in Ibiza.

Check out the Nike looks for Wimbledon, including Roger FedererRafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov, Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams.

The wild cards for Wimbledon have been announced. Even Martina Hingis got one (with Vera Zvonareva for doubles).

Aisam Qureshi was invited to the the House of Common in London to celebrate the founding of the Stop War Start Tennis Foundation.

Victoria Azarenka will make her return in Eastbourne after receiving a wild card.

Fabio Fognini and Flavia Pennetta seemed to enjoy themselves on the beach.

Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov were seen strolling through Wimbledon together and checking out her new Sugarpova pop-up shop:

(Photo: AP)


McEnroe Attends Stanley Cup Finals

John McEnroe John McEnroe

John McEnroe loves anything and everything to do with New York Sports so it wasn’t a surprise he was spotted Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden for game 4 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals. Johnny Mac sat next to NBC’s Matt Lauer as the two got really into the game.

(Photos: Getty Images)


Sharapova Signs On As Face Of Avon Luck

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova was announced Wednesday as the new face of Avon Luck, a new fragrance that will be launched in Europe in September and North America and Asia after that.

“I am excited to represent Avon Luck, a fragrance that reminds us to savor and truly enjoy our triumphs. I always say the harder you work, the luckier you are because you strive for bigger goals. I love being able to partner with a company like Avon that empowers women around the world to accomplish their dreams,” Maria said.

Maria Sharapova

Watch as Maria talks about her exciting new partnership:

(Images/Video: Avon)


Halep Arrives Home, Is Romania Tourism Ambassador

Simona Halep

Simona Halep arrived home to Romania this week to a nice ceremony that honored her accomplishments at Roland Garros. The runner-up and new WTA no.3 showed off her trophy as it was announced she will now be a Romanian tourism ambassador.

Simona Halep

(Photo: Alex Dobre via


Sharapova Watches Dimitrov At Queens

Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova

It’s been just three days since Maria Sharapova won Roland Garros but it’s back to the grind for the 5-time Slam winner, kind of. Maria isn’t playing this week but made her way to London to watch boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov defeat James Ward at the AEGON Championships. Maria tried to discreetly sit in the stands (a few rows behind Pippa Middleton) but was ultimately spotted.

Maria Sharapova

(Photos: Getty Images)