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Oddballs and Oddities


What’s been going on off the court over the Christmas period…

Hello 2013
The first point of the 2013 season was won by Lesia Tsurenko in the first round of Brisbane qualifying. Her opponent Mallory Burdette double-faulted. Hold onto your hats for another year.

Make sure you don’t miss a thing in 2013…
… with this tennis calendar from the Let, Second Serve blog, which will sync up with your google calendar. Nifty.

Roger and Rafa wish each other Happy Christmas
At least according to this iPhone conversation parody. It has its moments.

Funnily enough, USA Today reports that Rafa has launched an iPhone app of his own. Down with the kids.

It’s Exo season
Beyond the Baseline have put together a compilation of oddball pictures. The Federer one is my favourite.

Novak the child-minder
Novak Djokovic is in Abu Dhabi with Andy Murray for the IMG-owned Mubadala World Tennis Championships, and spent a certain amount of his time doing a kids’ clinic. Cute.

He’s also been hitting with his brother and playing football. Nice time.

Speaking of Abu Dhabi…
They seem to deal well in sweet treats. At least according to Judy Murray’s twitter feed, which is, as ever, a plethora of twitpics of all sorts of delectables.

Andy Murray: History Boy
The dulcet tones of Nick Bollettieri narrated Andy Murray’s year in tennis for the BBC in a highly-enjoyable show. If you missed it, it’s available as a podcast.

If you want a reminder of what the Williams sisters have achieved, take a look at this video from 1992, when the sister act were just 11 and 12 years old. Richard doesn’t seem to have updated his wardrobe.

Shazza tweets?
Or at least she will, in 2013, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, who heard the news from Sharapova’s agent Max Eisenbud. Perhaps she’ll imitate Sugarpova. I wonder what ‘splashy’ tweets would look like.

A picture speaks a thousand words
Check out The Slice’s 12 most memorable photos of 2012. It’s a fun one. Also check out the top 12 hugs of 2012.

Expect to see ATP events dressed in red
That’s because Emirates has come on board as the men’s tour’s new airline and rankings sponsor, replacing South African Airways. Upgrades would be most welcome.