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Oddballs and Oddities


Tricks and triumphs of the tennis trade, off the court this week…

Spotted! David Beckham…
England’s most famous footballer has been preparing for his move to Paris St Germain by spending the week at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, chatting with Andy Murray, working on his plank, and even doing some Q&As with fans. Busy bee.

Hi Rafa!
Rafael Nadal is back in match action, complete with short tugs and much talk of ‘illusions.’ Never has a smile been so welcome.

Just because you’re not there… …doesn’t mean you can’t take part in your team’s celebrations. The injured Radek Stepanek, who snatched the crucial rubber to win the Davis Cup for the Czech Republic last year, joined his teammates via skype to celebrate their first round win with them.

Our response to the news that Maria Sharapova has been running up sand dunes. Can you imagine the calf burn.

Team bonding
The British Fed Cup team attracted attention last year for their match chants and team spirit, and they’ve picked up where they left off in 2013, playing Pictionary. Some of the drawing skills leave a little bit to be desired. There was also some Wii dancing, whatever that may be.

Kei Nishikori’s got a watch with his name in it
The Air Kei from Tag Heuer. Nifty.

When not on the court…
Victoria Azarenka has been surfing, Serena has been SuperBowl-ing, and the recovering Brian Baker has been spending time with HBO and Netflix.

In case you missed it. 
Aussie coach and commentator Darren Cahill donned a kilt for a bet with Andy Murray during the Australian Open. Priceless.