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Venus Williams - Miami 2012 - 5

Oddballs and Oddities


Weirdness and wackiness in the tennis world this week…

Taking 5
Any tennis player will tell you they need a lot of sleep. Especially, it seems, Venus Williams. Brilliant.

That Friday feeling…
…certainly seemed to strike the National Tennis Centre, as a group of British juniors, including Liam Broady, Dan Smethurst and Oli Golding and many others, put on their version of the Harlem Shake. It’s mildly terrifying.

Rafa’s in paradise
At least, that’s the way he described Secrets Aura Cozumel, where he has spent the week resting before heading to Acapulco.

And Novak?
The world No.1 has cut his hair short, grown a beard, and found a new pet. Let’s hope Pierre the poodle doesn’t find out.

As for Andy
Mr Murray has been sent a personalised PlayStation 3, been nominated for the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards, and will be taking part in a very important hit and giggle at Queen’s Club this summer, the Rally against Cancer, raising funds for The Royal Marsden, where his good friend Ross Hutchins is being treated for cancer.

Roger, meanwhile…
Mr Federer has been in South Africa visiting schools funded by The Roger Federer Foundation. Warning, the youngsters are very cute.

The Big Funny Giant
Juan Martin Del Potro is such a gentle soul, you might not think he has a sense of humour. But the big man had a laugh at his own expense the other day, haring across the court for a forehand, missing it, and ending up almost in the crowd. At that moment, he decided to pause, borrow a spectator’s phone, and took a picture of himself grinning, the court in the background.

The WTA players in Bogota got to help make chocolate.

Hi Diego!
Renowned tennis fan Diego Maradona, who attended every day of the World Tour Finals in London two years ago, has popped up again on the tennis circuit, this time meeting Caroline Wozniacki in Dubai.

On a less positive note
Poor Laura Robson had her jewellery stolen en-route between Eilat, Israel and Dubai. “I’m so upset,” she said on Twitter.