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2:40AM

Rafael Nadal Knows How To Drink Responsibly

Photo:  Getty Images/Clive Brunskill 

Rafael Nadal was recently announced as the Bacardi Limited Global Social Responsibility Ambassador.  (Try saying that 3 times fast)

Per their website:

On the tennis court, Rafael Nadal uses his balance, focus, ability, strength and determination to stay in control. It’s part of what makes him a Champion.

He’s only the second male player to have won a Career Golden Slam (all four grand slams during a career). He’s won a record breaking 31 straight games at Roland Garros in the French open and he holds the record for the number of consecutive wins (81) on a single-surface.

Off court, Rafael likes to spend time socialising with friends. And that’s what makes him the right fit for our Champion’s Drink Responsibly Campaign. He has the perfect combination of professionalism, dedication and focus in all aspects of his life and above all, he values the time he spends with family and friends.

Visit the website and Facebook page to go behind the scenes of Rafa's photoshoot, as well as listen to him talk about his new role.

More photos of the press conference can be found at Nadal News. 

1:51AM

How Many Tennis Stars Does It Take to Hold Down a Dolphin?

Apparently 5. 

Yesterday Mardy Fish, Thomas Berdych, Vania Kina, Potito Starace, and Ivan Ljubicic swam with the dolphins at the Dolphin Harbor before starting the business end of their week at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Per the Sony Ericsson Open website:

The players enjoyed a 30-minute interaction with a pair of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins that included a ride across the pool, a kiss and a feeding opportunity. The session ended with a group photo with the dolphins jumping in the background. "It was awesome," said King, who lives up the road in Boynton Beach. "I had such a great time." Fish's wife, Deal or No Deal suitcase model Stacey Gardner, was among several family members and coaches who also participated.

Photos:  Sony Ericsson Open

6:43PM

Sony Ericsson Open Wednesday Order Of Play

Photo:  Sony Ericsson Open

The Sony Ericsson Open has begun!!   To access all the draws, click here.   Below is tomorrow's order of play.  The bold matches are the ones I am really interested in (if you care).

Click to read more ...

9:10PM

Video: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic Dance Off

Before their exhibition match in Bogota, Colombia, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal participated in little dance lesson on the court and got a chance to display their "moves."  I hate to say it, but, Nole is beating Rafa there too.  But, it's all good Rafa, you might not have rhythm, but you do have a career slam.  You can't have everything!

Video via Nadal News and orginally posted by SantiagoLR1

8:26PM

Video: Novak Djokovic Plays Tennis On Top Of A Plane

I've been waiting in anticipation for this video all week, the video where Novak Djokovic performs a death defying stunt for Head Tennis, and plays tennis ON TOP of a plane.  The video is great with a bit of a movie feel, and it looks like he is really doing it, but what do you think?  Did Nole really play tennis on top of a plane?  If he did, he's crazier that I thought, and i think I like it.

10:21AM

Pete Sampras' Trophies Found In Boxes At Hospital

Photo:  Getty Images

Last December Pete Sampras had his storage space in West Los Angeles ransacked, and unfortunately many of his 64 cherished tennis trophies, including his first Australian Open trophy went missing.  But today is Pete's lucky day, because law-enforcement has found them, but in a very odd place.

Via TMZ:

Pete is all smiles now -- we're told a private investigator working the case for Sampras got a tip the boxes would be dropped off behind a Los Angeles hospital on Saturday.

According to law enforcement, the PI tipped off security at the hospital, who eventually spotted the boxes and called LAPD. We're told cops have no idea how they got there, but they are investigating.


There is no word yet whether all the trophies were returned.

10:20PM

I Blame Uncle Toni

Rafael Nadal has looked a bit lost all week, and his first serve has been a HOT mess, but Rafa being Rafa, with his "never give up" mantra, still managed to get to the finals of the BNP Paribas Open against Novak Djokovic, someone he has OWNED in their head-to-head (16-7), and when you broke it down further into times they've met in finals, Rafa was 5-0.  But today Rafa met new, confident Nole who was on a 17-0 winning streak and had already taken out Roger Federer 3 times this year...... and Rafa. Went. Down.  With that said, I don't just mean that he lost the match (which he did to the tune of 4-6, 6-3, 6-2), but for the first time since I've watched Rafa play, it looked like he just gave up.  He kept giving his camp the stink-eye out of frustration, and you know who wasn't there when Rafa looked at his box?  That's right, Uncle Toni.  I would bet all my savings that next week in Miami when Uncle T arrives, that serve will come around quick, because Uncle T don't play that.

But of course, congrats to Nole who is now 18-0 in 2011.  He's on FIYAH.

 

Caroline Wozniacki defeated Marion Bartoli 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 to win the women's title.   This is her second title this year and her 3rd straight final.  If there is one thing you can say about Caro, (outside of her being a human backboard and a slamless number 1) is that the girl is consistent.  She'll be keeping that number 1 ranking for a while and Bartoli will rise to number 10 in the world when the rankings come out next week.  I can't blame Uncle Toni for that.

Photos:  Getty Images