Ernests Gulbis completed the 15-love question challenge at the US Open and it was pretty funny. Apparently the Latvian doesn't cry... pfft whatever, I reckon there would be some tears if he won a Slam!
In a day of 'almost' upsets, Nick Kyrgios managed to pull one off over 32 year old veteran Mikhail Youzhny. The dangerous Aussie faced the 21st seed out on court 17, and from what I hear it was a great match, (I caught the end of the second set at 3am... and went back to sleep). After winning the first two sets, Kyrgios let his foot off the pedal enough to allow Youzhny to storm back and claim the third set 6-2, but Youzhny failed to serve out the fourth to take the match to a fifth. Kyrgios took his opportunities in the tiebreak, something he's becoming quite well known for. Another thing he's becoming known for? Emotional tirades. Kyrgios earned three code violations for hitting a ball out of stands and two audible obscenities... one more and he would have been disqualified. Kyrgios apologised on Twitter for his outbursts.
The week before the US Open is by far the busiest lead-up of any slam for the top tennis players and Taste of Tennis has always been one of the largest events on the schedule. This year, it was expanded to a Taste of Tennis WEEK which ended with a bang on Saturday night with the “Party with the Pros.”
The evening featured tennis stars Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and John Isner in a setting where there was fancy food, handcrafted signature cocktails and music. Like Taste of Tennis, fans could buy a ticket and get a chance to wine and dine with their favorite player and Measure Lounge in Langham Place was the perfect atmosphere for the event.
Imagine being invited to the Delta Airways Open Mic Event with stars such as Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox, comedian Kathy Griffin, 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden, Glee’s Darren Criss, celebrity fitness trainer Shaun T and tennis star Jack Sock... and not being able to sing! I know how I'd cope with karaoke... get really drunk. But for athletes like Serena Williams, that's not an option. Thankfully, Serena can sing.
Serena strutted and danced as she sung Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are A New Best Friend," despite saying she really liked classic '80s rock and roll in the pre-performance interview. Check it out!
There's been so many ALS Ice Bucket Challenges this week it's been impossible to keep up with them all. We have had Bernard Tomic in his underwear and Grigor Dimitrov in the ocean, but the best attempt at a "sexy" ice bucket challenge has to go to Novak Djokovic. He really tried to spice things up with his hip swivelling moves... but did he succeed? Let us know what you think in the poll below!
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You know the US Open build-up has well and truly begun when tennis players start appearing on American talk shows. Novak Djokovic has appeared on the David Letterman show, which airs tonight in the USA. Here's a sneak preview where Novak discusses his preparations and threatens to take his shirt off...