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US Open Day 1: Bees, Potty Mouths and Almost Upsets

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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.

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Men More Likely To Make Bad Challenges Than Women

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Well here's an interesting academic study! A study to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Sports Economics has found that male tennis players make much dumber calls than female players. The study analysed the challenges of hundreds of matches between 2006 to 2008 and found that in the tightest moments, men were more likely to make bad challenges. 
Amusingly, the study declared an 'embarrassing' challenge as a challenge in which the player questioned a correct call when the ball is more than 50 mm off the line. During tiebreaks, 34% of men's challenges were found to be embarrassing while only 9% of women's were. The top ranked men were also more likely to make dumb calls than their lower ranked counterparts, (could this be you, Roger Federer??). The top ranked females, however, were less likely to make a stupid challenge than lower-ranked players.
The authors of the study put it down to men being over-confident, more proud and less embarrassed. “At crucial moments of the match, such as tiebreaks . . . male players try to win at all costs, while female players accept losing more gracefully,” the authors wrote.
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Party with the Pros!!

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.

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Serena Williams Wows At Delta Open Mic 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 Griffin30 Rock’s Katrina BowdenGlee’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!


Hot or Not: Djokovic's Ice Bucket Challenge

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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Novak Djokovic Stars on the David Letterman Show

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...


Mardy Fish Reveals His Struggle With Anxiety

Mary Fish has opened up about his anxiety disorder to USA Today. Fish, who has not played a competitive tennis match for a year, has been struggling with panic attacks and anxiety. He is no longer suffering from panic attacks every half an hour, but he is still on medication and is in therapy. 
Fish's news comes as a shock to the tennis world. As tennis lovers, we are somewhat used to hearing about wrist and knee injuries, but an injury to the mind reminds us that tennis professionals are just human. I'm sure we all know at least one person who has stuggled with anxiety, and it's good that Fish is talking about something many people keep to themselves. 
On The Go wishes Mardy Fish all the best in his recovery and we hope he finds happiness whether on the court or off it. 
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