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Venus Williams was in a knock-down, drag-out fight with the #22 seed Ekaterina Makarova (the woman who took out her sis Serena in the 4th round in 2012). She battled fiercely, but in the end she made one too many errors and was knocked out the Australian Open in 3 sets. Here is the *slightly* silver lining.......the consensus on her dress (via Twitter) was two thumbs WAY up and we will get to see more of it because she is still in the doubles draw with Serena.
On the flip side, Tomas Berdych started his AO campaign with a fairly easy 3 set win, but even with the win, all people could talk about was his H&M kit. I thought he would be wearing some of his signature gear from his collection but instead we got this:
It’s August. It’s hot.
And that means fans at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati can enjoy a bevy of shirtless professional tennis players’ bodies.
The tennis tournament boasts four stadiums: the 11,400-capacity Center Court, the 5,000-capcity Grandstand Court, the 4,000-capacity Court 3 and the 2,000-capacity Court 9.
But many fans know some of the best views are on the 12 other smaller courts used for early-round matches, as well practices.
There, just a few feet away, they can see their favorite male tennis players – who often are shirtless. So the question begs (BEGS!!!) to be asked.....Who would YOU rather?
It's exciting for me when a promising Australian comes along who doesn't give off the vibe of being a jerk. It's common in my adopted country for sports heroes to have massive chips on their shoulders. I'm not sure if it is the underdog status or the highly competitive nature of Australians that makes them that way, but I find that it's hard to root for the majority of Australian sports people. Lleyton Hewitt in his prime and Bernard Tomic are just two examples.
Yesterday, Nick Krygios, the junior world No.1 and current Australian Open boy's champion, announced his arrival to the big boys' club when he beat Radek Stepanek in three tiebreak sets. He received entry to the main draw courtesy of a wildcard after countryman John Millman withdrew with injury.
I wonder what Dima did this time. (Click to picture to see his expression.)