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11:43PM

Rafa!!!!! At the BNP Paribas Open

It's always pretty chill here at the BNP Paribas Open, which is probably one of the most relaxed tournaments on the tour, however, that all changes the moment Rafael Nadal walks onto the practice courts.   The trademark "Cali Cool" vibe of the tourney flips upside down and I swear you would think you were at a U2 concert as his die-hard fans scream his name and applaud every stroke of his racket, often punctuated with an, "I love you Rafa!!!" It's an awesome atmosphere and it never ceases to amaze me how fiercely his fans adore him.  Here are some pictures from his practice today!  Enjoy!

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5:52PM

Dmitry Tursunov Lays Into an Umpire Over Rafael Nadal!

Wow somebody has been bottling up his true feelings for too long! Dmitry Tursunov received a warning for taking too much time between points against Grigor Dimitrov at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Tuesday, and he used the opportunity to get up on his soapbox. 

“How much am I over?” Tursunov asked the umpire Cedric Mourier, “As much as Rafa or less?” The umpire informed Tursunov that he was a few seconds over the 25 second rule. “I think Rafa is eight seconds over and nobody ever gives him a warning... Rafa will pick his ass for 30 seconds and you guys will watch it. You’re not going to say a word.”

Ok, I see Tursunov's point. There is an inconsistency in when time violations are given and the top players do seem to get let off the hook a lot more. Rafael Nadal, of course, is famous for taking his sweet time between points. But the middle of the match is not really the time or place to bring up this issue! 

11:25AM

Rafael Nadal's Hop-Squatting Celebration

The twerk was sooooo 2013, let me introduce you to the new dance craze, the HOP SQUAT!  At least this is the only way I can describe Rafael Nadal's celebration after winning the 2nd set tie break against Grigor Dimitrov.  He punctuated the win with a huge "VAMOS!!!!" that I could almost hear in the US.  Rafa went on to win the match in 4 sets which sets up a clash with none other than Roger Federer!  I honestly don't care that we are going to see another FEDAL, I just want to see Rafa do this again.  Do you have a better description for Rafa's celebratory dance?  If so, sound off in the comments below.

2:19PM

Australian Open 2014: Fashion Hits and Misses

This took me a little longer than I had hoped, sorry guys, but I've been busy roasting at the Open. By the time I'd spent 10 hours in 40 degrees this week all I could do when I got home was flop into bed. But better late than never right? So let's get on with it and see who looks sexy and who looks scary at the AO this year.

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Does Serena ever look bad these days? She's ditched the vibrant colours of her recent outfits and gone for something a little softer here, and I think it works. She's looking very ladylike in pink with much more feminine make-up and hair than usual. Although I like Serena with a bit of bite, I appreciate this gentler side too. I'm particularly fond of the hair. However, the outfit lacks the x-factor which prevents it scoring higher.
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5:40AM

Crown's IMG Player's Party


On the eve of the Australian Open IMG players gathered at Crown for a lavish affair. We were lucky enough to get a chat with a couple of them and photos of the others. Enjoy!

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10:46AM

Rafael Nadal Makes a Half-Naked Cameo Appearance During Interview

Rafael Nadal is currently playing in the semifinals at the Qatar Open, but not too long ago an interview was happening in the locker room prior to the match with his opponent Peter Gojowczyk.  Fortunately for us, around the 54 sec mark, Rafa pops up in the video seemingly not realizing a camera was filming and almost loses that little white towel he is wearing.  So close!  Enjoy!  ;)

4:31AM

Business Insider Names Sexiest Athletes 

Australian webiste Business Insider has named their top 50 sexiest atheletes, and interestingly enough the list pits men and women against each other. Business Insider said their list was based on looks (duh), dance moves, fashion choices and senses of humour. The also said they picked people that remain relevant to their sport, (and the digs are too easy so I won't go there).

Tennis featured heavily, but unfortuantly my favs Ernests Gulbis (prob not relevant enough) and Juan Martin del Potro (marked down on bubbliness??) didn't make the list. Boo. Instead we got the following:

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