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  • Six-time champ Djokovic bounced in second round of Australian Open

    Jay Busbee at Busted Racquet 2 days ago

    It’s early yet, but we’re not likely to see many upsets in 2017 more stunning than what just happened at the Australian Open: six-time champion Novak Djokovic has fallen in a marathon second-round match to the world’s 117th-ranked player.

    Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan won 7-6 (10-8) 5-7 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4, a four-hour and 48-minute match that left both men exhausted. This marks the first time Djokovic, the defending champion, has lost in the second round of a Grand Slam event since 2008 at Wimbledon. It’s also only the second time in the last seven years Djokovic has lost to a player ranked outside the top 100; the Djoker also lost to 145th-ranked Juan Martin del Potro at the 2016 Olympics.

    “He deserved to win. No doubt, he was a better player in the clutch moments,” Djokovic said after the match. “Many things came together for him today and he’s a well-deserved winner. There’s not much I could do.”

    For American perspective, this is like Alabama football losing to a Division III school … or, given the numerical draw, literally the equivalent of the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament falling to a 16-seed.

  • Players in tennis match race to be the first to quit

    Jay Busbee at Busted Racquet 10 days ago

    In some sports, tapping out early is a sign of weakness. In tennis, it can be good strategy … as long as not everyone’s trying it.

    Sachia Vickery of the United States and Elise Mertens of Belgium were exactly one game into a WTA event in Hobart, Australia. During the changeover between games, both called for a trainer—the customary first move when there’s a possibility of injury. It’s rare to call a trainer after just one game, and even more rare for both players to do so.

    But with all due respect to the WTA Hobart event, it’s not the Australian Open, which is ramping up right now. Both Vickery and Mertens wanted to compete in a qualifying event with the hopes of playing their way into the Grand Slam tournament. And thus, the less time on the court at Hobart, the better.

    Both players had a bit of a trainer standoff, with Vickery opting to retire first. Easy enough, right? Retiring is a low-risk, high-potential-reward approach that can give a player extra time to rest and recover while avoiding the possibility for significant injury.

  • Serena Williams, Reddit co-founder announce engagement

    Jay Busbee at Busted Racquet 22 days ago

    Serena Williams has announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, via, naturally, a Reddit post. On the site’s “/r/isaidyes” forum, Williams wrote,

    “I came home. A little late. Someone had a bag packed for me. And a carriage waited. Destination: Rome. To escort me to my very own ‘charming.’ Back to where our stars first collided. And now it was full circle. At the same table we first met by chance. But by choice. Down on knee. He said 4 words. And I said yes.”

    Williams and Ohanian had been dating for about a year, and were relatively private about their relationship prior to this announcement. Williams, one of the greatest tennis players of all time and one of the premier athletes in American history, holds 38 Grand Slam titles, including 22 won in singles. Her most recent major victory was at Wimbledon earlier this year. Ohanian is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and in-demand speaker.

    The happy couple did not disclose a wedding date. Williams is, at present, preparing for the Australian Open next month.

  • Electronic clock nearly crushes tennis player at US Open

    Jackie Bamberger at Busted Racquet 4 mths ago
  • 2016 U.S. Open: 5 storylines to watch for

    Jackie Bamberger at Busted Racquet 4 mths ago
  • Andy Murray chosen as flag bearer for Team GB

    Alex Baker at Busted Racquet 5 mths ago

    Andy Murray is having a pretty good summer.

    Fresh off the back of winning his second career Wimbledon title, the Scot has been named as the flag bearer for Team Great Britain at Friday’s Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony.

    Murray, who won a men’s singles gold medal in London 2012, was chosen for the honor by the British Olympic Association from a shortlist of athletes submitted by each sport.

    The three-time Grand Slam winner won out over a number of other notable British sporting figures, including the likes of cyclist Bradley Wiggins, boxer Nicola Adams, and rower Katherine Grainger.

    The 29-year-old Murray is competing in his third Olympic Games and is the first tennis player to be awarded this distinction for Team GB.

    “This is my third Olympic Games and it is a very special competition for me. I obviously have great memories of London and I am 100 percent focused on winning here in Rio,” said Murray in a statement posted on the Team GB website .

    Better hold that flag up high, Andy.

  • Wimbledon champion Andy Murray meets Benedict Cumberbatch, geeks out about 'Sherlock'

    Busted Racquet 6 mths ago

    Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon title Sunday, but that may not have even been the highlight of his day.

    On his way to hoist the trophy over the balcony at the All England Club, Murray got to have a quick chat with one of his favorite actors, Benedict Cumberbatch.

    Benedict Cumberbatch meets his biggest fan…#Wimbledon https://t.co/8rumDClH2o

    — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2016

    Murray is a huge Sherlock fan, devouring box sets of the show on long flights.

    “That’s the best series I’ve seen for a while,” Murray said in a 2013 interview. “Benedict Cumberbatch is SO good. I tried the US version, “Elementary,” but it’s just not the same. For me, Sherlock Holmes  is Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s unbelievable.”

    Oh yeah, Murray met up with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, too.

    Suffice to say, it’s good to be the Wimbledon champion.

  • Serena Williams hangs out with Duchess Kate Middleton at Wimbledon

    Busted Racquet 6 mths ago

    What happens when tennis royalty meets actual royalty?

    You get this lovely Wimbledon encounter between Serena Williams and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

    After watching Williams dismantle Elena Vesnina in 48 minutes Thursday on Centre Court, Duchess Kate met up with the world No. 1, and Serena was kind enough to feature the royal meetup on her Snapchat.

    Kate also hung out with Serena and Venus’ mom, Oracene Price.

    HRH meets Oracene Price, proud mother to today's semi-finalists @Venuseswilliams & @serenawilliams #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/GpukgZjw5p

    — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 7, 2016