- Shane Bacon at Busted Racquet2 days ago
A pretty easy way for celebrities to measure their level of fame is by asking the simple question, "if someone dressed up as me, would people freak out?"
Meet Donnie, a man that probably doesn't have a jaw-dropping backhand, but did take it upon himself to hit the streets of Shanghai in hopes of impersonating Roger Federer.
It's worth pointing out that Donnie doesn't really look like Federer, talk like him or even have the flowing locks like him. If you watch the video below, you'll see he even signs all the "autographs" with his left hand, not really what I'd expect from the right-handed Federer.
But Donnie's experiment was simple; he wanted to see if people would think he was Roger simply by throwing on some Nike gear and hiring a few bodyguards to follow him around. Notice him they did, and the droves of fans flocked to get a picture with fake Roger, get his autograph and even have him pose with their baby.
I do feel a bit bad for some of the people that got actual stuff signed by this man, but the idea was all in good fun and reminds us that the mind sees what the mind wants.
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- Shane Bacon at Busted Racquet3 days ago
Think back to when Serena and Venus Williams turned professional. Two African American sisters with wacky hairstyles and incredible talent, the Williams sisters burst onto the scene, changing the sport of tennis for the better, and they know it.
In Argentina for an exhibition, the Williams sisters were asked about their legacy and said they know what they've done for the sport in the present and for the future.
"We changed tennis," Serena told the media. "We brought passion and fashion wearing extravagant clothes. And also style, power as a new skin color as we are African-Americans. We improved tennis."
"I think that totally changed the dynamic of the game," Serena continued. "I remember in particular Venus started wearing all these amazing outfits and I was so influenced by that. … I definitely think we had a huge impact on tennis in that way. As well, of course, bringing such power into tennis, and bringing a new color."
- Shane Bacon at Busted Racquet7 days ago
The tennis world might be in deep hibernation, but that doesn't mean that some of the behind the scenes people are taking days off.
The great Wimbledon Twitter account sent out this Vine on Friday showing the ball boys getting some serious training at the All England Club.
While most of the time you only see the ball boys when they make ridiculous catches like this one, it is a very serious job that takes training and discipline.
Wimbledon especially knows this, so the training is taking place and the ball boys are hard at work even though we won't see tennis on these grounds until June 23.
- Shane Bacon at Busted Racquet9 days ago
With Thanksgiving upon us, each Yahoo Sports blog is taking stock of what they're thankful for while also providing menu suggestions and a sport-specific viewing guide for when you hit your couch. Share what you're thankful for on Twitter with the #YSBThanks hashtag or in the comments below. Have a safe and happy holiday!
The ageless wonder that is Serena Williams: I would mention that someone should tell Serena Williams that 32-years-old means retirement for most professional tennis players, but I doubt it would do any good. This season alone she won the French Open and the U.S. Open, took home titles in Miami, Madrid, Rome, Toronto and Beijing and looked as dialed in as she has been in years.
The best part about Serena? She doesn't look like she's slowing up at all, and 2014 might just be her best year yet.
The Big Four on the men's side: Forget the fact that Roger Federer is not the same man he once was (we will get to him in a minute), but between him, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, the big four in the men's game is as talented as any we've ever seen go up against each other.
- Shane Bacon at Busted Racquet23 days ago
Rafael Nadal will be ending his 2013 season with the No. 1 ranking in both tennis and practical jokes on other stars after he pulled this fast one on Andy Murray in New York.
Murray was on The Jonathan Ross Show (video below) and told a pretty interesting story about a prank Nadal played on him when they were both in New York. Apparently Nadal is funnier than one would expect, and sent some sexy text messages to Murray while he was out to dinner with his girlfriend, Kim Sears, and Murray apparently had no idea who was sending them and got a little nervous.
Novak Djokovic hits ridiculous cross-court lob at the ATP Finals to snag the momentum from Rafael NadalShane Bacon at Busted Racquet25 days ago
In exactly the match that should have been played to all but end the 2013 tennis season, Novak Djokovic took down Rafael Nadal relatively easy at the ATP World Finals in London on Monday.
Djokovic, who will end the year as No. 2 in the world behind Nadal, won 6-3, 6-4 to defend his ATP World Final title from a season ago and remind everyone that despite the recent success Nadal has had against Djokovic, the Serbian can still beat the best in the world when he's hitting the ball as cleanly as he did in London.
What was the moment that changed the match? That is Djokovic hitting an absolutely stunning cross-court lob on break point, fending off Nadal, one of the only people in the world that could have returned that shot Djokovic pulled off, and eventually winning the point to give himself the break that ended up winning him the first set.
It was a good example of the ability, speed and downright bloodhound-ness of both Djokovic and Nadal that they could continue to find some way to sniff out these balls and return them with pace and depth.
- Shane Bacon at Busted Racquet29 days ago
A year ago, nobody in the world knew what to make of Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard that came into our lives a clay court champion and left a guy that could dominate every surface.
Nadal plays tennis like Derrick Rose plays basketball, with absolutely no regard for his self or his body, a mentality to simply get to every single ball hit to him and get it over the net with a ferocious pace and insane spin. Nadal was the opposite of Roger Federer and he embraced it, but the toll his body took finally caught up to him, and a knee injury kept him out of both the 2012 Olympics and the U.S. Open.
Health continued to be a problem as the tennis world flipped the calendar to 2013 and the Australian Open, a second Grand Slam that Nadal would skip, this time for a stomach virus.
- Shane Bacon at Busted Racquet1 mth ago
It has been a dream year for Andy Murray, the 26-year-old Scottish tennis star who picked up his second Grand Slam win in 2013 and first Wimbledon trophy.
Murray transformed himself over the last year from talented tennis player that couldn't get over the major hump to one of the best players in the world and a force to be reckoned with at every Grand Slam.
All that was enough to land him the prestigious Best British Sports Star away from the Radio 1 Teen Awards. Murray couldn't make the show, but he did film this entertaining video where he accepted the award while getting pummeled with tennis balls.
It made the speech a little tougher, but Murray got through it, despite getting a few balls to the dome as he was speaking.
Murray, who most expected to be playing at the ATP World Tour Finals this week in London, had to withdraw because of a back surgery he underwent to prepare for the 2014 season. Still, a fun video with the No. 4 player in the world who will never forget this 2013 season.
- Shane Bacon at Busted Racquet1 mth ago
One of the strangest changes in the rules of a sport is the men's Grand Slam format. All season the best men in the world are playing best-of-three matches, but when the Grand Slams roll around they have to completely change their mentality with a best-of-five format at the Wimbledon and the French, Australian and U.S. Opens.
Golf doesn't make majors 90 holes, football doesn't make the Super Bowl five quarters, and the NBA doesn't push their finals to a best-of-nine series, but for men's tennis, the rules do change.
Victoria Azarenka wishes this wasn't the case. The No. 2 player in the world was asked about the push for women to play a best-of-five format starting at the majors, but went another way with her thoughts. While she said she would roll with whatever punches the WTA and others decided, she thinks it is the men that should come down to their level.
- Shane Bacon at Busted Racquet1 mth ago
There were plenty of bizarre things that happened in the tennis world in 2013, but few are as strange as seeing the number to the left of Roger Federer's name at tournaments.
Now No. 6 in the world, Federer failed to make a Grand Slam final for the first time since 2002, getting bounced in the second round at Wimbledon and the fourth round at the U.S. Open, a surprise even for the aging wonder that is Roger Federer.
Now 32-years-old, Federer said that his early season schedule might have been a reason for his struggles late in the season, admitting he got into a bad place with his game and needed some time to turn that around.
"I played matches that I should never have played,'' said Federer.
"I should have left in Indian Wells (last March, with back pain) before the quarter-finals against (Rafael Nadal). This summer, I should not have tried to play on clay in Hamburg and in Gstaad.