Here's our latest roundup of some of the top headlines in tennis, stories you may have missed and other timely pieces well worth your reading (and tasting).
MUZZ HAS BUZZ Despite his season's early close due to back surgery, Andy Murray was recognized "for services to tennis" and received an OBE medal from Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace on Oct. 16. The honoree and his girlfriend, Kim Sears, both looked fantastic, as did mom Judy Murray, who also looked a lot like Wimbledon. Murray quipped that he talked to William about his recent operation, as well as how the Duchess of Cambridge's handwriting is significantly better than that of her husband. Here's video from the event:
THE YEAR OF FED Fans of Roger Federer can get a 2014 calendar now that bears his countenance on each spread for less than $30. (That's roughly $2.45 per month; I did the math.) The calendar's photos are said to "give a glimpse of Roger's private moments," though most all of the images involve what appear to be rather public times in his life.
TENNIS TREATS Whether hosting a sports-themed Halloween party or just an everyday shebang, one of USTA Midwest's Pinterest boards harbors great visuals for tennis-centric goodies. (Lest we forget, your loyal Spin keeper appeared at a 2006 Halloween party as one John McEnroe.)
NAME THAT NOVAK So Serbia's new national airline has given its first plane the same moniker as the ATP World Tour's No. 1 star. What would you name after Novak Djokovic, or have you already? Considering how his hair grows, seems a Chia Pet tie-in would be brilliant. Chia Djoker?
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