Fourhand: Bartoli backed the Seahawks in Super Bowl
Are you still coming down from that naturally exhilarating high Down Under? With the Australian Open in the rear-view, here are four quotables and notables from the past week in pro tennis.
STAN THE MAN God bless Greg Sharko. The ATP World Tour's stats chief is a wizard of numbers. If you're not following him on Twitter, go do so right now. And check this out: Stanislas Wawrinka's jump from No. 8 to No. 3 in the ATP world rankings is the most sizable leap among the Top 10 in nearly 12 years, since Andre Agassi and Tommy Haas both shot up the ladder in 2002.
MARION AS SUPERFAN Erstwhile tennis professional Marion Bartoli is seemingly everywhere since her departure from the WTA Tour.
Is there a sporting event Marion Bartoli has missed since she retired? Now at the SuperBowl :))— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) January 31, 2014
Last week she was in New Jersey—let's be real: New York City—cheering on the Seattle Seahawks ahead of their Super Bowl contest (which worked out well), and she had some gifts for them. Seeing is believing:
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN In homage to Jay Z's Grammy appearance and victory, Brooklyn Decker filmed husband Andy Roddick's best H.O.V.A. impression. Remember that guy who impersonated the stars of tennis so well? Yea, don't quit your day job (at Fox Sports 1), A-Rod.
PAVS FOR THE WIN How do you solve a problem like Maria (Sharapova)? For Anastasia Pavlychenkova, praying for double faults may have worked, as the world No. 5 Sharapova delivered two such consecutive errors to lose their three-set semifinal match in Paris. All credit to the player known as "Pavs," though, for taking it to her Russian compatriot after dropping the opening set.
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