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Fourhand: Raonic's first 'pitch'; Sloane's frank talk; Rafa and Xisca photos

Friday, July 25, 2014 /by
The Canadian wound up—with his racquet—on the mound. (AP Photo)
The Canadian wound up—with his racquet—on the mound. (AP Photo)

A NEW SPIN  On the heels of John Isner tossing the first pitch at Boston's famed Fenway Park, Milos Raonic got in on that action in Toronto this week. He served—yes, served—the opening pitch at the Blue Jays' Rogers Centre. Pitcher-turned-"catcher" Mark Buehrle fielded the delivery, which went about as expected. Raonic was promoting the forthcoming Rogers Cup ATP event in town, ahead of his own appearance next in Washington, D.C.'s Citi Open.

UP IN ARMS  Much ado is being made of this Sloane Stephens profile in Elle (featuring a cameo by Jack Sock) in which she discusses her gynecologist and other off-the-wall items, but suffice it to say, we have here a portrait of an untamed star-in-waiting.

COVER GIRL  Stephens's rival-to-be, Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard, graces the cover of Elle Quebec's August 2014 issue. Obviously Elle, like tennis superfan Anna Wintour's VOGUE, has no desire to be a stranger to the sport.

HOLIDAY IN SPAIN  In the dual-summer-getaway department, Grigor Dimitrov and Maria Sharapova have nothing on Rafael Nadal and girlfriend Maria "Xisca" Perello. The Spaniards turned up the heat on a boat in Ibiza, perhaps unwittingly downplaying the tabloid talk of late that, because she hasn't accompanied him to a few recent functions or trips, the two are having relational issues.

BONUS  When asked in a Twitter Q&A, @GrigorDimitrov revealed that he would most like to play doubles with John McEnroe. As for mixed doubles: Sharapova (duh). Don't get too used to the idea that they'll partner at the U.S. Open or another future tournament, though. It's highly unlikely that Sharapova would do such a thing, given her penchant for singles-only play (and knack for swinging volleys).

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