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Caption This: Arina Rodionova and Bobby Reynolds star as rain delay Professional Squeegee-ers

By Romi Cvitkovic

Washington Kastles tennis players Arina Rodionova and Bobby Reynolds know how to have fun on court by winning 24 straight matches solidifying one of the longest winning streaks in sports’ history, but how about having fun during a rain delay? Well, according to the photos below, that’s no sweat either.

Let’s check out Arina and Bobby as they star in their new still movie: “Tennis Players Turned Professional Squeegee-ers!”

Arina Rodionova as The Novice

I’ve never done this before! I don’t know what I’m doing!

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Oh. Is that how you do it? Just push the squeegee and look cute?

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I can totally do that!!

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Arina as The Expert, Bobby Reynolds as The Novice

Hey, Bobby. You wanna try? It’s sooo fun!

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Bobby: So, you just push the squeegee down the court and people cheer you on? Sounds cool, show me.

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Arina: See?! It’s so great. Hah, I’m beating you! Look at my water puddle splatter!

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Bobby: Wait, so I have to get rid of all this water —

Arina: Are you ready to give it a try?!

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Let’s go, Bobby, let’s go! Close it out for the Kastles!

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Hmm. This isn’t so bad. Kind of relaxing …

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HEY YOU MISSED A SPOT!!

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After that intense lesson, I need to reward myself so I’m graduating to the air blower. I make this thing look damn good!

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ATP Tidbits: Nadal’s Anti-Doping, Djokovic Waxing and Winning, and Davis Cup Outtakes

Rafael Nadal’s drug tests, Novak Djokovic “waxing” and winning, and Davis Cup outtakes are some of the happenings this week on the ATP Tour. We’ll take a look at the history of Nadal’s doping tests, introduce you to Djokovic 2.0 and his beautiful girlfriend Jelena Ristic, as well as inspect some memorable Davis Cup moments featuring Roger Federer, Mardy Fish, Tommy Haas, and Bernard Tomic among others.

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Just days after a French TV show aired a Rafael Nadal skit that was meant to be a joke, insinuating that Nadal takes performance-enhancing drugs, Nadal tweeted about a surprise anti-doping test he had on Saturday morning stating that “it’s expected after everything … but I’m happy it’s like this!”

To those not familiar with the Tennis Anti-Doping Program, any professional tennis player can get tested and “must submit upon request to testing … at any time or place.” This means testing can be done during or outside of a tournament, while on vacation, or in the early-morning hours, and a player must report their whereabouts, or risk being banned from playing professional tennis. All cases are “surprise” cases to ensure honest results and players may be tested anywhere from several times per tournament to a couple of times per year. Typically, higher-ranked players are targeted but any player could be tested.

In 2009, 1972 in-competition tests (urine, blood, and EPO) and 154 out-of-competition tests were performed by the anti-doping agency — only a slight increase from the 2069 total tests done the year before. Nadal, in particular, was tested 10 times in 2009 and twice at Roland Garros, while only playing 18 total events. In 2008, he was tested 8 times during tournament play and twice more out-of-competition. In 2007, he was tested only 5 times while in 2006 he was tested 10 times. We can argue that doping is quickly becoming more prevalent among athletes as the technology needed to accurately identify a positive result is falling behind. But to insinuate that an athlete that has passed the roughly 75 or so drug tests given to him in the past decade, is just plain ludicrous and irresponsible.

 

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Just five days after winning his third Australian Open, Novak Djokovic was awarded the “Laureus World Sportsman of the Year” beating out the likes of Dirk Nowitzki, Usain Bolt, and Lionel Messi among others. He attended the Laureus Welcome Party and the awards ceremony in London with long-time Serbian girlfriend, Jelena Ristic, in hand. If you know nothing about his beautifully genuine girlfriend, then just enjoy her British accent in the video below. I dare you not to fall in love with tennis’ cutest couple.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=TfGsvcbSJPg

And speaking of the devilishy-charming Djokovic, after attending a boxing match in Jagodina, Serbia, he unveiled a “larger than life” wax sculpture of himself in the town’s museum. He was greeted by some 6,000 fans and was happy to oblige for photos. Even though the wax statue is wearing Djokovic’s Sergio Tacchini ensemble and holding a tennis racquet used by the man himself, I wonder how much he paid the sculptor to give him an extra few inches … and a bigger head.

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In lighter news, the Davis Cup is in full swing this weekend and it has already brought in some memorable photos.

  “Alexia, this is my friend Roger. He has two girls your age, Myla and Charlene. Make sure to befriend both of them and become a better champion in tennis than your daddy. Now, can you say ‘Myla’ and ‘Charlene?'”

Not sure if this sign is a compliment for Bernard Tomic, but you can’t say the Australians don’t go all-out in support of their players — even if they do liken them to drooling dogs.

Tommy Haas and his German compatriots just lost the Davis Cup to Argentina, 0-3, but all Haas cares about is if his hair looks good. Yes. Yes, it does, Tommy. I whole-heartedly approve.

I’m not sure what is so funny to Mardy Fish and Mike Bryan, but I would be laughing too if I had just beaten the reigning Olympic champion Roger Federer on clay. The American men surprised the entire tennis world as they dominated the Swiss in Davis Cup action handily winning 3-0, with John Isner defeating Federer on Saturday in singles.

When are height differences not funny? The answer: never. Ivo Karlovic at 6’10” towers over Kei Nishikori who is just 5’10”. Croatia currently leads Japan 2-1 and the winner will be decided on Sunday in singles’ play.

Funny Photos: Australian Open Day 8

Here’s a roundup of funny photos from Day Eight of the Australian Open featuring players Kvitova, Tsonga, Ivanovic, Murray, Ferrer, Hewitt, Gasquet and Lisicki among others, Tebowing, calling on the tennis gods, and of course, stripping.

Petra Kvitova paying homage to American football player Tim Tebow by “Tebowing” on court. The only way that this could be more impressive is to Tebow during a point — a fact that Ana Ivanovic has nearly perfected:

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This is a photo of Lleyton Hewitt looking for his wife Bec, right? I mean, there cannot be another explanation for this, RIGHT??

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In recent statements, Serena Williams has said she “doesn’t love tennis, today” and it seems like tennis doesn’t love her back either. Watch out for those vicious inanimate objects we call tennis racquets, Serena. They’re out to get you, gurrrl!

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Perhaps she heard me and is actually apologizing to the tennis gods. But maybe she’s singing and dancing. I can’t really tell.

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Not only is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s adidas kit so much better looking in the promotions than on-court, but he’s also missing the tennis ball in his famous “ball-biting” face!

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This photo is pretty tame, but the  caption makes me scratch my head:  “Zheng Jie of China wears an ice pack.” Since when did ice packs become a new fashion accessory, Getty? Not sure the ice pack is getting the proper treatment — maybe they should get Marcos Baghdatis to promote it.

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You cannot outdo a good “head stuck in shirt” shot ala Richard Gasquet. A+ for execution. B- for not flexing your abs, Reeshard. Tsk tsk.

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Uh, how did these get in here? Anyways. Tomas Berdych seems to have gotten my abs-flexing memo during his afternoon at the beach on St. Kilda. You’re welcome.

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Surprise quarterfinalist Ekaterina Makarova is multi-talented. Not only did she beat Serena Williams in two easy sets, but she was watching Championship Sunday football games at the same time: GOALLLL!

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“And I-yee-I will always love youuuu-ohhh…”

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Good girl Sabine Lisicki seems to be hushing the crowd in a Berdych-esque way, when in fact she was simply challenging a call. Angles, angles, angles.

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And in similar news: placement, placement, placement. Oh, Andy. You make it too easy for us.

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And finally, if only because these types of photos have become so common in the past year, dead spots in million dollar tennis tournaments. Here, an official uses a powerdrill during the Kei Nishikori vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga match.