ATP Tidbits: Honeymoon Fever Hits ATP Tour!

Two weddings, a street-buying and twitter overload are among the happenings on the ATP Tour this week. We’ll catch you up on the lives of Radek Stepanek, Janko Tipsarevic, Juan Martin del Potro, John Isner, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt.

Former top-10 players on their respective tours, Radek Stepanek, 31, and Nicole Vaidisova, 21 wed this past Saturday in the Czech Republic’s biggest church, St. Vitus Cathedral. The couple had reportedly been engaged since 2007, shortly after Stepanek’s engagement to Martina Hingis, a former #1 and five-time grand slam winner, had been called off in August of 2007.

In other wedding news, world number 45 Janko Tipsarevic married his long-time girlfriend Biljana Sesevic last week near Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Tennis players and good friends Novak Djokovic, Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki were among the party guests and party they did until the early hours of the morning!

First, some obligatory wedding photos:

Janko and new wife, Biljana

Jelena Ristic, Janko, Biljana, Novak Djokovic

Viktor Troicki with model-girlfriend Suncica Travica, Novak Djokovic with girlfriend Jelena Ristic and Nenad Zimonjic with wife Mina dancing the night away.

Now onto the party photos!

Clockwise: Biljana and Djokovic dancing; Djokovic and Jelena singing to the band; Janko and Biljana; Zimonjic, Troicki, singer Lepa Brena, Janko and Djokovic dancing

In some rather unique news, Juan Martin del Potro has bought a street in his hometown of Tandil, Argentina that connects two newly purchased lands of his. In an attempt to keep tourists away from his home, del Potro purchased a street for $50,000 under the mayor’s and city council’s approval. Neighbors and preservation activists, however, are scrutinizing the deal. They are worried the heritage of Tandil may be compromised and that others may begin purchasing their own street with no justification for it. It will be interesting to see if this makes its way to the court system.

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut won an ESPY award for Best Record-Breaking Performance this past Wednesday evening in Los Angeles for their marathon battle at this year’s Wimbledon. They beat out the competition of Roger Federer, Usain Bolt, Brett Favre, and the Connecticut Women’s Basketball team.

Roddick may have more on his hands than he bargained for! Friend and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocino challenged Roddick to a duel … on the tennis court! Via his twitter account, Ochocinco stated: “How long are you gonna keep ducking me on court, say the place, grass, clay or hard surface, don’t be scared!” To which Roddick replied: “I might just try to beat u with a frying pan.”

Ochocinco was a regional tennis champion in his youth so he is no newcomer to the sport. However, back in January when talk first arose of the two dueling it out, Ochocinco stipulated that Roddick must play with his left hand. So, can Ochocinco take on Roddick as a left-handed frying pan hitter? We can’t wait to find out!

And speaking of twitter, who’s excited for the upcoming US Open Series? Ok, it might be too soon to start thinking about the US Open which is 1.5 months away, but maybe this will lighten the spirit. Watch as Roddick and Serena Williams talk twitter. Remember, they grew up knowing each other as kids, so it’s all in good-fun. Andy’s a bit modest with his follower count, isn’t he? For a full list of tennis tweeters, check out http://www.tennistweets.com/ .

Ever wondered how Roger Federer did his ‘between-the-legs’ forehand at last year’s US Open against Novak Djokovic? Well, he explains in a step-by-step analysis below.

Former world number 1 Lleyton Hewitt lost a court battle in Australia. Don’t remember hearing about this? Neither did I, but come to find, it was about his “C’mon” fistpump. Hewitt claimed that he had originated the gesture, but an Australian court has found that it is not exclusive to him but encompasses Australian sports as a whole. Maybe it’s time to start looking for a new slogan, Lleyton.