Court Six: Long Island Tennis Magazine's Gossip Column (June 2014)

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Lights … camera … action!
Tennis-loving actor Will Ferrell is set to play Bobby Riggs in a new movie called “Match Maker.” The film will be an adaptation of a 2013 ESPN.com story by Don Van Natta Jr. about the 1973 Battle of the Sexes. Riggs was 55-years-old at the time and Billie Jean King, his opponent, was 29. Ferrell himself is 46 at present.

 

 



 

Timeout!
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov called a timeout in his third-round match at the Sony Open in Miami. He noticed a ballgirl overcome by the 90-degree heat and escorted her off the court to get treatment. While it was very nice, unfortunately Dimitrov still lost to Kei Nishikori when the match resumed.

 

 



 

 

 

He got slimed!
Some sports stars take themselves all too seriously. Not Andy Murray. Children's TV channel Nickelodeon made the British tennis legend the victim of a slime dunking after the Sony Open at Key Biscayne in Florida. The Wimbledon champion was at a press briefing at the Crandon Park Tennis Center when buckets of sticky green goo were thrown all over him as part of a publicity stunt for the channel's Kids' Choice Awards 2014. "Getting slimed is definitely the most outrageous award acceptance I’ve ever done, it was pretty good fun,” said a slime-covered Murray after the dousing.

 



 

Split open
Speaking of Andy Murray, he and coach Ivan Lendl have mutually agreed to end their two-year partnership. In a joint statement on Murray's Web site, it appeared the Czech-born Lendl had been the instigator of the split.

"Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me", said Lendl. "He is a first-class guy. Having helped him achieve his goal of winning major titles, I feel like it is time for me to concentrate on some of my own projects moving forward, including playing more events around the world which I am really enjoying."

Murray, who under Lendl's guidance won an Olympic gold medal, the 2012 U.S. Open and the 2013 Wimbledon title, added, "I'm eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years, the most successful of my career so far.

"I’ll take some time with the team to consider the next steps and how we progress from here," added Murray



 

Tweets from the pros
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Rafa Nadal ‏(@RafaelNadal): Congrats to my friend @BubbaWatson for winning the #MastersAugusta and to #MiguelAngelJimenez for his great tournament.

►Roger Federer ‏(@RogerFederer): Had a great time in Miami and Indian Wells. I love driving myself whenever I can like the last month! #openwindows

►Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert): Watching #Blacklist with #JamesSpader ... he's got it …

►Bob Bryan (‏@BryanBros): Congrats to my big bro, Mike, on triple digits. #100 @MCROLEXMASTERS

►Gael Monfils ‏(@Gael_Monfils): I will take some time for myself, need to fix a few things. I hope to be back soon stronger.

►John Isner (‏@JohnIsner): Who else agrees with me that the officiating in this Tampa-Montreal series has been horrible?

►Caroline Wozniacki (‏@Carowozniacki): Had an amazing time in Augusta! Time to go home, see you next year! Won't forget that 30 foot putt any time soon!

►Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania): Be kind to unkind people ... they need it the most.

►Sabine Lisicki (@SabineLisicki): Done with practice with @SaraErrani & now watching Champions League :-)

►Andy Murray ‏(@Andy_Murray): Lightning just struck twice ... the plane I was on from Paris to London! Been a rough few days travel #sweatypalms #whiteknuckles

►Eugenie Bouchard (@GenieBouchard): Still fight my brother to sit in the front seat of the car #somethingsneverchange

►Victoria Azarenka (@Vika7): Go #bulls over time let’s go!

►Andy Roddick ‏(@AndyRoddick): RT@darrenrovell: Yanks spell Jacoby Ellsbury’s name wrong at his 1st home game … Yes ! Hahahahaha

►Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76): Watching Angels play opening day w/my son. Angels get a homer from Trout second at bat. Go Halos!

►Serena Williams ‏(@SerenaWilliams): Dinner: Coco Puffs. Too tired to go out ...

►Sloane Stephens (‏@SloaneTweets): I snuck into my Easter basket early! #Easter #bunny

►Mardy Fish (‏@MardyFish): What's more stressful? Fantasy baseball or just normal everyday life?

►Maria Kirilenko ‏(@MKirilenko): Not easy to be the best of all!!! Proud of my baby!!! #RussianMachineNeverBreak

►Justin Gimelstob ‏(@JustinGimelstob): If you get a chance try to check out an excellent book "Facing Federer" by @scoopmalinowski fun read