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Business Bits: Murray Swears Off Swearing
By Nicholas McCarvel
(December 11, 2012) --
Murray’s Sworn Statement:
I distinctly remember a moment in the sixth grade when a female peer of mine was unhappy about what some other girls had said about her rumored bad habit of dropping f-bombs. “I don’t f$#@cking swear!” She yelled across the cafeteria. Well, technically she
swear, but was that really the point.
took to the sporting equivalent of a middle school lunch bench — the media — over the weekend to announce that his grown-up potty mouth would be going down the toilet in 2013. Yep, that’s right.
Murray’s sworn off swearing
. “Obviously, me saying s(expletive) or whatever is bad and wrong, and it's something I want to try to stop doing,” he told the
. But there are worst offenders out there, right Andy? “It isn't as bad as some of the stuff the foreign players come out with. I wouldn't want to name any names, but some of what they say is ghastly. It's just that all of the umpires speak English.” Can’t we all agree on this: Any modern player whose personal dictionary includes “ghastly”
doesn’t really have a language problem. Am I right?
The One About Djokovic and the Donkey:
you read on
, the bit about
buying the world’s stock of donkey cheese is… well, true. Why the cheese rush, you wonder? Well it’s to supply Djokovic’s
forthcoming chain of restaurants
that he’s working on across suburban Serbia. So if you’re hankering for some donkey cheese on a hamburger or a slice of toast, it’s not the culinary capitals of the world like New York or Paris you should be booking a flight to, it’s the quiet streets of Pancevo, Novi Sad, or Nis. Num num.
Caro’s Calculated Risk:
Think what you want about
over the weekend on the
tour, but the instance is grabbing lots of attention across the globe. Australia’s
Good Morning, America
) debated its racial overtones, as did
the women of
But really, let’s be frank
: This was a joke. She’s getting a laugh (well, trying to) from the crowd by likening herself to Serena, who has
her “big butt problems” before. The fact is, Serena is shaped different not because she’s black, but because she’s her own person.
isn’t shaped that way. Nor is
. Let’s not make an issue out of a non-issue.
Bernie’s Bad Turn:
Some 11 months ago
the toast of Australian tennis
following his fourth-round run at the
in which he beat three higher-ranked players before falling to the almighty
. This year, things are quite different for the 20 year old, who had a pity of a 2012 season, ran into trouble with the police and recently was knocked off the
team for a February tie.
writes in a column
that one of tennis’ last prodigies has to be careful that he doesn’t finish as just that, a “Remember who I once was?” kind of guy. But here’s a simple solution, Bernie: put up the results. Let your tennis do the talking. Because if sport loves anything, it’s a solid, winning person/team to cheer for.
A Royal Affair: Prince William
with tennis’ (older) elite
about his drinking? We love. Tis the season! Regarding Henman’s win over
at Royal Albert Hall, William had this to say at the dinner: “Good to see all those vodka shots at dinner didn’t hold you back, Tim.” Touché, your royalness.
is counting down
their 100 favorite moments
from the 2012 season. Our favorite between Nos. 100 and 90? No. 98:
coming back from a set and 4-0 down at the French Open in the first round. Did you remember that? Neither did we. |
? “There is no point in comparison,”
said of his loss
to the Czech earlier this year at
when asked which was bigger, that defeat or his shocking 2009 downing by
Robin Soderling at
, his only loss in Paris…
. Thanks for setting the records straight, Rafa. |
2013 doubles partners
. Loves! | The
Tennis Integrity Unit
, formed by the ATP, WTA and ITF to oversee legal issues (sparked by the player gambling scandal)
has a new chief
. The former policemen is set to start Jan. 1. |
a new rep team
in the Hollywood-based
. Connors’ memoir,
, is due out May 14. Connors’ brand, it’s said, will look to expand over publishing, broadcasting and endorsement platforms.
In other words:
they want to make him more famous! | Kudos to the
grabbed the Queensland (state) honor
for best sporting event. |
Henman on Murray:
I see things only getting better. PS: That’s not verbatim. |
on what his relationship with Caro
did for him on the course
: “Seeing how hard she works and how hard she practices and how dedicated she is, it definitely flipped a switch with me that I could be a little more like that. She’s definitely been a great influence on me. I’ve always felt like I’ve been dedicated to the game and I’ve practiced hard and I’ve worked at it.” So, Rory, have you seen what’s happened to Caro’s ranking since the two of you started dated? Right, OK. |
is helping her sister
open a coffee shop
in Hyderabad. Cue the coffee-meets-tennis “service” names. | Want to know how to retire the right way?
has answers for you
(Photo Credit: Daily Mail)
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