Tennis is all about self-expression. Too much of it, if you ask Ivan Ljubicic. The tall Croat with a rocket serve was at the receiving end of the most talked-about prank in the sport (at Miami Masters, 2005).
We’ll let Andy Roddick tell the story: “Ljubicic was playing really well at the beginning of 2005 or 2006, and there’s a French guy named Michael Llodra who was convinced that (Ljubicic) needed to kind of rub off on him. Llodra’s about 6-foot-4, and he tucked himself into Ljubicic’s locker and he got butt-naked. When Ljubicic opened up his locker, (Llodra) jumped out. He was convinced it was going to bring him good luck.”
Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal are great competitors…when it comes to Playstation.
And Nadal carried their feud forward when he decided to pull a fast one on the deadpanned Scot.
“I was out at dinner with my girlfriend,” says Murray. “And I got a message on my phone saying ‘Hi Andy, you look great tonight, shame your girlfriend’s here...’ with a couple of kisses. And I panicked, I didn't know who it was from. It wasn't until I was walking back to the hotel that I realised it was him.”
It’s not just the men who are busy planning pranks.
During an exhibition womens’ doubles tennis match featuring Kim Clijsters and her sister Elke Clijsters facing off against Yanina Wickmayer and Caroline Wozniacki, Kim stopped the game to announce that the first person to kiss Yanina Wickmayer will win a car.
A bunch of random guys charged the court and kissed Wickmayer. Neither Wickmayer nor the security guards seemed to be laughing after that one.
Text by: Deepti Patwardhan, Anand Sachar, B Shrikant