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Tennis Titanic Cover

Karl Behr

Dick Williams

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Fiona and that Calendar

And clothed!

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Lookalikes from Tennis and the Rest of the World!

Actor Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill who appeared in the Tudors and will be the next Superman

is a dead ringer for :

Tomasz Witkorowski

Tomasz Witkorowski newly appointed coach to Agnieszka Radwanska and the Davis Cup Captain for Poland.

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Miranda Raison

Miranda Raison, well known for her appearances in 'Spooks' and many other high-profile parts

is a dead ringer for

Sabine Lisicki

Sabine Lisicki - Germany's new bright young rising star.

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Gabrielle Anwar

Gabrielle Anwar best known for her leading role in Burn Notice

is a dead ringer for

Kveta Benesova

Kveta Benesova of the Czech Republic

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Who would have thought da Vinci would have known about the astonishing coincidence of two ladies both domiciled in Kraków?

Da Vinci's Lady with Stoat

Leonardo da Vinci painted the Lady with an Ermine (Cecilia Gallerani) in the 15th Century little realising that she would soon be transported to Kraków and reincarnated as .......

Agnieszka Radwanska

Agnieszka Radwanska, resident and famous daughter of Kraków.

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For a long time now the tennis world has been comparing Muhammad Ali ( formerly known as Cassius Clay)

Muhammad Ali

to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and they're not wrong are they?

Jo Wilfired Tsonga

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Who would have thought the author of a long-running Cornish romantic drama (Poldark) would have envisaged the character played by Jill Townsend

Jill Townsend

to be a dead ringer for Elena Dementieva

Elena Dementieva

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Boris Johnson, Mayor of London is eerily reminiscent of

Boris Johnson

Boris Becker, coincidentally, Lord of Wimbledon

Boris Johnson

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Lisa Goddard, beloved by all by her early appearances in 'Skippy' morphs into

Liza Goddard

Australian Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat who continued to hold the Baton for Australia after Evonne Goolagong-Cawley's retirement.

Dianne Fromholz

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Amazingly we can even find tennis players in a soap opera:

Alize Cornet

Alize Cornet becomes the dead ringer for

Elizabeth Tippy Walker

'Tippy' Elizabeth Walker who starred in my all-time favourite soap opera - Peyton Place.

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On the day we received the sad news of Václav Pavel's death

Vaclav Havel

I couldn't be help being reminded of the great Czechoslovakian Wimbledon 1973 winner Jan Kodes

Jan Kodes

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Two Tennis players a few generations apart look remarkably alike - Mary Jo Fernandez reigned in the late 1980s

Mary Jo Fernandez

and now commentates on her younger lookalike Julia Goerges

Julia Goerges

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Popular Hollywood actor Bruce Davison

Bruce Davison

has more than a passing resemblance to Stefan Edberg.

Stefan Edberg

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Sorana Cîrstea much admired for her tennis skills

Sorana Cirstea

is remarkably like a young Nathalie Wood.

Nathalie Wood

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Elaine Page known for her stunning singing performances

Elaine Page

could be Caroline Wozniaki's elder sister.

Caroline Wozniaki

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Keeping faith with the tennis family - could you tell Greg Rusedski

Greg Rusedski

apart from Sam Querry?

Sam Querry

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Swedish Football International Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

must hope not too many people see his resemblance to Queens Club 'bad boy' David Nalbandian!

David Nalbandian

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The Kinks Ray Davies and actor Paul McGann could both easily be mistaken for

Ray Davies

Paul McGann

Game, Set and Mats Wilander

Mats Wilander

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Whilst watching Harry Potter Deathly Hallows P1 the other night it finally came to me that Elena Vesnina who had such a fabulous wimbledon

Elena Vesnina

suddenly, magically morphed into 'Luna Lovegood' better known as Evanna Lynch

Evanna Lynch

Both have impish smiles and enormous eyes!

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When watching Gilles Muller of Luxembourg

Gilles Muller

I am often reminded of William Beck who plays a dead-pan grumpy doctor (with a soft interior he would never admit to) in the long running series 'Casualty.'

William Beck

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Whilst reading an article about the proposed comeback of Agneta Fälkstog (formerly of Abba)

Agneta Faltskog

I was struck by her resemblance to Ula (Urszula) Radwańska younger sister of Agnieszka (featured above)

Urszula Radwanska

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Watching the players arrive at the pre-Wimbledon party at the Roof Gardens in Kensington yesterday I was astounded at the resemblance between Angelika Kerber of Germany

Angelika Kerber

and actress Scarlett Johanssen

Scarlett Johanssen

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While watching a Wimbledon 2013 (who didn't) match featuring Mansour Bahrami - I had to have a laugh when he started whistling the 007 theme whilst playing Paul McNamara

Paul McNamara

who does, incredibly match up to 007 Daniel Craig very well

Daniel Craig

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Wimbledon 2013 full of surprises no less than a critcism of Andrew Jarret

Andrew Jarrett

who sometimes bears an uncanny resemblance to Tom actor Conti

Tom Conti

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Whilst watching the new espionage thriller 'Crossing Lines' I instantly saw the striking likeness between Tom Wlaschiha

Tom Wlaschiha

and 'Stanimal' Wawrinka!

Stan Wawrinka

Maybe it's the shared Slavic (Czech/Polish) genes?

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It is difficult to source an image of Jude Law

Jude Law

grinning from ear to ear but when he does he can fool anyone into believing that he has been earning tennis money and accolades disguised as Pat Cash

Pat Cash

or Russ Hutchins

Russ Hutchins

over two generations of tennis players!

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Jonas Bjorkman

Jonas Bjorkman was prominent at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships coaching Marin Cilic

Dawid Celt

but he couldn't fool me he was just pretending to be Aga Radwańska's hitting partner and fiancé Dawid Celt!

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Interesting / Possibly previously unheard of Stuff

Konta & Murray back new British Tennis member scheme

Membership logo for British Tennis

I do like a decent logo especially using our brilliant Union Jack flag and 'my colours' for a new tennis initiative

Even Cats dig Roger Federer

Roger Federed adored by black and white cat

During the Australian Open in 2017, this little cat called Rémy, who lives near New York couldn't help but urge Roger on - after all his 'mom' is a Swiss Miss.

'Advantage' Mice

A heartwarming story involving tennis balls and field mice.

Tennis ball as a nest

A natural harvest mouse nest and one fashioned from a tennis ball.  Photos by Alasdair Grubb

Field Mouse and Tennis Ball

Tennis balls provide perfect penthouses for harvest mice

23rd November 2015

You might not think there’s much to celebrate about a grubby old tennis ball, but these seemingly uninspiring objects are being put to use in an unusual way by one of our country’s cutest critters. This autumn (2015), wardens at the RSPB’s Dee Estuary nature reserve discovered an empty harvest mouse nest, alerting the team that these tiny creatures – not usually found so far north – had moved into their Cheshire site. Since then, the team have come up with a creative way of providing more homes for their resident rodents: by using old tennis balls.

Alasdair Grubb, warden at Dee Estuary nature reserve, said: “Sadly harvest mice numbers are falling in the UK due to changing farming practices and other pressures on our countryside, so we were delighted to discover they had made a home at Burton Mere Wetlands and were eager to find out how many and whereabouts they were living.”

Game, set, match!

The RSPB got in touch with a local tennis club to help deliver more of these unusual homes which, as well as an excellent recycling solution, will also allow harvest mice numbers to be more closely monitored. Alasdair continued: “Tennis balls might seem like an odd solution, but it’s actually a trick that’s been used with balls from Wimbledon for years. So, I contacted the tennis section at Neston Cricket Club and enquired if they would consider donating any of their used balls.

Mouse in tennis ball

“The club coach, Dan Stickland, was more than happy to help and provided 35 old tennis balls for me to drill a hole in and put around the reserve in suitable locations; which means next summer I’ll be able to revisit each tennis ball and see whether it has been used as a nest. “As well as allowing us a means of surveying the numbers, the tennis balls also protect the mice from predation and bad weather, and provide extra homes by giving them chance to nest in areas where there might be ample food, but not quite the right conditions.”

"Next summer I’ll be able to revisit each tennis ball and see whether it has been used as a nest”

Here's hoping the mice enjoyed their new homes to read more visit the RSPB here

Roland Garros goes Pink

Court no.1 was given a special makeover this year. In honour of Women’s Day at Roland Garros, the court was covered in bright fuchsia-coloured clay. Chris Evert, former world no.1 and seven-time French Open champion, and FFT president Jean Gachassin led the inauguration ceremony.

Evert was moved to reminisce about about her French Open days: “When I see the courts here, it makes me want to play again,” she said with a big smile, “but you’ll have to ask Martina if the colour changes the game.”

Two Perrier Legends Tournament semi-final matches were played on the new pink surface today: American Martina Navratilova and Czech Jana Novotna faced off against Frenchwomen Nathalie Tauziat and Sandrine Testud, followed by the Spanish-Croatian team Conchita Martinez and Iva Majoli versus the German-Austrian pairing of Anke Huber and Barbara Schett.

For the ladies out there who needed a little break from tennis-watching, a Women’s Village was set up on Court No.4. They could get a new hairdo, try out a wild new shade on their nails, or go work out those knots incurred from cheering on their favourite players with a quick massage.

Inauguration Group

From l to r : Natalie Tauziat, Sandrine Testud, Jana Novotna, FFT president Jean Gachassin, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova photo courtesy of Getty Images

Aeriel View of Pink Court

Thanks to the Roland Garros website and Getty Images for these remarkable pictures.

Titanic Survivors

2012 is a year for anniversaries all over the world and the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic also brings forth a tennis story - two young men, in addition to being survivors of one of the most infamous marine tragedies, also made their names in the world of tennis. Meet Richard Williams and Karl Behr.

Titanic Survivors

Titanic survivors Dick Williams (second from left) and Karl Behr (third from left) appear in this photograph from July 1914. (Credit: Underwood & Underwood/Corbis)

First of all I will admit to not knowing that any tennis players had survived the Titanic disaster, let alone that any were travelling and secondly - there is a lot of information available on the internet which can be found here, in addition to the information below.

Tennis stars among Titanic survivors

It’s a little-known fact that two future International Tennis Hall of Famers were among 713 survivors of the Titanic disaster that claimed 1,516 lives in the sinking of the world’s largest ship during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City on April 14, 1912. The tragedy struck about 1,000 miles east of Boston at 11:40 p.m. as the vessel crashed into an iceberg. By 2:45 a.m. on April 15, the ship had sunk to the bottom of the sea.

L. Jon Wertheim, writing in Sports Illustrated (April 2, 2012), identified the tennis players as Dick Williams of Philadelphia and Karl Behr of New York City. Williams was 21 and Behr 27 at the time of the mishap. Williams was born in Geneva where his father Charles had moved and became a European junior champion. Behr, a US Davis Cup mainstay, had advanced to the Wimbledon doubles finals with Beals Wright in 1907.

Another little-known fact about the Titanic that Wertheim disclosed was it had a squash court. On the two days that the ship sailed in luxury, Williams played squash to keep fit. The squash court and the boiler rooms were supposedly among the first places to flood when water began to gush into the ship after the crash.

Wertheim said Behr and his future wife Helen Newsom, 19, were accommodated in a lifeboat during evacuation proceedings by J. Bruce Ismay, managing director of the Titanic owner White Star Lines. Women and children were given priority in the lifeboats but Behr jumped in because “Ismay allegedly told Behr and (Richard) Beckwith (Newsom’s stepfather) to get in the boat, too, because men were needed to help with the rowing.” Behr later claimed there were 45 to 50 passengers in the lifeboat which could’ve accommodated 15 or 20 more. The lifeboat was the second to leave the ship.

Williams wasn’t as lucky in finding space in a lifeboat. Wrapped in a fur coat, he jumped into the freezing water to abandon the sinking ship. Williams frantically swam towards a floating collapsible boat that had not been assembled and held on for dear life with some 30 others. Battling hypothermia, he was fished out after a three-hour wait by the crew of the steamer Carpathia that responded to a distress call. The fur coat was later recovered and given to Williams as a memento.

Believe it or not, three months later, Williams and Behr faced each other on the tennis court at the Longwood Bowl in Boston. Behr won, 0-6, 7-9, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4, in a classic match of titanic proportions. Two years later, Williams got back at Behr to carve out a 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 victory in the quarterfinals of the US Nationals – now known as the US Open – in Newport. They were teammates on the US Davis Cup squad in 1914.

Wertheim noted that Williams reigned as the US men’s singles champion in 1914 and 1916 and was on the 1920 Wimbledon doubles champion team. Williams saw action on the US squad that won the Davis Cup in 1925 and 1926. At the 1924 Olympics, Williams played on the champion mixed doubles pair. Williams, a decorated World War I hero with the US Army, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1957 and Behr posthumously in 1969.

Williams died in 1968 at the age of 77 and Behr in 1949 at the age of 64. They were both successful professionals in their post-tennis years. Williams became an investment banker while Behr a lawyer, banker and Board member of companies such as Goodyear and NCR.

To commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Titanic disaster, James Cameron reworked his Oscar-winning 1997 blockbuster movie, this time in 3-D, and the remake will open in Manila theaters on Saturday. The original version grossed about $1.8 Billion all over the world. There’s no telling if as many fans will pay to watch a replay of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in a more gripping and intimate portrayal of the tragedy but the betting is moviegoers won’t pass up the chance of reliving the epic experience. “Titanic” is in the record books as the second highest grossing movie of all time, behind Cameron’s other hit “Avatar” and the remake might just bring it over the top.

Williams inspired a scene in the movie. In the actual tragedy, he broke a door to save a trapped passenger and a liner official had the temerity to threaten a fine for destroying ship property. The incident is immortalized in the film.

Wertheim’s piece in Sports Illustrated was entitled “Unsinkable” and appeared in a six-page layout with this inviting introduction: “A century ago, more than 1,500 people died in the most famous shipwreck in history... two of the world’s best tennis players, Richard Williams and Karl Behr, survived the disaster – in very different ways.”  

RUMBLED - the man in the Black Hat!

Identified Steward Wimbledon

We've also now discovered the identity of the man in the black hat always visible in the Players box - whom the Wimbledon web-site describes as 'The AELTC's longest-serving honorary steward David Spearing, with 38 years of service behind him.'

That Calendar!

Thanks to an exhibition devoted to tennis ("Court On Canvas: Tennis In Art" which ran from May 27 to September 18, 2011 at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham), Fiona Walker, then Butler, has been reunited with the image to promote what organisers are billing as "the first exhibition on lawn tennis as a subject in art."

Apparently, more than two million copies of the "sexy" poster, which will appear in the exhibition, have been sold worldwide.

Just for fun, a clothed version of Fiona is shown on the sidebar. To read the full article as it appeared in the Daily Mail click here

Rennis Calendar Athena OriginalPippa Sppof Calendar

That Calendar parody!

Never one to miss out on an opportunity it seems, Pippa Middleton promoted Wimbledon 2013 in her own very special way with the help of Vanity Fair. A spoof article which appeared in the Daily Mail followed as a result of Vanity Fair keeping their version unavailable for general viewing.

The spoof features a lookalike in a modern reproduction of the iconic Athena Poster shot immortalised by Fiona Walker in the 1970s. However, whereas Fiona retained her anonymity for many years, the spoof has made no such concession (except to the body lookalike). Pippa, doomed forever to being affectionately known as 'Her Royal Hotness' following global admiration of her bridesmaids (rear) duties at the wedding of her sister, Catherine to Prince William of Wales is a prime target for featuring in a (not so very original) take on the Calendar shot.

For a reproduction of the article as it appeared in the Daily Mail click here

WTA - Strong is Beautiful Campaign

Strong is Beautiful Promo

The WTA unveiled a new global ad campaign with the tag line "Strong is Beautiful", featuring 38 current and next generation stars of the sport.

Drawing upon athleticism and grace - a unique combination that has turned the stars of the WTA into the most recognizable and followed female athletes on the planet - the campaign places the personal stories, pressures and dreams of the players front of stage. The creative is designed to support the WTA's efforts to establish a deeper engagement with fans around the world and to promote both the sport's next generation of players along with current established names.

Lookalikes

As I'm an avid follower of tennis I have been struck at how similar some of the tennis players are to other well-known celebrities or public figures and in my youth Chris Evert and I were dead ringers for each other - so I'm devoting the sidebar to this fascinating aspect.

Australian Open LogoAustralian Open Logo

Have you ever wondered who's silhouette was used to represent the perfect service motion? Today I found out - the silhouette belongs to Stefan Edberg who has also been the latest addition to my lookalikes section.

Not to diminish Stefan in any way here is a short version of his major achievements:

MAJOR TITLES (8) - Australian singles, 1985, 1987; Wimbledon singles, 1988, 1990; US. singles, 1991, 1992, Australian doubles, 1987; US. doubles, 1987.

DAVIS CUP - 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996; record: 34-14 in singles, 12-8 in doubles, 6 finals, 4 Cups.

SINGLES RECORD IN THE MAJORS - Australian (56-11), French (30-13), Wimbledon (49-12), US. (39-11).

Mentoring and Coaching Roger Federe (2014-)

Retro Advertising

Extolling the virtues of Players cigarettes.

Players cigarettes

Selling popular magazines.

Helen Wills Moody

Helen Wills Moody on the cover of Vanity Fair in 1932

The cover of Vogue 1927

The cover of Vogue 1927

Present Day Advertising

The London Transport Museum is reproducing its original artwork on a variety of popular memorabilia.

 

Tennis Coaster depicting 1930 artwork

A set of 4 coasters

 

1930 Wimbledon Poster by Charles Burton

I particularly like these coasters based on the original poster by a 1930 Charles Burton

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