Fourhand is the Daily Spin’s occasional roundup of various hits and misses on tour.
WELL FED Forbes has released its “fab” list of the 40 most highly valued brands in sports. Encompassing series and single-team events, squads, and individual and team athletes, the list is a testament to the global power of soccer, for one. Among tennis brands, Roger Federer’s personal one is the sole entry to appear. As described by Forbes, the rankings are arrived at this way: “An athlete’s brand value is their endorsement income, less the average endorsement income of the top 10 athletes in the same sport.” Among athletes, Fed ties for No. 3 alongside one LeBron James.
LIP SERVICE Julio Iglesias has a new album out for the first time in more than a decade, and the likes of Rafael Nadal, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (No. 8 on the above list featuring Federer), and more Friends of Julio come out in support for a new, and perhaps unintentionally amusing, tribute video. So be it.
TRIO Speaking of Rafa, he was pulled in for a quick pic on the camera phone of Andy Murray on a flight out of Shanghai this week. Also in flight: retired NBA star Yao Ming. Height: 7’6″, with the wingspan of an albatross. (Just imagine how good that guy could be at net.)
VERBAL VOLLEYS Maria Sharapova recently unveiled plans for Chelsea Handler and more famous pals to join her for a Maria and Friends exhibition in Los Angeles. Entertainment Tonight was all too willing to lend screen time to the pair, themselves always game for amusing follies and happy to comply for a quick feature.
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) October 20, 2015
Seriously, though, they’re like a classic comedian-and-the-straight-guy tandem.
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