Fourhand: Djokovic embodies MJ, Keys hails Duval in new year

back in action after battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014. (AP Photo)

Fourhand is the Daily Spin’s occasional roundup of various hits and misses on tour.

WALK THE MOON  Novak Djokovic, looking the epitome of classic cool in a fedora, struck a pose on New Year’s Day that called to mind MJ in his prime. Michael Jackson, that is, as the Djoker invited his #NoleFam to “shoot for the moon” as he moonwalked in stylish loafers.

WELCOME BACK  Madison Keys tweeted what’s on the minds of many when she welcomed the return of Victoria Duval to the hard-court swing Down Under. Duval filled in admirably for Team USA in Serena Williams‘ absence in the Hopman Cup opener in Perth against Ukraine.

‘LONELY AT THE TOP’  In a piece titled “What I’ve Learnt,” Serena Williams tells The Times in the UK that she’s struggled with her body image over the years but relishes it now. Elsewhere in the article, she states, “It’s lonely at the top. There are a lot of people who don’t like me. Everyone talks behind your back.” Game on, 2016 field.

SCHOOLED  Andre Agassi continues his passionate quest to bring high-quality education to underprivileged children in the new year, announcing his new role on the board of Square Panda, an amusingly named technology company that seeks to bring aid with phonics to pre-kindergartners. Agassi, famous for being a high-school dropout himself, said of Square Panda’s software, “I’m learning to read with it as we speak.”

BONUS  The WTA features a “Behind the Numbers” piece about 2015 stats. Among the figures, the tour write-up hails Daria Kasatkina as “the next big thing in Russian tennis.” And it came to pass, as the No. 72-ranked player upset defending champion Venus Williams in three sets in her opening match in Auckland.

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