“It showed me that, sometimes, when you look around and there is nothing, you can create something.” (AP)
Fourhand is the Daily Spin’s occasional roundup of various hits and misses on tour.
CREATOR: “I’m Ana Ivanovic, and I create my own fate.” See the Serbian star in a wham-bam, 30-second video from sponsor Adidas that tracks back to that tried-and-true story about growing up playing tennis in wartime in a converted swimming pool. “It showed me that, sometimes, when you look around and there is nothing, you can create something.” (Her clip is part of a larger campaign.)
HOW ‘BOUT NO?: Caroline Wozniacki, who stars in Sports Illustrated‘s new swimsuit issue, recently took umbrage with Garbine Muguruza‘s read on a perceived pattern of cattiness on the WTA tour. Muguruza mused, in part, that “It’s difficult to be friends between women … We all hate each other. Literally.” An excerpted Wozniacki, in reply: “I don’t think it’s true … You see players at all times having breakfast with each other and just hanging out.”
BOWLED OVER: In the latest installment of her SI diary, Victoria Azarenka shares her Super Bowl 50 experience, starting with her own “pregame analysis” (read: hindsight is 20/20) before dipping into her own emotions during tense times in her career on court, especially when a mid-match call on a point or another action seemed unfair to her. In her own words: “When people disregard how they feel, it builds up inside and then surfaces through actions, usually at the worst possible moment … This escalated and caused me to act out through pure emotion. I am very sensitive and I know that. I can overact easily and I’ve had a few moments like this, and they have harmed me. They have harmed not only my image in the public’s view, but also, more importantly, they have affected me on the inside.” The full piece is well worth a read.
GIMEL GETS FRANK: In his new podcast, SI executive editor Jon Wertheim invites Justin Gimelstob on for an hour of candid talk about conflicts of interest in tennis and much more. Gimelstob goes so far as to call Novak Djokovic the best athlete across all sports at present. Also remarkable is that, at the 40-minute mark in their conversation, Gimelstob speaks at length about that fateful day when he made sexist comments and referred to Anna Kournikova as a “bitch” in a radio interview, as well as the ramifications of that episode.
Follow Jon on Twitter @jonscott9.