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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 May, 2004, 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK
Snoop Dogg's love for Lendl
Rounding up the month's news and gossip from behind the scenes on the men's and women's tennis tours.


Snoop Dogg
Ivan Lendl was the truth
American magazine Sport Illustrated has unearthed the world's most unlikely tennis fan.

During an interview, rapper Snoop Dogg was asked which sport people would be surprised to know he liked.

He replied: "Tennis. I used to like Ivan Lendl. He was sharp. An old schooler. Make it happen and roll out. Now I like Venus and Serena, but Ivan was the truth."

Perhaps the All England Club might now be persuaded to invite the rapper-turned-actor over to Wimbledon in June.

Then we can all revel in the sight of Snoop and Cliff Richard exchanging pleasantries over a cup of tea in the Royal Box - and maybe even entertaining the Centre Court crowd with a duet.


Ivan Lendl
Lendl is considering taking on Faldo and Norman
Talking of Ivan Lendl, the eight-time Grand Slam winner was recently showing off his golf skills in a US Open qualifier at the Pinehills Golf Club.

The Czech-born American, who was forced to retire in 1994 because of a back injury, is now a dedicated golf fan, but it took time for him to come round.

When a friend tried to persuade him to take up the game, he replied: "Old men play golf, real men play tennis."

And the fierce competitive spirit that made Lendl such a feared opponent is still in evidence.

"My heart is telling me, 'Let's try and get out there and have some fun'," he said, when asked about joining the Champions Tour in the future.

"But my mind is saying: 'Let's see, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, they're all your age'." Is it something I would like to do? Yes. Is it something I'm going to do? I don't know."


Greg Rusedski has got nothing on David Sebok.

Rusedski was exonerated after testing positive for a minute amount of nandrolone, but Sebok has not been quite so fortunate after the ATP's anti-doping officers found a remarkable four banned substances in his system.

After losing in the first round of qualifying for an ATP tournament in Milan, Sebok tested positive for stanozolol, clenbuterol, nandrolone and ephedrine.

Sebok, ranked 1081 in the world, received the maximum two-year ban and forfeited the whopping 67 in prize money he had earned since the positive test.

The Slovakian told the ATP tribunal he was fully responsible for his "doping delinquency" but that he was trying to "fix my injury".


Andy Roddick
Roddick's record-breaking serve has come into question
Andy Roddick sealed his country's Davis Cup win over Sweden by setting a new record for the world's fastest serve at 152mph.

It was the second time the bullet-serving American had beaten the record in a Davis Cup tie on home soil - leading some to question the accuracy of the speed guns.

It was revealed after Roddick's record-breaking feat that the machinery used in Davis Cup ties is made by a different company to that used in about 15 ATP events a year as well as all four Grand Slam tournaments.

The fastest serve Roddick has recorded on the other speed gun is a 147mph in Indian Wells - with which he drew level with British number two Greg Rusedski's previous record.


Pat Rafter's legion of female fans will be devastated to know that the former US Open champion has married long-time girlfriend Lara Feltham.

The pair, who have a one-year-old son, tied the knot in Fiji.

Reports claim the happy couple, along with 60 guests, later dined on a meal of "roast beef, vegetables and fruit".


Patty Schnyder (left) and Conchita Martinez
Schnyder shunned Martinez's handshake
After Friday's French Open draw, there is one potential third-round match in the women's draw that would be well worth watching.

Patty Schnyder will relish another chance to play Conchita Martinez after a testy encounter between the pair at the Charleston clay-court tournament in April.

Schnyder became increasingly annoyed with Martinez's habit of asking for the same balls she had won points with to serve with - thereby delaying play.

At one point, she tucked one such ball into her tennis skirt to stop Martinez from having it - but her tactics failed to upset the Spaniard who went on to win in straight sets.

But Schnyder had the last word when they approached the net at the end of the match.

She held out her hand for the traditional handshake at the net - before pulling it away as Martinez offered her hand.




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