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Picture This: Oddball pictures from the exhibition season

We're less than a week away from the official start of the 2013 tennis season, if you can believe it. On Dec. 30, the ATP and WTA Tours will put away their dancing shoes, sombreros and tactless impressions (hopefully?) and get down to the business of winning matches.

But before we click over to the serious side of things, here's a look back at some of the odder moments during the offseason. Roger Federer and Co. invaded South America as if they were the second coming of the Beatles, Serena and Venus Williams took their talents to Africa and everyone took some time to just chill out.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: The Frenchman charmed the Colombian crowd as he donned the traditional sombrero vueltiado. When in Colombia ... (Fernando Vergara/AP)

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Roger Federer: Sometimes it's best to just not ask questions and enjoy the photo. (Andre Penner/AP)

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Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy: "McWozilroy spice things up and add some Heat to their relationship. (Christopher Trotman/Getty Images)

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Serena Williams: Bringing some sass to Sao Paulo. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

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Roger Federer: Don't worry, Roger. Rafa isn't coming back until next year. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

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Novak Djokovic, John McEnroe and Prince William: That's J-Mac's serious face. (Pool/Getty Images)

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Gustavo Kuerten and Novak Djokovic: That's a whole lot of gangly tennis player, right there. (Antonio Scorzia/Getty Images)

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Grigor Dimitrov: He had quite a few random pop-ups during the offseason. Here is is taking in a Chicago Bulls game. What, he couldn't get a seat in the photo pit? (Gary Dineen/Getty Images)

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Serena fans in Nigeria: I'm not going to argue with you, sir. (Pius Utomi Epkei/Getty Images)

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Serena and Venus Williams: Serena goes old school and brings a little Saturday Night Fever to Africa. (Pius Utomiu Ekpei/Getty Images)

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Roger Federer: You get the sense that Federer's entire South American trip was planned to accomplish one simple goal: This picture. Roger Federer flying through the air wearing a Brazilian soccer kit. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

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Maria Sharapova: God bless the offseason. (Michal Cizek/Getty Images)

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