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• Video: Funny B-reel footage of some of the wackier moments from the Australian Open press conferences.
• Andy Murray is officially in the hotel business. Murray has purchased the Cromlix House Hotel near his hometown of Dunblane, Scotland, and plans to turn it into a five-star hotel by the time the Ryder Cup comes to town in 2014. This isn't a bad venture. If there's one area of expertise for tennis players, it's hotel accommodations.
• Memphis tournament organizers made the most of a challenging week at the U.S. National Indoor Championships.
• Kim Clijsters announced on Twitter that she and husband Brian Lynch are expecting their second child. Congrats!
• The big winner on Oscar night was Argo, which picked up Best Picture. It was also the favorite among many tennis players polled here. Weirdly, Juan Martin del Potro went with my choice, Zero Dark Thirty, without having actually seen it.
• An interview with Thomaz Bellucci at FIFA.com about the differences between tennis and soccer.
[T]ennis, for its part, has a very unforgiving nature. On the one hand, you could be having a great day but your opponent simply plays better than you, which is ok. But then you might have a bad day – with stomach pains, not having slept or whatever – and even though you go on court wanting to play well, you can’t manage it, and then on top of that you get criticised...
There are definitely days when it wouldn’t be half bad to have another ten guys to share the burden and give you a hand! (laughs)
• A nice write-up from Women Who Serve on inspiring WTA stories.
I think that we like to watch tennis because it's such a complex and beautiful game. But I think we also like to watch it because it's an individual sport, and each player must ultimately be in charge of herself. An individual sport like tennis provides every imaginable metaphor for the challenges of living that affect you and me the same as they affect a Serena Williams or a Maria Sharapova. We all lose belief, we all want to give up, we all think we aren't good enough. Venus and Serena, Flavia and Francesca, Vika and Maria, Sam Stosur, Big Sister Na....they are star athletes, yes, but they are also teachers.
• In light of Rebecca Marino's recent retirement, Lindsay Gibbs of The Changeover writes about her personal struggle with depression.
• Matt Cronin on the relevance of February and March in the tennis calendar.
• From The Slice, Novak Djokovic rescued a turtle in Dubai.
• Sport360.com catches up with the first champion of Dubai, Karel Novacek.
• This display of tennis fandom is a bit much, no?
• Non-tennis: Moonrise Kingdom
didn't win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but this interactive look
at the script of Wes Anderson's film is awesome.