At 33, the Swiss has just won the Cincinnati masters and arrives at the US Open as the boss. And for good reason, Rafael Nadal just announced that he will not defend his title in New York. Behind Roger, the others do what they can. Serena Williams dresses up as Nicki Minaj, Maria Sharapova visits the Big Apple and Eugenie Bouchard dreams of an US Open final between Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez.
1 – Roger Federer
While he just celebrated his 33rd birthday, Roger Federer proved that he’s still in top form by shining at the Cincinnati Masters 1000. A victory against David Ferrer (6-3, 1-6, 6-2), which offers him the first place in our ranking. Above all, he can always count on his fans, who came in number for the presentation of the trophy.
He looks like the Pope facing his worshipping. The older he gets, the more the free world likes Roger. Especially since he had already done the job in Toronto earlier this month, trying his hand at hockey-on-concrete with some success.
Maybe a future in NHL?
2 - Serena Williams
Serena is a wild one. And the month of August suits her perfectly. She started by washing bow ties in her dishwasher.
Important to have a good SWAG before the US Open in New York. There, she wasn’t into getting into training mode right away. The American has therefore taken advantage of the parties organized by the sponsors. Including the Delta party which included a karaoke.
But first, Serena added a line to her resume since she came back from Cincinnati with the title in on her belt after easily defeating Ana Ivanovic in the final (6-4, 6-1). A 62th title she received dressed like Nicki Minaj.
Seriously, what’s with these shorts?
3 -Novak Djokovic
Like all of his colleagues, Novak Djokovic is already in New York. Not so great in Toronto and Cincinnati (eliminated in the last sixteen each time), the Serb took his mind off tennis by appearing on David Letterman’s late show. While the interview was going well, the presenter asked him to go shirtless to see if he was fit. But Nole chickened out...
4 - Rafael Nadal
Injured, Rafael Nadal won't be at the US Open. To take comfort, the lefty spruced up to attend the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup between the club of his heart, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
It must be said that in addition to his forfeit, he had another bad news. The arrival, at the waxworks museum of Wuhan in China, of a statue in his likeness. A doppelganger which doesn't exactly look like him.
And to finish his week like it started, as all the celebrities in the world, Rafa will have to do the Ice Bucket Challenge after being nominated by Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor. For those who have cut everything during the holiday, the idea is to be filmed while to receiving a bucket of cold water in the face before nominating other friends to do the same, or giving money to the ALS, an association fighting Lou Gehrig's disease.
The last buzz really.
5 - Maria Sharapova
In her head, Maria Sharapova sees herself winning the US Open. Before the start of the fortnight, the player visited the city.
Well, commercial tourism since we found Maria at the public library promoting a famous rejuvenating water brand. A woman who knows what she wants.
6 – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
The boss of the summer with Roger Federer since the French defeated everyone in Toronto: Murray, Dimitrov, Novak and Federer. Amazing. It was only his second Masters 1000 after Bercy in 2008. A title that seems to make him very happy. As seen on this picture.
Half-Mike Tyson, Half-Winnie the poo.
7 - Andy Murray
Andy Murray didn’t escape the Ice Bucket Challenge. The Scot picked his victim well: Justin Gimelstob, former pro and famous writer for Sports Illustrated.
… Which helps us forget a quite average month of august: quarterfinals in Toronto and Cincinnati...
8 – Agnieszka Radwanska
The Pole, happy winner of the Rogers Cup in Toronto against Venus Williams in final, has assimilated all the advantages of the tennis world. Between two matches, the lady spent quite some time at the players’ buffet. Well, it was free after all.
But like all good things have to come to an end, she had to return to New York to prepare for the US Open. But again, it didn’t seem to bother her that much.
9 – Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki is German. And like any self-respecting German, she loves soccer and her champions of the world. So when she meets one, she doesn't think twice and takes a selfie with incidentally, the best scorer in the history of the World Cup: Miroslav Klose.
Game, set and match.
10 – Stanislas Wawrinka
Defeated by Julien Benneteau in the quarterfinals of Cincinnati, the winner of the Australian Open is having a hard time getting back on his best level since his Grand Slam title won in January. No problem, he keeps fit as he can. So with Stan, a simple coffee becomes a happy moment.
11 - Eugenie Bouchard
She’s the craziest woman of the tour. Especially at night since the Canadian has very bizarre dreams. Yes, she's dreaming of Beyoncé winning the US Open. And when her friend Victoria Azarenka asked her against whom the former Destiny's Child won the final, the answer was even crazier: Jennifer Lopez.
That said, nice final.
In real life, Eugenie also has taste and imagination. Especially for beach towels:
They said the world’s in crisis, didn’t they?
12 - Caroline Wozniacki
Defeated in the quarterfinals of Toronto by Serena Williams, Wozniacki didn't make the trip for nothing. On the first day, she met a very special tournament "buddy”, especially dear to Steven Spielberg.
13 - Ana Ivanovic
Finalist in Cincinnati against Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic did like all her mates on the tour: accept the famous Ice Bucket challenge. Except that the Serb showed off her abs and a sexy little top that made quite the difference. Obviously.
Who do you think she nominated? Serena Williams, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Roger Federer
14 - John Isner
The American giant was playing the Winston Salem tournament. Not necessarily the most prestigious but one of the friendliest, apparently. Thus, Isner for example had the opportunity to try his hand at American football with the local team, the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest, the local university.
And it seems that Isner hasn’t only played tennis in his youth.
15 - Jelena Jankovic
Quarter finalist at Cincinnati, where she was defeated by Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic hasn’t only played with a racquet. To test her sense of smell and taste, the organizers made her play a little game: guess the ice cream flavours while blindfolded.
Jankovic is ready for MasterChef.
By Matthieu Faure