All the players of the tour are meeting in Miami this week. And this week, the star is Serena Williams. Not only because of her performances, but also because she’s the cover girl of the most famous magazines, and pose on social networks while reading all the articles about her. A little behind her, there are two unexpected newcomers in this ranking.
1- Serena Williams (+6).
Serena Williams made the front page of Vogue last week. After posing for the magazine, she looked at the result, under the sun.
Seeded No. 1 at the Miami Open, the American has also made her own version of a Beyoncé video.
A tennis version.
2- Caroline Wozniacki (+7).
Caroline Wozniacki has a sense of humour. The Dane was first amused by the absence of journalists at her press conference. Rest assured, they arrived later.
She then demonstrated self-mocking, by making fun of a totally failed serve against Brengle in the 2nd round.
Wozniacki finally taught the Bryan brothers how to take a good Selfie.
3- Novak Djokovic (-2).
Quiet week in Miami for Novak Djokovic. Qualified for the third round despite a set conceded against Klizan, the Serb had dinner with his team of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.
He also played guitar for a photo shoot.
But Nole soon went back to his training sessions, with his compatriot and friend, away for almost a year, Tipsarevic...
...With whom he’s preparing to compete in doubles.
4- Victoria Azarenka (NE).
Victoria Azarenka is in top form. On the courts first, since she only conceded six games in her first two matches in Miami, inflicting a 6-1, 6-1 to Jelena Jankovic in the second round. But also outside, since the Belarusian drove Spanish players Ferrer and Verdasco around the Magic City.
Azarenka was also involved in children's day with John Isner. They hit a few balls and a great air to high five the American giant.
Oh yeah, and Azarenka can sing too.
5- Kevin King (NE).
It's the first and probably the last time that his name appears in our ranking. Kevin King, 333rd player in the world, has been talked about this week at the last Challenger of Drummondville in Canada by winning a mammoth 87-shot rally.
According to the website Tennis Legend, this is a record rally on the men's professional tour. The last dated back to Roland Garros 1978 when Björn Borg and Guillermo Vilas played a 86-shot rally. For the story, the 24-year-old American eventually lost the match against John-Patrick Smith. Whatever.
6- Stan Wawrinka (NE).
Happy Birthday Stan! Eliminated in the third round of the Miami Masters by Adrien Mannarino, Stan Wawrinka found comfort by celebrating his 30th birthday on the 28th of March. For the occasion, his captain in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, Severin Lüthi and his compatriot Marco Chiudinelli, left him a little video message.
Wawrinka also made the front page of the Swiss magazine Illustré. Inside, several players and friends wish him happy birthday. Among them, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, but also his best friend on the tour, the French Benoit Paire.
7- Alize Cornet (NE).
The week started pretty well for Alize Cornet. First a dinner with her Fed Cup teammates and her captain Amelie Mauresmo.
Then the French had the opportunity to swim with dolphins.
However, on the courts, the French was eliminated in the third round by the Spanish Suarez Navarro.
8- Rafael Nadal (NE).
After quietly defeating his compatriot Almagro for his opening match in Miami, Rafael Nadal had the chance to meet the Mexican singer Thalia, but mostly former footballer David Beckham. Who apparently lost his razor.
Nadal also had a thought for the victims of the A320 crash as well as for their families.
9- Maki (NE).
New record of precocity in our ranking. Maki, 4 years old, makes her first appearance. The little girl made the buzz this week with a video posted on the Facebook page of her father, Shinya Otomo, a tennis coach. She's quite impressive at the service.
The video has already been viewed more than 500,000 times. The father used the buzz and launched a crowdfunding campaign to help Maki break through in tennis. But he's raised less than 100 dollars so far.
10- Eugenie Bouchard (NE).
Not the best time on the courts for Eugenie Bouchard. The Canadian was eliminated from her opening match in Miami, in two small sets against the German Maria, who qualified. But Bouchard hasn't completely lost her week. She visited sick children in a Miami hospital.
However, the camouflage outfit to travel, it's not ok. Definitely not ok.
11- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (NE).
It was his big comeback. After more than four months away from the courts, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back on the courts, in Miami. For his first match back, the French defeated the American Tim Smyczek by conceding a set (still). "I'm happy to be back on a court and to win," said the French. “It wasn't obvious, but for a first, it wasn't bad." But in the second round, Jo met and lost against his friend Gael Monfils... with whom he played in doubles this week.
12- Tomas Berdych (+2).
Easily qualified for the round of 16 after a nice victory against Tomic, Tomas Berdych probably owes his qualification to the fact that he’s such a perfectionist. Week after week, he repeats the same gestures. On the tennis courts, but also at the gym.
13 - Milos Raonic (-5).
It’s one of the points of the week. During his victory against Gabashvili in the 2nd round, Milos Raonic managed a superb lobed passing.
The Canadian seems quite comfortable technically despite his (very) long legs.
14- Ana Ivanovic (-4).
Yes, Ana Ivanovic likes pink. And she’s 100% comfortable with it.
Despite a difficult lead-in against Falconi, the Serb is smiling. In a recent interview, for example, she posed with a journalist.
15- Julien Benneteau (NE).
Bad week for Julien Benneteau. While he thought to have recovered from his groin injury contracted at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the French suffered a little relapse forcing him to leave Miami before playing a single match.
Only positive thing, Benneteau could watch the clash between RC Toulon and Stade Toulousain in the French Rugby championship Saturday at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille. And obviously, Bennet was impressed with Fred Michalak.
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