Bad Luck Charm!
9/11/2015 11:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Williams was on the road to making history as only the sixth player ever to win all 4 grand slams in a year ... but that dream got derailed by Roberta Vinci, who beat Williams in 3 sets.
Drake was there to cheer her on to victory ... the first time he's watched her there. To be fair, he was present when Serena won at Wimbledon.
After the loss, Serena was understandably devastated -- but watch for her comment about Vinci's age. Is she throwing praise or shade?
Dog Loves Tennis
Goes Nuts Watching
Serena vs. Venus
9/10/2015 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Think we may have just found the biggest tennis fan in the world 'cause this dog can't contain his excitement watching Serena Williams vs Venus Williams during the U.S. Open.
We're guessing George is more of a Venus fan since his tail turns into a tornado of fur every time she's on the screen.
Hopefully he has a little more decorum during Wimbledon.
Very Serene Watching Serena
9/9/2015 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pumped for Serena & Drake
... He's a 'Great Guy'
8/26/2015 7:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We broke the story ... Drake and Serena were all over each other in a Cincinnati restaurant this weekend ... and they'd been flirting pretty hard at some of her tennis matches lately.
Now, it seems Drake's been making the right impression on Serena's contemporaries ... because when Nadal was leaving his NYC hotel yesterday, he made it clear he approved of Drizzy.
Don't screw it up, Drake.
Drake And Serena Williams
I'll Have the Tongue
Restaurant Makeout Sesh
8/24/2015 8:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hours after Serena dominated and won the WTA tournament in Cinci -- with Drake in the crowd -- the two hit up the uber-fancy Sotto restaurant in downtown for some hoity-toity Italian food (the porterhouse is $85).
The two had a private room in the back of the eatery -- where they couldn't keep their hands and lips off of each other ... while several patrons watched.
People inside the restaurant tell us the two were joined by 6 other people ...and at one point ordered a round of tequila shots for the table.
There have been rumors about the two hookin' up for months -- ever since Drake was spotted cheering for Serena at Wimbledon -- but now the pics confirm it ... it's game on.
Ultimate Tennis Trash Talk
... Your GF's Cheating, Mate!
8/13/2015 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Even John McEnroe might say this crossed the line -- tennis player Nick Kyrgios telling his opponent, DURING a match ... that his girlfriend is juggling another tennis player's balls.
The supreme trash talking went down during a televised match in Montreal ... Kyrgios had just aced French Open champ Stan Wawrinka, and as he prepped for his next serve, Kyrgios mutters, "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate."
Unclear if Wawrinka heard him from cross-court, but spectators and the TV audience definitely did. More importantly ... we have no idea if Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis really did have sex with Wawrinka's chick ... tennis player Donna Vekic.
Point is ... Kyrgios is ready for the NBA with a mouth like that.
Wawrinka is demanding the ATP punish Kyrgios.
Serena Williams Has a
$1 MILLION Body!!!
7/17/2015 7:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
They may not be together anymore, but Common still has Serena Williams' back ... and front ... saying criticism of her body is INSANE -- 'cause she has a physique that people pay a LOT of money for!!!
Williams' body has been the focus of a TON of news reports lately -- especially after "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling ripped an Internet troll for comparing Serena to a man.
But when Common was leaving the gym in L.A. yesterday, he called the criticism "crazy" - saying, "That's a GIFT God gave her ... people pay for them bodies."
"Everybody born with gifts," Common added ... "some people are born with voices. She was born with that body and that talent."
Tennis Star Bernard Tomic
Arrested In Miami
After Hotel Penthouse Rager!!!
7/16/2015 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tennis stud Bernard Tomic -- the 25th ranked player in the world -- was arrested in Miami Beach yesterday after cops say he fought WAY TOO HARD for his right to PAAAAARRTTYYYY!!!
The 22-year-old Australian was staying at the W Hotel ... and according to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, dude was having a BLOWOUT rager in the penthouse suite.
Officials say the neighbors (read: squares) complained about the loud noise and music several times -- so hotel security went up to ask Bernard to keep it down.
But Bernard is no slave to "the man" ... and allegedly "pointed his finger aggressively" at the security guards and slammed the door in their faces.
The hotel decided to EVICT Bernard from the room ... and called the cops who told Bernard and his guests to pack up their stuff and leave ... or else they'd be arrested.
Everyone left ... except Bernard -- who told cops he was standing his ground and wouldn't leave the room.
So, they arrested him and forced him to leave.
Tomic -- who's listed at 6'4", 210 lbs -- was transported to a nearby jail where he was booked for trespassing and resisting arrest. He was eventually released on $2,000 bail.
DISCO DANCE BATTLE
... With Novak Djokovic
7/13/2015 7:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It all went down at the Wimbledon champion's dinner in London --where the two were onstage being honored by a bunch of fancy Brits ... when the band began to play "Night Fever" by the Bee Gees.
There was some awkward disco pointing by Novak ... a valiant effort ... but in the end, IT WAS ALL SERENA!
Afterward, Williams tweeted ... "Wimbledon champions/ Clowns 😜 congrats @djokernole we brought back the dance!"
Prince William & Kate
Best Seats at Wimbledon
... With Bear Grylls?
7/8/2015 8:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here are the stars he beat out for the 2nd best seats in the house -- David Beckham was there. So was Prince Albert of Monaco. Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Even Bradley Cooper attended.
So, again ... how did Bear Grylls get those seats???
Now, Grylls does have some serious political ties ... his father was a pretty big British politician. But still, more clout than David Beckham ... in England??
Serves Up GF's Ass
During Cancun Vacation
3/5/2014 10:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The perks of being the #1 tennis player in the world ...
With just days until he's scheduled to hold court at the BNP Paribas Open in California, Rafael Nadal was chillin' in Mexico with his hot girlfrend Maria Xisca Perello.
The two were seen kayaking together on Tuesday -- the tournament begins on Thursday ... though Rafa has a first round bye since he's a #1 seed.
It pays to be a winner -- more time to spend on the beach.
Cops Found My Stolen Car
1/11/2014 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Venus' white Fiat 500 was recently stolen ... however it's unclear how long the car had been missing before it was recovered on Saturday ... according to law enforcement sources.
Lucky for Venus ... cops initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle early Saturday morning on the 110 freeway ... and when they pulled it over in front of L.A. Live cops discovered the ride was hot.
Officers matched up the car with Venus' stolen Fiat ... and swiftly took the driver into custody.
Shortly after, Venus was informed her car had been recovered ... but no word on if she's picked it up yet.