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Lindsey Vonn Roger Federer Is Tennis' GOAT 'He's a Hero for Me'

7/21/2017 2:58 PM PDT

GOAT respect GOAT. 

Lindsey Vonn isn't just a huge fan of Roger Federer, she says he's one of her personal heroes ... and praised him as the greatest tennis player of all time! 

The ski legend/smokeshow was leaving S.I.'s Fashionable 50 event in L.A. when she told us why Club Fed's the best to ever do it ... over guys like Sampras, Agassi, Nadal and Djokovic

Might have something to do with the fact RF's just racked up his 19th grand slam singles title despite all sorts of injuries. 

Guessing Fed's drive to bounce back inspires Vonn who was banged up pretty badly herself recently ... but continues to beast out in rehab.

Michelle Wie & Genie Bouchard Sizzle in Britney-Themed Shoot ... Crop Tops for Days!

7/17/2017 4:08 PM PDT
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Michelle Wie and Genie Bouchard are bringing sexy back to their sports -- giving some golf and tennis unis a Britney Spears themed makeover ... and it's hot. 

The two busted out the scissors for a Nike shoot -- and cut their traditional shirts into crop tops ... matched up with thigh high skirts. Wie said the whole thing had a Britney vibe. She's right.

Funny timing considering tennis and golf seem to be cracking down on dress codes lately. 

This is way better. 

Venus Williams Attorneys Demand Her Phone Records In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

7/14/2017 3:22 PM PDT

Venus Williams' phone records could be crucial in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against her ... or attorneys for the man who died in the accident think so, anyway.

According to docs, attorneys for Jerome Barson's estate have filed a request for documents from the tennis star. They want all bills for the month of the accident for any smartphones and devices Venus owns.

Sources connected to the case tell us Barson's team wants to make sure Venus was not talking, texting or using her phone in any way in the moments leading up to the June 9 accident win Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

In the surveillance video ... you can see Venus' left elbow resting on the door through an open window -- we've slowed it down, but it's still not clear if she's holding a phone.

The estate's attorney, Michael Steinger, is also requesting prescriptions for any medications Venus may have taken within 72 hours of the accident.

Police have already said drugs and alcohol did not play a role in the accident. They also say she was not distracted by her phone.

Venus Williams Cops Won't Release Car Crash Surveillance Video

7/6/2017 11:06 AM PDT

The Venus Williams fatal car crash has gotten weird ... cops are refusing to give the widow of the man who was killed the surveillance video that captured the entire crash ... so claims the woman's legal team.

The video was shot from a security camera at a nearby gated community ... the same place Venus and her sister, Serena, live.

The footage is crucial because of the conflicting stories ... Venus says she had a green light and was traveling at only 5 MPH when she was blocked by traffic in the intersection. Linda Barson, the driver of the other car, claims Venus blew a red light and was speeding.

Barson's lawyers say they have repeatedly asked cops for a copy of the video or even just to view it. They've also filed a subpoena for the video, but they have been shut down -- although they say cops told them today, "Maybe next week."

The lawyers also asked the board at the gated community for a copy of the video but were told no. Lawyers are now in the process of attempting to subpoena the footage.

We're also told cops downloaded information from the black box in Barson's Hyundai, but did not do the same with Venus' SUV. In fact, Barson's lawyers say cops told them they tried to download the SUV's black box but were unable to and they told the tow yard they could release the vehicle to Venus ... as opposed to keeping it as evidence until they could figure out how to download the info.

Tennis Star Gruesome Knee Injury ... At Wimbledon

7/6/2017 10:44 AM PDT
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Warning: if you can't handle insanely gnarly sports injuries ... LOOK AWAY.

American tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands went down hard after hurting her right leg during her 2nd round match against Sorana Cirstea at Wimbledon Thursday ... and the sight can't be unseen.

Mattek-Sands -- one half of the #1 ranked doubles team in the world -- was approaching the net when she slipped and immediately started crying and screaming in pain.

Cirstea hopped the net and went to check on her opponent, but was clearly horrified by the injury.

Medics and trainers came over to help Mattek-Sands -- who's had several injuries to the same knee throughout her pro career -- and stretchered her off the court 15 minutes later.

Get well soon.

Venus Williams Breaks Down at Presser Discussing Fatal Car Crash

7/3/2017 9:22 AM PDT
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Venus Williams broke down in tears Monday at a press conference when asked about the fatal car crash she's being blamed for ... and was left utterly speechless mid-sentence.

The tennis super star was doing a presser after her opening match win at Wimbledon, and when someone asked her about her car crash last month that left an elderly man dead ... she got very emotional and could not continue speaking.

We broke the story ... Venus is being sued for wrongful death after she was found at fault in a car accident that left 78-year-old Jerome Barson dead. Cops say she impeded oncoming traffic by trying to get past a street light. 

Even in victory, Venus looks defeated here. 

Venus Williams Blamed In Fatal Car Crash ... 78-Year-Old Man Dies

6/29/2017 10:18 AM PDT

1:40 PM PT -- Venus is now breaking her silence  ... calling the incident an "unfortunate accident" and insisting she explain what happened from her point of view.

"Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light," her attorney Malcolm Cunningham said. 

"The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was traveling at 5 mph when Mrs. Barson crashed into her. Authorities did not issue Ms. Williams with any citations or traffic violations."

"This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one."Venus Williams caused a car accident that sent a 78-year-old man to an ICU unit where he died 14 days later ... according to a police report obtained by TMZ Sports.

The driver of the other car -- the wife of the victim -- told cops she was approaching an intersection westbound in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on June 9 when Venus' northbound SUV suddenly darted into the intersection. The other driver says there was no time to stop and she T-boned Venus' vehicle.

Venus told cops she was trying to make it through the intersection but there was a traffic backup and she had to slow down to a crawl, with her car exposed in the intersection.

The driver's husband, Jerome Barson, suffered head trauma and was taken to a hospital and placed in ICU. He never recovered and died 2 weeks later. Barson's wife was also taken to the hospital with broken bones and other injuries, but survived ... according to her attorney Michael Steinger.

Cops say Venus caused the accident. According to the police report, "[Venus] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver]."

Police say in the report there was no evidence Venus was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They also say there's no evidence she was distracted by an electronic device.

We reached out to Williams for comment -- so far, no word back.

Billie Jean King Also Said Serena Couldn't Hang with Men

6/27/2017 9:59 AM PDT

John McEnroe isn't the only one who thinks Serena Williams would get crushed on the men's circuit -- Billie Jean King told us the exact same thing last year ... and backed it up with science. 

Of course, McEnroe's been getting killed over an interview this week in which he praised Serena as the best female player in the world but noted, "If she played the men's circuit she'd be like 700 in the world."

Williams shot back on Twitter saying, "Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based."

She added, "I've never played anyone ranked 'there' nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I'm trying to have a baby. Good day sir."

But the Serena vs. Men debate has been going on for a while -- and back in August, Billie Jean King told us pretty matter of factly that Serena would have zero chance against the best men on the planet. 

BJK is a TITAN in women's sports -- most notably for pummeling Bobby Riggs (who was 55) in a co-ed tennis match dubbed the "Battle Of The Sexes" back in 1973. 

Still, she's pretty clear on the Serena issue. 

Serena Williams Nude & Pregnant ... for Vanity Fair

6/27/2017 6:14 AM PDT

Game. Set. Match.

Serena Williams wins again -- in a big way -- stripping down to her pregnant birthday suit for the cover of Vanity Fair ... and she SLAYYYYYYED.

In the issue, the tennis superstar also details how she found out she was pregnant on the set of a lingerie shoot (she took 6 pregnancy tests!) and how she fell in love with her fiance, Alexis Ohanian

Also, Serena revealed she knew she was pregnant when she decided to compete in the Australian Open back in January ... a tournament she dominated and won!

In fact, Serena says she expects to return to pro tennis as soon as January.

Until then ... that cover. Damn.

Genie Bouchard Butt Flossin' Without Super Bowl Dude

6/22/2017 7:37 AM PDT

Here's tennis star Genie Bouchard in a butt-baring bikini on the beaches of Spain ... blessing all our senses while teaching the common man a lesson ... luck has its limits.

Eugenie just got bounced from the Mallorca Open -- so she hit the sand with her hockey player boyfriend, Jordan Caron.

You know who WASN'T invited? The lucky schmo Genie went on a date with after the infamous Super Bowl bet -- a bet in which Genie agreed to go out with the guy if the Pats came back from that 28-3 deficit.

They did and Genie let the guy (John) take her to a Nets game. Later that night, TMZ Sports got Bouchard saying that date #2 was in the cards -- but that clearly didn't pan out 'cause she's on the beach with Mr. Hardbody.

Tough break for John. Good for Caron. Even better for butt enthusiasts.

Boris Becker Declared Bankrupt 'Historic Debt'

6/21/2017 7:50 AM PDT
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Boris Becker -- who reportedly made more than $25 MILLION during his tennis career -- was declared bankrupt in a British court hearing early Wednesday morning.

The former #1 ranked player in the world is in the middle of a war with private banking firm Arbuthnot Latham & Co -- which claims Becker has owed them a substantial sum of money dating back to 2015. 

Becker had been fighting back in court trying to get officials to give him a time extension to get his finances in order -- and claimed that he will have millions of euros at is disposal soon after refinancing a property he owns in Spain. 

But the court shot him down saying he'd been delaying too long.

"It is not often the case that a professional person has a judgment outstanding against them since October 2015," the court official said ... "This is a historic debt."

Becker's representative John Briggs begged for mercy ... saying, "He is not a sophisticated individual when it comes to finances.

"I am asking for a real last chance for Mr. Becker to come good ... It has just taken longer than anticipated."

Serena Williams Smashing Tennis Balls ... In 3rd Trimester!

6/15/2017 7:23 AM PDT

Serena Williams is such an insane athlete, she's playing tennis while 7 months pregnant -- and will still destroy all comers!!

SW is roughly 28 weeks with child (that's the 3rd trimester btw) -- but despite her growing baby bump, the tennis superstar busted out her racket and smashed some baseline forehands this morning.

To put it in perspective, says her baby should be the size of an eggplant right now! 

We already know she won the Australian Open while that human being was cooking inside her. Question is ... how many people could she take down now?

Answer: pretty much everyone reading this.

Serena & Venus' Dad Files for Divorce ... She's Robbing Me Blind!

6/14/2017 3:08 PM PDT
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Richard Williams is divorcing his wife and accusing her of jacking social security checks and forging his signature to steal property right out from under him. 

Venus and Serena's 75-year-old dad filed docs in Florida to split from 38-year-old Lakeisha Williams, but the divorce is almost overshadowed by what he claims she's doing, as first reported by Daily Mail.

In the docs, Richard says his wife of 7 years has forged his name on a deed to transfer one of his houses to herself ... as well as cars. He also believes she's taken his social security checks.

They have a 5-year-old son together, and Richard thinks Lakeisha's lifestyle endangers the child. According to the docs, she's now living with someone who has "serious criminal, felony charges pending." He also accuses her of taking his guns, and being an alcoholic.

Lakeisha's attorney, Sandy Becher, tells TMZ Sports ... "All of the allegations are false and will be proven to be false when we litigate the case in court," and adds ... Richard is just trying to avoid paying child support and alimony.

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