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 Williams was the recent victim of grand theft auto in Los Angeles ... TMZ has learned -- but lucky for Venus, the boys behind the badge got her car back.
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.
Hey Mom, Here's a House
10/21/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Venus is cutting ties with Jupiter -- TMZ has learned tennis star Venus Williams is giving away her fancy Jupiter, Florida home FOR FREE ... to her mother.
According to official records, Venus deeded her mother, Oracene the 2,804 sq. ft. house in September. The only money exchanged -- $10. Clearly, the house is a gift, and the nominal fee just keeps it legal.
Venus originally purchased the 4-bedroom, 3-bath home for $310,000 back in 2000 ... which has to be the greatest year of her career: she won the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and an Olympic gold medal.
Total prize money for Wimbledon and the Open that year was more than $1.5 million ... so the house purchase would have been a breeze for Venus.
Your move, Serena.
Agassi Was Kind Of a D**k
10/3/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Andre Agassi said a pretty horrible thing to Brooke Shields in the middle of their nasty divorce back in the day ... so says Brooke, who decided it was finally time to call out her ex on live TV yesterday.
Shields was co-hosting the "Today" show and discussing divorce with legendary disso-queen Laura Wasser -- who was plugging her new book, "It Doesn't Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself."
But when the topic turned to divorces that involve children, Shields chimed in with a shocker ... claiming Andre once told her, "Be happy we don't have children or I would not have made this easy for you."
After an uncomfortable laugh, she continued, "And therein lies why I'm not there anymore."
FYI -- Agassi and Shields divorced in 1999 after a rocky 2 years together. After they split, Agassi penned an autobiography in which he said he never should have married Brooke in the first place.
We're guessin' the feeling is mutual.
First Post-Wimbledon Tennis Opponent
7/16/2013 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
So ... when Andy Murray's girlfriend agreed to play the Wimbledon champ in a game of smash ball on the beach this week ... think she felt a tad bit inadequate?
26-year-old Murray and his 25-year-old GF Kim Sears celebrated his big Wimbledon victory with a beach trip to the Bahamas ... and the first order of business -- beach tennis.
Meanwhile, Andy's top Wimbledon opponent, Novak Djokovic, was last seen at a village in Serbia ... riding a tractor.
Murray wins. Again.
Men & Women of Wimbledon
Who'd You Rather?
7/7/2013 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Now that the action at the All England Club has finished up, it's time to focus on the important things.
First we have Men's Champion Andy Murray, runner-up Novak Djokovic, and Spaniard Rafael Nadal ...
... followed by Women's runner-up Sabine Lasicki, early-exiter Maria Sharapova, and the ever dominant Serena Williams.
So we gotta ask ...
Wins Wimbledon Title
FOR THE QUEEN!
7/7/2013 9:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Break out the tea and crumpets ... Andy Murray has won Wimbledon.
Murray took the title today, beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets ... 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
As for the historical significance ... Murray becomes the first British male to win Wimbledon in 77 years. Queen Elizabeth II was 10 years old.
Murray nearly took the title last year, but fell to Roger Federer in the championship.
Tennis Star Andy Murray
1/29/2010 2:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Here's tennis pro Andy Murray at the Australian Open (left) -- and the creepy, ice cream zombie thing from that awful "Legion" movie (right).
We're just sayin'.