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Justin Bieber See the Ball ... Be the Ball

1/11/2016 9:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0111-justin-bieber-fameflynet-01Justin Bieber is damn serious about his stroke, so serious ... he's seeking professional help.

Justin was taking tennis lessons this weekend in L.A., concentrating on his forehand. We've already seen Sporty Biebs kill it in hockey, skateboarding, ping pong and hoops. Remember, he already has an MVP trophy from an NBA Celebrity All-Star game.

Anyway, tennis is a way better pastime than pissing off Mayan Gods by pulling down your pants -- so kudos to Bieber. 

Serena Williams My Dog Is Dying ... And It's Breaking My Heart (Update)

11/24/2015 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar10:58 AM PT -- More sad news ... Serena just announced her beloved Jackie has passed away. 

Williams wrote a touching note about her dog ... saying, "My special friend in which I got at 17 (2 weeks before I won my very first Grand Slam) left me today." 

"She was 16 years young and up until a few days ago was still sprinting. Her poor body gave out this morning and she had a way of telling me it was time for me to be brave and let her go."

"With my dad by my side we were able to say a loving goodbye. She was with me from 1999 until today and I miss her so much."

"I got out of the shower this afternoon and she was not there to lick my leg as she always did everyday to remind me how much she loved me. I feel so lucky to have such a special friend. Give your dog, cat, pet a big hug. #breakingheart #bff Jackie Baila Pete Williams I will miss you and your memory will live forever."update_grey_gray_barSerena Williams is afraid she's about to lose the "love of her life" ... her beloved dog Jackie -- her best friend for 16 years. 

Williams opened up about Jackie in an emotional video ... fighting back tears as she explained that Jackie is "struggling" with her health and it's breaking her heart. 

"I just want to share this with everyone 'cause she's getting old and she's really struggling and she means the world to me ... and she's made my life better."

If you've ever had a pet you cared about ... you can probably relate to how Serena's feeling. Sucks. 

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James Blake I Don't Hate the NYPD ... Most Cops Are Good

10/28/2015 12:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tennis star James Blake says he won't hold a grudge against the entire NYPD after he was body-slammed by a cop last month ... but he's still scared of the dude who roughed him up.  

Blake was back out in NYC Wednesday -- where he's gearing up to run the marathon -- and told us he strongly believes 95% of the cops in the NYPD are great ... it's that other 5% he's worried about.

As we previously reported, Blake was tackled down to the ground when cops mistook him for a suspect in a credit card fraud investigation. 

Blake tells TMZ Sports he is NOT planning a lawsuit against the force ... but does have one request to help make things right. 

Since Blake knows a thing or two about police brutality, we asked him how he felt about the situation at Spring Valley High, where a deputy was fired for attacking a student. 

Check out the clip. 

Serena Williams Booty-tubin ... With 'Arrow' Star

10/5/2015 7:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1005-serena-williams-instagram-01Serena Williams proved her ass is buoyant ... floating it down the San Marcos River in Texas this past weekend ... with the guy who played Oliver Queen's sidekick on "Arrow."

The tennis superstar strapped on her bathing suit and grabbed some inner tubes -- along with Colton Haynes ... who played Roy Harper (aka Arsenal) on the CW show.  

1005-sub-serena-williams-instagram-01The San Marcos River is basically a summer party spot -- where people grab beers and other alcoholic beverages and booze away as they float down the river.  

No word if Serena drank during her river run -- but since she pressed pause on tennis for a while ... it's not like she's gotta be in playing shape any time soon. 

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova SERVING UP HILARIOUS GAME FACE

9/30/2015 12:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0930_anna_karolina_schmiedlova_funny_faces_launchAnna Karolina Schmiedlova’s eyes are causing quite a racket on the tennis court! Take a closer look at the sexy Slovakian tennis player serving up a serious case of crazy eyes while on the court.

Love!

Drake Serena's Bad Luck Charm!

9/11/2015 11:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0911_drake_us_open_photos_launchDrake is the new Jessica Simpson  ... because he showed up Friday to watch girlfriend Serena Williams in the U.S. Open ... and she lost!!!

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.

Donald Trump Very Serene Watching Serena

9/9/2015 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0909-donald-trump-sleeping-splashDonald Trump tried to stay eyes wide open on one of the highlights of the U.S. Open Tuesday, but he put a lid on it.

D.T. dozed off as he watched Serena Williams beat big sister Venus.

Melania seemed more attentive ... and very serious.

Rafael Nadal Pumped for Serena & Drake ... He's a 'Great Guy'

8/26/2015 7:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Good news for Drake ... he's already getting the big thumbs up from one of Serena Williams' famous pals -- Rafael Nadal -- who tells TMZ Sports the rapper is a "good guy."

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
EXCLUSIVE

0824_drake_serena_williams_launch3Game. Set. Smash. 

Here it is ... proof Drake and Serena Williams are officially a thing -- making out at a fancy Cincinnati restaurant Sunday night ... and TMZ has the pics. 

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). 

0824_drake_serena_williams_subThe 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.  

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Nick Kyrgios 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. 

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Common Serena Williams Has a $1 MILLION Body!!!

7/17/2015 7:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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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.

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