Martina Navratilova and girlfriend Julia Lemigova got engaged at US Open


Women’s tennis legend Martina Navratilova proposed to her longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova at the US Open on Saturday. Navratilova, a former World No. 1 and winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, got down on one knee and asked Lemigova to marry her.

“We’ve been together six years and I can’t imagine my life without you,” Navratilova said to the former beauty queen, according to the New York Post’s Page Six. “Please marry me.”

Lemigova said yes and the two embraced. The proposal, which came after Japan’s Kei Nishikori stunned Novak Djokovic in the men’s semi-finals, was shown on the stadium jumbotrons. The Post reports that Navratilova and Lemigova plan to marry “as soon as possible.” The couple lives in Coconut Grove, Fla. but will travel to Miami-Dade, where gay marriage is legal, for their wedding.

“Martina wants to hold the wedding there to campaign for gay marriage equality in Florida and elsewhere,” the Post’s source said.

Lemigova and Navratilova have dated for years. Lemigova was by the former tennis player’s side when she battled breast cancer in 2010. Navratilova, who works as an analyst for the Tennis Channel, is very active within the gay community and an influential advocate for gay rights.

Photo: Instagram/Julia Lemigova

This CiCi Bellis picture with Maria Sharapova will blow your mind

CiCi Bellis

CiCi Bellis exploded onto the national stage this week after becoming the youngest person to win a match at the US Open since Anna Kournikova in 1996.

Bellis, 15, beat Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of the US Open Monday and has received all kinds of attention since. Though Bellis is the No.2-ranked junior in the world and earned her way into the main draw by winning the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship, her youth cannot be understated.

To place things in proper perspective, here’s a photo of Bellis in 2011 with Maria Sharapova and Daniela Hantukova:

You think either of them had a clue that Bellis would be giving pros a serious test in grand slam events three years later? Nuts.

Caroline Wozniacki got her racket stuck in her hair (GIF)

Caroline Wozniacki made it very difficult to have a “long hair, don’t care” outlook on Wednesday when her tennis racket got stuck in her hair during her match against Alaiksandra Sasnovich.

Wozniacki missed a return when her hair got tangled in the racket as she was going for a backhand. Despite losing the point, she beat Sasnovich 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the third round of the US Open.

Since Woz won, we can all laugh about the unfortunate and unlikely turn of events. Imagine if her own hair caused her to lose a match? Now that would have been a story.


GIF via @cjzero
H/T Eye on Sports

CiCi Bellis on her strengths and weakness, playing style

CiCi Bellis

CiCi Bellis became the youngest player to win a US Open match since Anna Kournikova in 1996 when she beat Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova in the first-round of the tournament Monday 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Bellis, who turned 15 in April, is so young that she is just beginning her sophomore year of high school (and she already won a match at the US Open!). Bellis earned her spot in the draw as a wild card by winning the US 18 and under championship. She is the No. 2-ranked junior in the world and recognizes some of her strengths and weaknesses.

“I’m really an aggressive player, but I’m consistent and wait for the right shot to dictate,” Bellis said of her playing style in an interview with ESPN Wednesday.

In a 2013 story by the San Jose Mercury News, Bellis said her competitive style and all-court game were her strengths.

“One of the best parts of my game is I compete really well,” CiCi said. “I think, shot-wise. I’ve been working on my serve, but I wouldn’t say that is one of my strengths. I have a good forehand and a good backhand. I like to attack the net. I’m an all-court player.”

Asked for some areas of her game she wants to work on, Bellis mentioned her serve.

“I think definitely I need to work on my serve a little bit more. Try to make that harder, more aggressive, more of a weapon.”

It’s no coincidence that Bellis described her style as aggressive; that was exactly what Cibulkova noted following her defeat.

“I didn’t expect her to play so aggressive,” Cibulkova said after losing the match. “I thought she was a player who just puts the ball back and runs around. The first set went so fast.”

Bellis is from Atherton, Calif., which is an exclusive area of Silicon Valley. Her father works for a private equity firm and her mother played junior tennis who went on to play collegiately at Indiana. Bellis grew up with a tennis court in her backyard, learned how to play at a country club and is home schooled by her mother.

Bellis will face Zarina Diyas in the second round on Thursday.

Michael Jordan loved Roger Federer’s tweener shot at US Open (Video)

Michael Jordan US Open

Michael Jordan was at Flushing on Tuesday to take in Roger Federer’s first-round match at the US Open and build some hype for the tennis player’s new shoe.

It’s safe to say that MJ was enjoying the show.

At one point in the second set, Federer ran down a lob from Marinko Matosevic which landed out. Matosevic turned his back after the ball landed out, but Federer didn’t stop. He hit a tweener return that actually nailed Matosevic in the back, leaving Jordan and many others laughing.

Federer’s new shoe is the Nike Zoom Vapor x Air Jordan 3, which was released on Tuesday. The shoe marks the collaboration of arguably the two greatest players in the history of their respective sports.

“It’s just amazing having Michael here. Michael was my hero of all sports. Having him here is unbelievably special. The collaboration is unique, so I love it,” said Federer in an interview after his match.

Here’s Jordan giving an interview during the match where he talked about working with Federer on the shoe:

Genie Bouchard does not drive and still eats baby food

Genie Bouchard

Genie Bouchard is 20 years old, ranked No. 8 in the world in women’s tennis and plays with the maturity and mental approach of a veteran player. She is on magazine covers, newspaper covers and promoted heavily by the WTA Tour. She is being hailed as the next Maria Sharapova. And she still does not drive.

For all her seeming maturity, Bouchard does not have a driver’s license and says she eats baby food. Seriously.

These two great nuggets come from a New York Times profile on Bouchard:

She has refused to learn to drive — “It’s too scary” — which means that her mother still must accompany her almost everywhere.

For a snack, she often eats baby food, small jars of pears and even creamy rice cereals. She started eating them, like everyone else, as an infant, but never stopped.

Clearly Bouchard is still very much a kid at heart. In fact, in her recent Elle Quebec magazine cover story, she was asked her biggest fear.

“Getting older,” she said. “I swear, I’m really afraid of it.”

That seems pretty apparent. It also could explain why she still has a schoolgirl crush on Justin Bieber.

But don’t let any of this fool you; Bouchard is anything but immature on the court. She is motivated and driven to be one of the best tennis players in the world and is dead-set on winning her first major. She’s come close this year, having reached the finals at Wimbledon and semifinals at the French and Australian Open. She is earning her spot among the best in the world and will stay there for a long time.

Here’s Genie Bouchard with her sisters Beatrice and Charlotte:

Roger Federer has to take down kids playhouse because it obstructs neighbors’ view

Roger Federer twin daughters

If we had a “Rich People Problems” category here at LBS, a recent story about Roger Federer’s home in Switzerland would be perfect for it. According to Swiss news outlet The Local, Federer’s children may lose their playhouse because it is too large and is drawing complaints from the neighbors.

Local residents in Lenzerheide-Valbella have reportedly complained that the playhouse has “impaired their view of the mountains” and is a breech of planning permission rules. Authorities have upheld the complaint, ruling that the construction was done in an unauthorized area.

Federer, who has two sets of twins with his wife Mirka, is trying to work out an amicable solution with his neighbors.

And that, my friends, is how the other half lives.

H/T For the Win