In this week's edition of Hot Shots, we take a look at Gael Monfils' new trick shot, Billie Jean King's new book and Serena Williams' mother-daughter time in a ball pit.
The eyes of the tennis world may be focused on the international stage this week, as Fed Cup takes center stage across the globe, but American Dennis Novikov made sure he grabbed the attention of highlight-reel creators with this outrageous shot.
Serving from the deuce court against Emilio Gomez in a Challenger-level event in Dallas, Novikov booms a serve down the 'T' and then volleys Gomez's short, blocked return with enough underspin to send the ball outside the doubles alley.
Martina Hingis and husband Harry Leemann announced last fall that they are expecting their first child in 2019. Hingis shared the news on social media, posting a photo of an adorable pink US Open onesie with an equally cute mini tennis racquet. This week, the former world No. 1 and 1997 US Open champion shared pictures from her baby shower or, as she called it, "one last get together" before the couple becomes a family of three.
Enigmatic showman Gael Monfils certainly has a flair for the dramatic. Now he's working on a showstopper that would bring any crowd to its feet. Monfils shared his latest trickshot from the practice court, channeling his inner hoops star for this creative through-the-legs dunk-smash. I wonder if Kobe could do this with a tennis racquet. Imagine the fun those two would have together in a game of H-O-R-S-E.
A new kids' book, "I am Billie Jean King," hit the stores this week to rave reviews. The latest of 17 installments in Brad Meltzer's "Ordinary People Change the World" series, the book highlights the great champion and social pioneer in a lively, conversational way. Now a new generation of Americans will be able to learn about one of our sport's greatest heroes.
It’s officially here! I AM BILLIE JEAN KING written by @bradmeltzer and illustrated by @ChrisEliopoulos hits stores today. I hope you all enjoy reading my story. Would love to hear what you think of it! Buy it here: https://t.co/VgEmI7oc5b. #OrdinaryPeopleChangeTheWorld pic.twitter.com/h02pb1z2Ku— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) February 5, 2019
US Open champ Naomi Osaka is known for her great taste in movies and shows online. This week, she shared her opinion on the new Spider-Man flick. The Marvel-inspired movie has already collected a bunch of awards, almost quadrupled its $90 million budget and scored 97 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so Osaka isn't alone in her love of the computer-animated film.
Osaka has previously taken to Twitter to plead for "Heir Apparent" to be made into a movie, to question why Captain America would ever be anybody's favorite Avenger and to geek out about the long-awaited "Incredibles 2" trailer. Not going to lie, I would watch an entire show with Osaka talking about films and comics. How do we make that happen?
I think Spider-Man : Into the spider-verse is one of the best movies of recent times. I’ve never been so happy throughout a entire movie— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) February 4, 2019
While Osaka was in the theater and Monfils was getting air on the court, 23-time Grand Slam women's champion Serena Williams spent her post-Australian Open free time in a ball pit with daughter Olympia. In between dominating from the baseline and running her own business, this mama still makes more than enough time for the most important thing in her life.
Roger Federer and Team Europe Captain Bjorn Borg launched the 2019 Laver Cup in Geneva on Friday. Tickets sold out in two hours for the team-based competition, which takes place in September after the US Open. Federer and Borg hit on the black court at La Rotonde ahead of the Laver Cup press conference, and Fed took a boat ride out onto Lake Geneva, where he deposited a souvenir.