Thank you Doubles Superstar Mahesh Bhupathi for giving us all a sneak peek (via Twitter) of this year’s annual ATP players’ revue in Monte Carlo – where the ATP gets seriously silly. It’s like a high school talent show meets frat boy kegger meets Shakespeare theater before actresses were allowed on stage.
Good thing the ATP tour doesn’t make a video for us slobbering fan nerds, or it would be sanitized down to Novak Djokovic’s John McEnroe impression. But here’s some youtube goodness from 2008, to give you an idea of the general kitsch-tastic feel of the thing. It’s impressive that the guys rehearse their roles (perhaps we’ve found the real reason behind all the complaining about the packed tour schedule?) but the absolute best part is Ivan Ljubicic dancing to Rihanna at the very end – after Djokovic’s impressive Thriller dance.
Until we figure out how to crash the party – or pool enough cash to bribe Potito Starace or someone into posting some 2010 footage – we’ll just have to enjoy these tantalizing tidbits of the latest variety show offered up on Mahesh’s Twitter account (follow him @heshpathi):
“Players night at monte carlo every year is a good laugh.. All the amature acting skills have everyone rolling on the floor. Posting pics..”
“Troicki impersonating Zimo and Ross doing a verdasco in a locker room scene :)”
HA! I think I know which one is “Verdasco”
“Ekerot and Djokovic enacting the sampras Agassi showdown..”
That just looks weird to me. But not as weird as the real thing.
“Lopez and schwank making of the shakria video with Rafa.. “
Really? F-Lo would have made a great Shakira! Maybe he wanted to stretch himself as an actor.
“A scene from a challenger in Russia, only issue is all those blondes are men!!”
Oh, hilarious! Actually, I have no idea what’s so funny about a Russian challenger tournament – that’s just too inside tennis for me. Anyone want to guess the identity of the boys in the blond wigs?
“Sorry about the quality but best I could do with my BB.. Of course there were acts on Wayne Odesnik and tiger woods..”
Hmm. . .did they do a skit on the Gillette Curse, perhaps? Other incidents ripe for hilarity: Gulbis and the Swedish hooker sting, Agassi playing the French Open final in a loose toupee, Djokovic stripping in Montreal, Radek Stepanek’smesmerizing hold on the now-retired Nicole Vaidisova (actually, that’s not that funny), Novak’s new “Nole” shorts, Andy Murray’s video game addiction impeding his romantic life (maybe he and Tiger could talk), Davydenko holding court at this year’s Australian Open press conferences, Roger Federer’s bathroom break strategy vs. Kolya Down Under. . .what am I forgetting?