Rafael Nadal broke a tennis record on Monday when he netted his seventh French Open title, further putting him in the upper echelons of the sport’s history.
He now has 11 Grand Slam titles for his career. For this most recent championship, Nadal needed four sets to beat Novak Djokovic, another young tennis star who had won three straight Grand Slam titles entering the French Open. The two players’ success in recent years has some comparing them against the greats of the past. How do they stack up? Here’s a look at 10 other tennis champs who dominated in their eras:
Football star Eli Manning is set to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ on May 5, making him the latest athlete to step off the field and in front of the comedy show’s cameras. We’re all waiting to see if his quarterbacking skills, which led the New York Giants to another Super Bowl victory this year, will serve him well in front of the late-night audience. But looking back on all the pro athletes who’ve previously graced the ‘SNL’ stage, are his chances of succeeding really that high?
Now that the Broncos’ season is over, quarterback Tim Tebow has time to pursue other ventures. And on Saturday night, Tebow surprised a packed Pepsi Center in Denver by joining country music star Brad Paisley on stage for the song ‘I’m Still a Guy.’
The former basketball player and outspoken media personality, Charles Barkley, delighted sports fans with a pitch-perfect parody of Shaquille O’Neal on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Almost as entertaining, though, was when he got a taste of his own medicine.
College football analyst Craig James is taking some time off from his duties with ESPN to contemplate a run for US Senate in Texas. If he does decide to run before the Monday deadline, he’d do so as a Republican, and face some steep competition as he eyes the vacated seat of the retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed on Sunday after his car collided with others during the IndyCar Series season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His death was pronounced approximately two hours after he was airlifted to University Medical Center.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning, 12-year-old Nick Pratto delivered a clutch hit that gave Huntington Beach, Calif., a 2-1 victory over Hamamatsu City, Japan, in the final game of the Little League World Series. The squad became the seventh team from California to win the title.
Braydon Salzman pitched a gem of a game for California, striking out the side in the top of the fifth inning before navigating out of a jam in the top of the sixth.
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