Andy Roddick is a sports commentator and retired tennis player who was at one time ranked No. 1 in the world. He reached the semifinal of the 2003 Australian Open at just 20 years of age and captured...
Sir Elton John took an embarrassing tumble by falling out of his chair at a charity tennis match on Sunday (06Dec14). The Rocket Man hitmaker was on the sidelines at the Mylan World TeamTennis tournament in London, serving as team captain against a group led by sporting legend Billie Jean King.
However, as the temporary coach climbed into his director's chair, the apparatus folded, causing him to fall backwards towards the ground, taking two more chairs with him.
To make matters worse, John's team - comprised of tennis icons Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Martina Hingis and Heather Watson - lost out to King and her pros, including Tim Henman, Sabine Lisicki and Jamie Murray.
Proceeds from the star-studded tournament will go towards the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Sir Elton John condemned Russian anti-gay laws onstage in St. Petersburg on Sunday (09Nov14), blasting the government for removing a statue of former Apple boss Steve Jobs after current executive Tim Cook announced he is gay.
The Rocket Man faced pressure to cancel his Russian tour dates last year (13) after President Vladimir Putin introduced legislation to limit public displays of homosexuality. The openly gay singer refused to boycott the country, insisting he wanted to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and challenge the law from within.
John returned there over the weekend (08-09Nov14) and used his show as a platform to condemn the removal of the Steve Jobs statue, which was reportedly seen as 'homosexual propaganda' after current Apple boss Tim Cook 'came out' as gay last month (Oct14).
According to the singer's Facebook.com page, he told the audience, "I'm not big on technology, but I love my iPad! They're amazing, aren't they? The way they can connect us to the things and people we love... How dignified that St. Petersburg should erect a memorial to Steve Jobs, the remarkable founder of Apple... But last week it was labelled 'homosexual propaganda' and taken down! "Can this be true? Steve's memory is re-written because his successor at Apple, Tim Cook, is gay? Does that also make iPads gay propaganda? "As a gay man, I've always felt so welcome here in Russia. Stories of Russian fans - men and women who fell in love dancing to Nikita or their kids who sing along to Circle of Life - mean the world to me... If I'm not honest about who I am, I couldn't write this music. It's not gay propaganda. It's how I express life. If we start punishing people for that, the world will lose its humanity."
Katy Perry entertained guests at a dinner at The White House in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (31Jul14) to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics. The Dark Horse hitmaker performed several of her songs in front of members of the sports organisation, which trains children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Ahead of her set, U.S. President Barack Obama said, "I love Katy Perry. She is just a wonderful person... I've just met her mom and now I know why she is such a wonderful person, but I just want everybody to know she is on tour right now and so, for her to take time out to do this, is really special and we really want to say thank you to her for doing this."
Perry shared her excitement on Instagram.com, writing, "What an incredibly beautiful evening being invited to sing at the White House... tonight to celebrate these incredibly inspiring men & women. I see them beyond their obstacles. I hope you can join me."
Stevie Wonder and tennis ace Andy Roddick and his actress wife Brooklyn Decker also attended the gala.
John Legend and tennis ace Andy Roddick will take on their celebrity wives, Chrissy Teigen and Brooklyn Decker, on an upcoming episode of U.S. TV show Hollywood Game Night. Actor Donald Faison and his wife CaCee Cobb will also take part in the couple's night battle of the sexes, which will air later this month (May14).
"I'm the worst tennis player... Why would I start something that I will always be terrible at; I'm always gonna be the worst player in the house!" Model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker on the downside of being married to tennis ace Andy Roddick.
"I am engaged in the show and in the pilot episode I'm in my underwear having this full-on make-out session... It's very awkward to have your significant other or family members in the audience watching you have this intimate thing... Watching your make-out face is the weirdest thing ever... I've seen myself and it is disgusting." Former model Brooklyn Decker felt uncomfortable filming love scenes in new TV comedy Friends With Better Lives as husband Andy Roddick watched.
Actress Brooklyn Decker turned her back on modelling as soon as she landed her first major role - because she didn't feel like an elegant beauty. The sexy star, who is married to tennis ace Andy Roddick, admits she was too clumsy to make it on the world's catwalks and, despite finding fame as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue regular, she didn't feel like her peers.
She says, "I wasn't great when I was modelling so I kind of left the second I could...
"This one simple task of, like, being elegant and elongated, I could not do for the life of me. Truly. I never walked a runway because I was too klutzy. I could never get through the runway casting. I mean, I couldn't walk...! I never got hired in my life."
Model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker is hoping the birth of her first child will put her family in the record books. The 27 year old, who is married to U.S. tennis hero Andy Roddick, shares the same birthday as her mother and grandmother - and she's secretly hoping her firstborn continues the family birth date tradition.
Decker explains, "(My birthday is) April 12th and my mom has told me the exact date of penetration - it's July 28th... I have not asked (my grandmother).
"Apparently we'll be tied, I think, for the Guinness World Record if I have a child on my birthday."
And what makes the current family birthday triple so amazing is her mum and dad weren't even trying to have a baby when Decker was conceived.
She tells U.S. chat show host Chelsea Handler, "I was a complete accident!"
Sir Elton John triumphed on the tennis court in an annual charity game on Sunday (17Nov13) and helped raise more than $700,000 (£466,000) for charity. The Rocket Man co-hosted the 21st annual Mylan World TeamTennis Smash Hits match with legendary player Billie Jean King, who he went on to beat on the court at the event in Orlando, Florida.
His team, comprising of Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, Robert Kendrick and Vicky Duval, smashed King's 24-18.
The $700,000 raised by the event will be split between the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, which also offers treatment and education to people suffering from the disease.
We were really excited when news broke that Tom Hardy will be starring in Rocketman, the Elton John biopic, but Hardy better know how to sing. He’s proved his acting chops, and although he hasn’t proven his musical talents yet, we’re excited to see the actor sing some of John’s most famous and beloved tracks in the upcoming film. These are just a few we’d like to see.
We’re looking forward to the outrageous costumes that could easily be included with the performance of “Crocodile Rock.” Giant feathers! Bright colors! We want all of it.
We can’t wait for Hardy to sing “Tiny Dancer” and not because we’re secretly hoping he’ll accidentally say “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.” (Okay, maybe a little.)
“Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time)”
If the creators of Rocketman chose this song as the film title, they better include it. Plus it’s one of our favorites, so they doubly better include it.
“Bennie and the Jets”
C’mon, who doesn’t love dancing around and getting the lyrics wrong while singing this song? It’s a crowd pleaser and we hope Hardy can get the words right.
Hardy’s got the dreamboat thing down. Imagine him singing “Your Song.” It’s even dreamier than Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge! This song alone could persuade many ladies (and gentlemen) to see Rocketman.
Finished as the No. 6 junior tennis player in the U.S.
Reached Wimbledon semifinals; lost to Switzerland's Roger Federer
Made a cameo in "Just Go with It," which co-starred his wife Brooklyn Decker, Adam Sandler, and Jennifer Aniston
Coached by tennis legend Jimmy Connors
Became co-host of "Fox Sports Live"
Hosted "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
Founded non-profit organization the Andy Roddick Foundation
Won first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open, defeating Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero
Made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after defeating Morocco's Younes El Aynaoui
Started playing tennis at the age of four
Announced retirement from professional tennis following the U.S. Open
Guest starred as himself on "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (ABC)
Held record for fastest serve in a competition at 150 miles per hour; broke record few months later with 153 mph
Andy Roddick is a sports commentator and retired tennis player who was at one time ranked No. 1 in the world. He reached the semifinal of the 2003 Australian Open at just 20 years of age and captured a remarkable U.S. Open title later that year. Near the end of the season, Roddick attained the world No. 1 ranking, but that U.S. Open victory would be the only Grand Slam singles title of his career. Roddick subsequently sniffed Grand Slam glory several times, but he lost in the Wimbledon final in 2004, 2005 and 2009, each time succumbing to Roger Federer. Roddick was known for his punishing serve-measured in excess of 150 miles per hour during play on several occasions-and fiery on-court demeanor, but his career was marred by injuries during his prime. After retiring from pro tennis, Roddick parlayed his passion for sports into a role as an analyst on the debut of "Fox Sports Live" (2013- ), the flagship program on the network Fox Sports 1, joined by former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb and basketball Hall of Famer Gary Payton.