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Later today, the men's final at the U.S. Open will be going down at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. Rafael Nadal will be taking on Novak Djokovic in a battle of the world's first and second ranked players. At their very core, it would seem that hip-hop and tennis don't share much common ground. But that's not true. Diddy (above, from Saturday) was in attendance this weekend cheering on Djokovic in his semifinals match. And he's not the only rapper that's been spotted at major tennis events in recent months. Plus, there have been plenty of related references in lyrics, and some tennis stars have even tried their turn on the mic. Maybe hip-hop and tennis, each with 'Lo heads galore, are really just distant cousins.
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In recent years, rappers have been popping up at some of Tennis's major events. Jay-Z and Beyoncé attended the French Open in 2010, Kanye West showed up at the U.S. Open in 2010, Drake was at the Rogers Cup last month and Diddy was in the house at the U.S. Open over the weekend. Sure, sitting courtside at an NBA game is where most rappers make their sporting event appearances, but it looks like a new court has been on the rise late. XXL takes a look at hip-hop and Tennis's growing relationship—Adam Fleischer
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While in prison, Lil Wayne wrote to Sports Illustrated in August 2010 to give his picks for the U.S. Open. Weezy predicted that Rafael Nadal would win the men's bracket, and Kim Clijsters would win the women's side of things. He was right on both.
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Tennis star Serena Williams and rapper Common were dating for a couple years before breaking up in 2010.
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Drake and Serena played a little tennis last month, and rumors have even surfaced that they may be romantically linked.
At the end of his hit “Dreams,” from his debut album The Documentary, Game says that the song is dedicated to Venus and Serena Williams's half-sister, Yetunde Price, who was murdered in 2003. There have been numerous other times when the sisters—specifically Serena—have been referenced in lyrics, with bars typically related to her, um, physique.
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John McEnroe...If this ain't hip-hop...
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Exclusive Tennis Rap There was also this “Black and Yellow” tennis remix. Painful and hilarious. But mostly painful.
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Croatian behemoth (he's 6'10”) Ivo Karlovic could have some classic bars on this track. Without enlisting a translator, there's really know way of knowing.
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British star Andy Murray recorded a song “Autograph” a couple years back. No one wanted his after hearing it.
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U.S. favorite Andy Roddick battled radio host Bobby Bones. Safe to say, the listeners lost.