The Last Word: Dec. 29, 2013

Is obscure Polish player Grzegorz Panfil having the week of his life, or what?

Panfilautograph(Pic from Hopman Cup’s Twitter)

Barely in the top 300, the late replacement for Jerzy Janowicz at the Hopman Cup first faced Andreas Seppi – who retired because of illness, handing him the win.

Then, he faces Canada’s Milos Raonic, the No. 11 player in the world.

And not to take anything away from Panfil, but Raonic clearly had some sort of issue that required a visit from the trainer to dispense a little medication.

Raonicpills

Another win.

The guy isn’t even ranked high enough to make the Australian Open qualifying (not that he isn’t a good player; he can play).

He may never leave Perth.

Team moves

Matt Cronin reports that Victoria Azarenka has made some changes to her team – and made it significantly more female (and bigger).

Christa Pryor is the new trainer, and she has two new physios: Stephanie Turpin (GREAT name) who is in Brisbane with her and Frenchman Fabrice Gauthier, who will be at the Australian Open.

Azarenka hangs with some animals (from the tournament's Twitter feed)

Azarenka hangs with some animals in Brisbane (from the tournament’s Twitter feed)

As well, Cronin reports that Sloane Stephens has not brought coach Paul Annacone to Australia (although there do seem to be conflicting reports on what that really means) after spending five weeks training with him in the off-season. She is in Perth at Hopman Cup with hitting partner Andrew Fitzpatrick.

Raonic pulls a Djoker

It probably would rank right up there in the top 10 worst overheads of all time.

But since the Hopman Cup is an exhibition, nothing really counts.

Still, Raonic missed one from here:

Raonicmiss          Raonicmiss2

Yes, he was a little sheepish.

Raonicembarrass3           Raonicembarrass2        Raonicembarrass1

Sharapova on changes

Video from the Brisbane tournament has Maria Sharapova talking about new coach Sven Groeneveld, among other topics.

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