Wimbledon Watch: Shaq, The Big Tennis Fan

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 23, 2014 at 4:43 pm •  Published: June 23, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Here's a new nickname for Shaquille O'Neal: The Big Tennis Fan.

The former NBA star — who famously dubbed himself Shaq-Fu, Diesel, Superman and The Big Aristotle, among other monikers — showed up at Wimbledon on Monday.

The 7-foot-1 (2.16-meter) O'Neal sat in the Royal Box at Centre Court and joined thousands of spectators in greeting Andy Murray with a standing ovation when the 2013 champion walked out for the first match of his title defense.

After Murray's victory, he got a chance to meet Shaq and chat.

"He's a big boy, that's for sure. He was huge. He's very entertaining," Murray, a big basketball fan, said with a smile.

"He said that was the first time he'd been to the tennis before," Murray added. "He enjoyed it."

— By Howard Fendrich — http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

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SELFIE TIME: Andy Murray found time to pause and pose for a fan's selfie before his first match Monday as Wimbledon's defending champion.

Walking across the grounds at the All England Club less than two hours ahead of his 2014 Centre Court debut, Murray passed a gate where a man and woman shouted out a request for a picture.

With a white towel draped around his neck, a racket bag on his shoulder, and a blue pair of sneakers in his hand, Murray wandered over and obliged.

Here's a photo of their photo: https://twitter.com/HowardFendrich/status/481018621842718720

Rafael Nadal also stopped to make some fan's day by appearing in a picture.

— By Howard Fendrich — http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

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LOST IN TRANSLATION: There was unintended hilarity at Ernests Gulbis' news conference on Monday at Wimbledon, when the Latvian player misunderstood a question.

"Get rid of vampires?" Gulbis replied.

A few minutes later, Gulbis realized he had heard the question incorrectly.

"My God. Umpires? I thought something else. I thought 'vampires,' (like) the people who are surrounding and sucking the energy out of players. That's what I meant," Gulbis said.

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