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Djokovic, Osaka, Murray and other top stars part of bizarre TV interview prank

Leye Aduloju in News 6 Sep 2019
  • Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, and other top players, have been taking part in a TV prank during the North American hard-court season
  • American, Comedian, Jimmy Fallon organised the challenge
Naomi Osaka (Photo by: Prensa Internacional via ZUMA Wire)

World No. 1s, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, and other tennis stars have been confusing fans and reporters with some bizarre utterances during the North American hard court season- it turns out that they have been part of a bizarre TV interview prank!

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Over the last few weeks, tennis players have been uttering some weird expressions during interviews, with Andy Murray referring to "kitten naps", and Ashleigh Barty pulling off the tongue-twisting expression, "the tighter the strings, the sweeter the swings"- it has only just emerged that the players were part of a television challenge set by US comedian, Nick Fallon.

Like in every challenge, some were better than it than the others, with Andy Murray and Ashleigh Barty among the stand-out performers, while women's No. 1, Naomi Osaka couldn't help but offer a chuckle during her own challenge.

Former world No. 1, Murray was speaking about his preparations for the US Open when he said, with the straightest of faces and all of his characteristic interview mannerisms: "I used to take cat naps, but now I take kitten naps. Half as long, twice and nice", while Barty was equally unmoved and impressive in declaring "the tighter the strings, the sweeter the swings". No one, except Fallon and the players of course, had a clue of what exactly they were saying.

Barty probably wins this because of the difficulty of her expression!

Speaking about his epic Wimbledon final against Roger Federer, Djokovic confused everyone when he seamlessly slipped in the words 'when the score was loose, the juice got loose', while Naomi Osaka was less impressive as she could not resist a laugh when she uttered the exact same words in a separate interview.

Stefanos Tsitsipas sounded pretty weird with his "Slap your Dad, call him Brad" comment while discussing training, but Bethanie Mattek-Sands was very much at home when she happily declared "This ish tennish".

Maria Sharapova, Madison Keys and Karolina Pliskova were also involved in the challenge.

Comedian Fallon told The Tonight Show: "No-one knew that we were doing this. It's bizarre, but it's so good."



Now we know what exactly is going on, and won't be caught off guard by this weirdness any longer!


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World No. 1s, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, and other tennis stars have been confusing reporters with some of their bizarre utterances during the North American hard court season- it turns out that they have been part of a bizarre TV interview prank!

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