Friday Favorites: October 3

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There were several great story lines in the world of tennis over the past week, including a touching tribute to two-time Major Champion Li Na and Vicki Duval’s courageous fight against Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Combined with Roger Federer social media tour of India and the return of Rafael Nadal, and you have the BNP Paribas Open’s Favorites of the Week!

Roger’s Tour Guide
Four-time BNP Paribas Open Champion is heading to India in December and sought the advice of his Twitter followers for some sight-seeing adventures. Using the hashtag #PhotoshopRF, the Swiss was able to star in his own Bollywood movie, take a swim in the Ganges River and smack his patented one-handed backhand in a game of cricket.

The BNP Paribas Open announced on Wednesday that it will donate $1 from every ticket sold in the month of October to a local non-profit cancer organization. For the full release, click HERE.

Duval Scores Big Win Against Cancer
American Rising Star Vicky Duval, who was diagnosed this year at Wimbledon with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, announced last week that she is now cancer free! Congratulations Vicky, and we hope to see you on the court soon!

Nadal Returns
Three-time BNP Paribas Open Champion Rafael Nadal is back in action at the China Open. The Spaniard has been out with a wrist injury since the US Open and looks to get back on track in Beijing.

Honoring a Champion
Li Na was given a touching tribute at the China Open this week, which included a stunning highlight reel and a heartfelt speech from World No. 3 Petra Kvitova. Check it out, HERE.

Look Over Your Shoulder!
Two-time BNP Paribas Open Champion Maria Sharapova tweeted this gem last week when she spotted a fellow passenger reading an article about her.  We sure hope the fan turned around at some point.

Bryans Know Baseball
Two-time defending BNP Paribas Open Champions Bob and Mike Bryan threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium last week. Like the Dodgers, the Bryans know a thing or two about Grand Slams.