8-foot dude sings “Knockin on Heaven’s Door”

While the action continues at Shanghai, after Tsonga’s first round loss this week…there are still enough players around to jam with the Bryan Brothers in the Player’s Lounge. Imagine Max Mirnyi singing Guns ‘n Roses, covering Bob Dylan…sounds terrifying. It happened.

There were also a lot of tweets this week about “Federer pranking his coach” by hitting tennis balls into the coach’s Mercedes. We’ve seen a few “viral” videos like this in the recent past…

From 2011

Okay – quick update as we enter the quarterfinals in Shaghai, Japan and Austria…

SHANGHAI: Roddick, Murray and David Ferrer advanced today

And as I write this – Florian Mayer just defeated Rafa to advance to the quarterfinals!

JAPAN: Sam Stosur’s back in form, winning today – up next, she’ll face South African and former Springfield Laser Chanelle Scheepers…Marion Bartoli also advanced to the final 8 today

LINZ: Cirstea, Rodina, Rodionova all reached the quarters – Pavlyuchenkova is out

While in China last week – the WTA had the ladies speaking Mandarin – kind of:

Other stuff that came up this week – Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal both admitted a meeting of the top men’s players to talk about the packed tennis schedule will be more challenging than anticipated. They were going to meet in Shanghai…until Roger and Novak backed out of the Masters Event.

Serena will play Brisbane to tune up for the Australian Open – Rafa committed to Halle to tune-up for Wimbledon…

Enjoy the weekend. I hope “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” isn’t now stuck in your head. Thank you Max, we’ll see you on “Belarus Idol.”