In this off-season series, we ask the hard-working TTI staff some of the most burning questions. In our first installment, we get musical.
If you want to win, you have to come to court. The moment two players arrive is unceremonious and often abrupt on any given outer court. For stadium matches, the players are given all the pomp and circumstance of a coronation, even if only one can leave with the crown. Accompanied by a song, top players sometimes make requests; on TTI, I played DJ and asked our writers what music they’d like to walk out to as the match of their life begins.
While we’ve answered, now it’s up to you. Leave what song you would pick in the comments. Remember, the song you choose has to be one that gets you pumped and one you feel most perfectly announces your presence. Most importantly, have fun with it!
Without further ado, our Staff Picks:
The National’s “Bloodbuzz Ohio” in the Cincy semifinals…in an ideal world.
In the other one, I’d be happy to walk out to Jenna Maroney’s dance jam “Balls!” – because it’s the right thing to do.
***Flawless is literally the most perfect song to walk out on court to. For effect, I’ll pay Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn to be fierce and walk out with me. If I ever make it to a Grand Slam final, I would pay Beyonce to sing it live while I am carried onto the court by every person I have beaten so far.
I’d walk out on court to Lorde – Royals. As a Prince, I need to tell the peasants in the stadium they’ll never be as good as me. (Of course, I’ll need to change the line to “and you’ll never be royal.”)
Most players like to play down their rivalries, but in the comforting glow of the computer screen, I’d like to think I would be a little more in your face about it. Give me “Bad Blood” by Voice of a Generation, Taylor Swift. Now we got problems, but I think I can solve them…on the tennis court. #orsomething #lorde
For a Grand Slam final (and for copyright purposes), I would definitely request We Can’t Stop by Other Voice of a Generation, Miley Cyrus. Before a big match, I’d want to be relaxed, and where I’d find something soothing in Miley’s raspy drawl, it would almost undoubtedly put my opponent on edge. It’s my party. I can do what I want.
Tough question. I’ve narrowed it down to three: Marilyn Manson’s cover of the timeless Eurythmics song “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This);” an Avicii remix of “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes; or “Genie in a Bottle,” because #canada.
To decide, I think I’m going to start a non-biased, completely fair and objective voting process in the same vein as the WTA Rising Stars campaign.
I’d choose a song that would also fit something I’ve always wanted: my very own ESPN montage. If I was a tennis champion worth millions of dollars, it’s only logical that I’d throw one up for my girl Ke$ha for getting me to that point in life. It’s a tough choice, but I have to stick with a classic.
For a US Open night match, I’d choose Krewella’s “Live for the Night,” because I, in fact, do live for the night and lights. But not for the high ’til I’m free fallin’, because that’s just unsafe.