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Weary of reading about five-set thrillers on Armstrong Stadium, or another crushing victory by Rafael Nadal? Here are the non-tennis headlines I’ve been following this US Open.

Serena’s Absence: Foot Surgery, or Nose Job? 

Serena Williams withdrew from the US Open, and from several tournaments leading up to it, because she allegedly suffered deep cuts to her feet after she stepped on glass at a restaurant in Munich on July 7.  But some in the British press thinks her July 15 operation was really for plastic surgery. Serena has been less than clear on the circumstances involving the mysterious injury, as Bleacher Report details. Serena certainly looks different. Could a new eyebrow brush do all that?

Venus Williams Needs to Give Up Clothing Design. 

Really. Venus says her sparkly dress draws its inspiration from fireworks and celebration. But after watching her tug at her creeping hemline after every point, I think she was more inspired by the wedgie. Read what had to say.

Trick Shots. 

Roger Federer first showed off his stunning, between-the-legs shots against Novak Djokovic at last year’s US Open semifinals. He gave a repeat performance this year, in the first round, against poor Brian Dabul. Some argue that the tweener France’s Michael Llodra hit against Germany’s Tommy Haas at Indian Wells in 2007 was more difficult. On the women’s side, Francesca Schiavone, the French Open champion, showed Federer and Llodra are not alone.  Of the shot, Schiavone said, “Is just instinct. Is art.”  Yes, indeed.  

The Mardy Fish Diet.

I’d try it, if i thought I could survive. He talks about it here: it’s made a difference in his confidence, his movement on the court, and his ranking. But one guy thinks too much is being made of Fish’s transformation: Sam Querry. “I honestly think everyone's kind of rough on him,” he said at a news conference earlier this week. “They [the media] make him sound like he was just FAT before this year and that they’re surprised he could play. I mean, the guy used to be 17 in the world. It’s definitely helped him, but, I mean, it’s not like, he’s not like a different player.”