Odds and Ends: On tennis and electronic dance music (EDM)

Run of the mill EDM festival.  Source: Wallpaperplay EDM festival wallpaper (I kid you not).

This post isn’t about science there I said it.

Whew, that was cathartic.

Instead, it’s a just a quick post on something in the tennis world that I thought was quite cool so without further ado, POP QUIZ!

What is the significance of the BNP Paribas Masters Series held at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy?

Minor brownie points for the one telepathic drunken French response I got of “Il est le dernier tournoi Masters de la saison. Idiot.”  For the rest of you ill-informed Americans that responded with “Uh, is that before or after the US Open?” please read on.

The Paris-Bercy tournament is the last of the nine ATP Masters 1000 Events (yes, after the U.S. Open) that gives players who haven’t already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London – their final chance to.

Now while you might think that that was the correct answer worth the maximum brownie points, you’d be wrong.  The reason that this tournament is important is because those pesky French have come up with the coolest player intros of any tennis tournament bar none.

Just like the beginning or end of an electronic dance music (EDM) festival:

Aside: In case you haven’t any clue what electronic dance music (EDM) is or includes, you can click here for a quick audio breakdown of the “taxonomy” seen below.  Turn your speakers down. Or up, depending primarily on what age category you fall into.

Electronic Music “Taxonomy”. Credit: UNF Digital Humanities Institute Project Portfolio.

So take a look below at some of the interesting EDM festival-like player introductions they’ve concocted through the years:

Roger Federer vs Gael Monfils (2011)
Update: More recent example from the Paris Masters 2017.
Update: Paris Masters 2015, Roger Federe vs Tomas Berdych. 
Update: Paris Masters 2016, John Isner vs Marin Cilic


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