With tennis champion Serena Williams releasing her first hip hop track (above), on which she raps: "I win, I really mean it/ Swag out this world, you should call me Venus/ That's my sister, my name is Serena/ on the court I serve 'em up, no subpoena", we thought it only fair to chart the muso/sports competition she's going to face. The racket swinger is hardly the first athlete to try and swap work-out charts for the pop charts, (although perhaps strangely she still is one of the few notable female athletes to give it a try) and here's five of the more unlikely sportsmen who can hold a tune... Actually, that might be overstating their abilities...
Clearly bored after quitting tennis in 1992, McEnroe had the luxury of learning the guitar from pals Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton. However when McEnroe later formed the Johnny Smyth Band and toured the states during the divorce from his first wife, no one could believe he was serious. He later gave this up after marrying another musician - Patty Smyth (incidentally punk-pioneer Richard Hell's ex).
In the same year he won the treble with Manchester United, footballer Andy Cole also added a successful single to his CV in the form of the UK R'n'B-inspired Outstanding. Cool as you like, the video sees him cruising in his convertible through the dark streets before arriving at a nightclub... to play table football. See what they did there?
Not content with hugely successful careers in American football and baseball, (he is the only person to have won both a Super Bowl and a World Series), Sanders released the rap album Prime Time in 1994 on MC Hammer's label. Singles Must Be The Money and Prime Time Keeps On Tickin count as hits.
Australian cricketer Brett Lee once recorded a duet with the legendary Asha Bhosle, but the new kid on the block (or should that be square) is West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who last year collaborated with dancehall star Beenie Man on the ingeniously-titled Beenie Man & Bravo album.
Morton Gamst Pederson
Now his club Blackburn Rovers have been relegated from the Premiership, midfielder Pederson can at least fall back on his Norwegian pop career. Along with some of his fellow Norwegian footballers, The Players scored a massive hit in their homeland with this single released in aid of the Soccer Against Crime campaign.
Michael Holder @michaelholder
10:11 AM | 16/05/2012
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