Even though he was serving nine months on Rikers Island at the time, sports freak and Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne found the time to report to SI his picks for the US Open.
SI actually contacted him, knowing that he’s a big sports fan — and tennis in particular. They sent him three leafs of SI stationery, a self-addressed stamped envelope and simply the request to jot down his picks for 2010.
He did that and then some — picking Nadal and Clijsters as this year’s winners.
I genuinely appreciate this opportunity to express my love for tennis. One of the main reasons I enjoy the sport so much is because when I actually tried to play, it was unbelievably difficult. So ever since i’ve been drawn to the great talents of the game. Not to menion, Andre Agassi was like a pop star when i was a kid. I love the Williams sisters, I simply adore Maria Sharapova, and i’m a huge Nadal fan! I’m definitely rooting for him to get the Grand Slam and win the US Open. He’s already became the 2nd youngest player to win 8 major titles before the age of 25. He’s half way there to Roger’s 16. And even while battling knee tendonitis, he’s still ranked #1. His Wimbledon performance was one of a kind. He simply plays with pure passion and leaves it all out there on the court. With Del Potro pulling out of this year’s Open with injury, Nadal’s only threats are obviously Federer, Djokovic, and Roddick’s aggressive play, but the player that scares me the most is Andy Murray, who’s beaten Rafael four times. Even still i say “Nadal wins it all.”
And by the way, i’m giving the edge to Clijsters in the women’s singles due to Serena’s right foot. Again, i’m very thankful for this opportunity.
Here’s his actual hand-written response, courtesy of SI.com: