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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, September 7

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Hello, everyone!

I will let my inner tennis fan out, but I won’t be forcing any players on you, don’t worry.

Ramble of the Day

Serena Williams will play in the U.S. Open final this Saturday, her second grand slam final since returning from maternity leave earlier this year. Williams has documented her life as a tennis player and mother through her social media channels, creating specific Instagram and Twitter accounts along the way. One Instagram account she and her husband unexpectedly created was for her daughter Olympia’s doll, Qai Qai.

I first found out about Qai Qai the doll watching Williams’s Instagram stories, in which her daughter hilariously throws around the doll and abandons it (her?) in random places. You do end up feeling bad for the doll a little bit because the human baby is so careless, but it’s mostly funny.

Yet, while the Instagram stories tell the whole story, nothing quite depicts Qai Qai’s loneliness like her own Instagram.

There aren’t a lot of entries on this Instagram page, but the first time I saw it, I burst into laughter.

These images capture the drama of the situation perfectly. Qai Qai knows nothing but abandonment, and suffers silently. There is hardly any sign of life around her in these photos, and each picture is presented without a caption, which only adds to the quiet.

There’s really an art to it. It is dramatic, but funny because of the dramatic nature in which they’re snapped. Really, I just want to compliment the photographer(s) because they have perfectly mastered the art here. The tone is obvious in each and every shot, and only adds to the story of a random toy doll. Well done.

tl;dr: Yes, I like the Instagram account OF A DOLL.

Links of the Day

The Danish FA has reached an agreement with its men’s national team, and the regular squad will face Wales this weekend.

The IFAB will review how Premier League referees call accidental handballs before its next annual meeting in March.

Diego Maradona has booked his latest coaching gig, signing a contract with Mexican second-division side Dorados.

Girona have accepted the proposal to play a La Liga match against FC Barcelona in the United States, though the final destination is not yet official.

Paraguayan second-division team Club Sporting 2 de Mayo has a stray dog on its coaching staff.

Today’s longer read: Huw Davies explains how exactly the UEFA Nations League works for FourFourTwo