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Nick Kyrgios and Boris Becker trade nasty blows on Twitter

8 days ago  
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Boris Becker and Nick Kyrgios exchanged verbal on blows on Twitter after the Australian branded fellow tennis star Alexander Zverev selfish for partying during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite promising to self-isolate. German legend Becker, a six-time Grand Slam winner, took umbrage with Kyrgios's comment over viral footage of Zverev partying despite pledging to follow self-isolating guidelines after playing in Novak Djokovic's Coronavirus-hit Adria Tour. Zverev took part in the exhibition event organised by Djokovic, who last week tested positive for COVID-19 along with Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki. Zverev, 23, tested negative and vowed to isolate but was purportedly filmed at a busy bar over the weekend, leading an exasperated Kyrgios to slam his behaviour on Instagram on Monday. Becker, the head of German men's tennis, stood up for his compatriot and fired back at Kyrgios on Tuesday. "Don't like no #rats! Anybody telling off fellow sportsman/woman is no friend of m..
                 

Lewis Hamilton: He's ignorant and uneducated

11 days ago  
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World champion Lewis Hamilton labelled Bernie Ecclestone as, "ignorant and uneducated" on Friday after the former F1 supremo claimed that "black people are sometimes more racist than white." Ecclestone, who was F1 supremo for four decades, had been asked to comment on Hamilton's recent anti-racism initiatives. While praising the six-time world champion for his campaigning, Ecclestone, 89, doubted that the creation of the driver's Hamilton Commission, which hopes to steer more black youngsters into motor racing, will have any great effect. "I don't think it's going to do anything bad or good for Formula One," he told CNN. "It'll just make people think which is more important. I think that's the same for everybody. People ought to think a little bit and think: 'Well, what the hell. Somebody's not the same as white people and black people should think the same about white people.' In lots of cases, black people are more racist than what white people are." When challenged to elaborate, Ecc..
                 

Nick Kyrgios slams Dominic Thiem for defending Alex Zverev

18 hours ago  
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Outspoken Australian Nick Kyrgios questioned Dominic Thiem's intellect on Wednesday after the World No. 3 told him to stop criticising fellow tennis stars Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic for taking risks with COVID-19. Kyrgios said Thiem wasn't on the same intellectual level after the Austrian called his criticism cheap and claimed it was bad luck that Zverev was caught partying after promising to self-isolate. Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive for COVID-19 after last month's Adria Tour, an exhibition series. "Kyrgios has really done a lot of nonsense himself. That's why I understand even less when he interferes everywhere," said Thiem. "It would be better for him to come clean instead of always criticising others." Nick calls for accountability The Australian shot back on Twitter. "What are you talking about @ThiemDomi? Mistakes like smashing rackets? Swearing? Tanking a few matches here or there? Which everyone does? None of you have th..
                 

Tennis babe Naomi Osaka turns designer by masking it!

2 days ago  
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Japan's tennis star Naomi Osaka is now exhibiting her flair for fashion. The two-time Grand Slam champion and her sister Mari have designed fashionable face masks for charity in collaboration with UNICEF, Japan. The duo plan to give away all profits to support disadvantaged Japanese youth. "I was seeing everyone in the US wearing the same medical mask, and I remember in Japan even before this whole situation happened, everyone were wearing masks and they were quite fashionable. So I wanted to release a mask that wasn't just for protection, but could also be used as a fashion statement," Osaka told Vogue magazine. Meanwhile, Naomi's sister Mari said: "The idea came from Naomi at the beginning. I just kind of helped her with the design." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates. Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest new..
                 

Novak Djokovic donates 40,000 euros to Serbian town hit hard by virus

7 days ago  
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Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic, who last week tested positive for coronavirus, donated more than 40,000 euros ($45,000) to a Serbian town badly affected by the pandemic, local media reported Wednesday. The 33-year-old Djokovic donated the money to Novi Pazar, in Serbia's southwest, to help it fight a growing outbreak of the disease, the SportKlub TV sports channel reported. The town declared a state of emergency in late June due to the spread of the respiratory disease. After restricting the first outbreak of COVID-19 in early May, Serbia is now reporting a fresh surge, logging more than 200 cases daily recently compared to around 50 a month ago. The Balkan nation was recently in the spotlight for allowing Djokovic to host a regional tournament that started in Belgrade in mid-June before a slew of COVID-19 infections forced organisers to cut it short. Apart from Djokovic three other tennis players -- Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki -- who participated in the Adr..
                 

Nick Kyrgios slams 'selfish' Alexander Zverev for partying

9 days ago  
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Nick Kyrgios let rip at "selfish" fellow tennis star Alexander Zverev on Monday after the German was seen partying despite promising to self-isolate following Novak Djokovic's Coronavirus-hit Adria Tour. Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. While Zverev tested negative, he released a statement afterwards vowing to self-isolate, only to be spotted at a busy bar, apparently over the weekend, in footage that went viral. Kyrgios said he was unhappy with the behaviour of some of the biggest names in the sport. "So I wake up and I see more controversial things happening all over the world. One that stuck out for me was seeing 'Sacha' Zverev again man, again, again, how selfish can you be?" he said on Instagram. "If you have the audacity to put out a tweet that you made your management write on your behalf saying you're going to self-isolate for 14 days and apologising to the general public for putting their health at risk, a..
                 

After split, has Nick Kyrgios found a new girlfriend in Chiara Passari?

10 days ago  
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Controversial Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has reportedly found new love after his split from fellow tennis player Anna Kalinskaya last month. Nick, who is in Canberra as the ATP tour being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is training and having fun playing video games and hanging out with his friends.       View this post on Instagram Happiness is found A post shared by Nick Kyrgios (@k1ngkyrg1os) onJun 27, 2020 at 6:49am PDT On Friday, Nick shared a picture for his 1.4 million Instagram followers and captioned it: "Ride by our side." He tagged Chiara Passari, which could be a hint that he is in a relationship with her. On Saturday, he shared the below picture and wrote: "Happiness is found." Before Anna, Nick was in a relationship with Croatian tennis player Ajla Tomljanovic, who is currently dating Italian World No. 8 Matteo Berrettini. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS app..
                 

New schedule unrealistic for veterans like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic: Toni Nadal

11 days ago  
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World No.2 Rafael Nadal's uncle and former coach Toni Nadal has said that the Spanish tennis great is considering what schedule to maintain during the upcoming season restart on the ATP Tour, even if it means not playing the US Open. "I have spoken to Rafa and he is doubting which tournaments to play," Toni told ESPN Deportes. Nadal is the defending champion at the US Open and the French Open. Both Grand Slams are set to happen within four weeks of each other with a number of tournaments squeezed in between them. The renewed calendar for the resumption of the tour after it was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic in early March was announced by the ATP on June 17. Toni said that the schedule does injustice to veteran players like Nadal and World No.1 Novak Djokovic. "The schedule is unrealistic, especially for veteran players, who cannot compete for so many weeks in a row," he said. "I think it is a bit ugly what the ATP has done. This decision is totally against players like Rafa an..
                 

Somdev Devvarman: Age fraud is a huge issue

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Former India Davis Cupper Somdev Devvarman has spoken out against age fraud in Indian tennis. "Age fraud is a huge issue across sports. I lost to a certain over-aged guy in my junior days. It hurts. Open an investigation nationwide and ban coaches who are found guilty of systemic age fraud. Plenty of them around. Don't forget, the children are innocent here. Kids don't wander around the streets trying to forge legal documents," Devvarman wrote on Twitter. The over-age issue cropped up after a molestation case, pursued vigorously by a desperate father, ended up uncovering alleged age fraud by a junior Davis Cupper and four others. The junior player was allegedly molested by fellow trainees, including a junior Davis Cup player, at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) complex. The subsequent revelations on age fraud, thanks to the efforts of the girl's father, are also being investigated by police. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the ne..
                 

Tennis ace Coco Gauff still learning to deal with fame

5 days ago  
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American tennis star Coco Gauff, 16, became popular after her first-round win over Venus Williams at Wimbledon last year. But the teen sensation revealed that she still hasn't learnt to deal with the attention and fame she has gained. "I went from probably 30,000 followers [on social media] to 500,000 overnight, and definitely got a lot of recognition from really famous people all around the world. It's something I'm still not used to, but definitely wasn't used to then," Coco, who became the youngest player to reach the main draw at Wimbledon at the age of 15 years and three months, told BBC Sport. At this year's Australian Open, Coco defeated Venus in the first round, Sorana Cirstea in the second and defending champion Naomi Osaka in Round Three, to become the youngest player to defeat a Top 5 player since Jennifer Capriati beat Gabriela Sabatini at the 1991 US Open. In the fourth round, she lost to the eventual champion, Sofia Kenin, in three sets. Catch up on all the latest sports ..
                 

Serbian PM Ana Brnabic backs under-fire Novak Djokovic

8 days ago  
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World No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has found support in his country's Prime Minister Ana Brnabic who has backed the Serbian after he was heavily criticised following the Adria Open fiasco. "Every part of him. He tried to do something good for the whole region," Brnabic said in an interview with PinkTV. "To put politics aside and help young and non-established tennis players, as well as to raise money for humanitarian purposes. "If they could shift the blame on me personally, as Prime Minister, and leave Novak alone, I would love it," she added. Earlier, Manchester United and Serbian footballer Nemanja Matic also launched a passionate defense of compatriot Djokovic. Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Victor Troicki all tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the Belgrade leg of the exhibition event recently. Djokovic's wife had also been diagnosed with COVID-19 and also NBA star Nikola Jokic, who attended the event in the capital city of Serbia. Matic, however, came to..
                 

India tennis star Sumit Nagal wins and grins!

9 days ago  
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India's highest ranked singles tennis player Sumit Nagal (World No. 127) can finally afford a smile, having played and won his first tournament following a lengthy four-month period that saw almost no competitive action the world over. On Sunday, Nagal won the PSD Bank Nord Open title at the Nensel Tennis Academy in Pinneberg, near Hamburg, where he has been training throughout the Coronavirus-caused lockdown. He beat German Daniel Masur 6-1, 6-3 in the final. 'It's great to be back'"More than the win, it was great to get back into competition after four months. We [tennis players] are used to playing every week or second week, so a four-month break is unheard of, unless there is a serious injury. This was a prize-money tournament organised by the German tennis federation and carried ATP points. Most of the players were in the top 250, so the competition was pretty good too," Nagal, 22, told mid-day on Monday. Nagal was in Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Open in March when things got ..
                 

Watch video: Sania Mirza teases her brother-in-law Asaduddin

10 days ago  
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India tennis star Sania Mirza seemed to be in a playful mood on Sunday. She shared a video with son Izhaan Mirza Malik for her 6.4 million Instagram followers and captioned it: "Asad khaalu hits a four but Baba hits a six. He might be a bit biased @izhaan.mirzamalik #Myizzy." In the video, Sania teases brother-in-law Mohammad Asaduddin, nicknamed Asad. Sania starts off by asking Izhaan what a dog does. And Izahaan responds by imitating a barking dog. She then asks him, "What does Asad khaalu do," Izhaan gestures a boundary. "And what about Baba? Baba hits a six, right?" Sania says as Izhaan holds his arms up in the air. The two sign off, giving each other high-fives.       View this post on Instagram Asad khaalu hits a 4 but Baba hits a 6 😏 he might be a bit biased 💕 🤣@izhaan.mirzamalik #Myizzy A post shared by Sania Mirza (@mirzasaniar) onJun 27, 2020 at 11:34pm PDT Asad, son of India cricket captain and Hyderabad Cricket..
                 

Manchester United's Nemanja Matic defends compatriot Novak Djokovic

12 days ago  
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Manchester United's Nemanja Matic on Thursday backed his fellow countryman Novak Djokovic, who was widely slammed for hosting a tennis exhibition where he was one of four players to test positive for the coronavirus, and said the world number one was the "cat" who will chase away the "mice". "Mice came out of the hole and gave themselves the right to criticise the world number one, in tennis but also how he relates to all other people in the world," Matic wrote in an open letter of support to Djokovic published by local media. "But I don't care. Very soon the cat (Djokovic) will be on the court, and the mice in the hole." The midfielder stressed that the tournament in Belgrade was organised in line with the Serbian law. He labelled the event "great" and voiced hope it will become traditional. "The only thing for which I resent Novak is that he apologises to the mice who criticise him for no reason. "No, Nole. They will apologise to you - soon." Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric an..
                 

Rafael Nadal casts doubts over US Open; will play in Madrid

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Rafael Nadal said on Tuesday that he will take part in the Madrid Open, raising doubts about whether he intends to defend his title at the US Open. The US Open, whose fate still hangs in the balance, is scheduled to run from August 31 to September 13 on the hard courts of New York while the main draw at the Madrid event on clay starts on September 14. Madrid will serve as a warmup for the rescheduled French Open, the claycourt Grand Slam that begins on September 20. The Madrid tournament director Feliciano Lopez tweeted: "I have spoken to my friend Rafael Nadal who confirmed his participation in Madrid in September. As always, we await you with open arms in the Caja Magica!" Nadal answered: "That's right Feli. See you in September in Madrid. Meanwhile everything is going well!" The United States has seen a sharp resurgence of new coronavirus cases, leading to fresh doubts about whether the US Open will take place. Leading players, including world number three Dominic Thiem, have said t..
                 

Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena test negative for COVID-19

6 days ago  
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Novak Djokovic and his wife have tested negative for the coronavirus, his media team said Thursday, 10 days after announcing they had contracted the disease. The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia amid the pandemic. No social distancing was observed at the matches in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia. "Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are negative for COVID-19. That was shown by the results of the PCR tests that both had in Belgrade," his media team said in a statement. Both Djokovic and his wife had no symptoms and were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive, the statement said. The news comes amid a new spike of coronavirus cases in Serbia and the reintroduction of some restrictive measures, such as compulsory wearing of masks and social distancing. Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in the matches in Belgrade and Zadar. The others wer..
                 

What's the secret behind Maria Sharapova's glow?

9 days ago  
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Wonder what's behind the glow which Russian tennis beauty Maria Sharapova invariably displays? Let the former World No.1 tell you: "I start my day really healthy. I drink a lot of water with lemon to begin with; I've done that throughout my career. Then I have a green smoothie with kale, lemon, spinach and sometimes a little apple or avocado." Sharapova, 33, stressed on how maintaining a good diet is the key to one's well being. "There are many lessons I have taken away from my career and a good, healthy diet is certainly one of them. I've always been someone who takes good care of my body. It doesn't matter if you are a professional athlete or you work in an office, what you put into your body is always going to be extremely important," the five-time Grand Slam champ was quoted as saying by Tennis World, USA. Sharapova quit the sport in February this year. She was suspended in 2016 for using meldonium, a newly banned drug developed for heart patients. It was reported that Sharapova to..
                 

Belinda Bencic enjoys mountain getaway with boyfriend Martin

10 days ago  
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Swiss tennis player Belinda Bencic went to the High Tatras, a mountain range in Slovakia with her trainer boyfriend Martin Hromkovic on Saturday. Bencic took to social media site Instagram to share a couple of pictures from her trip and captioned it: “Mountain Getaway.”       View this post on Instagram Mountain Getaway ⛰🐶👫🏽 A post shared by Belinda Bencic (@belindabencic) onJun 27, 2020 at 5:36am PDT Belinda Bencic, 23, first met the Slovakian trainer, who is 15 years older to her, in 2018. Belinda Bencic currently ranks number 8 in the WTA rankings as per March 2020. Bencic has a career record of 274–151 at a winning percentage of 64.5. Her finest performance in the Grand Slam arena is reaching the semifinals of the 2019 US Open singles. Bencic has also won the Hopman Cup in 2018 and 2019. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates. Mid..
                 

'Ugly schedule': Rafael Nadal's uncle calls ATP schedule unrealistic

10 days ago  
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As Rafael Nadal was described as wavering over defending his US Open title or preparing for an assault on a 13th Roland Garros, Britain's Andy Murray said Saturday he fears for the safety of top players as tennis emerges from its five-month coronavirus lockdown. Tennis has been on ice since mid-March and will not return until early August. The US Open will run from August 31 to September 13 on the hard courts of New York with the rescheduled French Open on clay taking place just a fortnight after. In between are Masters events in Madrid and Rome, both on clay and also rescheduled from the spring. "I have spoken to Rafa and he is doubting which tournaments to play," Nadal's uncle -- and long-time former coach -- Toni told ESPN Deportes. "The schedule is unrealistic, especially for veteran players, who cannot compete for so many weeks in a row. "I think it is a bit ugly what the ATP has done. This decision is totally against players like Rafa and Novak Djokovic." Murray, meanwhile, expre..
                 

We were too optimistic, euphoric: Dominic Thiem on Novak Djokovic's event

13 days ago  
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World number three Dominic Thiem has acknowledged tennis players at the ill-fated Adria Tour made "a mistake" after Novak Djokovic and three other participants contracted coronavirus. Thiem took part in the Belgrade leg of the exhibition event organised by Djokovic where social distancing was minimal and matches were played in front of thousands of fans. World number one Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive to COVID-19 after an event where players embraced across the net, played basketball and went to a nightclub. Thiem, who left for an exhibition tournament in France after Belgrade, says he has tested negative five times since leaving the Balkans. "I was shocked when I got the news from the Adria Tour," he wrote on social media in his first public reaction since the tournament was cancelled on Sunday. "We played without any audience for weeks, so we have been more than happy about the fans at the event. "We trusted the Serbian government's coro..