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"You're a loser, I'm a winner": Sun Yang lashes out after second podium snub

<p>British swimmer Duncan Scott has become the latest athlete to protest against Chinese swim star Sun Yang at the world championships in Gwangju, South Korea.</p> <p>Sun, who is competing despite his upcoming hearing on a doping case against him in September, won the gold medal in the men’s 200 metre freestyle event after first finisher Lithuanian Danas Rapsys was disqualified for moving on the starting blocks.</p> <p>During the medal presentation, Scott congratulated silver medallist Katsuhiro Matsumoto of Japan and fellow bronze medallist Martin Malyutin of Russia, but snubbed Sun.</p> <p>The Chinese swimmer appeared to be shouting and gesturing towards Scott, who also refused to join in for a group photo. </p> <p>“You’re a loser, I’m a winner,” Sun appeared to yell at Scott as they walked off the podium.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Sun Yang gets in bronze medalist Duncan Scott's face after the 200m freestyle medal ceremony (Sun won gold after Lithuanian Danas Rapsys was DQed for a false start). Scott and Sun did not appear to shake hands, and Sun shouted in Scott's direction earlier in the ceremony. <a href="https://t.co/0ilhiSorqt">pic.twitter.com/0ilhiSorqt</a></p> — Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) <a href="https://twitter.com/nzaccardi/status/1153632492311785474?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 23, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Sun Yang to Duncan Scott: "You're a loser. I'm a winner." <a href="https://t.co/W1AhD6XekV">pic.twitter.com/W1AhD6XekV</a></p> — Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) <a href="https://twitter.com/nzaccardi/status/1153666308636127233?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 23, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>In response to the incident, swimming’s governing body FINA reprimanded both Sun and Scott for “inadequate behaviour”.</p> <p>Scott’s protest comes days after Australian swimmer Mack Horton refused to share a podium with Sun on the 400 metre freestyle medal presentation over his views that Sun is a ”drug cheat”. Horton and Swimming Australia were also sent warning letters for this action.</p> <p>When asked why he refused to pose for pictures with his Chinese rival, Horton said, “I don’t think I need to say anything … His actions and how it has been handled speaks louder than anything I could say.”</p> <p>Sun, who was suspended for doping in 2014, was cleared to participate in the world championships after a FINA panel concluded that the Chinese Olympic swimmer did not violate any anti-doping rules following reports that his team destroyed blood sample vials for drug testing with a hammer last September.</p> <p>The World Anti-Doping Agency is looking to appeal the finding to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September. Sun could face a lifetime ban if he is found guilty.</p> <p>Scott said he was “Team Mack” when reporters asked him about the podium standoff. </p> <p>“You do quite a job of making sure everyone continues to know about it and so I guess that’s all I have got to say about it,” he said.</p> <p>“If [Sun] can’t respect our sport, then why should I respect him? Hopefully this will happen in more events.”</p> <p>Sun maintained that he did not cheat his way to triumph. </p> <p>“My victory was because of my hard work,” the 27-year-old said. “I continued to keep fighting, I didn’t give up when I was in second place.”</p>

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Controversy over the UK's new PM: Is Boris Johnson really "Britain Trump"?

<p>Donald Trump has praised the United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, describing the new leader of the Conservative Party as “Britain Trump”.</p> <p>“He’s tough and he’s smart,” Trump said of Johnson. “They call him ‘Britain Trump’, and it’s people saying that’s a good thing. They like me over there. That’s what they wanted.”</p> <p>The similarities between the two leaders have often been pointed out – nationalist sentiments, disdain towards Europe, a pledge to bring their country back to the ‘<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.npr.org/2019/07/23/744076619/boris-johnson-britains-next-prime-minister-shares-similarities-with-trump" target="_blank">good old days</a>’, colourful personal life and unkempt blonde hair are some of the things they appear to share.</p> <p>However, there are important differences between the American and the Brit.</p> <p>Unlike Trump, Johnson is a supporter of the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49050937" target="_blank">Paris Climate Accord</a>, the Iran nuclear deal and government-run healthcare system.</p> <p>Trump thrives on racist rhetoric and harsh immigration policy, but Johnson is more <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/23/dont-lump-boris-johnson-together-with-donald-trump/?noredirect=on&amp;utm_term=.cfc91e89200c" target="_blank">open and liberal</a>, having advocated for amnesty for illegal immigrants as well as an <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/27/boris-johnson-points-based-immigration-no-10-economic-migrants" target="_blank">Australian-style points-based immigration system</a>. While Johnson once described burqas as “oppressive”, “ridiculous” and making people “look like letterboxes”, he did so in the context of <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/05/denmark-has-got-wrong-yes-burka-oppressive-ridiculous-still/" target="_blank">arguing against a ban on the Muslim attire</a>.</p> <p>Johnson has also taken aim at Trump in the past, calling him “unfit to hold the office of president of the United States” and “clearly out of his mind” for proposing a travel ban on Muslims during the American’s presidential campaign in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-usa-trump-johnson/different-kind-of-guy-trump-sees-kindred-spirit-in-boris-johnson-idUSKCN1UI2EM" target="_blank">December 2015</a>.</p> <p>More recently, Johnson condemned Trump after the US president called on four congresswomen – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar – to “go back”, even though three of them were born in the US.</p> <p>“If you are the leader of a great, multi-racial, multi-cultural society, you simply cannot use that kind of language about sending people back to where they came from,” Johnson said in a debate earlier this month. “That went out decades and decades ago and thank heavens for that.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Why are you so Islamophobic?<br /><br />Boris Johnson: “when my Muslim great grandfather came to this country...” <a href="https://t.co/FQmpB3LXtw">pic.twitter.com/FQmpB3LXtw</a></p> — Summar (@Yifrenia) <a href="https://twitter.com/Yifrenia/status/1143274704825962496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 24, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Johnson has also been open about his family ties to Islam. His paternal great-grandfather was Ali Kemal, a Turkish journalist and politician. Kemal’s son, or Johnson’s grandfather, changed his last name to Johnson during the first World War.</p>

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The “impossible life” Prince Harry wants for his son Archie

<p>Since the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the world has been watching and waiting for the newest pics of the adorable tot or the latest news. </p> <p>However, the royal couple have gone to extreme measures to ensure their precious newborn is kept away from the prying eyes of the public and the media as much as possible. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz5p2CxBYNG/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz5p2CxBYNG/" target="_blank">A post shared by MALABAR BABY (@malabarbabyofficial)</a> on Jul 14, 2019 at 7:39am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan moved away from bustling London to get a sense of family out of the spotlight, held off from releasing where their sweet baby boy would be born, and chose to keep his baptism private and out of the public as much as their roles within the establishment would allow. </p> <p>The pair have also opted to not give their son a royal title – and they are not the only member of Queen Elizabeth’s family to choose to do this. </p> <p>Princess Anne – the Queen’s only daughter – decided not to give her two children, Peter and Zara Phillips, a title.</p> <p>Zara married rugby player Mike Tindall in 2011 after meeting in 2003 and whom she shares two children with – Mia, 5, and Lena, 1. </p> <p>While Zara is certainly a well-known member of the royal family, she has managed to live a relatively normal life – an “impossible” life Prince Harry has always dreamed of, according to royal commentator, Duncan Larcombe. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0CMbRcnp8N/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0CMbRcnp8N/" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke &amp; Duchess of Sussex Fam (@harryluvsmeghan)</a> on Jul 17, 2019 at 3:16pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“If Prince Harry has set his sights on raising Archie in a similar vein where he can live in the big houses and basically be a royal but not a royal, live a normal life with a normal job – that is something that Archie could never have," Larcombe told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/9546785/prince-harry-raise-archie-zara-tindall/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun's Fabulous Digital</em>.</a></p> <p>“It is impossible that Archie could have a Zara Phillips life.”</p> <p>The reason why is simply because baby Archie’s parents are just too “high profile” to give their son a simple, private life whereas Zara’s mother Princess Anne was not. </p> <p>“I think in terms of Archie, poor old Harry will try and protect Archie as much as he can but he’ll ultimately be fighting a losing battle," Larcombe said. </p> <p>"The interest in them as a couple is just so big.”</p>

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Prince William and Prince Harry break their silence on huge royal change

<p>On Tuesday evening, the Cambridges and Sussexes released a statement outlining their thoughts on a big change occurring within the original royal charity. </p> <p>The “fab four” have said goodbye to a close confidante who was working with the royal family for a number of years. </p> <p><span>Lorraine Heggessey, CEO of the Royal Charity Foundation, will be stepping down from the role – coincidentally within the same time span of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan revealing they would be parting ways to formally start their own charitable projects. </span></p> <p>What is sure to be an emotional departure for both Prince William and Duchess Kate was lamented in a heartfelt statement which said: “Lorraine has played an integral role in our charitable initiatives over the last two-and-a-half years.</p> <p>“We are very grateful for her hard work and support, and wish her the very best for the future.”</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also revealed similar feelings to the departure. </p> <p>“It has been a great pleasure to work alongside Lorraine over the past couple of years, to champion the causes that we feel so strongly about, and we wish her well for the next stage of her career,” a statement from the couple read.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/By74Qa-gz3-/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/By74Qa-gz3-/" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@harry_meghan_daily)</a> on Jun 20, 2019 at 7:52am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Lorraine is thought to be stepping down as CEO in Britain’s Autumn months. </p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s former press secretary will be taking over on October 1 and he will work closely with the couple as the charity will revolve mainly around them. </p> <p>Lorraine shared her own sweet departing words, particularly referring to her and Duchess Kate’s, Prince William and Prince Harry’s mental health campaigning. </p> <p>“This was one of the most amazing opportunities of my career. It has been a huge honour to work with Their Royal Highnesses to try to change mindsets on a wide range of issues.</p> <p>“I am very proud of what The Royal Foundation has achieved during this exciting period of growth. </p> <p>“However, as it enters its next phase, I believe it is the right time for me to step down and to pursue my interests in the media sector.”</p> <p>Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have already kickstarted their own plan to start a new charity that will work alongside the Royal Foundation. </p> <p>An announcement last week said the new organisation would be called Sussex Royal.</p>

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Fashion conspiracy: Does Prince Harry only own one pair of shoes?

<p>The Duke of Sussex has had a busy few months in the spotlight since the birth of his first son, Archie.</p> <p>However, it seems not even a swarm of cameras could pick up this odd fashion choice by Prince Harry that has seemed to be a constant for the royal for the last few months.</p> <p>Royal fans noticed something strange about the Duke of Sussex when a beautiful photograph of him and his family at the christening of first son Archie’s baptism was shared.</p> <p>It wasn’t just the adorable photo of Archie that kept fans on their toes, or the beautiful smile that graced Harry's wife Duchess Meghan that got people talking – it was a pair of suede brown brogues that was spotted on the Duke’s feet.</p> <p>On Twitter, fans pointed out Prince Harry had been wearing the same particular pair of shoes for the past few months.</p> <p>“Prince Harry’s offhand manner of dressing for his son and heir’s first official outing. Is this the exact same suit and suede shoes he wore when he showed the world his son?” one eagle-eyed fan wrote.</p> <p>Another tweet read: “Prince Harry is wearing exactly the same suit, brown desert boots, white shirt as he wore to present Archie.”</p> <p>“On an unrelated note, could the Duchess of Sussex do something about how sloppy her husband Prince Harry looks?” a snarky comment read.</p> <p>“Start with burning those ugly a** worn out brown shoes.”</p> <p>It appears Prince Harry has been wearing the same brown pair of shoes for a while now – dating back to October 2018 when he visited Sussex with his wife.</p> <p>The Duke was also spotted in the shoes when he and Duchess Meghan touched down in Casablanca airport in February.</p> <p>A few days later, the royal member was sporting the brogues again while the couple visited Rabat in Morocco.</p> <p>The royal has proven a pair of shoes can take you a long way.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the number of times Prince Harry has been spotted sporting his favourite brown pair of shoes.</p>

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Glowing in green: Princess Eugenie turns heads in floral for surprise engagement

<p>Princess Eugenie is embracing the warmer season in the most glamorous way she knows how.</p> <p>During a surprise appearance in London for an important cause, the royal opted for a stunning ensemble that turned heads for all the right reasons.</p> <p>With most of the royal family now on summer holidays, Eugenie delighted fans when she arrived at Westminster Abbey to show support for a cause that’s close to her heart – The Anti-Slavery Collective.</p> <p>The charity aims to beat modern day slavery, and Eugenie met with John Cotton Richmond, the US Ambassador-at-Large for Combating Trafficking in Persons.</p> <p>The 29-year-old stunned in a green and gold floral Alice &amp; Olivia dress, which came complete with a matching ribbon tied around her waist.</p> <p>The wrap style silhouette and bunched sleeves made the Princess look right on trend, with the deep green hue complimenting her brunette locks.</p> <p>She finished off the look with a pair of nude heels.</p> <p>Eugenie has previously discussed her work in anti-slavery initiatives, with the most recent interview being from last year when she appeared on podcast <em>Global GoalsCast</em>.</p> <p>The Princess and her long-time friend, Julie de Boinville, who works with the royal on Antislavery Collective, both revealed the time they visited Calcutta in 2013 and met a woman who started the Women’s Interlink Foundation.</p> <p>The Foundation aims to get trafficked females off the streets by teaching them skills such as fabric design and creating clothing.</p> <p>“Jules and I, that was the first time we ever really saw what modern slavery was and human trafficking and what really that is in the modern age,” said Eugenie at the time.</p> <p>The Princess has been kept busy this summer by making a number of appearances at Royal Ascot, as well as attending the Queen’s garden parties at Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Princess Eugenie’s flirty summer ensemble.</p>

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Did Novak Djokovic just reignite his feud with Nick Kyrgios? His subtle swipe

<p>Novak Djokovic has kept a cool head as he’s ignored Nick Kyrgios’ podcast taunts. However, as Wimbledon is now over, it appears all bets are off.</p> <p>The back-to-back Wimbledon champion has shown a hint of his true feelings towards the Australian tennis player.</p> <p>Vocal tennis legend John McEnroe was quoted from a BBC Radio interview, where he declared that Kyrgios would be a top five player on the planet if he was able to keep his efforts consistent and honest.</p> <p>“Is he good for the game? Yes he’s good for the game,” McEnroe told <em>BBC Radio 5</em>.</p> <p>“Does he sell tickets? Yes. I can’t handle the fact that he only tries half the time. We can’t support that anymore. I don’t think he should be out there anymore unless he gives an honest effort — that’s my personal opinion.</p> <p>“The guy would be top five in the world for sure if he was able to do it [give honest effort]. He’s got an incredible – this is my opinion – fear of failure. He doesn’t even allow himself to train hard enough to give himself a chance.</p> <p>“You saw what he is capable of, he was driving Nadal crazy, it was the best second-round match, one of the best matches of the whole tournament. But when he plays guys he’s supposed to beat, he doesn’t even show up.”</p> <p>UK tennis site tennissportwalkin republished his comments on their Instagram and Djokovic liked the post.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0BCHp6glAm/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0BCHp6glAm/" target="_blank">🗣🎾 @johnmcenroeofficial felt @k1ngkyrg1os could make himself a fortune if he changed his mentality. . . . . Photo by Getty | #NickKyrgios #kyrgios #johnmcenroe #atp #atpworldtour #wimbledon #wimbledon2019 #usopen #usopentennis #usopen2019 #Tennis #Sportwalk</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tennissportwalkin/" target="_blank"> Tennis Sportwalk</a> (@tennissportwalkin) on Jul 17, 2019 at 4:26am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It’s doubtful that Kyrgios noticed, let alone let the subtle aggression bother him, as he’s made his feelings about Djokovic well known.</p> <p>He told well-known tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg earlier this year that Djokovic “just wants to be liked.”</p> <p>“I just feel like he has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked,” Kyrgios told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://nochallengesremaining.podbean.com/" target="_blank">No Challenges Remaining Podcast</a>.</p> <p>“He just wants to be like Roger. For me personally — I don’t care right now, I’ve come this far — I feel like he just wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him.”</p>

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“It hurts”: Roger Federer’s crushing admission after nail-biting Wimbledon finals loss

<p>Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were on the verge of causing a worldwide meltdown after an intense Wimbledon final that will forever be remembered.</p> <p>After an epic four-hour-and 57-minute-long match, Djokovic emerged as the victor in the longest men’s final the All England Club has ever witnessed. The final set on its own went for two hours with the champions hoping to one up each other with every move they made.</p> <p>In the end, it was the Serbian who came out on top 7-6 1-6 7-6 4-6 13-12 (7-3) as the world watched the first ever fifth set tiebreak at the iconic major.</p> <p>Devastated, Federer was unable to take advantage of two championship points in the fifth set and was the player who fell short on a day that will be considered iconic for tennis fans.</p> <p>Former British star Tim Henman said on the BBC broadcast, it’s a match “the tennis world will reflect on for a long time to come”.</p> <p>And he wasn’t the only one who held those sentiments, as viewers at home took to Twitter to express their disbelief at the game they just witnessed.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Unbelievable scenes. Novak Djokovic saves two match points and breaks. 8-8 in the fifth. Four hours and 13 minutes gone. Utter madness.</p> — George Bellshaw (@BellshawGeorge) <a href="https://twitter.com/BellshawGeorge/status/1150455918984871937?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 July 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Amazing! Djokovic wins his 5th <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a>. What a final! <a href="https://twitter.com/rogerfederer?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@rogerfederer</a> played an unbelievably good match but somehow <a href="https://twitter.com/DjokerNole?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DjokerNole</a> wins after saving multiple match points. There is no limit to the amount of pressure this man can handle. Superhuman stuff! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a></p> — Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheRealPatCash/status/1150467312694284288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 July 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">I have such huge respect for both <a href="https://twitter.com/DjokerNole?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DjokerNole</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/rogerfederer?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@rogerfederer</a>. What a match... wouldn’t have minded to see it go on a little longer 😊 Congrats Novak on another <a href="https://twitter.com/Wimbledon?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Wimbledon</a>!</p> — Kevin Anderson (@KAndersonATP) <a href="https://twitter.com/KAndersonATP/status/1150474987687620614?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 July 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Despite being crowned the winner, Djokovic was too exhausted to celebrate, but he made sure to pay tribute to his opponent during his on-court interview.</p> <p>“I think this was, if not the most exciting and thrilling final I was ever part of, then definitely top two or three in my career against one of the greatest players of all time in Roger, who I respect a lot,” he said.</p> <p>“Unfortunately, in these kind of matches, one of the players has to lose.</p> <p>“It’s quite unreal to be two match points down and come back … and quite strange to play a tie-break at 12-all too.</p> <p>“I know I’ve said this before but when I was a boy … this always has been the tournament for me. It’s where I wanted to participate and where I wanted to win one day.”</p> <p>Federer cemented his nice guy status. Despite being crushed from his loss, he still found time to praise Djokovic for his performance.</p> <p>“It was a great match. It was long, it had everything,” he said. “I had my chances, so did he, we played some great tennis so in a way I’m happy with my performance as well.</p> <p>“But Novak, congratulations man, that was great. That was crazy.</p> <p>“I hope I give people the chance to believe, at 37, it’s not over yet.”</p> <p>In his post-match conference, Federer was visibly down but still tried to remain optimistic for having the opportunity of making history.</p> <p>“I mean, all of us working in this sport, we know what a great sport it is. I don’t think we need matches, per se. Maybe we need them to sometimes cross over to other sports, maybe get to the fans in the streets and so forth. If that’s the case, that this match did something like this, I think that’s great,” said the Swiss champ.</p> <p>“I think it was a great match with wonderful points played. It had everything. Novak played also amazing today. So I hope it resonates in a big way.</p> <p>“You try to take the good things out of this match. There’s just tons of it.</p> <p>“Like similar to 2008 maybe, I will look back and think, ‘Well, it’s not that bad after all’. For now, it hurts, and it should, like every loss does here at Wimbledon.</p> <p>“I think it’s a mindset. I’m very strong at being able to move on because I don’t want to be depressed about actually an amazing tennis match.”</p> <p>His battle against Rafael Nadal in 2008 at the All England Club is widely considered to be one of the greatest games the sport has ever seen, and now, with Sunday's epic final, fans and experts can’t help but draw comparisons.</p> <p>But despite the intensity and power of the two matches, the only thing the 37-year-old can focus on is the end result.</p> <p>“Sure, epic ending, so close, so many moments. Yeah, I mean, sure there’s similarities. But you’ve got to go dig, see what they are,” Federer said. “I’m the loser both times, so that’s the only similarities I see.”</p> <p>And while members of the media snickered after hearing that last line, it’s obvious that behind the smile, Federer is crushed that he couldn’t leave London with the one thing he wanted most.</p>

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“Don’t patronise me”: Tennis star blows up at reporter after Wimbledon exit

<p>Johanna Konta has shut down a journalist for “picking” on her after she found his line of questioning to be offensive.</p> <p>After losing to Barbora Strycova in the Wimbledon quarter-finals 7-6 6-1 on Centre Court, the last remaining hope for the British player in the singles draw claimed that her opponent was simply better than her, but that answer didn’t satisfy everyone.</p> <p>Discussing the game, the 28-year-old said she wouldn’t do anything differently if she was given the chance to play again, but things started heating up once she was asked whether she needs to accept flaws in her own game.</p> <p>Clearly taken aback, Konta interjected when the reporter kept pushing the same question.</p> <p><strong>Reporter:</strong><span> </span>Looking at numbers, 33 unforced errors, then you had a smash at the net which you hit straight to her, then towards the end of the third set you had a double-fault, then missed a drive volley. Do you not have to look at yourself a little bit about how you cope with these big points? It’s all very well saying it’s a lot to do with your opponent, but there were key points when you perhaps could have done better.</p> <p><strong>Johanna Konta:</strong><span> </span>Is that in your professional tennis opinion?</p> <p><strong>Reporter:<span> </span></strong>No, that’s just as a watching spectator with everyone else on Centre Court willing you on. And the numbers are IBM’s.</p> <p><strong>Konta:</strong><span> </span>OK. I mean, I don’t think you need to pick on me in a harsh way. I mean, I think I’m very open with you guys. I say how I feel out there. If you don’t want to accept that answer or you don’t agree with it, that’s fine. I still believe in the tennis that I play. I still believe in the way I competed. Yeah, I don’t have much else to say to your question.</p> <p><strong>Reporter:</strong><span> </span>I’m just asking you as somebody who presumably wants to go on from here, learn from this, win a grand slam one day. Is it not something …</p> <p><strong>Konta:</strong><span> </span>Please don’t patronise me.</p> <p><strong>Reporter:</strong><span> </span>I’m not patronising you.</p> <p><strong>Konta:</strong><span> </span>No, no, you are. In the way you’re asking your question, you’re being quite disrespectful and you’re patronising me. I’m a professional competitor who did her best today, and that’s all there is to that.</p> <p>The moderator was then forced to interfere, as the tennis star moved onto the next question.</p>

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Archie’s first official outing! The royal babies steal the spotlight from their dads

<p>The royal children have stolen the limelight from their dads, Prince William and Prince Harry, who battled it out on the field in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day.</p> <p>Royal supporters have gotten a rare glimpse into the private lives of Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan who brought their royal children to cheer on their dads.</p> <p>It is the first time the public has gotten to see baby Archie with his three older cousins, and fans were not disappointed.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge was first seen with her youngest son Prince Louis in her arms while Prince George and his younger sister Princess Charlotte were spotted at Billingbear Polo Club, in Berkshire, southwest of London.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex was also out with baby Archie in a white onesie just days after being christened.</p> <p>The new mother enjoyed her day out with her newborn son, nephews and niece in a loose-fitting, olive coloured caftan by Lisa Marie Fernandez, and chose to finish the look with oversized sunnies and tousled hair.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge went for a pink printed chiffon frock by L.K. Bennett with tan espadrilles and red crossbody.</p> <p>The tall heels didn’t seem to stop her from running after her flamboyant 15-month-old son Prince Louis, who enjoyed his time playing in the grass.</p> <p>Prince George and Princess Charlotte caused a delightful muck all on their own with the 5-year-old was dressed in a polo t-shirt and shorts while 4-year-old Charlotte was sporting a floral pink dress.</p> <p>The whole family cheered on Prince William and Harry from the sidelines, however, it was the oldest brother whose team took out the win. The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex were playing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy in honour of the Leicester City Football Club owner, who tragically died in a helicopter crash last year.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to the royal family's rare day out together. </p>

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When the Queen will hand over power to Prince Charles

<p>Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest reigning monarch, after occupying the throne for a jaw-dropping 67 years.</p> <p>However, as Her Majesty gets closer to her 100th birthday, plans are in motion for Prince Charles to take over from his mother in the coming years.</p> <p>"There is talks that when she reaches 95 in a couple of years she may slow down and possibly the Regency Act will be brought in," royal author Phil Dampier told Yahoo's <a rel="noopener" href="https://uk.style.yahoo.com/tagged/royal-box?guccounter=1&amp;guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly91ay5zdHlsZS55YWhvby5jb20va2F0ZS10aG9ybnRvbi1wcmVzZW50cy15YWhvby11a3MtbmV3LXZpZGVvLXNlcmllcy1yb3lhbC1ib3gtMTUyNzE1NDU3Lmh0bWw&amp;guce_referrer_sig=AQAAABlz6SBJKgulIEmq37KLbBlSp8vvCEFK2JCxwvwIzvhBbGC0IpaxMOmMD3ilUNeafA_We6JVv_RYBkgM1at-C9W-sbTMyDHaU42HnHDKh0Xp7fV-6nAa3nqCNSYe76dNtr895UV5GzJGZsqi5qV4fEv2bbI8DE2zBYLmwrZF0fz6" target="_blank" title="The Royal Box.">The Royal Box.</a></p> <p>"She will still be Queen but Prince Charles will, in fact, take over most of the duties."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuoV-KsHLmn/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuoV-KsHLmn/" target="_blank">Today The Queen hosted a reception to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Investiture of The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and The Princess Royal also attended the reception hosted by The Queen. Guests included representatives from charities working in Wales that The Prince supports. The Queen formally invested The Prince of Wales with the title 50 years ago. See more on @ClarenceHouse. 📷 PA / Royal Communications</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/theroyalfamily/" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Mar 5, 2019 at 6:41am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Regency Acts are laws that control the process of establishing a regency when the British monarch is no longer able to perform their duties. It was updated in 1937 in case the then Princess Elizabeth had to take over her father’s throne when she was still a minor.</p> <p>The laws could be used to allow Prince Charles to take over from his mother’s official duties and take a load off the ageing monarch.</p> <p>This would involve Her Majesty signing over part or all of her powers to her firstborn child.</p> <p>There are rumours that the Queen has started to prepare Prince Charles for the role that lies before him, with her handing over major duties.</p> <p>"The changes are starting, and although they are small changes, more will follow," a royal insider told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/773193/Queen-Elizabeth-how-old-is-birthday-Prince-Charles-King-take-over-Regent-royal-news" target="_blank" title="Daily Star"><em>Daily Star</em></a> in April.</p> <p>"Her Majesty will never resign, though. She will be on the throne to her last breath."</p>

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"I am more than Ashleigh Barty": Rafael Nadal starts sexism storm at Wimbledon

<p>Rafael Nadal has weighed in on the Wimbledon court debate as he rejected suggestions that Ash Barty deserved to play on Centre Court over him on Monday.</p> <p>Despite her world number one status, Barty only played one of her four Wimbledon matches on Centre Court this year. The French Open champion was also assigned to play on the 4,000-capacity Court 2, the third-ranked court at the All England Club, for two rounds – including her last match against Alison Riske on Monday night, where she suffered a shock loss 6-3 2-6 3-6.</p> <p>In the same evening, men’s world number two Nadal defeated 69th-ranked João Sousa on the 15,000-seater Centre Court in a straight-sets win described by a leading tennis journalist as a “snoozer”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Rafael Nadal through 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 over Joao Sousa in a snoozer match that, once again, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> probably shouldn't have put on Centre Court, especially with strong women's options (like Barty-Riske, Halep-Gauff) available.</p> — Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenRothenberg/status/1148231794489274368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>When asked by a journalist if the more competitive women’s match involving the world’s number one should have been staged on Centre Court instead of his, Nadal said, “I am the world No. 2 and I won 18 grand slams.”</p> <p>Nadal said there was no way to predict whether one match will be more exciting than the other. “Can we predict the future or not?” he said.</p> <p>“My answer is not no or yes. My answer is they make a decision. You are putting Ashleigh Barty in front of me. For me, both decisions are good.”</p> <p>Nadal said he felt that his standing in the sport is ahead of Barty’s.</p> <p>“In the world of tennis today, honestly, my feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty, even if Ashleigh Barty is the first player of the world and she already won in the French Open and she is playing unbelievably good,” the 33-year-old said.</p> <p>“But we can’t create problems every single day about decisions that they have to take. At the end of the day they have to make a decision.</p> <p>“Court No. 2, okay, they have to make decisions. Today they probably decided that. They have another girls playing on the Centre Court now.”</p> <p>Barty said the court assignment does not affect the way she plays her match. </p> <p>“Scheduling is out of my control. I’ll play on any court I’m scheduled on,” the 23-year-old said.</p> <p>“I think obviously scheduling is very difficult. There are so many incredible matches all the fans and all the people want to watch, and players want to be a part of.</p> <p>“No matter what court you’re scheduled on, it shouldn’t matter how you approach the match or play. It certainly doesn’t for me.</p> <p>“Court 2 is a beautiful court here. We played on that court earlier in the rounds and for a doubles match, as well. It’s a beautiful court. I enjoyed my time out there.”</p>

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Shock exit: Ash Barty’s classy response as her Wimbledon dream is crushed

<p>Ash Barty is choosing to remain positive after a surprising loss against free-swinging American Alison Riske.</p> <p>The beloved Aussie tennis star’s dream of winning back-to-back grand slams has taken a hit after the world No. 55 brought an end to Barty’s incredible 15-match unbeaten run.</p> <p>The world number 1 fell 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Monday and has taken her loss graciously, saying she had “absolutely no regrets.”</p> <p>“We’ve planned our days and prepared as best that we can. Today wasn’t my day,” Barty said.</p> <p>“I didn’t win a tennis match. It’s not the end of the world. It’s a game. I love playing the game. I do everything in my power to try and win every single tennis match. But that’s not the case.</p> <p>“It’s disappointing right now. Give me an hour or so, we’ll be all good. The sun’s still going to come up tomorrow.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">There's the backhand slice working to perfection for Ash Barty already 👌<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> <a href="https://t.co/9Pgb94MhWb">pic.twitter.com/9Pgb94MhWb</a></p> — 7Sport (@7Sport) <a href="https://twitter.com/7Sport/status/1148176919264804864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Karolina Pliskova will take the title as world No. 1 if she reaches the semi-finals this week.</p> <p>“It’s out of my control,” the Queensland star said of her ranking.</p> <p>“We’ve done absolutely everything. I’m so proud of myself and my team over the last six to eight weeks. We’ve had an incredible trip, incredible couple of months.</p> <p>“If Karolina plays some good tennis, gets to that, then she’ll deserve it. No fighting that.”</p> <p>Barty paid homage to Riske who had undertaken an extra four hours on court than the Australian in order to get this far.</p> <p>“You just have to look at her stats on a grass court to show just how dangerous she is. She’s very comfortable on the grass court. It complements her game well,” Barty said.</p> <p>“In the crunch moments, she came up with her best tennis. When her back is against the wall, she plays really well typically. She did that today. All credit to her.</p> <p>“She deserves to be in the quarter-finals.”</p> <p>The Aussie tennis star will return to her home in Brisbane for some well-deserved rest before kicking off in her American hardcourt campaign in Montreal starting from August 5.</p> <p>“It’s also important to really celebrate what we’ve been able to achieve over the last eight weeks. It’s been an extremely positive time for me and my team,” she said.</p> <p>“Go and rest and recover with the family back home, then switch focus back to the hard courts.</p> <p>“In the US, which I love that time of year, I love getting back over to the summertime there.</p> <p>“I have some really good memories from last year. We go back, we knuckle down, train again, then we go again.”</p>

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“I wanted to hit him”: Nick Kyrgios crashes out in fiery grudge match against Rafael Nadal

<p>Nick Kyrgios has made headlines once again after his second round loss to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, saying the Spanish champion wasted time, didn’t play according to the rules and also placed blame on the umpire for not calling the star out.</p> <p>The pair are known to famously hold a grudge against one another, and the match was thrilling to say the least. Temper tantrums and death stares featured heavily during the game but despite Kyrgios’ best efforts, Nadal ended up taking the win.</p> <p>The Spaniard emerged victorious in four sets 6-3 3-6 7-6 7-6, as he proved to be the better player in two nail biting tiebreakers to seal the final result.</p> <p>It was made perfectly clear that the two do not see eye to eye, and Kyrgios was left enraged after Nadal took the first set 6-3.</p> <p>During the changeover, Kyrgios lodged a complaint to umpire Damien Dumusois saying he wasn’t given the opportunity to challenge a call because the official’s eyes were on the other side of the court even though the only player who would want to go upstairs would be Kyrgios.</p> <p>Then Nadal, who is known to take up every one of his allotted 25 seconds between points, frustrated the Aussie for taking his time to serve.</p> <p>“I’m ready to serve, how long are we going to wait? I’m ready to serve the ball,” Kyrgios told the umpire.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">⚡️ Electrifying all afternoon...<br /><br />Sit back, relax and enjoy the very best of <a href="https://twitter.com/RafaelNadal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RafaelNadal</a> vs <a href="https://twitter.com/NickKyrgios?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NickKyrgios</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> <a href="https://t.co/02lOwdv3Xq">pic.twitter.com/02lOwdv3Xq</a></p> — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) <a href="https://twitter.com/Wimbledon/status/1146884133756403712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">4 July 2019</a></blockquote> <p>His anger went straight through to the seventh game, as he was still fuming at the next change of ends when we went down 4-1.</p> <p>“When he’s serving, he’s controlling the tempo,” said Kyrgios. “Why do I have to wait for my serve? Why am I waiting? Why?</p> <p>“It’s too long between serves, it’s bulls***. It’s ridiculous,” he said.</p> <p>Things just seemed to get progressively worse as the match went on, with the 24-year-old losing his cool after Nadal took a bathroom break.</p> <p>“What is this stuff bro? Play the game, play the game. It’s stupid,” he said. “You guys (umpires) are the worst of the lot, you’re so biased. Just kiss up to his bum, it’s a joke.</p> <p>“He takes 40 seconds between every serve, is that within reason? No. So don’t tell me to play within reason. He doesn’t play within reason.</p> <p>“It’s not fair. This is part of sport is it? What’s happening now is part of the sport?</p> <p>“I’m serving next and he happens to take a toilet break now. Why?</p> <p>“What’s going on bro? What’s going on? It’s bulls***.”</p> <p>The young player retaliated at his opponent by taking aim at Nadal, drilling a ground stroke straight at the 33-year-old, hitting him on his body. Nadal’s response was an icy death stare as he waited for an apology that never came.</p> <p>Kyrgios later told the press that he was aiming to hit Nadal in the chest and that he refuses to apologise as he did nothing wrong.</p> <p>Nadal then addressed the situation saying the clip doesn’t adhere to the customs of respect and sportsmanship that tennis is known for.</p> <p>“Honestly, it is not about what I feel or what I don’t feel. Honestly, it is about we are in a game and the history of this sport is about respect and is about playing fair during the whole time,” said Nadal.</p> <p>“I don’t say Nick does this stuff to bother the opponent, but it is true that sometimes he’s dangerous. When he hits the ball like this, is dangerous.</p> <p>“It’s not dangerous for me, it is dangerous for a line referee, dangerous for the crowd. When you hit the ball like this, you don’t know where the ball goes.</p> <p>“I know he’s a big, talented player, but I am a professional player too. I know when you hit this kind of ball, the ball can go anywhere. This time the ball went in, almost hit me, no problem. I am professional, so I know how to avoid this.</p> <p>“But another one, the ball goes straight to the back. So it could have been a dangerous moment for the line umpire. That ball hits an eye or something like this, is a problem. That’s it.</p> <p>“It is not about I am angry about him at all. It’s about I want to play a match of tennis. Sometimes it’s difficult.”</p>

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Roger Federer's cheeky son steals the show at Wimbledon

<p>Roger Federer got off to a rocky start during his Wimbledon campaign this month.</p> <p>The world number three player, who has won eight titles at the tournament, said he “struggled” in the early stages of his first match after losing the first set against 22-year-old South African Lloyd Harris on Tuesday.</p> <p>However, Federer got back on his feet and turned the game around to win 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2.</p> <p>“Every match has to be played and just because I have good results here in the past doesn’t mean I'll keep producing them,” Federer admitted.</p> <p>“I struggled early on, a bit frozen and my legs weren’t going.</p> <p>“Things happen very quickly and I think he did really well. He kept me nervous for a set and a half.”</p> <p>While the game was going on, some special guests of Federer’s could be seen gritting their teeth in the audience.</p> <p>The 37-year-old player was supported by his wife Mirka Federer and their two sets of twin children – Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, 9, and Leo and Lenny, 5.</p> <p>One of the boys could be seen grimacing by the railing as his father battled through the difficult first set.</p> <p>Despite their young age, Leo and Lenny have become budding tennis players themselves, Federer proudly admits.</p> <p>“They've played for a few years now,” the sporting champ told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/13/tennis/roger-federer-sons-family-tennis-atp-tour-finals-london-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">CNN Sport</a> </em>last year. </p> <p>“We roll the ball and hit it along the ground. The ball can bounce a bit more and they can whack it over the net sometimes.”</p> <p>He added, “The girls also play a little bit … Actually we like them to play a bit because all the friends we have and their kiddies, they all play tennis and it would be a shame if my kids are the only ones who wouldn’t play tennis.</p> <p>“I want them to do sports because I think it’s a great education, it’s good to be out there and healthy.”</p> <p>In a recent interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd5--EqzLPY" target="_blank"><em>Vogue</em></a><span>, the tennis great admitted that he used to get his twin children mixed up. </span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nd5--EqzLPY"></iframe></div> <p><span>“I used to sometimes, if I couldn’t see their face right away,” he said. "But no, nowadays I’m a pro. Of course, I can tell them apart.”</span></p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the adorable reactions from Federer’s son during his gripping Wimbledon match.</p>

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