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Maria Sakkari: ‘Stefanos Tsitsipas and I are Just Good Friends’

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Tennis – Greek tennis star Maria Sakkari says she and countryman Stefanos Tsitsipas are just good friends and are not dating. The two players have been rumoured to be dating since they played at the Hopman Cup and are often seen cheering for each other at common tournaments.

Speaking at Wimbledon, Sakkari says, “No, we are not together. We are good friends, we know each other for many years. We have empathy from both sides. I know Stefanos from really early. You could tell that from the age of 15-16, he is going to be really good.”

Sakkari and Tsitsipas know each other from when they were much younger. and tennis runs in their families Their mothers were both tennis players – Sakkari’s mother Angeliki Kanellopoulou was a Top 50 player during the 1980s.

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Tsitsipas’ mother Julia Apostoli was a junior World No. 1 while his father also played tennis and later became a linesman and it was during his time as a linesman that he met Apostoli. Speaking about their experience of playing together at the Hopman Cup, Sakkari said that it was the best experience of her life so far.

“It is the best experience for me so far. I played Serena Serena (Williams) and Roger (Federer), especially against Roger because I don’t know if I will play against him again. It is sad that it (Hopman Cup) is going,”

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Martina Navratilova compares Naomi Osaka to Serena Williams

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Former world No. 1 Martina Navratilova suggested Naomi Osaka is all about business as she is focused on making it all the way on the biggest stage.

 

 

Osaka, 24, has seven titles in her collection and four of those seven titles came at the Grand Slam level.

“Naomi [Osaka] dominated the majors, particularly the hard courts, but never the little tournaments,” Navratilova told the WTA, as quoted on Tennishead. “Kind of like Serena. I think to leave your mark on the game, you need to dominate all the events, a la Barty, a la Djokovic.

“They concentrate on majors, but you can’t just use the other tournaments as warmups”.

Navratilova thinks Osaka needs to play more
Osaka took a two-month break from tennis after the French Open and she also didn’t play any events in 2021 after the US Open.

“The less you play, the more the pressure builds up and the less feel you have for the game itself,” Navratilova explained. “You need to put in the reps. If [Naomi Osaka] can do that, she has the game to blow anybody off the court because she’s quick, moves well and is strong on both wings.

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“And she’s got the massive serve as well. She just needs to play more matches”. Recentl, Osaka opened up about losing the joy for the game. “I started to feel like that power was being taken away from me,” Osaka explained.

“I wasn’t playing to make myself happy and I was more concerned about what would people say about me. “I used to love the competition and just being competitive. Like if I were to play a long match, the longer it was the more fun it was for me.

“And then I just started to feel – recently – the longer it was the more stressed out I became. But I just needed a break to go within myself.”

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Why Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s two-year marriage ended

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Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux went from co-stars to husband and wife and built a wonderful life together in Bel Air. Sadly, the couple got divorced in 2018 and have since spoken out about the tragic split. Here’s everything you need to know about their relationship…

How did Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux meet?
Justin and Jennifer met through Ben Stiller in 2007, as Justin co-wrote the film Tropic Thunder with Ben, and Jennifer and Ben are long-time friends. But then in 2011, they also starred in the film Wanderlust together, which is where the romance really blossomed.

When did Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux get engaged?
The couple got engaged in August 2012, when Justin popped the question on her 41st birthday while they were in New York. Jennifer’s ring was a huge oval diamond with a delicate golden band – a rock that was very hard to miss!

When did Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux get married?
It was three years after the engagement, in August 2015, when the couple finally tied the knot. They chose to have their ceremony at their home in Bel Air, telling guests it was a birthday party and surprising them all with the nuptials.

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When did Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux get divorced?
It was February 2018 when the couple called it quits and announced their divorce to the world. The rumour mill went into overdrive, but as their joint statement explains, the split was amicable. It read: “We have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”

In a recent interview with Esquire, Justin finally quashed rumours that his desire to live in New York while Jennifer wanted to remain in LA was a factor in their break-up, saying: “That’s a narrative that is not true, for the most part.”

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Carrie Underwood raises over $101,000 for charity in Nashville

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Carrie Underwood raised more than $101,000 for an international children’s charity by the end of her Easter Day livestream concert filmed at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

 

 

Underwood performed hymns such as “O How I Love Jesus,” “I Surrender All” and “Amazing Grace” from her recent gospel album “My Savior,” with the help of special guests in gospel legend CeCe Winans and NEEDTOBREATHE frontman Bear Rinehart. As of 6:30 a.m. ET on Monday, her fundraiser for humanitarian organization Save The Children had collected $101,035.

The performance, which aired live on her Facebook page Sunday and will be available to view for free for the following 48 hours, raised donations for Save The Children, which “works in over 100 countries to make sure children all over the world grow up healthy, educated and safe.”

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“It means so much to be able to bring this event to people in their homes on a day that holds so much meaning for us spiritually and to be able to raise much needed funds and awareness for the incredible work of Save the Children as we celebrate the importance of family,” Underwood said in a news release.

The seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist released “My Savior” on Friday. The 13-song record features Underwood covering gospel hymns from her childhood in styles ranging from folk to bluegrass, traditional country and gospel.

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