Euro 2020 has finally started and soccer fans seem quite excited about it. The tournament is the largest event in Europe and 24 teams are playing in six groups this time. Interestingly enough, tennis legend Roger Federer is also very excited about the tournament.
Euro 2020 did not take place last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, putting it off turned out to be a great decision, as even fans can witness the tournament this year. The Swiss soccer team is also part of the tournament and as a result Roger Federer extended his support to the team.
In one video, he can be seen sending his best wishes aside and seems pretty sure that the team is capable of beating anyone. However, it will not be easy for the team as they have Italy, Wales and Turkey in their group. The team could not have had a better start to Euro 2020, drawing 1-1 against Wales in the opener.
If they continue to play attacking football like they did against Wales, they can easily secure second place in their group. The fans know very well that Rafael Nadal is a great soccer fan and if he hadn’t become a tennis player, he would have bet professionally on soccer.
However, little do they know that this is the same case with Federer as well. On many occasions, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has said that he wanted to be a footballer when he was young. He is still a soccer fan and many would have found him on a soccer field if he had not been a tennis player.
The Swiss teacher is a staunch FC Basel fan and often visits his stadium. When it comes to his favorite player, he is a fan of six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi. He has even admitted that he and his wife, Mirka Federer, only watch the sport because of the legendary Argentine footballer.
Roger Federer praises Novak Djokovic
World No.8 Roger Federer recently registered his first win on grass this season. The Swiss Maestro defeated Ilya Ivashka in straight sets in the first round of the Halle Open 2021. Federer looked quite confident with his shots and survived two really close sets in the match.
The final scoreline of the match was 7(7)-6(4), 7-5. In the post-match interview, Roger Federer applauded Novak Djokovic for his incredible performance at the French Open 2021. He mentioned that Nole made a terrific comeback against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals and even played amazingly well against Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.
“The way Djokovic came back against Tsitsipas was amazing. Even in the SF vs Nadal, there were unbelievable rallies,” said Federer in the interview. In the same interview, Federer highlighted that right now, it is difficult to pick the player who’ll end his career with the most Grand Slam titles.
He believes that as long as the ‘Big Three’ are playing, anything is possible. “As long as we play, anything is possible,” added the 20-time Grand Slam winner.
‘Not going to happen’: Golf fans shattered over Tiger Woods news
Golf fans have been left saddened after it emerged Tiger Woods is unlikely to make an appearance at the Ryder Cup this weekend.
Team USA will battle Team Europe in golf’s annual teams event at Whistling Straits.
However USA captain Steve Stricker revealed on Tuesday that Woods is unlikely to make an appearance after previously flagging that he might.
Woods sustained serious injuries after crashing his SUV on February 23 in the Los Angeles County city of Rancho Palos Verdes.
The 45-year-old is recovering from open fractures to his tibia and fibula, which needed a rod inserted to aid healing, and also foot and ankle injuries that needed screws and pins placed to aid in stabilisation.
“Probably not going to happen,” Stricker said of the possibility of Woods showing up to watch the Ryder Cup.
“He’s been, you know, obviously in my ear a lot and I call him pretty regularly. He’s part of our Ryder Cup team.
“He’s part of what we do. He’s been part of so many of these teams.”
Stricker said some of the American players had visited Woods ahead of the Ryder Cup, but it wasn’t the right time for the 15-time major champion to attend the event.
“I think it’s just not a good time for him to be here physically because of where he’s at in his rehabilitation and tough course to walk,” he said.
“Everybody is going to see it, from tee-to-green, it’s difficult. So probably won’t show up.
“But he’s getting better and his focus and mine is on making a comeback to play again.
“We don’t want to get in the way of that because we would all love to see him come back and play.”
Tiger Woods continuing rehabilitation after car accident
Earlier this month, Stricker said Woods is continuing his rehabilitation from the accident “to get better and try to play golf again”.
“He’s very passionate about (the Ryder Cup). He’s a great guy to talk to. He’s a great guy to lean on. We’ve had a number of talks,” Stricker said.
“He’s a part of this Ryder Cup family; he won’t be able to be a captain’s assistant this time around just because of his ongoing rehabilitation to try to get better and try to play golf again, and that is going well.
“He’s progressing, he’s doing well, things are moving in the right direction.”
The last words from Woods publicly about his recovery came in late May when he said he was focused on “walking on my own.”
He was hospitalised for almost a month after the crash.
Woods played three events in the 2020-21 PGA Tour season, most recently the 2020 Masters that was delayed until November, as he was recovering from back surgery.
The Ryder Cup begins September 24.
Tiger Woods Joins Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, Others in NFT Craze: Partners With Tom Brady’s New Company
Over the last few months, we’ve all seen athletes release NFTs (nonfungible tokens) of their own. The buzz around those has increased with time, players as well as fans including in this digital collecting. This time, golf icon Tiger Woods is the latest addition to a list of celebrities to release a line of NFTs online.
According to recent reports, Woods taking part in this recent craze is via a company linked to NFL star Tom Brady. Let’s take a look at what exactly Woods has invested in.
THROWBACK : WATCH When Serena Williams Called Maria Sharapova B*TCH
Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova is one of the most heated rivalries in the women’s game. Their match-ups have always been the most compelling ones. The viewership of their battles has been sky-rocketing compared to other rivalries on the WTA Tour.
There is some kind of friction existing between the two of them and the Grand Slam champions have never really got along with each other. In Sharapova’s autobiography, Unstoppable its mentioned their relationship has some kind of ‘intense antagonism.’
Post her two consecutive defeats, Williams has been ruthless against Sharapova on all the surfaces. Sharapova must have stunned the world by defeating Williams at Wimbledon 2004 finals and WTA Championships, but she lost 20 consecutive matches against the American veteran tennis player.
The heated-rivalry of women’s track has witnessed some bitter moments. One of them took place on Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open 2007 finals. Serena was steamrolling over Maria in the first set with a 5-0 lead. Sharapova released her serve and later Williams charged onto the net.
The Russian wasn’t holding back, even she sprinted to the net, and in a blink of an eye, she smashed the ball on Serena Williams. A frustrated Serena moved back to the baseline for the next reception and simultaneously uttered the ‘B’ word.
Later, Williams thrashed the Russian ace 6-1, 6-2 and clinched her third Australian Open title.
“I will never lose to that little bitch again” – Serena Williams
According to Maria Sharapova’s autobiography, Unstoppable, Serena was super-annoyed after losing to the lanky Russian at Wimbledon 2004. The battle could be termed as Williams, the physical Goliath vs Sharapova, like David.
The American just couldn’t accept her Wimbledon final defeat to a 17-year-old skinny girl. Out of disappointment, Serena once used the ‘B’ word for Maria.
“Not long after the tournament, I heard that Serena told a friend — who then told me — ‘I will never lose to that little bitch again,’” Sharapova depicted in her book.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova (Picture Courtesy: USTA)
The salty rivalry of the women’s game concluded at Flushing Meadows during US Open 2019. In their very-first round-one WTA match-up Serena Williams took 59 minutes to crush Sharapova 6-1, 6-1.