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‘Hugely disappointed’: Concern over ‘distressing’ Roger Federer remarks

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Roger Federer’s response to questions about the domestic assault allegations against rival, Alexander Zverev, have come under fire in the tennis world.

The 20-time grand slam champion was earlier this month asked for his thoughts on Zverev, following claims from the German’s ex-partner Olya Sharypova that his alleged abuse had driven her to attempt suicide.

Federer was clearly uncomfortable talking about the issue and sidestepped questions about his tennis peer, insisting it was a “super private” matter for Zverev.

The Swiss star was asked if Zverev’s decision to leave Federer’s Team8 agency had anything to do with the allegations against him.

The German denied the matter had anything to do with the decision to leave Federer’s stable, instead pointing to a running legal dispute with his former agent, as well as a desire to bring his family closer to his business amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pressed on the abuse allegations in a recent interview with tennis writer Ben Rothenberg, Federer insisted that he didn’t feel “super comfortable” talking about the subject.

Here’s my exchange today with Roger Federer (on Zoom from Geneva) on why Team8, the agency he cofounded with his agent Tony Godsick, split with Sascha Zverev suddenly last year, and if that was related to the abuse allegations against Zverev from his ex-girlfriend Olya Sharypova: pic.twitter.com/NHbB6rUbrd

— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 17, 2021

Reacting to Federer’s comments from then interview, tennis broadcaster Catherine Whitaker said she was “hugely disappointed” the Swiss star didn’t take a strong stand against domestic violence.

Whitaker said she understood the Swiss star wouldn’t want to incriminate Zverev in any way, but insists at the very least he could have come out and condemned domestic violence.

“My heart really sank,” Whitaker told The Tennis Podcast.

“I wasn’t expecting him to say anything that really stood up for a viewpoint on it all, but I was expecting him to have better prepared an answer than that.

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“To just awkwardly say, ‘I’m not comfortable talking about it’ — look, none of us are comfortable talking about this, we’d far rather be talking about something more joyful. This does not make us feel comfortable. Some things in life are uncomfortable.

“The fact that he didn’t say, ‘domestic abuse is wrong and horrible’ — I mean, it’s the least controversial thing you could possibly say.

“He’s always somebody that’s tiptoed around controversy. It is not controversial to say, ‘I condemn domestic abuse’. It’s so basic and so few people are saying it when they’re asked about this matter, and that is distressing.”

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‘Not going to happen’: Golf fans shattered over Tiger Woods news

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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.

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KATE, Duchess of Cambridge makes jaws drop after sharing a breathtaking picture from the Lake District

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The Duchess of Cambridge spent an active day on land and water in the Lake District in the rugged northwest of England.

As part of her ongoing campaign to showcase the benefits of spending time in nature, Kate kicked off the day by going mountain biking with some air cadets.

 

 

The mother of three, 39, “passionately believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children and young people’s future health and happiness, building foundations that last over a lifetime by encouraging active exploration and the opportunity to form and strengthen positive relationships,” according to the palace.

 

 

When she visited the area in June 2019 with Prince William, Kate told locals that her children love the area and walking in the fells. She also recalled how, when she was growing up, she loved to go boulder hopping in the countless streams that criss-cross the mountainsides.

 

 

Tuesday’s visit came as the RAF Air Cadets Windermere Adventure Training Centre was opened following a refit costing around $3 million (£2 million). Kate is the Honorary Air Commandant of the Royal Air Force Cadets. Hundreds of cadets from around the U.K. will use the center during their visits to the spectacular Lake District “to build their confidence and leadership skills” as they work toward achieving their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Kate’s office at Kensington Palace said.

 

 

After her morning with the air cadets, Kate was set to hear more about how the stunning lakeland area also provided healing from one of Europe’s darkest chapters: the aftermath of the Holocaust.

 

 

She joined a boat trip with two of the Windermere Children, a group of 300 Holocaust survivors who were brought to stay in the Lake District in 1945 to help them recuperate following the atrocities they experienced in concentration camps and the ghettos of Nazi-occupied Europe.

“She was absolutely delightful,” Ike Alterman, a 93-year-old survivor from Poland who was a prisoner at Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Theresienstadt, told PEOPLE. “We laughed, she asked questions and she wanted to know the answers. We talked about her kids and my kids, and how we love the lakes. I have two girls and two grandchildren. I told her what happened to me during the war and when I arrived and how I progressed in business later.”

He added, “I didn’t know what to expect, but we spoke like a couple of friends. She was so down-to-Earth.”

Arek Hersh, 92, was also joined by the Duchess on the boat. A survivor of Auschwitz, he lost his parents and his brothers and sisters — in total 81 members of his family perished. He settled in Leeds, Yorkshire, and worked as a mechanic and, in later years, as a landlord for students in the city. He is featured in the 2020 film The Windermere Children and the documentary The Windermere Children: In Their Own Words.

“It was very nice. She was very interested,” he told PEOPLE. “It brought back happy memories of being on the lake.”

This group of children were called the ‘Windermere Children’. I wanted to be able to meet some of the survivors Ike & Arek in person to hear their stories; about how they went on to create their own companies, write a book & to this day, still sneak in the odd round of golf.(2/3) pic.twitter.com/XNTimAxZ8K

— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 21, 2021
The Duchess’s office explained she wanted to meet some of those who came to the area at the time and hear how they had been helped to heal from their traumatic experiences by undertaking outdoor recreation, sport and art therapy at the Calgarth Estate nearby.

That poignant part of Kate’s visit to the Lake District very much fit in with both her and the other royals’ desire to engender religious tolerance and understanding, as well as to find imaginative ways to educate about past atrocities.

Last year, Kate highlighted some of the incredible stories of survival amid the Nazi occupation of much of Europe when she photographed Holocaust survivors and their grandchildren.

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Tiger Woods Joins Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, Others in NFT Craze: Partners With Tom Brady’s New Company

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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.

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