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Tennis fans are waking up to the sad realisation that we’ve almost definitely seen Roger Federer and Serena Williams at the Olympics for the last time.

 

Federer joined a growing list of tennis stars to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, revealing he tweaked a recurring knee injury at Wimbledon.

 

 

With Federer turning 40 next month and Williams doing likewise in September, there is next-to-no chance the tennis legends will still be playing by the time the next Olympics rolls around in 2024.

 

 

Nadal will be 38 in 2024 and also highly unlikely to play at the Paris Games.

Fans expressed their sadness on social media on Tuesday after Federer’s withdrawal, with many pointing out what it means for some of the greats of the game.

 

 

 

It will be the first time since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta that Federer, Nadal and Williams won’t be in attendance.

Tennis fans are waking up to the sad realisation that we’ve almost definitely seen Roger Federer and Serena Williams at the Olympics for the last time.

 

 

 

Federer joined a growing list of tennis stars to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, revealing he tweaked a recurring knee injury at Wimbledon.

 

 

 

In doing so, he joined Williams, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios and Bianca Andreescu among the high-profile tennis stars skipping the Games.

With Federer turning 40 next month and Williams doing likewise in September, there is next-to-no chance the tennis legends will still be playing by the time the next Olympics rolls around in 2024.

 

 

 

Nadal will be 38 in 2024 and also highly unlikely to play at the Paris Games.

Fans expressed their sadness on social media on Tuesday after Federer’s withdrawal, with many pointing out what it means for some of the greats of the game.

 

 

 

It will be the first time since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta that Federer, Nadal and Williams won’t be in attendance.

I’ve followed (& played badly) tennis all my life. Laver, McEnroe, Navratilova, Sampras, Serena – they are heroes. But #Federer is the greatest & his time may be up. Sport at its best enriches us all. https://t.co/bue4v50xkS

— louis appleby (@ProfLAppleby) July 13, 2021

 

 

 

No Nadal, no Federer, and likely no Djokovic for the Olympics.

Honestly, they should consider moving tennis to indoors and making it a winter Olympic sport. Nobody is going to play it when you have French, Wimbledon, Olympics, and US Open all within a 2.5 month window.

— Maxwell Gregson (@MaxwellGregson) July 13, 2021

Federer and Serena Williams need to accept the fact that they’re never winning another GrandSlam. Retire already ❤️❤️

— A. (@Lagataaah) July 13, 2021

No Nadal, no federer?
Micky mouse Olympics Games

— Victor Espinoza (@victor_e2001) July 13, 2021

The last time neither Roger Federer nor Rafael Nadal played the Olympics, this guy won. (Getty) pic.twitter.com/AhjYarL8eB

— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) July 13, 2021

No Federer or Nadal at the Olympics what even is the point of tennis then?

— rambujam (@Jordan_miggy) July 13, 2021

The two most important people – Venus and Olympia – wouldn’t be able to go with her. There’s no point in her playing. And how sad that Olympia is named after the Olympics but she isn’t allowed to come this year. I’m sure Serena well take her to Paris in 2024. https://t.co/eNHwISuUYR

— Justin vs. Jay Cee (Justin) (@JayCee1911) June 27, 2021

Roger Federer’s injury reveal in Olympics announcement
Federer announced his withdrawal on Tuesday after a “setback” in his recovery from a knee injury.

The 20-time grand slam champion was knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarter-finals by Hubert Hurkacz.

The 39-year-old, who has never won an Olympic singles gold medal, underwent two surgeries on his right knee in 2020.

“During the grass court season, I unfortunately experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games,” Federer said in a statement on social media.

Serena Williams and Roger Federer, pictured here at the Olympics.
Fans have almost certainly seen the last of Serena Williams and Roger Federer at the Olympics. Image: Getty
However the former World No.1 said he’s hoping to return to the ATP Tour later in the year.

“I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer,” he added.

“I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be rooting hard for the team from afar.”

An Olympic singles gold medal is the only major achievement Federer is yet to tick off in his illustrious career.

The Swiss champion has completed the career Grand Slam and won the season-ending ATP Finals six times.

He lost in the semi-finals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and reached the final in 2012, only to be beaten by Andy Murray just weeks after beating the Scot in the Wimbledon final.

However Federer did win a doubles gold medal with Stan Wawrinka at the Beijing Games in 2008.

Federer was bullish about the prospect of retirement after his loss to Hurkacz at Wimbledon, which marked the first time he had lost a set 6-0 at the All England Club and just the third time at a major.

“With everything that comes after Wimbledon, we were always going to sit down and talk about it because clearly now Wimbledon is over,” Federer said after the match.

“I got to take a few days. Just see, okay, what do I need to do to get in better shape so I can be more competitive.”

He also slipped to ninth in the ATP rankings after Wimbledon – his lowest position since March 2017.

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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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Dr Shola savages attacks on Prince Harry and Meghan’s Time cover ‘Confidence and love!’

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DR Shola Mos-Shogbamimu slammed attacks on Prince Harry and Meghan’s Time magazine cover as she remarked on the “confidence and love” the couple showed in their latest pictures.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been swarmed with criticisms following their Time magazine front cover and their addition to 2021’s most influential person list. Royal Editor and commentator Robert Jobson questioned what the pair had done to warrant the accolade, with the Australian Today show mocking Prince Harry for looking like Meghan’s hairdresser. Dr Shola appeared on the Jeremy Vine show and defended the Sussexes, telling programme viewers she saw nothing but “love and confidence” reflected in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, Dr Shola defended the Sussex after their Time cover was ridiculed by royal commentators.

She told the show: “Let me tell you this, what I see in that picture is confidence, I see love.

“I see two people who’ve taken a picture and the picture looks good, nothing else, we don’t need to add anything else.

“We don’t need to read too much into it, yes Meghan is a feminist and Harry demonstrates he is supportive of his wife.

Speaking on GB News, host Dan Wootton took aim at the Time magazine cover, stating he “hated” the pictures.

He said: “It’s just what you’d actually expect from the Montecito mansion and publicity machine in California.

“I just hated it, I didn’t like it at all, and I don’t know what Time magazine’s doing, what are they celebrating them for?”

Mr Jobson replied: “I don’t know, when I looked at the photograph it looks like [Prince Harry’s] head is floating.”

The accolade was announced on Prince Harry’s 37th birthday on September 15 with Jose Andres, a friend of the couple who also runs the charity World Central Kitchin, writing a gushing tribute to the Sussexes.

He wrote: “Springing into action is not the easy choice for a young duke and duchess who have been blessed through birth and talent, and burned by fame.

“It would be much safer to enjoy their good fortune and stay silent, they run towards the struggle.”

For their third wedding anniversary in May, the Sussexes revealed they would build a disaster relief centre in India to help battle COVID-19 and help the country with Mr Andres.

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Meghan Markle’s Father Says She Is ‘Cheating’ Her Children by Not Returning to U.K.

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Thomas Markle says Meghan Markle’s children “are being deprived of seeing all their grandparents” in a new attack on his daughter.

He used an interview with Australian TV to say Meghan and Prince Harry should return to Britain to “fulfil their obligation.”

 

 

 

Markle Sr has not met Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor despite repeated requests in media interviews.

Thomas Markle says Meghan Markle’s children “are being deprived of seeing all their grandparents” in a new attack on his daughter.

 

 

 

He used an interview with Australian TV to say Meghan and Prince Harry should return to Britain to “fulfil their obligation.”

Markle Sr has not met Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor despite repeated requests in media interviews.

 

 

 

He also accused Harry of failing to support Meghan when she was experiencing suicidal thoughts in the aftermath of negative media stories about her in January 2019.

The duchess told Oprah she asked to go to a mental hospital but was told by a senior official that it would make the institution look bad.

“By not taking them back, they’re cheating their children”

Thomas Markle says he would like to see Harry and Meghan “make up with the Queen” and return to the United Kingdom. pic.twitter.com/wNuCJmsimT

— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) September 14, 2021
Prince Harry said he did not go to his family, saying: “I guess I was ashamed of admitting it to them.”

Markle Sr told Sunrise: “I think Harry was a total failure as a husband, because if a wife or child of mine came to me and said I have a psychological problem and was thinking about suicide I would get them directly to a doctor.

“I wouldn’t have to go and check with someone first.”

Meghan’s relationship with her father was at the center of a high profile U.K. lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday, which Meghan won earlier this year.

Their relationship disintegrated after Markle Sr was caught staging pictures with the paparazzi in the days leading up to her royal wedding at Windsor Castle, in May 2018.

He gave interviews at the time to TMZ and also needed hospital treatment for heart attacks.

That August, Meghan sent him a letter begging him to stop speaking about her to the media and in early 2019 he passed it to the Mail on Sunday following attacks on him from five anonymous friends in People.

Markle Sr said he sent her flowers for her 40th birthday but received no response but he did rule out using lawyers to try to get access to Meghan’s children.

He told Sunrise: “I’ve had offers from several lawyers—pro-bono—because we do have the right to sue to see our grandchildren.

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