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Novak Djokovic puts on a rare loved-up display with his wife Jelena as they enjoy a family day at the beach with their children in Marbella

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He is one of the world’s most successful tennis players with 17 Grand Slam titles to his name.

And Novak Djokovic put on a rare loved-up display with his wife Jelena as they enjoyed a family day out with their children in Marbella, Spain on Saturday.

 

 

The tennis star, 33, wrapped his arms around his other half, 34, as they shared a smooch on the beach where they were joined by their kids Stefan, six, and Tara, three.

 

 

Novak looked in good spirits for the day as he played with his children in the sand, at one point tumbling over as he gave his son a hug.

 

 

The sports star cut a casual figure for the outing, sporting a navy jacket along with bright blue tracksuit bottoms.

The Serbian athlete also wore a navy cap while he had a face mask tucked underneath his chin.

 

 

 

Jelena wrapped up in a dark grey padded jacket which she wore with light grey tracksuit bottoms and black trainers.

They became engaged in September 2013, before marrying in an idyllic ceremony on Sveti Stefan in Montenegro in 2014.

 

 

 

Four years ago the couple were rumoured to be experiencing difficulties in their marriage – when Jelena was pregnant with their daughter.

 

 

Speculation was ignited in 2017 when Novak admitted that ‘private issues’ had affected him since he won the French Open the year before.

Former Wimbledon champion John McEnroe also said on the BBC that Novak has ‘off-court issues with the family’.

 

 

 

The eight-time Australian Open champion previously said there will be no pressure on his two youngsters to follow his giant footsteps on the tennis court.

The Serbian world number two opened up about his hopes for son Stefan, five, and daughter Tara, two, moments after his fourth round straight sets win over Argentinian Diego Schwartzman.

 

 

 

A candid Novak said Jelena will ensure he doesn’t become a pushy tennis dad when talk during his post-match interview turned to family, despite their son already showing a keen interest in the sport.

 

 

‘Well, so far, it has been great in terms of tennis relationship between me and my son. He is willing to play with me,’ he told Channel Nine commentator Todd Woodbridge.

 

 

‘You know how it is, father-son, it is a bit different and obviously, he is exposed to tennis a lot when he travels with me but also on the television.’

 

 

 

‘He knows what is going on. He knows Roger (Federer), he knows Rafael (Nadal), a couple of the other guys.

‘His favourite shot is a forehand so far, I am trying to get him to hit a few backhand. He has been telling me that he is born with a backhand.’

 

 

 

 

Novak was hesitant in his response when asked what he’d be like as a coach to his children if they chose to follow in his footsteps.

‘I don’t know. I’m a father first. I can’t really put myself in the role of a coach,’ Novak said.

 

 

 

 

‘Look, I’m giving him (his son) all the space and all the time that he needs in the world.

‘I really want him and my daughter to really express honest desire to take the racket and the ball and just hit, go to the court or up against the wall.

 

 

 

‘I would be more than happy and thrilled to support them in their tennis careers and journeys but it is still very early to talk about it, you know, my wife says.’

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Question looms over Vanessa Bryant lawsuit against Los Angeles County: What does she want?

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The widow of Kobe Bryant wants retribution for what happened last year after her husband and daughter died in a helicopter crash.

But what kind of retribution? And how much?

Vanessa Bryant is suing Los Angeles County, accusing county sheriff’s and fire department employees of improperly sharing photos of dead bodies from the site of the crash that killed nine, including the NBA legend.

As the case heads to trial in February, perhaps the biggest question hovering above it is what her goal is for it.

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Andy Murray’s wedding ring and shoes returned following Indian Wells disappearance

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Andy Murray’s wedding ring and tennis shoes have been recovered after they seemingly disappeared in the California desert.

The three-time major winner is preparing for action at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and left his tennis shoes outside underneath his car to dry out overnight – but they were nowhere to be seen when he returned in the morning.

And it was only when his physio asked about his wedding band that he realised he had left the ring tied to his shoes.

In an Instagram video posted late on Thursday, which was shared on Twitter by the ATP Tour Murray said: “I just want to send a quick message to say a huge thanks for all the messages and also to everyone for sharing the story about the shoes and the wedding ring.

“(I) had to make a few calls today and chat to the security at the hotel and everything.

“Little update for everyone,” he said as he raised the shoes into view.

“Would you believe it, they still absolutely stink but the shoes are back, the wedding ring is back and I’m back in the good books. Let’s go.”

The shoes are back. 👟
The ring is back. 💍

Let’s go, @andy_murray!!! 💪#BNPPO21 pic.twitter.com/hA5VKX98mm

— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 7, 2021

In an earlier post, Murray light-heartedly appealed for the return of the ring – to help him smooth things over with his frustrated wife.

He explained leaving his shoes to dry out under his car as “I have no balcony in my room and I didn’t want to leave them in my room as it would stink the room out”.

Murray married his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears in 2015 at Dunblane Cathedral. The couple now have four children.

The Scot is due to play France’s Adrian Mannarino in the first round at Indian Wells on Friday.

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NASCAR Star Has Brutally Honest Admission On Michael Jordan

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Legendary Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan has a very commanding presence, both on and off the basketball court.

In recent years, Jordan has gotten involved in other sports, namely NASCAR. The NBA Hall of Famer is part owner of 23XI Racing, which is co-owned by Denny Hamlin.

The NASCAR team features Bubba Wallace and is adding Kurt Busch for the 2022 season.

Busch, a veteran NASCAR driver, had a brutally honest admission on his meeting with Jordan.

“I mean he is the GOAT. The situation, the way it all came together, it was this impressive meeting out in Sonoma earlier this summer. Right away, I got along with him. Just with the way he was chill but also presented this aura about him. ‘We will win. We are here to win. This is what this is about,’” Busch remembered in an interview with SiriusXM. “And it was like, ‘Yes sir.’ He’s like, ‘Don’t call me sir.’ I said, ‘Alright, let’s win.’”

Busch is excited to get going for 23XI Racing.

“It was just easy right away to piece together what the contract is,” he recalled. “Monster Energy was incredibly excited about it. Toyota, they were the ones behind the scenes, kind of pushing for a veteran to jump in the program and move the needle with 23XI. I’ve raced a long time for a lot of different legendary owners and Hall of Famers in NASCAR. MJ definitely has a different presence about him.”

The 2022 season should be a fun one.

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