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‘When Rafael Nadal sees that he has no choice but to retire…’, says top coach

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Few imagined that Rafael Nadal would have had such a long career at the highest levels. His expensive game, coupled with numerous physical problems, led one to think that the Spanish phenomenon would retire soon enough. The former world number 1 was able to prove everyone wrong, even though he recently failed the assault on his 14th Roland Garros.

In fact, a great Novak Djokovic blocked his access to the final, also forcing him to postpone his appointment with the 21st Major (which would have guaranteed him overtaking Roger Federer). As is now known, the 35-year-old from Manacor will miss both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, also thanks to the week less that separates the French Open from the third Slam of the season.

It is likely that we will see Rafa again on American hard court in August, with the US Open now in the sights of the Iberian. During a speech on ‘The S * xta’, his uncle Toni addressed the issue of Nadal’s retirement.

The 60-year-old did not want to unbalance himself in this regard, although he did not deny the many injuries his nephew had to live with.

Uncle Toni on Rafael Nadal’s retirement
Rafael Nadal turned 35 earlier this month.

Given his battle with injuries, it is unlikely he will remain on tour for many more years. “I don’t think my nephew needs advice on this,” Toni Nadal said. “I am sure that when he sees that he has no choice but to retire, he will retire.”

Rafael Nadal’s uncle admitted he often marveled at his nephew’s ability to play through the pain barrier. “Sometimes I wondered how this guy is playing with everything he has,” uncle Toni said. “My idea was to prepare him for difficulty,” Toni Nadal said.

“I have never been a complacent coach with my nephew although he always believed things were going to be okay. Rafael chose to go as high as possible and I always reminded him that it was going to cost him dearly.”

Just a few days back, 20-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal, withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics. Citing physical exhaustion caused during the grueling two-month-long clay-court season, Nadal felt his body needed to recuperate.

In fact, the reigning US Open champion, Dominic Thiem, also joined the Spanish superstar as the 27-year-old plans to focus his energy on defending his title at Flushing Meadows. As athletes are certain to face strict quarantine and testing protocols, many more withdrawals could follow suit in the coming weeks leading up to the Tokyo Olympics.

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‘Black Adam’ Image Reveals Closer Look at Dwayne Johnson’s Electrifying Costume

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Black Adam has been delayed for some time now, spending years in development before being held back even more because of Covid-19, but it’ll finally arrive in theatres next year. Relatedly, fans have been chomping at the bit to get a better look at the iconic anti-hero’s thundering suit, decorated with a bolt motif not so far from that of The Flash. Now, with the film so close to arrival, Total Film has revealed a first-look at the costume, capturing star Dwayne Johnson in all of his muscle-bound glory.

The performer shared the cover on his Twitter, quoting his morally dubious protagonist: “The world needed a hero, instead it got me.” Inside the magazine, Johnson promises, he shares his “10 year journey of bringing the Khandaq disrupter to the big screen,” further noting that it’ll be available on shelves this Thursday – so we don’t have too long to wait for a close-up look at Black Adam’s cinematic origin. The suit itself looks terrific, a metallic black-and-gold bit of spandex that communicates strength and tenacity in spades. What else would you want of such an iconic character?

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Black Adam producer Hiram Garcia recently spoke about the film and his confidence upon seeing an early cut. In his words:

“Granted, the movie’s in a stage where there are no effects done. It’s so fresh after filming. But anytime the movie is that entertaining and good in that raw of a form, it makes us very confident. So [we’re] really excited with where the movie is. Jaume has done such a good job. The movie is big. It’s fun. DJ was born to play Black Adam — [I’ve] got to tell you, if there was ever anyone who is just perfect for this role, it’s him. Then seeing him with the rest of the JSA and all those characters and Pierce [Brosnan] and Aldis [Hodge] and Quintessa [Swindell] and Noah [Centineo], it’s a “Pinch me” moment. It was one of the most fun movies we’ve ever made and also just the coolest to be making something on this scale and with a character who’s going to have this much of an effect on the DC Universe. It’s really been awesome, and I think you’re really going to dig it.”

 

Whatever the case, we only have a little while (relatively speaking) to wait until it’ll be on the big screen, and we can make our own minds up.

Until then, check out the cover featuring the suit below. Black Adam comes to theaters on July 29, 2022.

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HOW LONG HAS RIHANNA BEEN DATING ASAP ROCKY? RELATIONSHIP EXPLORED

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Rihanna and ASAP Rocky are one of the most adored power couples, but how long have they been dating?

Ever since they decided to go public with their romance, people have been busy predicting what could be next for the duo. One such speculation claiming that Rihanna is pregnant with ASAP’s baby has been making rounds on the internet.

However, that isn’t true. But, there is a lot of confusion as to when these two actually started dating. Here, we’ve got all the details for you.

A source told PEOPLE that Rihanna and ASAP’s relationship “evolved” from friendship into a “solid romance”.

They further noted that the duo was romantically interested in each other “since they were friends first.”

In January 2020, when reports suggested that Rihanna had split from her ex-boyfriend Hassan Jameel, a source told The Sun at the time that the couple “shared a hotel suite during that trip in New York. However, Rihanna is reluctant to put a label on it as it’s so soon after Hassan.”

Their relationship was later confirmed by the rapper himself during an interview with GQ, when he addressed his lady as the “love of my life.”

The source further claimed that “They’re really enjoying each other’s company and taking things easy as it’s still early days.”

Therefore, if reports are to be believed, Rihanna and ASAP have been an item since January 2020. This means they’ll soon be completing two years together!

ASAP isn’t hesitant to express his love for Rihanna, be it during an interview or while making a red carpet appearance.

Besides cozying up with his lady before the camera while attending an award function, he told the magazine, things are “so much better when you got the one.”

“She amounts to probably, like, a million of the other ones,” the rapper said as he gushed about his girlfriend.

Although ASAP is seen pouring his heart out, Rihanna is yet to publicly talk about her beau.

The rumors surrounding Rihanna’s pregnancy aren’t true, but ASAP has made it clear that he is ready to be a father.

When asked if he is prepared to take up one of the biggest responsibilities, the rapper said, “If that’s in my destiny, absolutely. I think I’m already a dad! All these mother are already my sons talkin’ ’bout!”

“Nah, but like, I think I’d be an incredible, remarkably, overall amazing dad. I would have a very fly child. Very,” he clarified.

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Beyoncé marks husband Jay-Z’s birthday with famous family

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And on Saturday, the Lemonade hitmaker marked her husband Jay-Z’s 52nd birthday with her children, Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir.

The family are notoriously private when it comes to their personal life but no doubt made sure the rapper had a day to remember.

Jay will have also been celebrated by Beyoncé’s Destiny’s Child family, with the star recently being praised by Kelly Rowland – who refers to him as “big bro”.

 

Chatting on Today with Hoda & Jenna, the Merry Liddle Christmas Baby star said: “I have always admired Jay and my sister.

Their love… it’s also the fact that Jay – where he has come from and who he is to us. What he’s doing. Just a legacy. I’m just in awe of him. And above anything he is just a great big brother.”

Beyoncé and Jay have been married since 2008, where they tied the knot in a low-key ceremony in New York.

To mark their special day, they got matching IV tattoos on their wedding fingers, instead of rings. In June 2018, a decade after their wedding, the couple renewed their vows in front of their three children.

The pair have faced their fair share of difficulties over the years, with Jay admitting in 2017 that he had cheated on his wife in the past, after appearing to apologise for infidelity in his song Family Feud.

However, they are now stronger than ever. The couple are no strangers to travelling, but enjoy nothing more than spending time at home with their family.

They live in a $71million home in Bel-Air, which boasts everything from a jaw-dropping pool to a hidden dressing room.

 

 

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