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Andy Murray set to return to action after accepting wildcard into Challenger event

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Andy Murray will be back in action next week after accepting a wild card into an ATP Challenger event in Rennes.

 

 

 

 

Murray is keen to get back into action quickly after he lost in the first round of the US Open to No.3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, after a thrilling five-set battle in New York.

 

 

 

The three-time Grand Slam champions sparked a huge debate in tennis after that match as he questioned the seven-minute toilet breaks his opponent took, with Tsitsipas booed by the New York crowd in his subsequent matches.

 

 

 

Now Murray is eager to allow his tennis to do his talking for him once again, as he confirmed he will join Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon and Lucas Poullie at the indoor event that is on the second tier of the ATP circuit.

 

 

 

“We are very happy with this last-minute surprise, materialized under the leadership of its sports director Nicolas Mahut,” said Matthieu Blesteau, tournament director in a press release.

 

 

 

“This is an exceptional opportunity that Rivacom Events did not want to pass up, to attract one of the greats of the sport.”

 

 

Former British No.1 Greg Rusedski suggested Murray’s performance against Tsitsipas at the US Open was evidence that he can compete at the highest level of the game despite his lengthy injury problems, but he admits his road back to the top will be challenging.

 

 

 

 

“You have go to look at what he has been through over the last four years,” began Rusedski, in an exclusive interview withTennis365.

 

 

 

“It’s great to see him winning some matches again, but the problem is we are comparing him to the guy in 2016 and that’s not the player he is now.

 

 

 

“It’s phenomenal what he did to win a tournament after hip surgery in 2018 and what we saw from him in Cincinnati last week was encouraging, but to go on and win these big events at the Masters 1000 level or the US Open is unrealistic.

 

 

 

“It’s also disrespectful to the next generation of players coming through because players like [Daniil] Medvedev, [Stefanos] Tsitispas and [Alexander] Zverev are great players and they will start to win Grand Slams sooner rather than later.

 

 

 

“My hope is that his body is fine after he concludes this adventure and if it is, then we can all look back at his amazing career and appreciate Andy for what he brought to our sport.

 

 

 

“Andy will get the answer he wants by the end of this year. If he can have a good run of being healthy from now to the Paris Masters, he will have his question answered.

 

 

 

“He’s not had a chance to play consistently over the last four years because the injuries have affected him and it must be mentally brutal trying to come back over and over again.”

 

 

 

This is not the first time Murray has entered ATP Challenger event this year, with the Scot trying to overcome niggling injuries when he reached the final of an event in Biella, Italy back in February.

 

 

 

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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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Taylor Swift: The Biggest Scandals That Ruined Her ‘Reputation’

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Taylor Swift is problematic. Taylor Swift is a victim. Taylor Swift is a snake. She’s everywhere — whichever “narrative” you choose to subscribe to, there’s a piece of media tailored just for you.

With the upcoming release of Reputation, eager fans and critics alike are taking a look back on how her most recent album earned such a name.

1. ‘I’mma let you finish’ … or not
Kanye West (L) jumps onstage after Taylor Swift (C) won the “Best Female Video” award during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City
Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift’s win during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

The Kanye West-Swift feud is probably the most notable in Swift’s repertoire. It all started with that infamous stage breach by Kanye to tell Swift — and everyone tuning in to the VMAs — that she did not deserve the award for Best Female Video, but Beyoncé did.

So began an eight-year saga. Sometimes they were friendly, sometimes they took shots at each other via their songs, and sometimes they secretly recorded their private phone conversations. Speaking of which..
2. Seven years later

On July 17, 2016, Kim Kardashian revealed a recording of a phone conversation that West and Swift had detailing the use of Swift’s name in his song, “Famous.” Why? After the single’s release, Swift made it clear to the public she felt surprised and appalled to be included in the song in such a manner.

To add to the shade, Kardashian later not-so-subtly referenced Swift by tweeting about National Snake Day.
3. Her feud with Katy Perry
Katy Perry and Taylor Swift posing and smiling together.
Katy Perry and Taylor Swift were once friendly, but now … not so much. | Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Next to her bad blood with West, her ongoing tiff with Katy Perry is next on the list of Swift’s biggest feuds. It all started about five years ago. First, Perry dated Swift’s ex-boyfriend, John Mayer, and though that didn’t initially cause any backlash from Swift, some speculated it added to their building tension.

Then, in 2013, Perry offered a few of Swift’s tour dancers a slot on her own tour. That’s when everything blew up. From there, the two exchanged nasty comments via social media and interviews and negatively featured each other in their songs.
4. Perry’s ready to move on … but Swift’s not
Taylor Swift dressed to resemble Katy Perry in the “Look What You Made Me Do” video | Big Machine Records

In June 2017, Perry gave a tearful plea to Swift during a live-stream video to promote her upcoming album. She forgave Swift and said sorry herself, just wanting the whole thing to be over.

But Swift made it clear in her newly released “Look What You Made Me Do” video that she wasn’t ready just yet to forgive and forget.
5. The ultimate girl squad
Taylor Swift’s presides over her squad in the “Look What You Made Me Do video”

One thing Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” video touches on is the media’s portrayal of her carefully cultivated, perhaps contrived girl squad. In the video, her “squad” appears as an army of scantily dressed mannequins with the words “Squad U” flashing on a screen above them.

It’s something she’s been criticized for over and over again — creating an army of beautiful women to validate and support her. The Daily Beast recently pointed out that Swift’s group of friends has been relatively MIA since the release of LWYMMD, though.

6. She’s got a long list of ex-lovers
Taylor Swift hugs Calvin Harris
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris | Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Adding to Swift’s “reputation” is her very public list of ex-boyfriends. Though her dating history started before him, her relationships started getting extra press-worthy when she started dating Harry Styles. Their relationship bore the inspiration for 1989, after all.

After Styles, Swift dated Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston, both of whom experienced their own Swift drama firsthand post-breakup.

7. The groping trial
A sign outside the Swift and Mueller trial
A message supporting Taylor Swift seen across the street from her trial | Theo Stroomer/Getty Images

Swift took a former Colorado radio DJ to trial in 2017 over charges that he groped her at a 2013 meet-and-greet. Sexual assault trials have a terrible tendency to tarnish the best of reputations with little to no regard for the victims.

While Swift may have earned some of her negative reputation, getting groped at meet-and-greets definitely shouldn’t be a part of the deal — and the impressive way the singer stood up for herself during her trial silenced even her biggest critics. She won the case and vowed to help sexual assault victims who don’t have the privilege of having such a loud voice.

In the LWYMMD video, Swift also seems to give a little nod to her victory by featuring a single dollar in her bathtub of jewels (she was awarded $1 in the case).

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Bianca Andreescu Announces Unhappy News for Australian Open 2022

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One of the tennis players to have been unfortunately rattled by injuries very early in her career is Canada’s Bianca Andreescu. After a roaring start to her career that witnessed her destroying some top-notch opponents, including Serena Williams at the 2019 US Open, the Canadian’s career graph was expected to shoot up. However, that never really happened due to various niggling injuries.

 

 

As tennis began after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Andreescu decided to sit out of later stages of the 2020 season. Even before the pandemic, the Canadian missed the initial months on tour last year due to a knee injury.

Bianca Andreescu announces shock decision ahead of Australian tennis summer

Now, after an uneventful 2021 season, Andreescu announced on Twitter that she won’t be participating in the Australian tennis summer that’s scheduled to begin next January.

“I want to give myself extra time to re-set, recover, and grow from this and continue to inspire by doing charity work, giving back and working on myself. I will therefore not start my season in Australia this (next) year, but will take some additional time to reflect, train, and be ready for the upcoming 2022 tennis season.”

This news might come off as a shock to fans who were expecting Andreescu to bounce back stronger on the WTA tour in Australia.

But, it’s important to note that the youngster faced a lot of challenges physically over the past couple of years and even during this season, she appeared to be bothered by one injury or the other on-court.

Andreescu had a difficult 2021 WTA season

Looking back at Andreescu’s performances this year on the WTA tour, she reached the finals at the Miami Open, where she was forced to retire mid-way during the final against Ashleigh Barty.

Since Miami, the Canadian rising star failed to live up to the expectations on clay and grass but managed to put up a decent run at the US Open by reaching the fourth round. Andreescu lost to Maria Sakkari in the pre-quarters in a three-set thriller.

Bianca Andreescu’s last tournament this year was Indian Wells, where she lost in the pre-quarters to Anett Kontaveit in straight sets.

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