When the Laver Cup arose, as an idea, it was something very new and groundbreaking, with a careful aesthetic and very powerful Marketing. Having Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer among the ranks of the same team was too appetizing bait not to consume that product.
With the passing of the editions and after finishing the fourth, without the presence of anyone from the Big 3 and with the fourth consecutive victory of Team Europe, one has the feeling that the initial flame so attractive of the novelty begins to go out.
And, unlike golf, in the world of tennis, the distance between Europe and the rest of the world is absolutely enormous. Of the last 73 Grand Slams played, only three fell into the hands of a non-European tennis player. We talked about Delpo at the US Open 2009, Gaudio at Roland Garros 2004 and Andy Roddick at the US Open 2003.
All the members of the European team were Top 10, while the Ranking of the members of the Team rest of the world was much lower . With this on the table, it is no wonder that this past weekend we witnessed an outright beating from Team Europe in the 2021 Laver Cup.
Nadal pays tribute to Pau Gasol
Rafael Nadal recently paid tribute to Pau Gasol after the Spanish basketball player announced his retirement from the sport. Over the course of a 23-year career, Gasol won two NBA titles, as well as three Olympic medals.
In a recent interview with Cadena SER, Nadal heaped praise on the six-time All-Star, calling him a “legend” of Spanish sport. “The reality is that it is a sad day in a way,” he said. “One of the great legends of our sport is leaving.
I honestly think I’m very happy for him. He has been able to finish his career the way he wanted, playing and fighting for titles and doing it at a very high level. He leaves behind a legacy that I believe is indelible in every way.”
In a recent podcast appearance, Rafael Nadal’s uncle, Toni Nadal has shared some positive news regarding Nadal’s foot injury. He says he’s optimistic and believes the Spaniard has still has got 2-3 good years left.
Recently on a podcast, Toni Nadal revealed some encouraging news regarding his nephew’s injury. He said, “His progression has always been highly conditioned by the congenital foot injury, which he now suffers. That is why everything he has achieved has a lot of merit”.
Moreover, he added, “He is encouraged and I think he will get through this once again. I am optimistic and my feeling is that 2022 can be a good season for him and that he has 2 or 3 good years left, but as time progresses everything is more complicated,” concluded his former coach, Toni.
HOW LONG HAS RIHANNA BEEN DATING ASAP ROCKY? RELATIONSHIP EXPLORED
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.
Beyoncé marks husband Jay-Z’s birthday with famous family
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.
Taylor Swift: The Biggest Scandals That Ruined Her ‘Reputation’
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).