Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick insists that no one can say that four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is mentally weak. For the past few months, Osaka has been open about dealing with mental health issues, revealing she has been battling depression and anxiety for years.
“Are you going to tell me that Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka, when they enter their favorite stadium, are not mentally strong? Stop for a bit. Mental toughness is sitting down for a press conference and being good at it? It’s not mental toughness.
Going the distance in matches, winning Grand Slam tournaments, winning gold medals, when the pressure is on, that’s mental toughness. It’s not a synonym for mental health. Let’s be clear about this,” Roddick said on Tennis Channel.
Osaka set to return to action
After the US Open, Osaka said she would take a break and she hasn’t played since. “You know, I’ve been playing tennis since I was three years old,” Osaka said on HBO’s ‘The Shop’.
“For sure I love the sport. I know I’m gonna play again, probably soon because I kind of have that itch again. “But it wouldn’t really matter to me if I won or lost. I’d just have the joy of being back on the court.
Just to, like, you know, that I’m doing it for myself.” Osaka revealed she lost the joy and happiness for the game and she wants to return it. “I started to feel like that power was being taken away from me,” said the 23-year-old.
“I wasn’t playing to make myself happy and I was more concerned about what would people say about me. “I used to love the competition and just being competitive. Like if I were to play a long match, the longer it was the more fun it was for me.
“And then I just started to feel – recently – the longer it was the more stressed out I became. But I just needed a break to go within myself.”
Tyson Fury stunned two female fans by partying at their flat after selfie encounter
Tyson Fury left two fans “star struck” after partying with them for eight hours after they asked the heavyweight champion for a selfie.
The Gypsy King is still celebrating his knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas earlier this month, which saw him retain his WBC title.
Stella, 21 and Kailah, 24, had asked Fury for a picture before knocking back shots with the champ in a bar.
According to the Sun, Stella and Kailah were “starstruck” when meeting the 33-year-old fighter and called him a “perfect gentleman”.
A source told the paper: “Stella and Kailah are normal hard-working girls who went out for a midweek drink and ended up doing shots and dancing with one of the world’s most famous sporting stars.
Tyson Fury allegedly partied with two fans back at their flat
“They felt very lucky to be out with him and he was very complimentary to them and they loved his fun-loving personality.
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“He’s a beast of a boxer, but out of the ring he’s a gentle, fun-loving guy.”
The pair bumped into Fury, along with boxing pal Andy Lee whilst out in Manchester on Wednesday afternoon.
Outside, they asked Fury for a selfie, which Stella subsequently placed on her personal Facebook page.
Kailah then shared the image with the caption: “Trust me to have no make-up on the day I meet Tyson Fury.”
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After exchanging numbers, Lee made contact with the girls asking them to join them for something to eat.
Stella recalled: “I’m just having a drink in a bar. I’m not looking my best right now to be joining for dinner as I’m in my comfies. I’m heading home but I can get ready.”
The quartet then met back up to drink in Miami Ice Bar, dancing and drinking before the four went to Stella and Kailah’s flat to continue the party.
The report added that Tyson called it a night at around 11.30pm, returning home to wife Paris and their six children.
Fury left the party before midnight to return home to wife Paris
“They had a few cocktails together and were asking Tyson about his boxing career and he really enjoyed being in the company of some down-to-earth girls,” the source continued.
“He might be heavyweight champion, but he’s a man of the people and likes to live as normal a life as possible. They thought Tyson was very charming and he was very complimentary to them.”
Fury has been revelling in his trilogy sealing victory over Wilder, partying in Vegas before making an heroic return to the UK.
His night out in Manchester came hours after he enjoyed a game of bingo in his home town of Morecambe along with A League of their Own stars Andrew Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp.
Novak Djokovic: ‘As much as it hurts me personally…’
What a way to close the year for Daniil Medvedev. The world number two won his first Grand Slam title a couple of months ago in New York and is now very close to lifting the “Salad Bowl” in Madrid. On his tie against Germany, where he beat Jan-Lennard Struff, he stated: “It’s never easy, it’s Davis Cup.
Although without a doubt, if you look at the scoreboard, there have been only two individual matches, and I have not faced a break ball until the last game of the match. But it is never easy. I have seen Andrey (Rublev) on television, and he has played with great confidence.
In my game, until 4-4 in the first set, my rival was playing at a high level, serving incredible. Then he had a worse game with fewer firsts and more errors and I was able to break his serve. It was the key to the game. In less than six hours we have taken out both games, with freshness for the final and a lot of confidence, “he added in statements taken up by “Break Point.”
Now in the title series, Russia will face dangerous Croatia. Despite the difficulty that their rival could mean, they start as clear favorites. “It would have been special to play Novak Djokovic in the final. He always is.
But this is the Davis Cup. He won his match, but he’s not in the final. Borna Gojo did an amazing job from what I could tell. Huge stuffy in this competition. Since he had won his match, it was known that even if Novak won it would not be easy against the best doubles pair in the world.”
Nole doesn’t have any regrets in life
When quizzed on whether he felt any regrets about continuing to play after the US Open, Novak Djokovic answered in the negative. He always gives his best when playing for Serbia, as it holds special meaning to him and his teammates as well.
The Davis Cup format is cruel according to him, as one singles win isn’t enough and it’s important to win every match and set as it all counts. “Season finished today, so I don’t regret any tournament that I played after the date that you mentioned,” he said.
“I give my best, as I always do, for national team. There is extra meaning and importance for me, for everybody involved. Unfortunately wasn’t to be this time,” he rued. “One singles win is not enough. This kind of competition is cruel in a way because it just requires you to win every single match that you play or every single set because it counts.
I don’t regret anything in life,” he said. “I try to draw lessons from especially the tough moments like this. As much as it hurts me personally and us as a team, these are usually the biggest opportunities to get stronger, to grow, and develop to be even a better person and a player.”
Confirmed! Simona Halep will marry wealthy boyfriend after 2020 US Open
Simona Halep and her millionaire boyfriend, Toni Iuruc, have arranged every single detail of the wedding that is scheduled in September 2020, just after Simona will finish the US Open. After ending her 2019 WTA season on the 4th place, Simona Halep went in Maldive with Toni Iuruc.
The couple spent beautiful moments there, but what’s even more important is that Simona couldn’t be happier. “Simona Halep gets maximum relaxation time. She does, every day, maintenance sports. She tortures Toni Iuruc with endless bike rides, but she enjoys it big time.
She is, I think, happier than ever. And in the evening, Simona being an incurable romantic, she gets to take the walks that she dreamed about for years, long walks, on the beach, holding hands with her fiance”, a friend of Simona told wowbiz.ro.
And those are not the biggest news. A close acquaintance of Halep’s family confirmed that the two lovebirds will unite their destinies after the 2020 US Open. “They will get married next year in September after she will participate at US Open 2020.
The event will be fabulous, at a luxury restaurant from Constanța and, normally, it will be organised respecting the Aromanian traditions”. , the source said to wowbiz.ro. Moreover, the source gave details about the wedding preparation’s current state.
“All their relatives will participate, tennis personalities, from sport, there will hundreds of guests, maybe a thousand. Everything is already settled and Simona Halep is delighted that she managed to arrange all the details.
Obviously, there are still some unsolved things, like the dress, Toni Iuruc’s wedding suit, but, largely, everything was arranged”.