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From Novak Djokovic Accused at Australian Open to Stefanos Tsitsipas’ Toilet Break: Tennis Controversies in 2021

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The 2021 ATP and WTA season has been amazing, with some brilliant performances from the finest players. However, many controversial incidents also took place. From Novak Djokovic accused of lying about his injury to Stefanos Tsitsipas’ lengthy toilet breaks, this year has been full of dramatic incidents.

Novak Djokovic at Australian Open 2021
Once again, Novak Djokovic found himself in the middle of controversies. Firstly, the Serb decided to withdraw from the exhibition match in Adelaide due to injury issues. However, he then returned to the match. Furthermore, World No. 1 then went on to pull out from the ATP Cup 2021.

After two weeks, he returned to his favorite Slam, the Australian Open. Despite pulling out from ATP Cup due to injury, Djokovic showed no sign of any ailment at the ‘Happy Slam’. Novak Djokovic won the tournament quite comfortably, lifting his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2021. His quick return raised some questions about the legitimacy of his injury claims.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic receives medical attention during his third round match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina
In the same tournament, the World No. 1 complained about the placement of the photographers during a match. In his match against Milos Raonic, Djokovic went to the umpire to raise this issue.

The Serb told the umpire, “Why are the photographers standing behind? It’s not their place, they’re supposed to be out there or on the side.” This incident led to an argument between Djokovic and the chair umpire, however, no further actions were taken on it.

Naomi Osaka withdrew from French Open 2021
For the first time in the history of tennis, a player withdrew from a Grand Slam owing to their mental health. At French Open 2021, the Japanese star, Naomi Osaka pulled out from the competition citing mental health concerns. Osaka’s brave decision created tremendous drama between the former World No. 1 and tennis officials.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Picture taken May 30, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts during her first round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
“I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris,” she posted on her Instagram. Osaka said she had been suffering from depression and anxiety.

Ajla Tomljanovic and Jelena Ostapenko’s ugly fight at Wimbledon 2021
The match between Ajla Tomljanovic and Jelena Ostapenko at Wimbledon 2021 took a surprising turn. Despite not showing any signs of injury, the Latvian called a trainer to look into it. This fumed Tomljanovic as she stood up to complain about it. However, her demands were overruled as Ostapenko took the changeover.

The incident didn’t end there. Subsequently, the Australian accused Ostapenko of taking a longer break than expected. She told the umpire, “Why has the clock stopped?” After a long injury break, Jelena returned to the court. However, Tomljanovic dominated the last set and sealed the victory.

Even after the match, the women got into a confrontational verbal exchange. Ostapenko was extremely unhappy with Ajla’s behavior and accused her of being “the worst player on the tour“.

The end of Ostapenko-Tomljanovic.

“Your behavior is terrible, terrible!”
“You’re the one to talk!”
“You have zero respect, yes?”

“The worst player on the tour.”#Wimbledon #ImJustHereForTheHandshake pic.twitter.com/NM9JDdD8Z7

— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 3, 2021

US Open 2021 controversies
This year’s US Open also saw some fuming controversies between tennis players. In the first-round contest, Stefanos Tsitsipas met the three-time Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray. The match witnessed some drama late in the 4th set when the Greek took an eight-minute bathroom break.

As the clock started ticking, a frustrated Murray went up to the chair umpire and complained about the long break the Greek had taken. In the end, Tsitsipas seized the match against the Brit. However, Murray said he ‘lost respect’ for Tsitsipas after this incident. “It’s just disappointing because I feel it influenced the outcome of the match,” he said in the post-match conference.

Another incident happened at the US Open, concerning Nick Kyrgios. In his match against Roberto Bautista, the official requested the Australian to put his towel closer to the bins against the wall. To this, Kyrgios responded quite aggressively.

Australian Nick Kyrgios discusses a call with the chair umpire during a match | Credits: TODAY Sports
“Look, the towel situation for me is incredibly stupid. I’m one of the players on Tour that is fully vaccinated. And as of now, I’m getting treated exactly the same as a player that is not vaccinated,” he quoted. However, Kyrgios went on to lose the match in straight sets. The charismatic Australian is never far from the headlines.

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Leylah Fernandez: Fans chanting my name at Indian Wells Masters felt surreal

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US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez admitted that hearing fans chant her name at the Indian Wells Masters felt “surreal.” On Friday, Fernandez played her first match since her outstanding US Open campaign and fans in the stands chanted her name.

Fernandez, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world, saw off Alize Cornet 6-2 6-3 to progress into the Indian Wells third round. “It’s surreal. You dream of that happening, but you don’t expect that to happen …

I got goosebumps. Like, even now, my Heart suit is beating so fast … I was so happy,” Fernandez said, per Mark Masters. Fernandez was asked on what did she work after the US Open. “Everything (laughs) … We always try to look for that extra inch, extra millimetre to be better …

We worked on everything,” Fernandez claimed.

Fernandez was thrilled to meet Maria Sharapova
“I was lucky enough to to meet Maria Sharapova at the Met (Gala). We kind of chatted a little bit and she gave me some pretty good advice.

She told me her own experience and the way that she was able to bounce back,” Fernandez revealed. Meanwhile, 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek shared advice for Fernandez and US Open champion Emma Raducanu. “Well I would say balancing all the things you have to do on-court and all the things that [you’ve] been doing for the past years with all that new stuff,” Swiatek explained.

“Because it can overwhelm [you] at the beginning. It was good for me that Roland Garros was the last tournament of the season. I know that [Fernandez and Raducanu] probably have one or two more. “Then they’re going to have a break and they’re going to have time to reflect on [their success].

“Also having the people around you who won’t be pushing you to do more because of public relations or publicity. Just you know maybe staying calm a little bit and waiting for how you will react to all of that.”

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Maria Sharapova Beautiful and Sexy on a Magazine! (PHOTOS INSIDE)

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Here are some sexy shots of Maria Sharapova. The Russian used some free time off the courts to be immortalized by Bloomberg Pursuits Magazine, before Wimbledon

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Martina Hingis Used Me! Says Ex Husband to Le Journal du Dimanche

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Martina Hingis is happily back to tennis life. After leaving the circuit, she got back to living it. Just in doubles though, and some random single’s appearances in Fed Cup, just to show that despite the years and rust, she still is one of the greatest talents ever witnessed in women’s tennis.

As great as she is on court, Martina over the years has draw attention on her personal life far more than she ought to, with troubled relationships. Now, her former marriage is back on the news, with Martina’s ex husband Thibault Hutin taking on French Le Journal du Dimanche, to reveal that first of all the couple is legally still bonded and secondly that Swiss champion has used him over the years they have been together.

Hingis and Hutin got married in 2010, and while according to the media the Swiss is divorced, legally it appears the couple is yet to tear apart. In 2013 Thibault sued Martina for harassment. Their divorce is yet to be made official, and that hurts Hutin, as reported by JDC.

“My life is trash. I mistakenly left riding to preserve our marriage. I left my passion, there is nothing left. Without my family, I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent” confessed Thibault. When the couple met, Martina had just gotten back from a two-year suspension for cocaine abuse, thus she was quite fragile and not well seen by the media.

“Martina asked me to do interviews with her. Someone told me about her problems briefly, I didn’t know anything about it. Back than things were still tense. She wasn’t allowed to go to tournaments. She needed to rebuild an image.

The marriage with a good Frenchman was perfect at that time. She used me. Thinking about it now it seems obvious”. After more trouble, that including a surprising visit from Hutin to Hingis in New York that didn’t go well, the two separated in 2013.

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