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NAOMI OSAKA TAKING OVER FROM SERENA WILLIAMS TO MAKE TENNIS HER OWN

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Naomi Osaka had a breakthrough week – both in the places the tennis world understands, but more importantly, in the places it doesn’t.

Anyone calling her second-round loss Karolina Muchova at the Madrid Open an upset doesn’t know much about Osaka’s history with clay. It’s by far her worst surface and when last year’s topsy turvy scheduling meant French tennis officials moved Roland Garros to the autumn, she skipped the event entirely after winning the US Open. She hadn’t played a pro match on the surface in two years, so when she told press that her battle with clay-court savant and currently streaking all-courter Muchova actually exceeded her own expectations, it’s easy to see why.

While she was busy learning about her least favourite surface in the run-up to next month’s French Open, she also found time to launch a swimwear line with Instagram cult favorites Frankie’s Bikinis, which makes inclusivity and ethical sourcing a main thrust of its mission, expand her Play Academy – designed to prioritise getting racquets into the hands of girls – from Tokyo to two new locations in Los Angeles and Haiti, as well as make her debut as one of the four co-chairs of the 2021 Met Gala along with Amanda Gorman, Billie Eilish and Timothee Chalamet. Yes, that was all this week.
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Since announcing her arrival onto the major stage with a blazing run to the finals of the 2016 Pan Pacific Open, Osaka has been a very different kind of tennis star.

Even years before her first slam title, which memorably came against an overmatched (and overwhelmed) Serena Williams at the 2018 US Open, her heavy artillery on the court came paired with a pensive, off-beat and refreshingly candid personality off of it. Most tennis pundits didn’t know quite what to make of her – biracial, trinational with a big game and a voice she was just learning how to use.

And now five years on, she’s learned how to use it. Not only did she assume the title of world’s highest paid female athlete ever, knocking the robust earnings from Williams off the top spot, it was the way she did it that puts her Met Gala participation in context.
Osaka has approached every aspect of her career, from a protest of police brutality that stopped a tournament in its tracks out of respect and brought Black Lives Matter to a country eager to learn, to the way she uses her brand relationships to highlight her values that has signalled tennis’ departure from the corporate shill era of the ‘90s and ‘00s and into a very modern form in which it finds itself now.
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Her duties as a Met Gala co-chair are not just symbolic: she’ll join forces with Gorman, Eilish and Chamalet in planning the event, and co-hosts are typically tapped to perform in some capacity. While Osaka’s main goal at the moment seems to be meeting fellow multi-hyphenate Rihanna (which seems likely in the more intimate affair, scheduled for September as a more-scaled down gala from years past), it’s safe to expect that she will be bring her ideas about making a more just world and amplifying underrepresented voices to the role.

Osaka has found footing outside the sport in the world of art, culture and now, fashion and that those worlds have responded with open arms. In joining these other young stars from the world of activism, music and entertainment, she’s representing a new generation of relevant tennis stars to the world of style, and more importantly, the larger world of culture.

She’s used her platform consistently and insistently to nudge both a tennis world still sometimes stuck in the past and is in the process of wrangling it into the future, and she’s done it while making herself open and receptive to the larger world that the Met Gala embodies. While Williams transcended the sport of tennis, becoming a household name as the winningest (at least by grand slam count) celebrity the game has produced, Osaka is bringing the sport with her into other realms, building off of Williams’ tremendous work but making it her own.

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What are judicial review proceedings Harry wants to bring against Home Office?

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The Duke of Sussex has filed a claim for a judicial review against a Home Office decision not to allow him to personally pay for police protection for himself and his family while in the UK.

 

 

Harry wants to bring his children to visit from the US, but he and his family are “unable to return to his home” because it is too dangerous, according to a legal representative for the duke.

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“He sought a judicial review in September 2021 to challenge the decision-making behind the security procedures, in the hopes that this could be re-evaluated for the obvious and necessary protection required,” the legal representative said in a statement to the PA news agency.

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Jennifer Aniston mourns loss of Peter Bogdanovich with touching tribute

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Jennifer Aniston was one of many stars who came out to pay their respects to acclaimed director, Peter Bogdanovich, who died at the age of 82 on 6 January.

 

 

The Morning Show actress took to her Instagram stories to pay her respects to the star of The Sopranos.

Sharing a selection of photos with the BAFTA winner, Jennifer wrote: “Remembering Peter,” along with a praying hands emoji. She also added: “Grateful for his presence and for his laughter.”

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One of the images she posted was of her hugging Owen Wilson and chatting animatedly to Peter on set.

According to The Associated Press, Peter died on Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles.

His daughter, Antonia Bogdanovich, said he died of natural causes.

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Prince Harry is behaving like a shameless, entitled hypocrite: Piers Morgan

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Prince Harry’s move to pursue legal action against the Home Office for refusing him to pay for his own police protection has witnessed severe backlash from Piers Morgan.

 

 

The television personality, while writing an opinion piece for The Sun, said that the Duke of Sussex is “behaving like a shameless, deluded, woefully entitled hypocrite” for wanting to pursue legal action.

He added that the timing of Prince Harry’s actions was unwelcomed and would be a “massive headache” for the Queen.

“If he goes through with his threat, it will be the first time any royal has ever sued Her Majesty’s Government, and, of course, causes the Queen yet another massive headache at the worst possible time,” he wrote.

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The comment comes after Harry’s legal team issued a statement saying: “The UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in. With the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex personally fund a private security team for their family, yet that security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed whilst in the UK.

“In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.”

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