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Why Has Novak Djokovic Never Won The Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award?



Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest players of this generation, if not the greatest. With 20 Grand Slams, 86 ATP Singles titles, 5 ATP Finals titles, the Serbian has achieved almost everything there is to achieve in the sport.

Moreover, he has won a record 37 ATP Masters titles. In fact, Novak Djokovic is the only player to have won all 9 Masters, and that too, twice.

However, the one accolade in the tennis world that continues to elude him is the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award. The award, voted for by fellow ATP players at the end of the year.

Even nominations elude Novak Djokovic
The Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award represents fairness- respecting the rules, the umpires’ decisions and above all, your opponent.

It is the players themselves who vote for this prestigious award. Swiss Roger Federer currently holds a record 13 Sportsmanship Awards, followed only by Rafael Nadal’s 4 on this side of the century.

Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 19, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his group stage match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
However, quite surprisingly, Novak Djokovic has only secured one nomination for the prize. Not only has he not won the Sportsmanship Award ever, but he has also not been nominated, barring 2011.

In 2011, the Serbinator was on the nominees’ list for the award, alongside Nadal, Federer, and Aisam- Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan. Sadly, Djokovic was nominated for the first and last time that year and lost the award to none other than Federer.

Despite performing at the highest level year after year, Novak is unable to make it onto even the nominees’ list. Why is that so? Could it be because it is the players who vote? Hence, they choose not to pick Djokovic since they drop so many title chances to him? Additionally, could it be because the players on tour know a lot more about each other than the viewer could never fathom?


Why has Nole never won the award?
Many believe that the sportsmanship award eludes Djokovic because of his inability to contain his emotion on the court. When losing points, or winning tough rallies, the Serb often exclaims his displeasure or yells triumphantly.

Furthermore, he has received several warnings for smashing his rackets, which goes against the code of conduct.

His back-and-forths with the crowds have also been an issue of contention for years now. Djokovic often responds and mocks any audiences that do not support him or boo him when he’s down on his luck in any games.

In his own words, Novak has talked about rarely ever having the support of the tennis crowd in his matches.

— Car Šćepan Mali (@ScepanCar) July 2, 2021

There’s still more- the Serb, on many occasions, has argued with the chair umpires. Not only has he openly argued with their decisions, but has also mocked them.

Another common belief is that Djokovic, unlike Federer, tends to take a lot of time between points and serves. Over the course of an entire year-long tour, players facing these players across the net take note of these things. Ultimately, it boils down to their voting process, which is them voicing their opinion on the fairest player to play against in their own sport.


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Simone Biles and Boyfriend Jonathan Owens Wear Matching Outfit Colors for Date Night



Simone Biles and NFL boyfriend Jonathan Owens have been the internet craze since they made their relationship public. The two met during the pandemic, and have been inseparable ever since.

The two spent the entire holiday season together, and often take to social media to share glimpses with fans who can’t help but adore them. Recently, they left fans drooling with pictures from their date night.

Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens twin in blue for a dinner date
Simone Biles met Jonathan Owens during the pandemic in 2020. Because of the lockdown soon after they met, the two were able to spend a lot of time together.

With a shared love for bulldogs, the two soon started going out and in August 2020, the lovebirds made their relationship official. Biles clearly is head over heels for Owens. Meanwhile, Owens himself has all the love and admiration for her.

The two spend the entire holiday season together, from Thanksgiving to New Years. They clearly love spending time with each other and can’t bear to stay apart.

On Sunday, the couple was out for a dinner date, wearing matching outfits. The duo looked stunning as they twinned in blue and black.

They took to their social media to post pictures of their date night.


“Just trying to match yo fly,” posted Owens.

While Biles wore a beautiful blue crop top with black leather pants, Owens decided to match her wearing a black t-shirt with a blue imprint and finishing it off with black pants.

Owens admired Biles’ personality
Jonathan Owens has earlier also revealed that he really admired Biles’ personality. Biles is a happy-go-lucky person, even though she has gone through insurmountable odds.

“She’s always happy, giggly, bubbly. If I’ve had a tough day at the office, I wouldn’t want to take that home to her. Her personality, man….,” said Owens.

Owens really admired Biles’ energy and loves to spend time with his girlfriend.

Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens first went public with their relationship in August 2020
The two of them are extremely supportive of each other and encourage each other. Biles is often spotted cheering on Owens during his matches. Meanwhile, Owens also doesn’t fail to reciprocate the same.

Owens was also standing tall with Biles while she went through her struggles, backing up her decision to step down from Tokyo 2020. He really is her pillar of strength.


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Revealed: The Insane Amount of Earnings That Have Propelled Lewis Hamilton’s Net Worth to $300 Million Mark



The thing about athletes like Lewis Hamilton that differentiates them from the rest is that they set such a high standard of results that anything below a win is termed as a disappointment. But in Hamilton’s case this year, everybody seemed to agree that he had one of the best seasons of his career.

And despite not being able to add his eighth and record-breaking championship to his mountain of achievements, the Mercedes driver added a lot of digits to his earnings.

In 2021, Lewis Hamilton earned a massive $70 million from Formula 1 in terms of salary and bonuses. And an additional $12 million from sponsorships.

This meant that the total earnings of $82 million made sure that for the first time in his career, Lewis Hamilton’s estimated net worth crossed over the mark of a quarter of a billion dollars.

Now with a net worth of $300 million, Hamilton is the eighth highest-paid athlete in the world.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after finishing first in qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron
But in 2022, Lewis Hamilton might earn less compared to 2021.


How much will Lewis Hamilton earn in salary in 2022?
In 2021, Lewis Hamilton agreed to a two-year contract extension. This saw him earn a salary of $55 million (excluding bonuses) as reported by Forbes. But in his final year of the contract, the one he is currently on, it is reported that Hamilton’s salary will take a dip.

According to a report, the Mercedes driver will earn $40 million in salary in 2022.

It’s also worth pointing out that the 2021 champion Max Verstappen retains his $25 million paycheck.

The reason for the pay cut in salary of the seven-time world champion could be the fact that he is edging towards the end of his career. But also because of the cost cap that F1 introduced in 2021.

Yet it’s not as if Lewis Hamilton doesn’t have an income flow from outside the sport.

He is undeniably one of the biggest names in the global sports landscape, and his magnanimous achievements have already made sure that he’ll remain an incredibly marketable name for years to come.


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Serena Williams’ Daughter Olympia Shows Off Impressive Tennis Backhand Swing: ‘Practice Makes Better’




Serena Williams’ daughter, Olympia Ohanian, showcased her talents on the tennis court in a video posted to her Instagram on Monday



Olympia Ohanian is following in mom Serena Williams’ famous footsteps.

The 4-year-old tiny tot showed off her seriously impressive tennis skills in a new video posted to her Instagram account on Monday, showcasing a swing that rivals tennis players of all age groups.

“Practice makes better,” reads a simple caption accompanying the video, in which Olympia can be seen sporting a black-and-white workout getup while she effortlessly practices her backhand on the court.

“It’s Oracene [Price] all over again!” Williams’ sister, Venus, commented, referring to their mom, who also served as their tennis coach when they were younger.

Olympia’s tennis skills shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering Serena, 40, is one of the most decorated tennis players in the history of the sport, and the mommy-daughter duo spend a considerable amount of time practicing together.

“Honestly, we started because it’s a socially safe sport, and when COVID happened, it was like, we’re just in the house with a 3-year-old, what do we do?” the 23-time Grand Slam winner told PEOPLE of how Olympia got involved with the sport, adding, “There was only one answer, to my dismay.”


Serena shares Olympia with husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, whom she wed in a star-studded event at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in November 2017.

And although Olympia clearly takes her tennis training seriously on and off the court — Serena recently showed fans her daughter’s personal gym equipment in a series of Instagram Stories earlier in January — Olympia also has an ear for music, as evidenced by her incredible piano playing.

“She likes tennis, but I don’t know. Honestly, she likes playing piano,” the fashion designer told Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last November. “When she was in my belly, I played a lot of piano music.”

“And she’s teaching me! Like, I’m not even kidding,” the tennis pro replied when Kimmel asked if Olympia was taking piano lessons. “I have a baby Mozart, [but] of course every parent thinks they have like, a baby Beethoven or whatever.”


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