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Profile: Novak Djokovic, tennis court warrior who divides …



Novak Djokovic grew up with the NATO bombs raining on Serbia to be arguably one of the greatest tennis players of all time.



But the 34-year-old, who has a record 20 Grand Slam tournaments, the same number as his big rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, never fails to divide and unite.

His astounding achievements on the pitch have often been overshadowed by a series of mistakes and missteps.

The latest setback came on Thursday when he saw his visa to enter Australia canceled.

The Serb had landed in Melbourne after revealing that he had a medical exemption to play at the Australian Open which did not require proof that he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The exemption, granted by tournament organizers after his request was approved by two medical panels, has aroused fury from Australians who have endured lockdowns and restrictions for two years.

It was the last blow to a man apparently doomed never to be held in the same holy esteem as Federer or Nadal, the undisputed champions of the people.

There are those who see something too calculating in Djokovic’s makeup, an intense, brooding presence prone to affectation, a little too “new age”.

His infamous 2020 US Open flaw for slipping angrily on a ball that slammed through a linesman’s throat was a snapshot of the demons that sometimes lurk inside.

Djokovic, who left Belgrade at the age of 12 to train in Munich and escape the NATO bombing of his hometown, often feels like he can’t get up to collapse.

His decision to hold a series of exhibitions in the pandemic Balkans resulted in a series of positive COVID-19 tests, including for him and his wife Jelena, and highlighted the recklessness of the plan.

He then publicly expressed his doubts about the COVID-19 vaccination program, a position that saw him nickname “Novax.”

One of his harshest critics, Australian player Nick Kyrgios once accused Djokovic of desperately needing to be loved, calling the Serbian’s post-victory ‘cup of love’ gesture on the pitch as ” worthy of honor ”.

However, there is no doubt about the professional achievements and determination of a player who was the first to break through the $ 150 million prize barrier.

Four years ago, Djokovic’s career was in the doldrums. Unable to shake off the lingering effects of elbow surgery, he suffered a shocking early exit at Roland Garros, once the site of many setbacks.


With his ranking outside the top 20 for the first time in 12 years, Djokovic even threatened to skip Wimbledon.

He changed his mind and suddenly became younger, won a fourth All England Club title and successfully defended it a year later, saving two league points in an epic final against Federer.

Djokovic now has 20 Grand Slam titles in his 86 career. He also held world number one for a record number of weeks, thus improving Pete Sampras’ record.

In the race for greatness, he won records over Nadal and Federer, 30-28 and 27-23 respectively.

Djokovic won the first of his big Australian Open victories in 2008, but it took three years before he added his second.

He has given up gluten in his diet, his supple physique allowing him to chase away lost causes.

After leading Serbia to a first Davis Cup in 2010, he raced through the first half of 2011, racking up a 48-1 winning streak.

Only a defeat in the semi-finals at Roland Garros prevented him from already winning a Grand Slam calendar. Despite this, he finished 2011 with a win-loss record of 70-6, a total of 10 tournament wins and year-end number one for the first time.

Back-to-back Australian Opens followed in 2012 and 2013, although the French Open remained hopelessly out of reach with three heartbreaking losses until its breakthrough in 2016.

The year before, he won 11 titles and set a winning-loss record of 82-6.

In total, he has nine Australian Opens, six Wimbledons, three US Open titles and two French Opens.

His victory over Nadal in an epic semi-final at Roland Garros last year was only the Spaniard’s third loss in 108 appearances at the event.

Djokovic is responsible for two of them.

He added the 2021 Wimbledon title to his record but failed to become the first man in over 50 years to complete a Grand Slam calendar with a loss in the US Open final.


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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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