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Novak Djokovic says coronavirus-affected US Open is a chance to close in on Roger Federer’s record—the Untold Story—

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Novak Djokovic has decided to travel to New York for the US Open amid the COVID-19 pandemic because the 17-times grand slam champion did not want to pass up on the opportunity to close in on Roger Federer’s record tally of 20

Federer will not be at Flushing Meadows this year after he took the year off to recover from knee surgery, while defending champion Rafael Nadal joined a number of top seeds in refusing to travel to the US due to COVID-19 concerns.

“I cannot say it’s the main reason why I’m here, but it’s one of the reasons,” Djokovic told The New York Times.

“One of the reasons why I keep on playing professional tennis on this level is because I want to reach more heights in the tennis world.”

This will be the first grand slam Djokovic has played without both of his famous contemporaries, Federer and Nadal.

“It is strange, because these two guys are the legends of our sport and with or without crowds, they are going to be missed a lot,” he said

Djokovic also told the newspaper that he came very close to skipping the tournament as well.

“I have to think about myself and my health and my fitness and whether my team is OK to be here.

“Once that was checked, then I, of course, also felt responsible as a top player to be here, it’s important for our sport to keep going.

“I want to play … That’s why I’m here.

“I’m personally not afraid of being in a risky, dangerous health situation for myself. If I felt that way, I most likely would not be here.”

Djokovic came under scrutiny in June when he hosted the ill-fated Adria Tour in Serbia and Croatia, which was scrapped when many players and staff, including himself, tested positive for COVID-19.

The 33-year-old Serbian said he felt the criticism had turned into a “witch hunt”.

“I don’t think I’ve done anything bad to be honest,” Djokovic said.

“I do feel sorry for people that were infected.

“Do I feel guilty for anybody that was infected from that point onward in Serbia, Croatia and the region? Of course not. How can you blame one individual for everything?”

Djokovic will first play in the Western and Southern Open, a warm-up tournament that began in New York on Thursday, before the US Open begins on August 31.

Nick Kyrgios and Ash Barty are among the Australian players who have announced they will miss the tournament at Flushing Meadows for safety reasons.

The US Open is usually the last major tournament of the year, but in 2020 it will be followed by the French Open, which was rescheduled because of the coronavirus shutdown.

The French Open will be held at Roland Garros from September 27 to October 11.

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10 Becky Lynch Cosplays You Have To See To Believe

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Art is a valid aspect of WWE. We can only appreciate the works of these irreplaceable members of the community, some of whom make their cosplays, style their wigs, perfect makeup techniques, and edit their photos all by themselves.

Such is the person of Becky Lynch who, being one of the most talented women in WWE, put in a great deal of work to enhance her talent and earn her current status as one of the top WWE ambassadors, merchandise sellers, and female wrestlers. Her “The Man” gimmick comes with a good dose of aggression, her fans and cosplayers find interesting. You have to see these cosplays to believe their awesomeness.

Few things trend more than The Man on social media, possibly why she’s in the Top-10 most-followed wrestlers on the platform. Her pregnancy announcement received a tremendous number of tributes and throwbacks, like this one of an earlier cosplay.

We’d been worried why she’d vacated her Raw Women’s Championship to Asuka until she let out those words, “I’m gonna go be a mother.” The Limerick-born athlete is engaged to fellow wrestler, Seth Rollins. They were to get married this spring. We do not know if she’ll have a role to play in WWE in the coming months, but her fandom is sure to carry her through a hiatus.

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Video: Naomi Osaka making fun of her boyfriend TBN Cordae with TikTok video

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Naomi Osaka is spending her lockdown with her boyfriend YBN Cordae. They enjoy a fantastic relationship that was (sort of) officialized roughly 1 year ago on social media. Naomi’s boyfriend is a rather well-known American rapper and she loves supporting him as much as she can.

Nevertheless, the former world no.1 rarely misses the opportunity to make some fun of the people she loves. Last week, she posted an entertaining video about her father on social media. Now it’s YBN Cordae’s turn with Naomi explaining the huge difference in how he is perceived by his fans and how she sees him.

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Naomi Osaka’s ‘odd’ dream for biggest achievement showcased vs. Serena Williams

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Naomi Osaka is on top of the tennis world right now with a dominating semifinal performance against Serena Williams, an Australian Open trophy in her hands and a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title in four tries, an unmatched feat.

 

 

At 23 years old, she has potentially decades of tennis in front of her and is seen as the heir apparent to Williams’ throne when the 23-time Grand Slam winner retires from the sport.

But Osaka doesn’t view her ultimate achievement in terms of Grand Slams or trophies or money earned.

Osaka’s ‘odd’ achievement she wants to see
Her biggest achievement would come if years from now we see a match play out similarly to what we’ve seen from Osaka vs. Williams over the past handful of years.

She shared what she wants to see after defeating Jennifer Brady in the 2021 Australian Open final on Saturday.

“I feel like the biggest thing I want to achieve is — this is going to sound really odd. Hopefully I play long enough to play a girl that said that I was once her favorite player or something. For me, I think that’s the coolest thing that could ever happen to me. I think I have those feelings of watching my favorite players. Unfortunately I didn’t get to play Li Na, but, yeah. I just think that that’s how the sport moves forward.”

Li is a former Chinese tennis player who reached No. 2 in the world in February 2014 after winning the Australian Open. She also has a Grand Slam victory at Roland Garros in 2011. Li was the first Grand Slam singles champion from Asia in either the men’s or women’s game and was the first player representing Asia to even compete in a Grand Slam final. She retired in September of 2014 at the age of 32 and was inducted in 2019 to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, again the first Asian-born player to do so.

Osaka does get to play Williams

Osaka, who was born in Japan, turned professional in September of 2013 and while she didn’t get to face her favorite player, she has faced Williams, a competitor she’s called her “idol.” The two are 16 years apart and some look at Osaka as the legacy Williams leaves behind, the same way Osaka said facing a favorite player is how the sport moves forward.

Their semifinal showed that, with Williams taking an early lead but Osaka storming back to prime form and dismantling the tennis queen with an almost easy stride.

Williams turns 40 this year and there are questions about the end of her career, though she admitted she’d never tell anyone if it were the end. Osaka was asked after the win if things had begun to shift so that Williams is no longer the face of tennis, and rather Osaka is now it.

“No. Not at all,” she said in her shortest answer of a reflective 37-minute news conference.

But she will be soon, pushing the sport forward for another round.

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