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Before attending the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the season, twelve world teams will play the 2021 ATP Cup. The event will be played from 1 to 5 February in Melbourne Park. After a long wait, the formations of the nations that will take the field have been formalized: compared to the past there is a change with only four players per nation, two mainly used for singles and two called primarily for doubles.


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The best tennis players on the ATP circuit will participate in the event except Roger Federer, who was stopped due to an injury and also absent for the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic’s Serbia defends the title and together with Rafael Nadal’s Spain and Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev’s Russia are on paper the favorite teams for the final victory.



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Italy will do without Sinner, but will be able to count on Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini with Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori alongside them, both important players for the double. Novak Djokovic recently donated a state-of-the-art CT Scanner to a hospital in Belgrade.






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The Serb was lauded by the Director of the Hospital as well as the Serbian Health Minister for his generous act.

Djokovic donated a state-of-the-art CT Scanner to a hospital
“On behalf of the Dragisa Misovic Clinical Hospital Centre, I thank Novak Djokovic’s family and Novak for this wonderful machine that will give future patients, when this evil of the crown (COVID-19) passes, a chance to receive quality oncology treatment.






Novak’s arrival means a lot more to us than this apparatus, because in this fight, in addition to the courage we have, we also need that energy, that winning mentality,” said Professor Dukic. Novak Djokovic on his part expressed his gratitude to his country’s healthcare professionals for serving the nation during such testing times.





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The Serb hopes that the CT Scanner will help ease the burden on the under-pressure hospital workers. “Thank you to all the health workers who have been working in extraordinary circumstances for almost ten months and are fighting for all of us,” Djokovic said.



“With this pandemic, it has become clear to all of us how important it is to be ready and equipped for all challenges, and we hope that this scanner, as well as all other donated equipment, will make work easier for health workers and further strengthen our health institutions.




Dr. Loncar explained how the CT Scanner is pivotal to diagnose

COVID patients, and thanked Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena for playing a part in the nation’s fight against the pandemic. “On behalf of the citizens of Serbia, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Novak and Jelena, and their effort, because they have really done a lot since the beginning of this crisis in order to overcome the consequences of the pandemic.

Thank you Novak for always being there, with his people, and for fighting together against the evil virus,” said Dr. Loncar.

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‘I was down’: Federer had hard time before 2nd knee surgery



DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Roger Federer never seriously contemplated retirement while he was away from the tennis tour for more than a year. He did have a hard time dealing with the need for a repeat operation on his bad right knee, though.

“I was down. Obviously I couldn’t believe I had to do a second one,” Federer said Sunday ahead of his appearance at the Qatar Open. “This is definitely a moment where you maybe question a little bit more.”

The 39-year-old Federer’s first match since the 2020 Australian Open will come Wednesday in Doha against Dan Evans or Jeremy Chardy.

Federer’s first procedure on his right knee occurred in February 2020. That knee kept swelling up after bike rides or walks with his four children; he announced in June that he had had a second surgery.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will monitor how this comeback goes over the next several months and then assess things.

“I know it’s more on the rare side for almost a 40-year-old to come back after almost a year being out. And I was surprised how long it took. But I took a decision quite early with the team that I wanted to take the time, no rush, to get back onto the tour,” he said. “Important is that I’m injury-free, pain-free, and I can actually enjoy myself out there on tour. So we’ll see how it goes now. I’m curious myself to find out.”

What seemed clear from Federer’s session with reporters on Sunday: Wimbledon is what matters the most to him at this point.

He has won a men’s-record eight titles at the All England Club and came oh-so-close to a ninth in the 2019 final there, holding two championship points before eventually losing to Novak Djokovic in a fifth-set tiebreaker.

Wimbledon was canceled last year for the first time since 1945 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is scheduled to be played June 28 to July 11.

“I know I need to go back to training after here again,” said Federer, who pulled out of the Miami Open later this month. “So from this standpoint, it’s still a building up to being stronger, better, fitter, faster and all that stuff. I hope, then, by Wimbledon, I’m going to be 100%, and from then on, then the season really starts for me. Everything until then, it’s just ‘Let’s see how it goes.’”

He is curious what travel and tournament life will be like during a pandemic — “bubble life, quarantines all around, the whole mask situation” — and, most of all, how his repaired knee handles competition.

“That’s really the only concern I have: Is the knee going to hold up? As of now, I’m not sure,” Federer said. “I did everything I possibly could.”

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Serena Williams & More Celebs React To Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s Interview With Oprah



Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s two hour tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey shocked everyone when the couple revealed what it was like being senior members of the royal family and why they chose to step back. They openly spoke about their current relationships with their royal family members, the deep personal struggles they faced while living in London and their hopes for the future as the become a family of four. One of Meghan’s closest friends, Serena Williams, praised her with a powerful note but she wasn’t the only famous person her take on the bombshell interview. Celebrities, sports stars, journalists and more are reacting on social media.

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Serena Williams called Meghan Markle ‘truly noble’ after her tell-all interview – see inside their 7-year friendship



They may be the greatest tennis player of all time and the first American to marry into the royal family in decades (and the first to leave in decades), but Serena Williams and Meghan Markle have remained loyal friends since their first real hang out in 2014.

Since then, the two have became close confidantes, with Markle regularly attending Williams’ tennis matches, and Williams defending her friend from the mountain of negative attention she’s received since 2017. After Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, Williams took to Instagram to call her friend “truly noble.”

Keep scrolling to learn more about their sweet, yet private, friendship.

February 2010: Williams and Markle meet at the Super Bowl in Miami.

Markle wrote on her now-defunct blog The Tig that the two crossed paths for the first time in Miami during the 2010 Super Bowl. But it would take a few more years for their friendship to blossom.

February 2014: They become friends while playing in the DirecTV Beach Bowl.

Markle, who was then starring on “Suits,” and Williams crossed paths again at the event, playing flag football together at a celebrity game.

“We hit it off immediately, taking pictures, laughing through the flag football game we were both playing in, and chatting not about tennis or acting, but about all the good old fashioned girlie stuff. So began our friendship,” Markle would write later on The Tig.

September 2014: Markle congratulates Williams on Twitter for winning the US Open, and their friendship grows.

Markle shared more about their friendship on The Tig: “She quickly became a confidante I would text when I was traveling, the friend I would rally around for her tennis matches, and the down-to-earth chick I was able to grab lunch with just a couple weeks ago in Toronto.”

She added, “We are both the same age, have a penchant for hot sauces, and adore fashion, but what connects us more than those things is perhaps our belief in exceeding expectations — our endless ambition.”

January 2015: Markle once again congratulates Williams on winning, this time the Australian Open.

“So happy for you @serenawilliams!! I was juuuust hugging you for your win at #usopen. Now @AustralianOpen! #onfire,” Markle tweeted alongside a photo of them hugging at the US Open.

September 2016: Markle posts a funny photo of the two at Fashion Week and congratulates Williams for her line.

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