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When Poor Maria Sharapova Said ‘I Don’t Know Sachin Tendulkar’ & An Entire Nation Went Berserk

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The year was 2014 and the then World number-two ranked Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova was having a great start to her Wimbledon season with a confident third-round win (6-3, 6-0) against American Alison Riske.

However, things were about to get really ugly for the five-time Grand Slam champion and that too because of no true fault of hers. Germany’s Angelique Kerber would get the upper hand against her after a gruelling contest of three sets which lasted over two hours and 37 minutes (7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4).

Shortly after the defeat, Sharapova got asked about England’s former football captain David Beckham who had witnessed her dominance against Riske not too long ago. Sharapova lauded the footballer and said that he was a “really nice person”.

“I’ve actually met him a couple of times at events in LA and in London. He is a great guy. Besides being an incredible football player, he has done so much in his career, having a family, maintaining so many things off the court,” she told the Times of India.

“He is a really nice person to chat to. We’re not best friends or anything, but it’s nice to be able to say hello and congratulate each other on achievements we’ve had in our careers and so on.”

The interviewer then asked her about the person who was sitting next to Beckham inside the Royal Box, a certain Mr Sachin Tendulkar but she made the mistake of being honest and saying that she didn’t know who the man was.

Now, you’d think it’s okay for a person to not know about someone who has got nothing to do with your profession, the people around you or even your culture. Cricket isn’t as popular as football or tennis in Russia but still, Sharapova wasn’t spared one bit.

#WhoIsMariaSharapova began trending shortly after the news broke out that Sharapova did not know who the cricketing legend was, and Tendulkar’s diehard fans began sharing photoshopped memes and posting harsh comments about the two-time ESPY Best Female Tennis Player on social media like wildfire.

Some angry fans even shared images of people worshipping Tendulkar just to show how famous and beloved he really is.

While others wanted the tennis ace to make an unconditional apology to the Indian master blaster for insulting him like that:

Sachin himself came on television and was quoted by numerous news channels as saying that her “comment (was) not disrespectful, maybe she doesn’t follow cricket”.

There is no denying the fact that Sachin Tendulkar is a god to millions of cricketing fans from all over the world but there are certain people, a very big pool of men and women who don’t know who he is and if that makes us go after them and make their lives miserable, then maybe we are a bit too immature and egotistical and we need to work on that.

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‘Looked at differently’: Coach’s racism claims about Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic’s coach has let rip at the way World No.1 was treated throughout the last year following his Australian Open title.

Djokovic claimed his 18th Grand Slam title after his incredibly dominant Australian Open title charge last month.

community after he was outspoken on quarantine conditions regarding some players.

This has prompted coach Goran Ivanisevic to liken Djokovic’s treatment, following the ill-fated Adria Tour during the coronavirus pandemic, to the cult horror film a ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’.

He even went as far as to claim an element of the treatment is racist because he comes from Serbia.

“Everything started with the Adria Tour; they were after him even before that, but in the last year it seemed to me as if I am watching that film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” he told Tennis Majors, while laughing.

“Why is he being treated that way? Probably because of his background, people from Balkans are always looked at differently; also, Novak is not afraid to speak his mind and to fight for causes he believes in.”

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At the US Open last year, Djokovic was defaulted after accidentally hitting a ball at a lines judge.

This prompted fierce backlash for the World No.1 after he was eliminated.

But coach Ivanisevic said people wanted to see Djokovic’s downfall at the US Open.

He also said Djokovic was the only one to step up for his current players in Australia.

“What happened at the US Open, it was as if everyone was glad because that kind of s**t happened to him. In Australia he stood up for his fellow players and again – let’s kick Djokovic because he is the only one to speak up, everyone else stays silent,” he said.

He also addressed the latest furore, surrounding Djokovic’s injury halfway through the Australian Open tournament.

Many accused Djokovic of playing up the injury, which occurred during the match against American Taylor Fritz in the Third Round.

But this was preposterous, according to his coach.

He said people accusing Djokovic of an injury was “the saddest thing” and claimed if other players were injured and overcame the problem they would be praised.

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‘Great to see’: Tennis world erupts over stunning Andy Murray moment

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After missing last month’s Australian Open when he tested positive for coronavirus, Murray was forced to dig deep to win his first-round match at the World Tennis Tournament against Robin Haase 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.

Andy Murray has won his first match at ATP level in six months, stunning tennis fans with an incredible comeback in Rotterdam.
It marked the 33-year-old’s first victory at ATP tour-level since the US Open on September 1.

After a match that lasted two-and-a-half hours, the former World No.1 said he feels like he’s playing for his career every time he steps on the court.

Andy Murray, pictured here after his win over Robin Haase in Rotterdam.
Andy Murray celebrates after his win over Robin Haase in Rotterdam. Image: Tennis TV/Getty
Andy Murray has won his first match at ATP level in six months, stunning tennis fans with an incredible comeback in Rotterdam.

After missing last month’s Australian Open when he tested positive for coronavirus, Murray was forced to dig deep to win his first-round match at the World Tennis Tournament against Robin Haase 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.

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It marked the 33-year-old’s first victory at ATP tour-level since the US Open on September 1.

After a match that lasted two-and-a-half hours, the former World No.1 said he feels like he’s playing for his career every time he steps on the court.

“Every time I lose a match I’m getting told to retire, that I should stop playing, that I’m finished and got nothing left or whatever and it’s sad and all of these things,” said the Scotsman.

“I feel like I’m playing for my career just now, each time I step on court, which is a motivation in some ways.

“But it also adds a bit of extra stress. There’s a bit of extra doubt there and on top of that I’m playing with a metal hip, which is hard.

“Trust me, it’s not easy.”

Fans were delighted to see Murray in the winner’s circle again.

So pleased to see Andy lift his level after that 1st set, dug in wonderfully against Hasse who was playing very well indeed. To come back from 0-3 in the 3rd set shows he still has that grit & determination to win together with the skills. Very well done 🎾👏👏👏👍😀

Kei Nishikori also gets much-needed win
Other first-round winners in Rotterdam were Kei Nishikori, 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 over seventh seed and last year’s finalist Felix Auger-Aliassime, Cameron Norrie and qualifier Marton Fucsovics.

The 31-year-old Nishikori is 3-7 since returning from injury and illness in September last year and his next opponent will be an Australian, in Alex de Minaur or John Millman who play their opening round match on Tuesday.

Former World No.1 Murray, now ranked 123rd, was back on court on Monday after losing in Montpellier last week in his first ATP Tour match for four months.

Murray lost the first set to Haase in 34 minutes, saved two break points in the seventh game of the second before winning it in a tie-breaker and then sealed a memorable victory by battling back from 3-0 down in the decider.

“From the mental side yeah, I did well to win because I was really struggling with my game for probably about an hour-and -a-half of that match,” he said.

“I moved pretty well and played for two-and-a-half hours and my hips and groin and stuff felt good, so that was positive.

“But from the tennis side, it was average at best.”

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