Tennis Star Elina Svitolina Backflips on Vaccine Stance

Prominent tennis star and Ukrainian pro, Elina Svitolina, has backflipped on her initial stance on vaccines to ensure that she is up for a booster dose. 15th ranked Svitolina was against booster dose’s earlier and has backtracked on that to reveal that she was vaccinated earlier in 2021 and is all willing to get a booster dose.

Even if they tell me that I have to get a third shot, I would be happy to do that, because I see now so many new cases – and lots of players,” Svitolina told News Corp.

Lots of our friends are getting Covid, so it’s quite tough right now.”

Svitolana said she was also happy with the initial response from players and can’t wait for the season to get started. 

 It’s amazing to see so many good players signing to play from the beginning of the season,” she said.

Everyone’s trying to be ready for the first (grand slam) tournament, for Melbourne, so it’s a really good field and it’s going to be really tough from the beginning of the tournament. There’s no time for adjustments – you have to be ready from the first round, mentally, physically, so this is very exciting, I think, for the tournament and for players as well.”

Svitolina recently got married to men world No.6 Gael Monfils in a close private ceremony. Both the stars plan to be in Australia during the year’s first Grand Slam and will be fighting for laurels after their rushed wedding. 

It was a very special moment for me and Gael,” Svitolina said.

“That month was very busy, for both of us. We had our wedding and the next day we had to fly to Tokyo straightaway, so no big celebrations, but in the end it was very special. We shared this moment with our family and our close friends. It was a really small wedding and it was super special … definitely this moment will last forever in our memories.”

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China Believes Peng Shuai’s Case Was Maliciously Hyped Up

After a month of deafening silence, the foreign ministry in China has finally opened up and has revealed that the case surrounding tennis ace Peng Shuai was maliciously hyped up by external state actors. 

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai disappeared from the public eye after she made allegations of sexual assault against the former vice premier of the People Republic of China. Peng Shuai was gone for almost 3 weeks, after she made an appearance back on social media. 

Even if it’s just striking a stone with a pebble, or a moth attacking a flame and courting self destruction, I will tell the truth about you,” Peng Shuai had written in an article highlighting the abuse.

WTA Chairman Steve Simon stepped into the matter and called for authentic reports. “Her accusation about the conduct of a former Chinese leader involving a sexual assault must be treated with the utmost seriousness,” Simon said in the statement. “In all societies, the behavior she alleges that took place needs to be investigated, not condoned or ignored.”

However, now that Peng Shuai has made a return to the public eye, Chinese experts believe that the problem was maliciously highlighted by external state actors. “I believe you have all seen that she recently attended some public events and had a video call [with the president of the International Olympic Committee],” spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters.

“I think some people should stop deliberately and maliciously hyping [the issue] up, let alone politicise this issue,” he said.

Peng Shuai had a meeting with the head of the International Olympic Committee over the last weekend, with the head of the group saying she looked safe and appeared well. However, concerns over Ms Peng’s safety and wellbeing still persist among global circles. As per the WTA the recent videos “don’t alleviate or address… concern about her wellbeing and ability to communicate without censorship or coercion”.

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Novak Djokovic Could be Banned from This Year’s Australian Open Over Failures to Reveal Vaccination Status

The government of Australia could ban Tennis ace Novak Djokovic from travelling to Down Under for the Australian Open if he does not reveal his vaccination status soon. 

The administration expects all players to be fully vaccinated before they can fly in for the tournament. Victorian State administrator Daniel Andrews has had a say on the matter and believes there is a line for players wanting to enter the state for the Grand Slam. 

“I don’t think an unvaccinated tennis player is going to get a visa to come into this country,” he said. “If they did get a visa, they’d probably have to quarantine for a couple of weeks when no other players will have to.

I don’t think any other tennis player, or golfer, or Formula One driver, will even get a visa to get here. The vaccine doesn’t care what your tennis ranking is or how many Grand Slams you have won. Sorry, the virus does not care. Professional sport is part of that authorised worker list and they have to be double-dose vaccinated.

Last year’s Australian Open was a debacle itself as players were required to quarantine inside hotels for lengthy periods to meet the strict requirements set by the administration. 

Djokovic has refused to open up on his vaccination status currently and his decision of making it to the Australian Open is still hanging by a thread. 

Things beings as they are, I still don’t know if I will go to Melbourne,” Djokovic said. “I will not reveal my status whether I have been vaccinated or not, it is a private matter and an inappropriate inquiry.

Of course I want to go, Australia is my most successful grand slam tournament. I want to compete, I love this sport and I am still motivated.

I am following the situation regarding the Australian Open … I believe there will be a lot of restrictions just like this year, but I doubt there will be too many changes.”

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John McEnroe Stands by Controversial Comments on Emma Raducanu

Tennis legend and star broadcaster John McEnroe has stood by his controversial comments on Brit teen Emma Raducanu. Talking to CNN during a recent broadcast, McEnroe mentioned that he stands by everything mentioned earlier. 

McEnroe previously suggested — after Raducanu pulled out of Wimbledon in July, due to breathing issues — that the pressure of her grand slam debut “just got a little bit too much” for the rising star.

“I tried to relate it in a small way to my experience when I first went to Wimbledon also at 18,” McEnroe said about his 1977 four-set loss to Jimmy Connors in the semi-finals.

“(Raducanu) did better than I did. I played Jimmy Connors, I hadn’t been on the Centre Court and I remember my legs shaking, feeling totally overwhelmed by the experience and almost happy that I didn’t win.”

“Subsequently, I went to Stanford for a year (after Wimbledon) and had some time to sort of regroup mentally and prepare for the rigors of the tour,” said McEnroe, who in 1978 led the Stanford team to a college championship and won the NCAA singles title.

“There’s a lot of great upsides, but there’s also pressure you put on yourself and expectations others put on you. I mean, that was to me as vanilla as it comes … I was very supportive of her, I thought, at the time.

“You know the papers over in England. Sometimes they make a big deal out of, to me, nothing,

“I don’t think you could possibly do it any better than she did it (at the US Open). That’s insane she’s been able to do this. Of course, pressure comes with that, expectation comes with that. I’m sure she expects to win a lot more moving forward.”

In his previous comments, McEnroe had mentioned that “It appears it just got a little bit too much, as is understandable, particularly with what we’ve been talking about this over the last six weeks with (Naomi) Osaka not even here,” he said in July. “How much can players handle? It makes you look at the guys that have been around and the girls for so long. How well they can handle it.” 

With her recent win in New York, Raducanu has climbed the ATP tour rankings from No. 336 in the world to 150. She is one of the top rising stars in the game today. 

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Nick Kyrgios Blasts Out On Umpire After Controversial Call

Former World No. 13 and controversial tennis star Nick Kyrgios unloaded his wrath on the chair umpire during his third consecutive defeat at the Toronto Masters. Kyrgios, who now sits at No. 80, was up against Reilly Opelka in the first round of the Toronto open. Kyrgios was cruising to victory when a controversial moment triggered a collapse. 

It was when the set was tied at 4-4 when Opelka proceeded to the net and touched it with his racket. Kyrgios eventually lost the point and went on to unload his anger on the umpire. “What are you watching? I saw his foot touch the net, and you’re not going to call it,” Kyrgios said to the umpire.

“What else could you be watching, bro? I can see his foot touch the net from where I am, and you don’t call anything. It’s a joke, bro. It cost me the f—ing set. Bulls—.”

Opelka then went on to win the match, pushing Kyrgios to his third defeat on the trot. 

Earlier, Nick Kyrgios had a moment of truth during a recent press conference. Talking about his failing competitive edge, Kyrgios went on to say: 

“I’m not feeling the severity of certain points, and I don’t feel the pressure as much as obviously playing week in, week out,” said Kyrgios.

“You feel when you kind of have to press, when you kind of have to relax, when you kind of coast, when you kind of push.

“I don’t really feel like my body and my mind quite understand the severity of some points here or there because I haven’t played that much.

“Look, I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed.

“I know that I’m going to be dealing with a lot of s**t now on social media. Like, my head’s in the shed, to be honest.

“I don’t know; I didn’t play great.”

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