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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Tennis

Watch: Novak Djokovic eats grass after winning Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic grass
Novak Djokovic sampled some of the grass on the court at Wimbledon Sunday where he did some of his finest work ever.

Djokovic prevailed against Roger Federer in the finals of the grand slam with a five-set win, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6 and 13-12. He won each of his three sets in tiebreakers — the fifth stopping at 12-12 for the first time ever due to a rule change.

After he won the marathon match, he decided to eat some of the grass on Centre Court at the All England Club.

That keeps up a tradition that Dokovic had done when he won in 2015 and 2018 as well.

“If not the thrilling and most exciting finals I ever was part of, it’s top two or three,” Djokovic said after the match.

“It was a great match. It was long. It had everything. I had my chances, so did he,” Federer said.

This is Dokovic’s fifth Wimbledon win. He now has 16 career majors, four short of Federer’s 20 and two short of Rafael Nadal’s 18.

Andy Roddick had funny reaction to Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic marathon match

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic treated fans to arguably the greatest final match in Wimbledon history on Sunday, and it sounds like Andy Roddick was exhausted just watching it.

At some point in the middle of a lengthy fifth set, one of Roddick’s Twitter followers asked him what it feels like to take part in a match that lasts well over four hours. Roddick had a great response.

We can only imagine how exhausted Federer and Djokovic were. The match featured an insane 35-shot rally and was the longest final in Wimbledon history. It was also the first time the final featured a fifth-set tiebreak, so it goes without saying that it was a test of endurance. Roddick retired from tennis several years ago, and he’s clearly at peace with his decision.

Watch: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic had incredible 35-shot rally at Wimbledon

Two of the greatest tennis players of all time met in the championship match at Wimbledon on Sunday, and to say they did not disappoint would be an understatement.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic had several long rallies during their match, but the most impressive came during the fourth set. It lasted a remarkable 35 shots and ended with Federer getting the point.

Federer eventually won the set to force a fifth and deciding set. The 35-shot rally was a prime example of the incredible conditioning these guys possess.

Coco Gauff’s father being sued by own mother over Florida sports bar

The bar in Florida owned Coco Gauff’s father gained a lot of attention when clips were shown of friends and family following the 15-year-old’s run at Wimbledon, but apparently the establishment is the subject of a legal dispute within the Gauff family as well.

According to court documents obtained by The Daily Mail, Coco Gauff’s father, Corey, is being sued by his own mother over the ownership of the Paradise Sports Lounge in Delray Beach. The woman, Dr. Deborah Wright, claims she invested roughly $500,000 of her retirement money into opening the bar and has been pushed out by her son, who she says forged documents without her consent to make himself the manager. Wright is seeking “damages which exceed $15,000” and sole ownership of the bar.

Wright says Corey Gauff phased her out of day-to-day operations of the Paradise Sports Lounge even though she was supposed to take part in the hiring process and operational decisions. A Facebook post from last year showed potential interested employees being told to contact Wright and one other person about job openings. The complaint also mentions how Gauff is rarely at the bar, as he travels a lot with Coco’s tennis career.

Gauff has filed multiple motions to dismiss the case, calling the allegations from his mother “contradictory” and saying she has provided no proof that he forged any documents.

Coco Gauff became the feel-good story of the summer after she defeated Venus Williams and made a deep run at Wimbledon, and the people watching the matches at her father’s bar had some incredible reactions.

Watch: People at bar owned by Coco Gauff’s dad had awesome reaction to win

Coco Gauff is quickly becoming the biggest story in sports, and that is saying a lot considering we are still waiting to see which team Kawhi Leonard is going to sign with.

Gauff, who is 15 years old, made headlines at Wimbledon when she defeated her childhood idol Venus Williams (and wore a funny shirt afterword) in the first round. She has since proven that was no fluke, as she defeated Polona Hercog, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5, in the third round on Friday. A lot of people were excited watching her performance, but none more than the crew that gathered at her dad’s bar in Florida.

Corey Gauff, Coco’s father, owns a bar in Delray Beach. A collection of friends and family were there to watch Friday’s match, and their enthusiasm was awesome to see.

Again, Gauff is just 15. She’s now the youngest player to advance to the fourth round at Wimbledon since 1991.

Coco’s next singles match is on Monday against world No. 6-ranked Simona Halep. She suddenly has an entire country and beyond pulling for her at Wimbledon.

Nick Kyrgios not apologizing for trying to hit Rafael Nadal with ball

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios is not apologizing for trying to hit Rafael Nadal with a ball during their match at Wimbledon on Thursday.

Nadal received a difficult draw in the tournament, which included playing the talented yet volatile Kyrgios in the second round. Rafa prevailed in four sets 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, but the match did not come without plenty of drama.

Kyrgios twice out-witted Rafa with underhand serves, taking advantage of Nadal playing so far behind the baseline to return his serves, and won both points. He was held up by the umpire when he wanted to serve at times due to Nadal not being ready.

Then in the third set, the real drama occurred. Nadal was serving at 4-4 up 40-15 and approached the net following a short return by Kyrgios. His approach shot put Kyrgios in the corner, and rather than go cross court, up the line, or try a lob, Kyrgios just whacked the ball directly at Rafa.

Nadal was nearly hit by the fireball but got his racket up to block it. He glared at Kyrgios afterwards to express his displeasure with the unsportsmanlike act.

After the match, Kyrgios admitted he was aiming for Nadal and said he wouldn’t apologize for doing so.

“Why should I apologize? Dude’s got how many slams? How much money in the bank? I think he can take a ball in the chest. I’m not going to apologize to him at all. I was going for him, yeah. I wanted to hit him square in the chest,” Kyrgios said.

Nadal said that such a shot was dangerous because when you hit the ball that hard, you don’t necessarily know where it’s going and it could hit a fan, umpire, or ballperson on the court.

The two have a negative history. Kyrgios upset Nadal at Wimbledon five years ago. He also beat Nadal in Acapulco earlier this year. After the loss, Nadal said Kyrgios was an underachiever who lacks respect.

“He is a player who has huge talent, who could be winning Grand Slams or fighting for first position in the rankings,” Nadal said. “He lacks respect for the public, the opponent and himself.”

Kyrgios dismissed the comments, saying Nadal was salty.

Aiming for Nadal on a shot and not apologizing straight up shows Kyrgios’ disrespect. The spirit of the sport isn’t to try and nail your opponent with the ball, but to hit it past them for a winner. It’s these types of actions and worse that have earned Kyrgios his negative reputation on tour and among the fans.

Naomi Osaka exits press conference early after upset loss at Wimbledon

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka has not gotten used to losing much lately and had a difficult time handling the media after her upset loss at Wimbledon on Monday.

Osaka, the two seed on the women’s side, lost to Yulia Putintseva in straight sets 7-6, 6-2 in the first round at the All England Club. The first-round defeat marked her earliest grand slam loss since the 2017 French Open and comes after she recently won the US Open and Australian Open for her first two career majors.

Though Osaka answered questions in her post-match press conference, she was visibly uncomfortable and asked to end the session early because she said she felt like she was about to cry.

Since winning the Australian Open in January, Osaka has gone 13-7, with six of the losses coming to players outside the top 20. She’s also dealt with abdominal and hand injuries. Putintseva might very well be a bad matchup for Osaka, as she also lost to her in the second round at Birmingham in straight sets.