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The Transformation of Nick Kyrgios: From Tennis Rebel to TV Analyst at Wimbledon

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The Australian enfant terrible played his last match more than a year ago. Now, during the Wimbledon tournament, Kyrgios is working for the BBC like John McEnroe. Is it more than a temporary side job?

Formerly controversial players, now TV experts: John McEnroe (l.) and Nick Kyrgios in conversation for the BBC in Wimbledon.

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The tennis circus looks after its former offspring well. It has a job or a side job ready for each of them, with which it can boost the pension fund a little. As a coach, consultant or as an analyst for one of the TV stations that break down every match into its individual parts until only the dust of history remains.

The Australian Nick Kyrgios is 29 years old and is still a long way from tennis retirement. Two years ago he surprisingly reached the final at Wimbledon against Novak Djokovic and lost in four sets. It was the beginning of an extraordinary friendship between two men, a so-called bromance.

Shortly afterwards, at the start of the American hard court season in Washington (DC), Kyrgios won his seventh title on the ATP Tour. But since then he has only played in five tournaments and fifteen matches, of which he won ten, which is a meager haul for him. Recently, Kyrgios has spent most of his time injured or convalescing. And he is most likely to be seen as the star of the Netflix documentary “Break Point”.

Operations on his knee and wrist have kept him away from the court. He played his last match last summer in Stuttgart against the Chinese Wu Yibing. Many a high-ranking official or umpire is said to not miss the extroverted Kyrgios much. Too often, the Australian enfant terrible has made one of them break out in a cold sweat with his behavior.

And yet, Kyrgios is missing. Not only because he has always provided entertainment with his failures. Above all, he is a brilliant tennis player who amazes his audience with shots that are actually impossible to perform.

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One of the few players who have a positive record against Djokovic

Last Friday at Wimbledon, to the delight of random onlookers, Kyrgios suddenly appeared on the court as Novak Djokovic’s training partner. He later wrote on X that he felt like a little kid. “I was really excited.” READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

The Australian is one of the few players who has a positive record against Djokovic. Kyrgios has won two of three duels, but not the most important one, the one in the Wimbledon final two years ago.

At the beginning of 2024, a rumor surfaced in the Australian newspaper “The Age” that Kyrgios definitely wanted to retire from professional tennis. He denied this in an interview with Eurosport. But he also said that after the serious injuries, the question would inevitably arise as to whether it was all worth it. “I don’t enjoy being injured, and I like even less how much I have to invest in rehabilitation to get back to my old form.”

When and where Kyrgios will return to the tour is anyone’s guess. After his outstanding summer of 2022, he was ranked number 11 in the world. But after two years of practically no matches, he no longer appears in the rankings. When he makes his comeback, he could benefit from a so-called protected ranking, which is based on his level at the time when the health problems began.

A costly lesson

Recently in May, Kyrgios and Djokovic appeared together in an episode of the Australian offshoot of the TV format “Good Troubles”. Kyrgios asked the Serb about his roots and his path to success. Djokovic offered him: “Submit to my dictates and routine for six months and you will win Wimbledon.” Kyrgios replied: “Absolutely not.” He is not prepared to pay the price that Djokovic paid.

Nick Kyrgios interviews Novak Djokovic in an episode of “Good Troubles”.

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Rarely has an interviewer come as close to the Serb as Kyrgios. Perhaps that is his next destiny: the position of observer on television. During the Wimbledon tournament, he works for the BBC like the American enfant terrible John McEnroe. Kyrgios commentated on a match with the former British professional Andrew Castle, whom he once called a “clown”.

During their joint appearance, Castle made a reference to a scene in which Kyrgios accused a spectator who was disturbing him during the 2022 Wimbledon final of having probably drunk 700 drinks. Unfortunately, the person addressed was a lawyer and successfully sued Kyrgios. The settlement to settle the dispute cost him a donation of £20,000 to a charitable institution. “You can’t say that,” Kyrgios explained to Castle on the channel, “it will cause trouble.” To which Castle asked him: “Since when are you trying to avoid trouble?” Nick Kyrgios does indeed seem to be in the middle of the process of reinventing himself.

2024-07-11 03:30:00
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The Fastest Olympic Ball Game: Badminton’s Golden Smashes

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Of all the Olympic ball games, the fastest is none other than badminton.

The speed of the shuttlecock listed in the Guinness Book of World Records is over 400 km/h, and we look forward to seeing our athletes’ fast and powerful ‘golden smashes’ at the upcoming Paris Olympics.

This is reporter Lee Dae-geon reporting.

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Se-Young Ahn, world number one in badminton, performs a quick smash attack.

He injured his right knee last year, but his smashing is still alive.

Standing at 184cm tall, Seo Seung-jae’s smash is even more threatening when he is left-handed.

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The shuttlecock used in badminton weighs 4.74 to 5.5 g and has a total length of 62 to 70 mm.

Although it is that light, it is fast, reaching a top average speed of around 330 km/h.

The highest speed recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records is said to be 426 km/h, set by a Danish athlete in 2017.

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According to the Guinness Book of World Records, table tennis, ice hockey and tennis fall far short, and even golf, which might be expected to be the fastest, is much slower.

That means badminton players have no choice but to be extremely focused throughout the game.

That’s why it’s called ‘the fastest brain sport invented by mankind.’

At this Paris Olympics, our national team players will also take on the ‘gold challenge’ with fast and strong smashing.

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2024-07-22 06:19:19
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The Refugee Olympic Team, a message of hope and solidarity

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They will be the second team to parade on July 26 on the Seine, behind the Greek delegation, during the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Little known to the general public, the Olympic refugee team has been growing and becoming more and more established since the Rio 2016 Games. Meet its athletes with extraordinary backgrounds whose dream of participating in the competition and representing more than 100 million refugees is coming true today.

From our special correspondent in Bayeux,

« Bam, bam, bam! » The blows of hands and feet on the training targets make an incredible din amidst which the shouts of the athletes pierce. The day has barely begun and the sweat is flowing freely. The young Syrian Adnan Khankan takes off his kimono jacket, wipes his face and grabs his mobile phone. With oriental music playing loudly, he re-energizes his new comrades for an interminable series of push-ups.

In this gymnasium in Bayeux, a symbolic town in Calvados for its history during the Landing, athletes from combat sports, boxing, judo, wrestling and taekwondo train tirelessly to be ready for the I of Paris 2024. A few steps from the hall in a stadium, others are doing laps on foot, on bikes, while upstairs a young Afghan girl is reproducing her breakdancing demonstration in front of a gigantic mirror. Twelve sports in total are practiced here.

Outstanding athletes…

The athletes met for the first time just 48 hours ago, some of them having taken refuge in Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, etc. Everyone is in a good mood, laughing and joking. It’s the first time we’ve all met and it’s a unique and very special moment, explains former Swiss swimming champion Anne-Sophie Thilo, communications officer for the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT). We see them first and foremost as refugees, but above all, they are athletes. Some of them find each other after having practiced their sport together in their home country! It is simply incredible. »

These 37 athletes from eleven different countries (mostly Afghans, Iranians and Syrians) form the 2024 Refugee Olympic Team. They were chosen based on their sporting abilities at the continental and international level, but also based on their refugee status — recognized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Little known to the general public, this is nevertheless the third time that the Refugee Olympic Team has competed at the Games. And this year, for the first time, the team will parade with its own flag, like the other Olympic teams, symbolized by a red heart surrounded by arrows, a unifying symbol that gives the team a unique identity.

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« The family has grown since the last editions, it’s greatconfides Masomah Ali Zada, the head of this mission, herself a former Olympic cyclist and refugee from Afghanistan. These athletes made their dream come true. “And for good reason: this team represents no less than 120 million refugees in the world.” The common point between them, although they all have atypical backgrounds, is resilience. They never gave up despite the difficulties. “Difficulties that they rarely talk about because the psychological ordeal was so laborious for them. They were also given a “media training” course so that they would not be helpless when faced with certain questions. Dwelling on the past when you are there primarily to forget and rebuild yourself in front of the world’s media is far from easy.” It can bring back injuries, some athletes have a hard time recovering from it. We talk to them a lot about their experiences, often more than their sporting results. It’s kind of logical, but it’s painful for many of them. “, confides a source from the EOR staff.

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Stories of lives turned upside down

« I am glad that there are many Syrians, we share our trajectory together. We have experienced the same problems “, says Yahya al-Ghotany. Forced to flee Syria with his family when war broke out more than a decade ago, he settled in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, where he began practicing taekwondo. Today, at 20, he lives alone in Amman and trains twice a day at the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation’s (THF) Azraq Academy. If the war in Syria ever ends, would he want to be on the Syrian Olympic team? Yahya shuts down and refuses to answer.

Omid Ahmadisafa is also one of them. Visibly uncomfortable in front of the microphone, he keeps his large black sunglasses on his youthful face. In Iran, his home country, he was a member of the national boxing and kickboxing team. In the latter discipline, he won gold at the world championships. He fled Iran to settle in Germany in 2022. As an IOC scholarship holder for refugee athletes, the young man is now training boxing with the German national team. I left my country to hope for a better future and leave all the problems there. Being part of this refugee team is showing that you can make your dream come true. “A dream that will be closely watched by his family who remained in Iran, but who, thanks to social networks, follow Omid’s journey and exploits and feel ” so proud ».

« Me, my loved ones and my supporters follow me and encourage me enormously from Congo-Brazzaville and elsewhere. It encourages me enormously and makes me want to give my all in Paris, even better than during my participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. “, rejoices Dorian Keleta, 25, a 100m runner. The young man started running at the age of fifteen. He does not say it and his face that exudes the joy of living does not give it away, but after losing both his parents, he was forced to leave his hometown at the age of seventeen, arriving first in Lisbon and finally settling in Paris.

Dorian Keletela during training with his coach, July 17, 2024 in Bayeux. © Anne Bernas/RFI

Came to France in 2018 for “ political reasons “, the Ethiopian athlete (1,500 m) Farida Abaroge will not dwell further on her “life before.” I’m just here to talk about sports, please. “Like the other members of the EOR, it is therefore for sport that she is here and will not say a word about her travels in many countries before arriving in France where she requested asylum and has since become a refugee. The only memory of her past that the 30-year-old woman agrees to talk about is therefore the one that relates to her passion. ” Since I was little in Ethiopia, I have been doing sports, I started with karate, then football and running.. » Admitting that she feels a certain stress, Farida, all smiles, explains like her companions that this participation in the Olympic Games is a dream come true, ” and what’s more I’m in the same room as another Ethiopian, it’s great, we share everything “Her compatriot being Eyeru Gebru, a cyclist who has represented her country at major championships and who, at the African continental championships, won a silver medal in the women’s road race in 2019 and gold medals in the team time trial in 2018 and 2019. She fled Ethiopia due to the civil war in the north of the country in 2021.

Cyclists from the Refugee Olympic Team, in Bayeux on July 17, 2024. © Anne Bernas/RFI

A mix of cultures, languages, and histories, the Refugee Olympic Team, 85 people in total, forms a real family that exudes a crazy energy, a feeling that is palpable just by being around them. A close-knit delegation that is extremely proud to be present at these 2024 Olympic Games. Before leaving Normandy for the Parisian Olympic Village and for the “serious” things to begin, the Refugee Team delegation enjoys a last breath of fresh air on the immense beach of Arromanches-les-Bains, about ten kilometers from Bayeux. Between two souvenir photos, an impromptu football match takes place and everyone bursts out laughing under the curious eyes of the vacationers who discover the existence of this unusual team that hopes for the first time in its history to collect medals in Paris. The dream I still have is that this team no longer exists, that there are no more refugees in the world. That everyone can live in peace in their country. “, says mission leader Masomah Ali Zada. A dream that will probably not come true before several Olympics, including the next Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 2028.

The 85 members of the Refugee Olympic Team (athletes, coaches, caregivers, translators, etc.), on the beach of Arromanches-les-Bains, July 17, 2024. © Anne Bernas/RFI

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Chicago Bulls Sign DJ Steward to Two-Way Contract, Providing Opportunity for NBA Debut

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The Chicago Bulls have decided to add DJ Steward to their roster through a contract two-wayas announced by Adrian Wojnarowski, a journalist from ESPN. In this way, the point guard manages to earn a new opportunity to try his luck in the league while also being part of the Windy City Bulls of the G League, where he will have the opportunity to test his virtues.

Steward has never made his NBA debut, but he has had some experience in the league’s ecosystem, either thanks to the two-way contract he signed with the Kings in 2022 or doing the preseason with the Celtics last year. However, these decisions have always led him to play in the G League, either with the Stockton Kings or the Maine Celtics, with whom he had his best season last year by averaging 19.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

However, it was his performance in the Las Vegas Summer League that really led the Bulls to opt for him for one of their dual contracts. With 17.4 points, 6.4 assists, 40% accuracy in three-pointers and a great defensive performance, Steward has emerged as one of the most interesting players in the tournament, and Chicago did not want to miss the opportunity to count on his services. Now he will have to work to get his first minutes in the NBA regular season, and if he takes advantage of them as well as he did in Las Vegas, it is more than likely that he will start to step onto the court with some regularity.

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2024-07-22 09:00:00
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