Andy Murray has his say on Serena Williams and Roger Federer after their Wimbledon final defeats

Andy Murray may have been forced into reducing his tennis workload due to injury, but his love for the game is there for all to see.

The Brit teamed with Serena Williams in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon 2019, but it was his teammate who excelled in the ladies singles, reaching the final before falling to Simona Halep.

Highlights – Serena Williams vs Simona Halep

And Murray has only praise for both Serena as well as Wimbledon men’s singles finalist Roger Federer, who narrowly lost to Novak Djokovic after a five-set thriller.

Highlights – Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer

“I don’t mean that Roger and Serena themselves are taken for granted. I’m just saying it’s more like the longevity, like the competitiveness to keep going at that level,” Murray said, as was reported by Tennis World USA.

“I think that’s what people maybe sometimes don’t always talk about. Maybe sometimes, like, it looks like it comes easy to them, and it isn’t. I know that. It’s hard work to stay at the top of a sport for a long time physically, mentally.

Yeah, for me that’s what’s really impressive as a professional athlete, just to see what they’ve done. It’s that. I don’t mean them. I think tennis is grateful for all that they’ve done, all the fans they’ve brought to the sport.”

 

Novak Djokovic ‘likes’ John McEnroe quote slamming Nick Kyrgios for bad attitude

Nick Kyrgios is undoubtedly the ‘bad boy’ of the tennis world, and the Australian was at it again during the recent Wimbledon Championships. 

His poor attitude was on display yet again during the tournament, and he appears to be getting a lot of flak for it too. His comments in May about Novak Djokovic being “cringeworthy” did not go down well at all, and it appears the Serbian may have hit back.

“I just feel like he has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked,” Kyrgios told New York Times about Djokovic.

Now, the Serb has got his small bit of revenge, by ‘liking’ an Instagram post that showed a quote by tennis legend John McEnroe about none other than the troublesome Kyrgios.

The post clearly shows a like from the Djoker himself, and is in relation to McEnroe referring to the poor attitude that holds Kyrgios back from being among the best.

“Is he good for the game? Yes he’s good for the game,” McEnroe said to BBC Radio 5.

“Does he sell tickets? Yes. I can’t handle the fact that he only tries half the time. We can’t support that anymore. I don’t think he should be out there anymore unless he gives an honest effort, that’s my personal opinion.

“The guy would be top five in the world for sure if he was able to do it [give honest effort]. He’s got an incredible – this is my opinion – fear of failure. He doesn’t even allow himself to train hard enough to give himself a chance.”

 

Simona Halep reveals why Novak Djokovic did not dance with her at Wimbledon Champions Dinner

Novak Djokovic lifted the Wimbledon 2019 men’s singles crown, and Simona Halep was declared the ladies winner, and following their respective victories, the customary Wimbledon Champions Dinner was next.

The two Champions generally engage in a small dance during the dinner, as has been the tradition over the years, but this time, Halep and Djokovic did not dance at all. Now, Halep has revealed why.

Novak Djokovic & Simona Halep celebrate titles at Wimbledon Champions Dinner

“I didn’t dance with Djokovic. He was very tired, so he didn’t invite me to dance.” , said Halep.

Earlier, the Romanian had revealed her nervousness over being asked to dance with Novak at the Champions dinner, and mentioned her stress at having to do so.

“I am really stressed if I have to dance,” she said.

“Kerber danced] because Novak asked, I heard. So if the boy will ask me I have to go. I’m really stressed. But I hope I’m gonna be okay. I’m gonna be fine and I will enjoy the night”.

Tennis World USA report that Halep did not take the snub to heart, and understood that the Serbian was tired after engaging in a gruelling five-set thriller against Roger Federer.

Djokovic notched up his 16th Grand Slam title with the Wimbledon triumph, and is now just four slams behind Roger Federer’s record of 20.

Rafael Nadal reveals US Open plans after defeat to Roger Federer at Wimbledon

[WATCH] Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal spotted during night out

Rafael Nadal may have been defeated in the Wimbledon 2019 semi finals by a familiar foe in the form of Roger Federer, but it’s onwards and upwards for the King of clay.

Nadal is looking ahead to the US Open, but isn’t completely sure that he will be fit in time for the fourth Grand Slam of the year, considering the condition of his knees.

Highlights – Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer

“With fear, I can not face things because I would not face them anymore,” he said, Express reports.

“I cannot be playing tennis thinking about whether or not something can happen to me.

“When my rivals play a physical game, then if things happen, they happen and you have to remedy them.

“My calendar is adapting and changing to my needs at each moment more than having a totally planned thing.”

The report quotes Nadal as saying “I do not know what my future calendar will be,” and that the Spaniard wishes to “preserve the knees for the US Open.”

Rafa had to retire from the US Open last year due to injury, and his knees gave way in March when he was facing Federer at Indian Wells in the semi final stage.

Hard courts have historically posed a bigger injury concern for Nadal than any other surface.

Tennis star shares Instagram post saying Roger Federer made him change his job after Wimbledon defeat

Roger Federer may have cruised his way into the Wimbledon 2019 final, but he couldn’t get the better of Novak Djokovic in the Grand Finale.

Along the way, however, FedEx managed to beat some tricky opponents, one of whom came in the form of Matteo Berrettini in the Round of 16 at SW19.

Following his defeat, Berrettini took to Instagram to share a funny post of him posing for a clothing brand and appeared to have a fun dig at himself for losing to Roger Federer.

“Roger made me change my job…,” the post reads. A straight sets win against Berrettini pushed Roger into the quarter finals of Wimbledon where he then overcame Kei Nishikori of Japan.

Up next on the Grand Slam calendar for the Swiss maestro is the US Open, a tournament that Federer is no stranger to, having won at Flushing Meadows five times in his career.

His 20 Grand Slam titles record appears to be coming under significant threat lately though, with Djokovic notching up his 16th win at Wimbledon 2019.

Boris Becker explains why Roger Federer is loved more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Roger Federer may not have won Wimbledon 2019 this time around, but he remains one of the most popular figures in sport.

Fans flock from all over the world to support and watch the Swiss maestro in action, and tennis legend Boris Becker feels that his persona makes him more loved than even football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

“[Federer is] the most popular sports star in the world ahead of Messi, Ronaldo, LeBron James, some of the others,” Becker revealed on BBC One.

“He’s been around so long, he’s been so successful for so long and he speaks so many languages.

“He speaks English with you, German with me, Swiss, Italian, French.

“I think that adds to the image of Roger Federer.”

Federer is considered a gentleman on and off the tennis court, and Becker, like many, echo the feeling that the aura of the 37-year-old makes him one of the most charming humans on earth.

“He won the warm-up tournament on grass in Halle, he played the clay court season, he had the semi-final [at the French Open], losing to Nadal eventually,” Becker continued.

“But he kept himself in shape, maybe even fitter than he has been for the past couple of years.

“There’s no other reason for him to play other than he must love it.

“He’s proven to everybody, to himself, that he’s potentially the greatest of all time, he’s done it for so long.”

Roger Federer reveals whether he can play longer rallies than Rafael Nadal after Wimbledon semi final win

Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer says he is exhausted after defeating Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played out another entertaining encounter at Wimbledon 2019, with the Swiss getting the better of his great rival.

One of the aspects that stood out about Roger’s game was his ability to win long rallies, which has generally been the strength of Nadal over the years.

“I mean, look, winning long rallies is always a nice feeling. At the same time there were so few of them when you’re going deep in a rally like this,” Federer said.

Plus they were also played on a very high level in terms of speed and power and spin and everything. It’s not just hitting cross-court balls to one another. You have some other opponents that produce that more for you. More of a waiting game.

This is different. Almost every shot we’re trying to win the point. Yeah, I mean, I think it is important that I can win those, as well. But they’re not the most important. I mean, I wonder if it took something out of him.

I don’t think so because on clay he does that in his sleep. Why shouldn’t he be able to have a few long rallies and it deflate him? He’s a champ, I’m a champ. We know how to handle a rally like that. Of course, you hope it goes your way at the very end when you’re not controlling things 100% any more.”

Up next for the two tennis greats is preparation for the US Open.

Rafael Nadal reveals his stance on becoming next Real Madrid President

Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal is one of tennis’ greatest ever stars, but is also a huge fan of Real Madrid. The Spaniard has been seen at the Santiago Bernabeu before, and has made his love for Los Blancos no secret.

Highlights – Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer

Speaking to SportWeek, Rafa has now addressed rumours of him possibly being in line to become the next Real Madrid President.

“I never said I want to be the Real Madrid president, I just answered that question.

And if they ask me if I would like to have that job, my answer cannot be anything but positive. Anyways, Real has a great President that can guarantee a great future to all the fans.”

Rafa fell short of the Wimbledon 2019 crown this time around, but put on a clinic against Roger Federer in the semi finals, only losing narrowly against his great rival.

The King of clay further discussed his tough return from recent injuries.

“It’s not that easy.

I had my disappointing moments too. But in my life I was lucky, I had a luckier career than I ever dreamed of. Of course, I want to be competitive every week I am on a tennis court, but the day I will stop playing doesn’t make me have fear.

There are many other things that make me being an achieved person at home and in the world. I have my Academy and Foundation,” Rafa remarked.

Pat Cash reveals the only players capable of beating Roger Federer following Wimbledon loss

Roger Federer after his Wimbledon defeat to Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer may have stumbled in the Wimbledon 2019 final against Novak Djokovic, but it isn’t the end of the road for him by any means.

That is what Pat Cash feels about the Swiss, who is perhaps the greatest ever tennis star to grace the game.

Highlights – Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer

“I think the only players that can really beat him right now are Novak and Rafa [Nadal],” Cash said.

“On an even playing field without any injuries I don’t think Nadal can beat Roger here at Wimbledon. He’s just too negative in returning positioning to expect to beat Roger. At Wimbledon, I think it’s between two players and that’s the two we saw in the final.

So yes, I think Roger can win more, and Wimbledon seems the likeliest location. I hope it haunts Roger, I think it absolutely will haunt him. You could see he wasn’t happy at all at the end but there wasn’t anything to separate him and Novak in that match.”

The former World number four also admitted that Djokovic could break Roger’s Grand Slam record.

“If Novak had lost the match, I would have said he no longer had a chance of catching Roger in the record books but, from this position, you’d say it’s now very possible,” he remarked.

Arsene Wenger reveals his reaction to Laurent Koscielny snubbing Arsenal on pre season tour

Arsene Wenger

Laurent Koscielny shocked the world, and most certainly his current employers Arsenal, when he decided to snub the Gunners on their pre season tour of the United States (US).

As a result, a statement about the incident was issued by Arsenal on their official club website, leading to speculation that all was not well in the Gunners’ camp.

Arsene Wenger in line for new job as Japan make him no.1 target

Much has been said and written about the incident, but now former Arsenal boss and Premier League legend Arsene Wenger has weighed in on the matter, and has expressed his sheer surprise at how it unfolded.

“I am very surprised by the current situation. I do not know the whole story, but Laurent’s behaviour with me has always been beyond reproach. I think highly of Laurent as a man,” Arsene Wenger said, per L’Equipe.

Apart from Wenger, other individuals close to Koscielny have also laid down their thoughts on the issue, with Chelsea star Olivier Giroud being one of them.

“There is certainly more to this story than we know”, Giroud said.

“Laurent is someone who is very respectful, very professional, and has always led by example. I do not understand how this point has been reached. He has always been very thankful towards the club. I hope that both parties will find an arrangement. I know that Laurent is hurt by what is going on right now.”

Jurgen Klopp passes his verdict on Liverpool signing players this summer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool enjoyed a brilliant season last time out, winning the UEFA Champions League (UCL), and only narrowly missing out on their ever Premier League triumph.

Much of the credit for that performance goes to their manager Jurgen Klopp, who has been in the news this transfer window over which potential signings he could make to aid his team’s run in the coming season.

Are Liverpool or Manchester United the bigger club in England?

Speaking with Liverpool’s official website, Klopp revealed that no major signings are expected this summer.

“We are pretty relaxed in that, we will see what’s coming up,” Klopp said.

“How I said, it will not be the biggest transfer window of LFC; we invested a lot in the team in the last two years, I would say. We cannot spend every year in the same manner.

“People talk about it like, ‘Now another £300m or £200m’. There are maybe only two clubs in the world – it looks in the moment like Barcelona and [Real] Madrid can do the same – City and PSG that can do it every year.

“But we are fine. I’m happy with the team, we are really happy. We have to see if we find maybe one position, if we find something for it, but there’s no real pressure because it’s not about signing a player. We have solutions for all the situations.

“Do we have exactly the solution that everybody from outside would be 100 per cent happy? I don’t think so because people want to have world-class here, world-class here and the guy on the bench has to be world-class as well. That’s not so easy. But we are of course working on it.”

Reports: Barcelona target’s father to meet Juventus as link up with Cristiano Ronaldo beckons

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe

It has been a whirlwind few months for Neymar Jr, who looked dead set on a return to Barcelona, but could be making a surprising U-turn in favour of a move to Juventus.

Mundo Deportivo are reporting that the Brazilian’s father and agent is all set for a meeting with officials from Juventus, in order to discuss a possible move for his son this summer.

This transfer window looks all but sure to see Neymar change clubs, after he let his current side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) know that he wishes to leave.

Neymar’s former employers Barcelona were the obvious first choice, but the Blaugrana have just signed Antoine Griezmann for big money, and seem rather unwilling to meet the demands of PSG with regards to the Brazilian.

While a move to Barca is far from over, other options are being presented, with the report claiming that Fabio Paratici, Sporting Director of Juventus, will meet with Neymar’s dad to discuss possible scenarios for a transfer.

It looked as if a reunion with Lionel Messi was all but assured for Neymar, but instead the superstar forward could be linking up with Messi’s great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, and it could all happen pretty soon.

Reports: Juventus reveal which star will play with Cristiano Ronaldo in attack

Juventus have looked formidable since signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer, but are expected to accelerate their bid for the UEFA Champions League (UCL) this coming season with new manager Maurizio Sarri at the helm.

Spearheading that charge will be none other than Ronaldo himself,  and reports now suggest which player could be used as his able deputy in the coming season.

Cristiano Ronaldo nurtures speed with sprint training in Portugal

Calcio Mercato and Gazzetta Dello Sport are reporting that the man given the green signal to play with CR7 is none other than Mario Mandzukic, who featured for Croatia in the FIFA World Cup final against France in Russia last year and scored as well.

Mandzukic is seen as the back up to Ronaldo, according to the report, which could spell trouble for Juve youngster Moise Kean, who was seen by many as the heir apparent.

Kean’s lack of consistency could be an issue that the club wants to address, which could mean that he could be sold as early as this summer transfer window, with Mandzukic and Ronaldo very much the first choices for the Bianconeri.

The likes of Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga, as well as Everton in the Premier League have been linked with signing the Italian recently.

Neymar ends GOAT debate by revealing who is the best in the world between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Neymar Jr. may be considered by many to be an underdog for the “best player in the world” crown, but even the talented Brazilian knows it’s either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

Neymar looks set for a move to Barcelona, after requesting his club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for a move back to the Catalans, and has now lauded his former teammate Messi as the best player in the world.

Neymar “almost 100 percent fit” as he plays in the final of his five-a-side tournament

“For me, he’s the best player in the world. The best player that I’ve ever seen play,” he said at an event for his charity foundation.

“We made a magnificent duo. It was a pleasure for me, an honour to play with him. And, on top of that, he is my friend.”

The forward missed his nation’s Copa America 2019 triumph due to an injury, and has undergone a tough summer anyway, after allegations of rape and assault were levelled against him.

A public “come and get me” plea from the former Santos superstar to Barcelona has further raised speculation that this could be the summer that we see Neymar and Messi play together once again.

The trio known as “MSN” (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) appears to be ready to run riot in La Liga all over again.