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Mirka And Roger Federer’s 18-Year-Long Relationship Proves True Love Only Grows Stronger With Time

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Mirka And Roger Federer’s 18-Year-Long Relationship Proves True Love Only Grows Stronger With Time

I have lost count of the number of times I have heard a tennis fan say, ‘Federer is God’. I can see why they say it; Federer’s game is flawless. He can go on playing, sets after sets, without making a single mistake.

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However, if perfection is the sole parameter for godliness, he is definitely a human. We have seen him getting overwhelmed, crying, laughing, jumping and loving. Loving in the most flawed, human way there could be.

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He is married to the love of his life, who also happens to be his biggest support system. Their relationship is based on mutual admiration, trust and unconditional love; the kind of stuff they make movies about.

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Their, in the most endearing manner one can imagine.

Mirka and Roger first met each other during the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Neither of them won a medal in the competition, but they won each other. After the games, Federer would chase her and try to talk to her. Mirka couldn’t understand why he was doing it. Reminiscing the time she once said:

I couldn’t work out why he wanted to talk to me so much, and then, ne romance started back in 2000ar the end of the Games, he kissed me.

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Since then, Mirka has been there for him through thick and thin, through victories and defeats.

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Whether it was winning a trophy or losing matches on end, Mirka has always been there, supporting her husband. You can spot her in the stands, crying out of disappointment on some occasions and being teary-eyed with pride, on others.

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Mirka is possibly the only constant in Federer’s journey from one milestone to another.

Having quit her career because of an injury, she has supported her husband for the longest time, and this includes everything from scheduling, taking down notes from his interviews and sponsorship.

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And Roger doesn’t take it for granted.

He has always been appreciative of her efforts and places his family over anything else. When asked about what is more important to him, tennis or family, he said:

Ever since my kids were born it has been that way. My wife needs to be happy. My kids need to be happy. Without that this doesn’t matter.

During times when relationships seem to have lost their meaning, these two reassure our faith in true love.

Taking about Mirka and her endless support towards him, Federer once said:

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Mirka doesn’t want to be away from me, and I don’t want to be away from her. And like this we make it all work and we are actually together all year long. It is just incredible that she’s willing to make all of that effort. I’m happy that it’s this way, because anything else would make it more difficult to compete and to play at the highest levels. It would basically be impossible.

It has been 9 years of marriage for this ‘rock-solid couple’, as Roger likes to put it, but nothing much has changed for them.

They are parents to two set of twins and look as much in love as they did two decades ago. Being the best tennis player on the planet is not easy, nor is being the wife of such a star, but these two make it look so, so effortless.

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It is often said that life is a competition, and if that is true, Roger and Mirka were lucky enough to find the perfect partner in each other.

To many more years of this flawless companionship!

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‘Black Lives Matter’ In Tennis: Venus Williams’ Father Roasts Reporter In Interview; Watch

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An old interview of Venus Williams has resurfaced where father Richard Williams is seen roasting the interviewer for questioning the young girl’s confidence.

Ever since the death of George Floyd in police custody back in May triggered the Black Lives Matter movement all over the world, the tennis community has been quick to pledge their support. Several tennis players took to social media to share their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Players such as Naomi Osaka, Coco Graff and Venus Williams talked about the Black Lives Matter movement, aiming to spread awareness about the issue.

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Talking about the Black Lives Matter movement, Venus Williams said that the solidarity shown during the Black Lives Matter movement brought her to tears. In relation to Venus Williams and the Black Lives Matter movement, an old video has resurfaced online which shows when a 14-year-old Williams had her father stand up to her in an interview which got vitriolic.

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The video in question is from an interview Venus Williams was a part of, 25 years ago. The interview features correspondent John McKenzie and took place for ABC News Day One in 1995. In the video, the journalist questions Venus Williams’ confidence, to which the young Venus Williams replies “I know I can beat her…I’m very confident,”. The reporter, on the other hand, seems unimpressed by the confidence shown by Venus Williams, questioning her as to why the young player is saying it so easily. When the journalist pesters the young tennis player about her confidence, it is then when Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams steps in.

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Richard Williams questions the reporter about his doubts regarding her daughter’s confidence. Richard Williams goes on to question why the reporter is repeatedly asking Venus Williams about her confidence, despite her answering the question the first time. When McKenzie tells Williams that he can’t keep interrupting, the father of Venus and Serena Williams teaches the interviewer a bit of a lesson.

Referring to Venus Williams, Richard Williams roasts the reporter about how he’s dealing with the image of a 14-year-old child. Williams scolds the reporter saying that the child is going to be playing tennis when both he as well as the reporter will be in their graves, referencing to Venus Williams. He then goes on to say that when Venus Williams has said something, she’s done telling what happened. Richard Williams concludes that Venus Williams is a little black kid, and the interviewer should let her be that, asking her to leave Venus Williams alone.

The clip in question has been doing the round for some time now. It has also been reportedly included in a documentary featuring Venus Williams and Serena Williams. Both the Williams sisters have been strong proponents of the Black Lives Matter movement, and their father’s actions show where they got the courage to speak up from.

 

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THE KING’S EMPIRE: RAFAEL NADAL’S AMBITION EXTENDS WELL BEYOND THE TERRE BATTUE

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Manacor was once famous for its pearl factory and wooden furniture industry. Now, it’s an international tennis destination that’s better known as the birthplace of a legend—and the home base of his ever-growing business empire.

Long before Rafael Nadal set out to bring a world-class tennis complex to Manacor, Spain, there was already a sporting facility that bore his last name: the Polideportivo Miguel Angel Nadal. Named after his uncle, a former FC Barcelona and Spanish National Team soccer player, it is an ode to the town’s once-most famous athlete.

The Nadal name has a history in Manacor, a small municipality of roughly 44,000 people on the island of Mallorca that has stood in place since the 14th century, famous for its pearl factory and wooden furniture industry. Now, it’s an international tennis destination that’s better known as the birthplace of a tennis legend.

Many top players end up relocating as their tennis careers—and bank accounts—outgrow their humble hometowns, in favor of financially beneficial places like Monte Carlo or Dubai, or tennis enclaves like South Florida or Barcelona for year-round training opportunities. Nadal has had plenty of chances to do the same.

But 21 Grand Slam singles titles and more than $128 million in prize money later, the 35-year-old does more than just call Manacor home: he has transformed it into the home base of his ever-growing business empire.

Pondering his legacy

Nadal announced his ambitious plans to build an international tennis school in his hometown back in 2011, with the goal of making Manacor a benchmark for the rest of the sports world. But it wasn’t until a year later when, with a bit of help from the city council, the project kicked into high gear.

The timing couldn’t have been more fortuitous. As Nadal planned for life after tennis and pondered his legacy, the idea of his possible retirement suddenly seemed more immediate than ever before. Persistent tendinitis in Nadal’s knees had flared up again, abruptly derailing the world No. 2’s 2012 season. From the dizzying heights of winning his seventh Roland Garros title—surpassing the record held by Bjorn Borg—he crashed back to earth after being upset in the second round of Wimbledon by Lukas Rosol. Nadal was forced to withdraw from the London Olympics, and then shut down his season after the tendinitis was diagnosed as a torn patellar tendon. He didn’t compete again until February 2013.

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While Nadal himself was firm that he had no plans to retire, he admitted that his days were numbered as injuries took their toll.

“I don’t know how long I will keep playing tennis,” he said at the time. “I’ll be 31 in five years and taking into account the fact that I started at 16… Perhaps stopping now will help extend my career a little bit more.

“Until I had the problems with the knee again, the final at Roland Garros, had been one of the best seasons of my life. I felt able to win any competition. Complicated times came later.”

With sport and education as its fundamental cornerstones, the Rafa Nadal Foundation recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. “Hopefully we will be able to continue growing,” Nadal said in 2016. “That’s what we have been doing in the last few years. We’ve been doing it progressively, slowly, but trying to do things right and reach as many kids as possible.”

Those complicated times have always been a theme for Nadal, who has missed as many major tournaments due to various injuries as his Big Three rivals combined: 11 since his Grand Slam debut in 2003. During that same period, Roger Federer has missed nine, all after 2016 since undergoing knee surgery (after which he regularly skipped Roland Garros in an attempt to minimize strain on the joint) and Novak Djokovic only two.

Improbably, Nadal has fought his way back each time to reach the pinnacle of the sport. He now stands alone atop the list of men’s Grand Slam singles champions, with 21 major titles after winning his second Australian Open this year.

Only a few weeks earlier, Grand Slam glory seemed far away for Nadal. He had once again shut down a season after sustaining a foot injury in the 2021 Roland Garros semifinals. While the Spaniard’s fervently loyal fanbase has become accustomed to these sudden and sometimes lengthy layoffs, this one seemed different: it was due to a worrying flare-up of Nadal’s rare congenital foot condition, Mueller-Weiss Syndrome.

“One month and a half ago, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to be back on the tour playing tennis again,” Nadal told the Melbourne crowd during the trophy ceremony. “And today, I am here in front of all of you having this trophy with me and you really don’t know how much I fought to be here.”

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Building his academy

As someone who has had to be keenly aware of his own mortality since being diagnosed with a degenerative condition in 2005, Nadal has been planning for life after tennis for practically his whole career.

He launched the Rafa Nadal Foundation in 2008, with the goal of using sport as a vehicle for improving lives, and later opened his first tennis school in Anantapur, India in 2010. Using that experience as a blueprint, Nadal set out to create the Rafa Nadal Academy as he solidified his legacy in Spanish sport, on Spanish soil.

Inaugurated in 2014, the Academy is now a sprawling 18-acre complex that contains 45 tennis courts—23 hard, 22 clay— as well as a soccer field, padel and squash courts, swimming pools, a fitness center, spa and more. The world-class facilities have drawn the likes of Casper Ruud, Grigor Dimitrov, Naomi Osaka and other top players to Manacor for pre-season or training sessions.

Also on the grounds is the bilingual Rafa Nadal International School, which welcomes primary and secondary school students, while top chefs serve up custom menus at the complex’s restaurants and cafe. Tourists can even stay at the Rafa Nadal Sports Centre’s rooms, with breakfast included during their stay in Mallorca.

When Nadal returned to Manacor from Melbourne, the Australian Open trophy went straight to the Rafa Nadal Museum, taking its place alongside other artifacts from his storied career. The museum doubles as a Nadal fan’s ultimate pilgrimage site, drawing visitors from around the world.

“My future is here. I don’t imagine myself living away from Mallorca,” Nadal said during the Academy’s inauguration. ”I’d like to make this a center of tennis for everyone around the world.”

Nadal’s sphere of influence has only continued to expand since. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of all the things that bear his name, or benefit from his impact.

The Rafa Nadal Tour is a multi-city junior circuit launched in 2014, with a young Alejandro Davidovich Fokina becoming its first champion in the U-15 category. There’s also the Rafa Nadal Open, an ATP Challenger Tour event, which was a stop on Andy Murray’s comeback from hip surgery in 2019. The WTA and ATP tours have both featured Mallorca grass-court tournaments on their calendars—Sofia Kenin and Daniil Medvedev have lifted its trophies—with uncle Toni Nadal serving as tournament director.

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Such has been Nadal’s impact, on and off the court, that they’re running out of ways to honor him at home: in Manacor, there’s a petition circulating to either “erect a statue or rename an avenue” after Rafa, while in Mallorca there’s a social media campaign to rename the international airport in its capital, Palma.

The mayor of Manacor

While the Academy and its rapid growth have come to be synonymous with Manacor, not everyone is pleased. Its mayor, Miquel Oliver, broke rank in 2019 when he called out the Nadal family for “a la carte urban planning” and using their weight in local government to bypass the usual approval channels for the project.

After construction stalled for more than a year as it struggled to obtain city council approval to build on rustic land, the Balearic Islands regional government abruptly approved Ley 5/2012. ‘Rustic’ land, by Spanish definition, is not zoned for development, and the process for reclassifying it is rarely simple. Especially so for the Academy site, which flanks one of the oldest buildings in Manacor: Torre dels Enagistes, a historic 13th century fortress that now houses a museum.

Ley 5/2012 cut through the red tape and fast-tracked the building of “a world-class international tennis center in Manacor,” declaring the project to be of “urgent regional interest”—thus allowing Nadal to skip the usual fees, environmental studies and years of delay.

​​Later on, when the Academy ran into trouble converting its sports residences for tourist use, the law was tweaked again. As a result of the controversial “Nadal Amendment,” as it is derisively called in Manacor, the Academy could now operate as a hotel as well as expand to nearly double its footprint, to the ire of the island’s environmental groups.

Residents and small business owners in Manacor have also found it increasingly difficult to compete with their world-class, internationally renowned neighbor and its deep pockets. Oliver pointed to Manacor’s struggling municipal services as an example.

“The municipal swimming pool may not open next summer due to competition from the Nadal Sports Center,” he told El Confidencial in 2019. “There are gyms that have had to dedicate themselves to giving judo classes, because the clientele was leaving them.”

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Williams gave birth to her and Ohanian’s first child, Alexis Olympia, in September 2017, just two months before they married. “I just remember it was windy and being angry, hating my now husband,” she recalled to reporters in Australia, according to Essentially Sports. “It was like ‘there’s something about your smell, I don’t like your smell’.” Williams has enjoyed a strong start to the 2020 tennis season, winning all three of her matches at the ASB classic in Auckland, reaching the semifinals. She meets Amanda Anisimova on Saturday for a place in the final. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Serena Williams says she remembers unexplainedly “hating” her husband Alexsis Ohanian and “his smell” during the early days of her pregnancy. Williams gave birth to her and Ohanian’s first child, Alexis Olympia, in September 2017, just over a year after the pair became engaged. They married two months later, but when she was pregnant she recalls being enraged by his smell. “I just remember it was windy and being angry, hating my now husband,” she recalled to reporters in Australia, according to AFP . “I was like ‘I can’t stand you and I don’t know why. Obviously, at the time, I didn’t know why either. It was like ‘there’s something about your smell, I don’t like your smell’. I was six weeks pregnant and had no idea. “So looking back it’s so surreal and crazy and now that I’m here, I have all these funny memories of being miserable.” Williams famously won the Australian Open in 2017 while seven to eight weeks pregnant, going the whole tournament without losing a single set. She subsequently bowed out from tennis for just over a year, during which time she revealed having a medical condition that made her her prone to blood clots, and therefore her pregnancy potentially life-threatening. After receiving treatment and giving birth, she returned to the court in March 2018, and has since been fighting to get back to her best form. The 38-year-old has enjoyed a strong start to 2020, winning all three of her matches at the ASB classic in Auckland to reach the semifinals, where she meets Amanda Anisimova on Saturday.

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LEWIS HAMILTON will be hoping for improvements to his Mercedes car for the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton was reportedly absent from a ‘secret’ test by Mercedes this week as George Russell took to the wheel for an upgraded W13. Mercedes are currently trying to upgrade their car to make it more competitive with Red Bull and Ferrari.

But Hamilton was reportedly not present at the test run with Russell the only driver testing the revamped W13. Russell is said to have completed 62 miles of running, which equates to around 68 laps around the track.

The report also points out how the test run at Paul Ricard is the second of two filming day’s permitted to F1 teams in one season. Details on what the upgrades were have not yet been released, but Mercedes will hope the changes help close the gap to Red Bull and Ferrari.

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They’re already 62 points adrift of Ferrari, who hold a five-point lead over Red Bull in the Constructors’ Championship. McLaren are Mercedes’ closest rivals for third spot after Lando Norris’ strong start to the campaign.

Russell will also be aiming to keep up his record of being the only driver this season to finish inside the top five in every race. The former Williams driver has outperformed Hamilton so far, beating his team-mate in four of the five races.

Hamilton has had his fair share of bad luck with a number of Safety Cars going against him and his plan. But the track in Barcelona has been kind to Hamilton in previous years with the 37-year-old winning the last five races in Spain.

 

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ATP players revolt against Rafa Nadal over Wimbledon stance

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A number of the world’s top male tennis players have reportedly taken umbrage with Rafa Nadal’s stance on Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players after it emerged that the ATP is planning to strip rankings points from the grass-court event in June.

The ATP tour has reportedly decided that players won’t be able to receive rankings points at Wimbledon in retaliation to the All England Club’s decision to ban players from Russia and Belarus.

Nadal, who sits on the ATP player council, appears to be in favour of the ATP’s move and addressed the situation at the Italian Open last Wednesday.

 

The 21-time grand slam champion, who previously said it was “unfair” that players from Russia and Belarus won’t be allowed to play, refused to disclose details of “private conversations” with the 10-person player council.

However he did say: “[The] only thing we can do is be in touch with Wimbledon and the rest of the ATP management to do the things that work better to protect every single player in the ATP.

“At the end, that’s our job: to protect the players and to work [to] the benefit of every single player that we are representing.”

While Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have expressed similar sentiments, the Telegraph in the UK reports that their views are not shared by the entire ATP cohort.

On Saturday, British player Liam Broady led calls for a vote on the idea of Wimbledon being stripped of ranking points.

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“Would be great if the ATP and WTA kept players informed with decisions regarding the grass season point structure, maybe even had a vote about what players thought,” Broady tweeted.

“They are players associations after all…”

Rafa Nadal, pictured here in action against Denis Shapovalov at the Italian Open.
Rafa Nadal in action against Denis Shapovalov at the Italian Open. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

A number of the world’s top male tennis players have reportedly taken umbrage with Rafa Nadal’s stance on Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players after it emerged that the ATP is planning to strip rankings points from the grass-court event in June.

The ATP tour has reportedly decided that players won’t be able to receive rankings points at Wimbledon in retaliation to the All England Club’s decision to ban players from Russia and Belarus.

Nadal, who sits on the ATP player council, appears to be in favour of the ATP’s move and addressed the situation at the Italian Open last Wednesday.

The 21-time grand slam champion, who previously said it was “unfair” that players from Russia and Belarus won’t be allowed to play, refused to disclose details of “private conversations” with the 10-person player council

However he did say: “[The] only thing we can do is be in touch with Wimbledon and the rest of the ATP management to do the things that work better to protect every single player in the ATP.

“At the end, that’s our job: to protect the players and to work [to] the benefit of every single player that we are representing.”

While Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have expressed similar sentiments, the Telegraph in the UK reports that their views are not shared by the entire ATP cohort.

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On Saturday, British player Liam Broady led calls for a vote on the idea of Wimbledon being stripped of ranking points.

“Would be great if the ATP and WTA kept players informed with decisions regarding the grass season point structure, maybe even had a vote about what players thought,” Broady tweeted.

“They are players associations after all…”

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The All England Club recently said it had “no viable alternative” than to bar Russian and Belarusian players due to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Royal Family had also reportedly expressed concerns about how it would look to have a Russian or Belarusian champion being presented with the trophy by the Duchess of Cambridge – who is often asked to do so.

Last week, the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Russia called out Nadal and Roger Federer to ‘come clean’ about their involvement in the plan to strip rankings points from Wimbledon.

“Federer and Nadal should come clean. Do they want Vladimir Putin to fail or don’t they care?” Chris Bryant MP said.

“The men’s tour are behaving appallingly. It’s like they haven’t heard what is happening in Ukraine or don’t care.”

The Royal Family are reportedly worried about how it would look for the Duchess of Cambridge to present the Wimbledon trophy to a Russian or Belarusian winner. Image: Getty
The Royal Family are reportedly worried about how it would look for the Duchess of Cambridge to present the Wimbledon trophy to a Russian or Belarusian winner. Image: Getty

Clive Efford MP, a member of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport select committee and a former shadow sports minister, said: “The ATP needs to take a look around and appreciate how the rest of the world outside its bubble will view it for sanctioning Wimbledon for supporting Ukraine.”

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According to The Telegraph in the UK, the ATP doesn’t have to ratify recommendations from the player council, but “insiders feel its board has little choice but to take their advice on this issue during meetings this week, when a vote could take place.”

The ban means Russian stars like Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev won’t be able to play, nor will Belarusians Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka.

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Scott Disick ”Lost It” When Sofia Richie Talked to Former Fling Lewis Hamilton

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Keeping Up With the Kardashians star got jealous over his girlfriend speaking with the British racing driver

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Scott Disick isn’t the best at hiding his jealousy.

E! News has learned the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star lost his temper when girlfriend Sofia Richie started chatting with her former fling, Lewis Hamilton, over the New Year’s weekend.

The couple was up partying in Aspen, Colo., for the holiday when they ran into the British racing driver, who Sofia briefly hung out with in the past. A source tells us they were “never a couple” but “liked spending time together.”

“[They] were never exclusive. Lewis thought she was a cool girl,” the insider added. “Lewis and Sofia are still good friends. They are all adults.”

Still, Scott didn’t like their interaction, losing his temper for a bit.

“Scott got frustrated that they ran into Lewis over the weekend, and that it was unexpected,” a second source told us. “He doesn’t like surprises and reacts aggressively in situations like that. This isn’t the first time that Scott has lost it for a minute.”

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The insider said that after dating him for several months now, Sofia “knows how to handle him” and was able to “calm him down.”

“Everything is fine between the two now,” the source explained. “They will get in small fights and are over it within a few minutes. Sofia is definitely a good match for him because she understands him and puts up with his behavior in moments like this.”

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Another insider echoed that notion, telling us the 19-year-old model acted very “mature.”

“Scott gets insanely jealous of all kinds of things and has trouble controlling his emotions,” the source said. “He overreacted and got upset over Sofia saying hello to Lewis. He had no problem letting Sofia know he didn’t like it. She handled it very maturely and tried to respect his feelings. She knows how to deal with Scott and diffused the situation.”

Now, the couple are heading into the 2018 on a new page.

“Things are going well with Sofia and Scott,” the insider revealed. “She is really happy with him. They have little tiffs and moments of bickering, but overall things are great at the moment.”

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