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US Open tennis: Novak Djokovic ally reveals harsh truth about star’s ‘out of control’ anger



US Open tennis: Novak Djokovic ally reveals harsh truth about star’s ‘out of control’ anger

Two of the women who know Novak Djokovic best have revealed their fears for the Serbian superstar after his US Open brain snap cost him a shot at his 18th grand slam title.

The world No. 1 was sensationally disqualified from the tournament on Monday for hitting a lineswoman in the throat with a ball after he reacted angrily to going down a break in the first set of his fourth round clash with Watch LIVE coverage of the US Open from the opening round to the finals with ESPN on Kayo. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic has never attracted the same affection as his biggest rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and critics rightfully took aim — both for his on-court behaviour and the way he fled Flushing Meadows without facing the press and owning up to his mistake.

Aided by a sycophantic fan base known as “Nolefam”, who defend their man to the hilt on all matters and attack anyone who dares criticise him, Djokovic is a protected species in his homeland.

But even some of his closest allies know something needs to give. That was evident when Djokovic’s wife Jelena took to social media overnight to quote The Wisdom of Tao.

“If you let yourself be blown to and fro, you lose touch with your root. If you let restlessness move you, you lose touch with who you are,” she wrote.

Even more revealing were comments made by former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova on Amazon Prime UK’s broadcast of the US Open.

The 37-year-old is extremely close with Djokovic and his wife, and is also tight with his coach Marian Vajda, a fellow Slovakian. Hantuchova has known Djokovic since his early days on tour and is a huge supporter, but she wasn’t afraid to tell him some harsh truths.

Novak Djokovic

She said the 17-time major winner has an anger management problem and needs to seek professional help. Hantuchova added an incident like what we saw in New York was a long time coming and Djokovic has nobody to blame but himself.

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Djokovic’s wife Jelena weighed in after his meltdown.
Djokovic’s wife Jelena weighed in after his meltdown.
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“It feels like sometimes the anger comes out of control,” Hantuchova said.

“I care so much about him and respect everything he is doing for our game, but I just hope there is a lesson to be learned, even if this one came at the worst possible time, where pretty much the only thing standing between him and an 18th grand slam title was himself, with all my respect to the other players.”

Hantuchova echoed the sentiment of Jelena Djokovic’s quote, saying the star was spreading himself too thin and ruining his good intentions with poor timing.

“So many times he has the right intentions, it’s just with the timing he’s not getting it right, like the Adria Tour,” Hantuchova said. “There’s no problem with running an exhibition tour like that, just not when the whole world stops. Same with the ATP stuff. Sure things need to change, but not right now.”


Hantuchova’s honest reaction had an impact on broadcaster Catherine Whitaker, who was hosting Amazon’s coverage alongside the former star when she made those comments.

Whitaker said if anyone understands what Djokovic has gone through, rising from a talented kid in war-torn Serbia to the world’s best player with a bloody-minded desire to win, it’s Hantuchova. But even aware of his unique context, she wasn’t prepared to cut him any slack.

“When she reeled it all off for me I was so taken aback because, as you say she does have a relationship with Novak Djokovic. She’s very close to his coach Marian Vajda, he’s a fellow Slovakian, and she has a relationship also with Novak Djokovic’s wife Jelena,” Whitaker said on The Tennis Podcast.

“She thinks a lot of them and understands them (Djokovic’s family and friends).

“She understands every bit of that (his upbringing) and the significance of it in his psyche, potentially.

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Daniela Hantuchova has been close to Djokovic for a long time.
Daniela Hantuchova has been close to Djokovic for a long time.
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“But having said all of that, she was pulling no punches with regards to how she saw the incident. She said this has been a very long time coming and she said he has an anger problem and he needs to seek some sort of anger management help.

Novak Djokovic

“She said it’s entirely normal for tennis players to have difficulty controlling their emotions and holding back feelings of anger on a tennis court.

“She said Roger Federer had that … he was a total hot-head until he was 18, 19, maybe even a little bit older and he recognised that was not viable if he wanted to be everything that he could be.

“She had absolutely no clemency at all for his failure to front up afterwards. She said that’s cowardice, that’s the opposite of leadership and he should be ashamed of himself.”

BBC commentator David Law was also taken aback by Hantuchova’s refreshing honesty for someone so embedded in Team Djokovic.

“It really made me think about things in a slightly different way, particularly Daniela Hantuchova,” Law told The Tennis Podcast.

“I found her contributions just really fascinating, I think partly because I know she knows Novak Djokovic pretty well and certainly is very well known to Marian Vajda — they get on well, don’t they.

“I found Daniela’s view on all of that really something to behold and I wasn’t expecting it either.

Novak Djokovic

“I feel like it’s those kinds of conversations that Novak Djokovic would love to take to heart, really, because she’s certainly not out to get him, not in any way. She wants what’s best for him, I’m sure of that.”

Djokovic still craves the love of the tennis world.
Djokovic still craves the love of the tennis world.
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Djokovic has regularly pointed to having the right “intentions” when backtracking from a series of missteps this year. He used that line when responding to criticism of the Adria Tour, an exhibition tournament he hosted without any social distancing measures during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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He used it again in an interview before the US Open to explain why he shouldn’t be blamed for players and coaches contracting coronavirus during the event, and trotted the same reasoning out after hitting the line judge, saying in his apology the incident was “so unintended”.

It’s a line that was worn thin with many as Djokovic lurched from one controversy to the next in 2020, even as his results continued to shine.

Recently Djokovic has put himself in the middle of a civil war by splitting from the ATP Players’ Council and starting the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA), because he has lost faith in the sport’s governing body.

Both Federer and Nadal have opposed the move, arguing tennis doesn’t need more division when it is trying to stabilise from the devastating effects of COVID-19.

Hantuchova used this case as an example where, while Djokovic believes his intentions are pure, he has completely misread the room when it comes to the appropriate course of action to take — much like what happened with the Adria Tour.

“She mentioned in that chat that he keeps mistiming things and she referenced the Adria Tour as an example that, yeah, he really wanted to do a good thing but he got it all wrong,” Law said.

Novak Djokovic

“(Hantuchova said) The Professional Tennis Players Associations comes from a good place on a certain level, wanting to do things for lower ranked players and thinking that players aren’t getting enough of the pie … but it’s not the right time for that when the tour is trying to rebuild itself.

“I found all of that almost quite a relief, that somebody that relevant and close to him, and somebody so understanding of him, felt as strongly about it.”


How Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Costumes Were Custom-Designed for Comfort



Costume designer Jany Temime says working on Marvel’s “Black Widow” was a dream job. She doesn’t know the exact number of costumes she created, but it was “a lot.”

The costume designer who counts “Judy,” “Skyfall” and six of the Harry Potter films including “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I and II” among her credits, turned to the Russian and Norwegian armies and the circus for “Black Widow” for design inspirations as new characters such as Yelena (Florence Pugh) and the Red Guardian (David Harbour) are introduced.

Temime also inherited Scarlett Johansson in the title role, whose costume that had already been established. This time around, she made a few tweaks to allow for comfort, sculpting it to suit a woman’s body.


Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff

Here, she breaks down designing those looks.

On Inheriting the Black Widow Outfit and the Marvel Comic Universe

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Scarlett Johansson’s suit got a little more stretch for extra comfort.Jay Maidment



With the Black Widow costume, I changed a few things and adapted it to Scarlett and her body. When you get the design, you have a computer reality and you have the reality of a woman’s body, and you have to put those two things together.

To make it comfortable, we had the base of the costume made from rubbery fabric. I also added in a design graphic to stop it from looking flat, and that was printed out.

Between the seams, we allowed two to three millimeters of elastic fabric to give some room and stretch because I didn’t want her to feel like she was in something tight. I was so happy to hear Scarlett say that it was the most comfortable outfit.

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The way we cut it too was glamorous, we cut the waist a little higher because you have to model the suit to the body to flatter it.

I also designed the young widow outfits which they gave me carte blanche with, and again, they were enthusiastic about it. It was such a collaboration and so dreamy. I also understood what [director] Cate Shortland wanted and her vision, especially for that opening sequence.

Introducing Yelena and the White Suits

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Since Yelena came from Russia, I looked at it from a different point of view. I looked at photos of the Russian and Norwegian army and I came across some of the soldiers in the snow wearing white, and that’s where the white uniform idea came from – also they pick up their “father” in the show so I thought that would look gorgeous.

I wanted her outfit to be more functional and more army-like. I used double fabric with cotton and nylon stitched together gave it volume which had this sportswear look to it. Her look was less of a superhero than just a normal one.

We also had to introduce the green vest. She says in the film she bought this vest with all those pockets, and the idea was that she had come out of that brainwashed spy world, and buys that. So, I made something easy to wear, sturdy, practical and based on post-‘50s sportswear fashion.

When you look at the women in their different suits, I hope you can feel and see the difference between Russia and the USA.

Scarlett’s white suit was made from similar fabrics used on scuba diving suits – that’s what gave it a rubbery look.

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And again, I printed other aspects of the costume to make it interesting and to create that lift so it didn’t look flat and boring, and just to cut that monotony of plain rubber-coated fabric.

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Scarlet Johansson’s “Black Widow” suit was printed to give it more dimensionality.Courtesy of Marvel Studios

The Red Guardian

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David Harbour’s helmet was inspired by the look of a human cannonball at a circus.Courtesy of Youtube

I wanted to design something that reflected what the Soviet Union thought America was. So, there was this superhero design with this primary color of red, that helmet that looks terrible with that piece under the chin, and it was so old fashioned, almost like an old-fashioned comic.

That helmet was inspired by those guys who are shot out of cannons at the circus.

David was amazing. I created it for him and on him. He is the sort of actor who could feel the part from the inside out. He didn’t mind being slightly ridiculous as long as you get the effect, especially in that sequence where he is trying on the costume for the first time and it’s so tight.


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Tiger Woods arrives at Adare Manor in JP McManus’ helicopter ahead of Pro-Am



Competing against Woods on 4 and 5 July will be a stacked field of golfers that includes 10 of the top 11 players in the world

Tiger Woods arrived at Adare Manor on Sunday ahead of the JP McManus Pro-Am.

Tiger Woods

Woods came on JP McManus’ private helicopter to the Irishman’s estate, where he will play in the two-day tournament alongside three members of the Smurfit family.

A video shared by the DP World Tour on Twitter showed the 15-time major winner arriving on McManus’ helicopter, which is usually seen at horse racing meetings up in both Ireland and the UK.

McManus has attracted ten of the top 11 players in the world to his Limerick estate for the tournament, which takes place on July 4 and 5.

And world number one golfer Scottie Scheffler will tee off alongside Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary on Monday,

Niall Horan, Bill Murray and Jamie Dornan are among a host of celebrity names set to take part in the tournaments.

Competing against Woods on 4 and 5 July will be a stacked field of golfers that includes 10 of the top 11 players in the world.

Adare Manor will also host the 2027 Ryder Cup

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Forget Serena Williams’ zebra outfit, ‘human highlighter’ Rafael Nadal is raising eyebrows



Serena Williams arrived at Roland Garros with a zebra-striped outfit, but Rafael Nadal’s “ugly” shirt also got a lot of people talking.

After wearing a black catsuit at the 2018 French Open that got the tongues wagging so much so that the French tennis bosses all but banned catsuits, Williams opted for something different this year.

Here it is if you haven’t seen it yet.
Serena Williams zebra outfit

Some people liked it.


Some didn’t like it.

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Rafael Nadal admits his mistake against Lorenzo Sonego, “there are codes that we must respect”



Nadañ called Lorenzo Sonego to the net to complain

Rafael Nadal became the seventh player aged 36 or older to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.

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However, during the game, Nadal called Lorenzo Sonego to the net.

The Spaniard tennis player pressured the Italian to agree to close the roof, and complain about Sonego’s extensive screaming.

In the middle of the third set, Nadal told Sonego to stop faking his scream while the Spaniard volleyed.

During the press conference, Rafa Nadal said he made a mistake.

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“I think I was wrong,” Rafa mentioned.

“I spoke to him in total calmness. I exposed the situation that was happening. If I needed to go back, I wouldn’t do it again,” Nadal continued.

“I told the referee before. The referee, who is one of the bests, was waiting until the change of service to tell him something.”

“Were are among colleagues, we see each other every week. There are codes inside a tennis court that must be respected. I believe I was wrong for calling him to the net and telling him the things.”

“I should’ve told him when we switched (serves) or wait until the referee told him,” Nada said.

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Rafa making history:

Rafa Nadal is the seventh player aged 36 or older to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.

Despite the difference in the scoreboard, there was an argument on the court.

Nadal said Sonego extended his screaming on purpose to discomfort Nadal’s game.

Sonego shouted after hitting the ball.

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Rafa, at 36 years and 29 days old, has stopped time, especially since he seems to have found an antidote for his injured left foot.

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Nadal will rest to prepare for his clash against Botic van de Zandschulp scheduled for Monday.

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Dijana Djokovic reveals the most difficult match of Novak’s to watch



The mother of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says watching her son at the Wimbledon singles final last year was the most difficult time she has had while watching her son play in his career. Djokovic came back from match points down to defeat Roger Federer in a classic five setter to win the Wimbledon title in July even as the whole stadium seemed to cheer for the Swiss legend.

They write terrible things about Novak Djokovic because he bothers them,  says mother Dijana

Dijana was speaking in an interview with the Serbian portal “Blic Sport” on the program, “Mothers of Champions” “I saw a lot of his matches, but Wimbledon was the most difficult last year. In a stadium where everyone was cheering on Roger Federer, we were just a handful of fans for Novak.

When Federer had two match points, I reached for my cross from the Don river. I am a believer, I wear the amulet all the time, it often saved me in difficult moments. I said to myself, ‘Nole, you can do it, you’ve done it twice, you can do it again.’


He did it. He was saved by God. Novak also believes in God, he feels chosen. He carries a cross that brings him peace and happiness. It is from the Greek monastery Hilandar. He says his prayers morning and evening,” The mother of the 17-time Grand Slam champion also recalled another painful defeat – at the Rio Olympics in 2016, where he lost to World No.

Dijana Djokovic reveals the most difficult match of Novak's to watch

1 Juan Martin del Potro in the first round. “The defeat at the Olympics in Rio still breaks my heart. Novak is a happy child and has no problem crying. But the tears at that time were the biggest I have ever seen with him.

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He had all the prerequisites to win gold. The wish was not granted to him. He had this elbow problem and couldn’t stand the pressure. He felt that he had disappointed the people in Serbia. We were both very emotional. Maybe he got that from me – sometimes I curse quite a lot.”

Dijana also gave some insight about some of the early health problems that Novak suffered during his career. “At the beginning of his career, Novak had many health problems. Because he had to give up a few matches, he was often attacked by the public or by tennis experts.

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He had a curvature of the nose wall, it was difficult for him to breathe. After an operation, things went better. In 2010 he was found to be intolerant to gluten. It made life difficult for him. He had to give up in Australia because of the heat.

Then his bleeding toe in Paris in 2007: after playing for five consecutive days, he gave up the semi-final against Nadal. Then everyone accused him, including John McEnroe! I had bandaged his foot the night before the duel. In the morning he could barely walk in slippers.

I advised him not to go to the court, he absolutely wanted to get an injection. Then he beat Nadal 6-2 in the first set. Novak took a medical timeout between sets to bandage the wounds. When Nadal saw the blood, he knew what was going on and then chased him into every corner until Novak had to give up.”


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