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Venus Williams and Rafael Nadal Told Us Their Dream Vacations

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Venus Williams and Rafael Nadal Told Us Their Dream Vacations

There are a few givens in the life of a professional tennis player: constant training, a calorie-pinching diet, and global travel for 11 months out of the year. Venus Williams and Rafael Nadal, who have 37 years combined on the professional tennis circuit and 24 Grand Slams, know this all too well. But constant travel doesn’t mean they’re on vacation. Ever, really.

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Ahead of the U.S. Open in New York City this week, we sat down with Williams and Nadal at the Lotte New York Palace to talk about their dream trips, the importance of a staycation, and how to manage jet lag.

Venus Williams: I went to Norway and Iceland and drove everywhere and it was great. I never actually really go on vacation but this time I did. It was fun just to drive, because then you can go where you want to go, when you want to go, and just see everything. I think it was a lot more in-depth.

What was your favorite thing you did there?

Williams: I went to the Saga Museum—I’m a very big kid, so the things I see are meant for younger people. It’s like a wax museum and it tells the sagas of Iceland—the stories and the histories of Iceland are called”sagas.” You go and put on the headphones and you see the figurines and they’re acting out a scene. I loved that.

What about you, Rafa: Best vacation ever?

Rafael Nadal: It’s difficult because I travel all around the world, so when I’m at home with my family and have a chance to go out with the boat, that’s probably the best vacation possible today. Because all the time I’m away from home. I’ve been to Exuma in the Bahamas a couple of times and that’s really unbelievable.

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How do you manage to stay active on vacation?

Williams: It depends on where you’re going. Try to take part in whatever is there. If you go to a place that has hikes, then you can site-see while you hike. If you’re in a place that has water, then you can kind of jump in the ocean and do a workout in the water. So wherever you are you can try to find a way to incorporate it, so you can be active and still feel like you’re on vacation.

Nadal: You always have the chance to do some working out. It’s all about routine. You always have the chance to go for a run, you always have a chance to go for a swim. It all depends on the type of vacation you’re having. You just need to adapt to the conditions you have in every moment.

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Favorite hotel in the world?

Williams: I mean, besides this one [The Lotte New York Palace]? I love this hotel. Especially in terms of the city as well—I’m from Florida, so we don’t get this kind of history there. I love walking into these rooms when it’s nice and crowded and just enjoying the art and the architecture and the history. It’s pretty special.

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What should travelers do when they visit Florida?

Williams: Spend a day or two in Miami. Go through the Everglades, see some gators, maybe do a swamp boat tour. Then go to St. Augustine, go to the fort there. And then there are gorgeous beaches in the Panhandle. Beautiful, beautiful sand. If you want to go to Orlando—if you’re a big kid like me—you can’t miss that either.

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The hotel mini-bar of my dreams would be stocked with…

Williams: Doughnuts! Sweet Tarts. I do love romaine lettuce and Caesar dressing. Pineapple juice, organic. Those are some of the things I like every day. I don’t really eat doughnuts and Sweet Tarts every day, but if I could, I would. In a perfect world where calories don’t count.

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The one place I keep going back to is…

Nadal: Cozumel in Mexico—I like the island for scuba diving. It’s one of the best places.

Williams: I don’t actually take a lot of vacations—there isn’t time—but I always enjoy the staycation at home sweet home. I like the luxury of sitting on your own couch, having your whole wardrobe at your fingertips. So, I’m a staycation girl.

I’m embarrassed I haven’t yet been to…

Williams: I think I would’ve said Vegas, like eight years ago. I’ve traveled the whole world and I hadn’t been to Vegas, so I finally went. That took a long time. I’ve been traveling since I was a teenager and I was 30 before I went to Vegas.

Nadal: I’ve been to Rome plenty of times, but I’ve never been to the Vatican. So that’s something that I have to do.

What are the top three places you’re dying to visit?

Williams: I definitely want to go back to Norway because I was only there for two days. I want to see more and relax a little. I love China. It’s been my dream to go down the Silk Road. And then I’d like to go to Thailand because I’d like to see a whale shark in Thailand and go scuba diving there.

Nadal: I want to go to French Polynesia. I would love to visit New Zealand. And then maybe the Galapagos.

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Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, do you have any tricks to handle the jet lag?

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Williams: I would just say if you land somewhere in the morning, just stay up the night before. Stay up really late so when you get on the plane you’re just done. You have to go to sleep. Then you wake up fresh.

Nadal: No! I’m not very good with jet lag. I’ve almost traveled every week around the world for 16 years, but still I’m only so-so with jet lag. The first two or three days…it’s tough.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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”

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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

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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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