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Editorial: Novak Djokovic's coronavirus double fault

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Top-ranked tennis star Novak Djokovic finally got his comeuppance for reckless behavior unbecoming of a global sports ambassador. Australia’s government deported him, and his exclusion from the Australian Open stalls Djokovic’s quest for a record 21 major championship titles. Even if he does ultimately outshine rivals Roger Federer and ...Read more

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Can Novak Djokovic play in the French Open? France wants vaccine pass for everything

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France will soon require a vaccine pass for practically any activity -- from eating in restaurants, attending the theater or getting on an airplane. If Novak Djokovic wants to play in the French Open, he’s likely to need one too.

With the omicron variant surging, the French parliament adopted a new set of rules that will tighten the so-called...Read more

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Djokovic departs Australia after losing chance to play for 21st Grand Slam title

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Novak Djokovic has left Australia after his anti-vaccination stance cost him a potential payday of A$2.875 million ($2.1 million) and a shot at tennis history.

The Serbian boarded a flight from Melbourne Airport late Sunday night, local media reported, after the nation’s Federal Court upheld a decision to revoke his entry permit over fears ...Read more

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Tennis icon Chris Evert announces cancer diagnosis 'to help others'

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Tennis icon Chris Evert is opening up to help other people.

The 18-time Grand Slam singles champ, 67, on Friday took to Twitter to announce she had been diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer.

Evert wanted to share her diagnosis “and the story behind it as a way to help others,” read the statement she shared, along with a link to an ESPN ...Read more

Djokovic's Australian visa canceled again in public interest

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Australia canceled Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time, reversing a court decision that temporarily thwarted the federal government’s bid to deport the unvaccinated tennis star.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised special powers to override the court ruling, just days before the world men’s No. 1 is due to vie for a record 21st ...Read more

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Howard Stern rips Novak Djokovic, says he should be banned from tennis

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NEW YORK — Unvaccinated pro athletes are low-hanging fruit that Howard Stern relishes picking, tearing into and spitting out the pit of. Having previously feasted on Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Stern returned to the orchard Tuesday for a serving of Novak Djokovic.

Rodgers was a “f---head...Read more

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Dennis Young: Novak Djokovic denied entry to Australia after bizarre saga, likely out of Australian Open

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Unvaccinated tennis god Novak Djokovic was held for questioning for more than six hours at the Melbourne airport before his visa to enter the country ahead of the Australian Open was finally canceled. Australian authorities said that he “failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements” and would be “detained and ...Read more

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WTA cancels tournaments in China due to lack of Peng Shuai investigation

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The Women’s Tennis Association has suspended all of its tournaments in China because the country has refused to investigate sexual assault allegations made by former WTA player Peng Shuai against an ex-Communist Party official.

Peng, 35, said former high-ranking official Zhang Gaoli, 75, forced her to have sex with him in 2018. Gaoli had ...Read more

Olympics Official Defends Peng Shuai Call, Calls Critics 'Silly'

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Long-time International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound has dismissed claims the organization vouched for the safety of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai to avoid angering Beijing and credited it with being the first to contact her.

“Frankly, I think that’s a little silly and it’s not supported by the evidence,” Pound told Bloomberg TV...Read more

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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai is safe and at home, IOC president says

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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai is home safe after vanishing from the public eye almost three weeks ago after accusing a high-ranking official of sexual assault, according to the International Olympics Committee.

IOC President Thomas Bach said Sunday that he had a 30-minute video call with the three-time Olympian, during which she said that ...Read more

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Missing Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai video chats with IOC president – 'Safe and well'

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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai is home safe after vanishing from the public eye almost three weeks ago after accusing a high ranking official of sexual assault, according to the International Olympics Committee.

IOC President Thomas Bach said Sunday that he had a 30-minute video call with the three-time Olympian, during which she said that ...Read more

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WTA demands investigation after Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai accuses party official of sexual assault

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A Chinese tennis player has not been seen or heard from publicly after accusing a former Communist Party official of sexual assault earlier this month.

Peng Shuai, once the No. 14-ranked player in the world, said Nov. 2 that Zhang Gaoli assaulted her three years ago in his home shortly after retiring from the party.

Zhang, now 75, was one of ...Read more

 

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