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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal ‘disrespected’ by tennis teen player

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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal ‘disrespected’ by tennis teen player

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After Carlos Alcaraz successfully defended his Madrid Open title in impressive fashion, the tennis world appeared to be united behind one narrative – he is the outstanding favorite to win the French Open.

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Yet that view ignores the reality that his two great rivals have yet to take him on in 2023.

Alcaraz’s rise to the top of the ATP rankings will be confirmed after next week’s Italian Open and while the Spaniard is undoubtedly the form player on the tour heading into the second major of the season, two big questions need to be answered.

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The teenager has yet to beat Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in a best-of-five-set Grand Slam match and until he does that, those eager to crown him as the new king of tennis need to be cautious.

It is disrespectful to Djokovic and Nadal to declare their eras of dominance are over before they have had a chance to take on the player who appears to be ready to take their place.

So while there may be huge doubts over the 22-time major champions who are facing a facing against time to get back to their best for the French Open, yet comments like these from 18-time Grand Slam legend Chris Evert suggest some in the game are writing off the living legends of the game a little too hastily.

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“When I look at Novak and Rafa, there are question marks about their health,” said Evert at a Eurosport event.

“These two have been the greatest clay court players of the last few years, but as they get older they get a little bit injured and we don’t know what their status will be.

“So I think Alcaraz is primed for this title at the French Open.

“Like everyone else, I am jumping on the bandwagon with Carlos because we have never seen a player with so much passion and so much hunger in such a long time.

“The guy has it all; he’s got the athleticism, the skillset, he knows defense, he knows offence and he has no weaknesses.

“To me, if he keeps himself healthy and hungry, I think the title is his (in Paris).

“If Novak and Rafa were not injured, I would have a different view and when Rafa is 80 years old, I wouldn’t rule him out from winning the French Open!

“So I am not dismissing them, but I just feel their preparation isn’t great, but Novak and Rafa have superior experience.

“They know better than anyone how to navigate their careers and they know how to manage their emotions. They also favour the majors more than anyone.

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“They could come out of the starting gate playing vintage tennis, but on current form, you would have to slightly favour Alcaraz.”

Like all of us who love the game, Evert has been blown away by the brilliance of US Open champion Alcaraz, but we are all waiting for the first showdown between outgoing world No 1 Djokovic and his possible successor before any defining comments on a changing of the guard can be delivered.

Novak is due to return to action at the Italian Open in the coming days and if his elbow problem has sufficiently healed, he will have all the motivation he needs to knock Alcaraz off his perch.

The great champions don’t know when they are beaten and Djokovic will be eager to confirm as much if he gets his chance to take on Alcaraz in Rome.

Then, if the French Open showdown everyone in tennis is hoping for becomes a reality, we will get the answers to the questions everyone in tennis is now asking.

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“He Actually Hated Me” – Dale Jr Defends His Late Father’s Legacy as He Publicly Trashes Geoff Bodine’s Shocking Accusation

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Rivalries are a big part of NASCAR, but perhaps none were as heated as the one shared by Dale Earnhardt Sr and Geoff Bodine. The two drivers would often collide on the track and wreck each other, forcing NASCAR to take stringent steps. However, many felt that Bodine may have let go of his animosity towards the intimidation. How true is that? Dale Earnhardt Jr strongly refuted that claim in a recent episode of The Dale Jr Download podcast.

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Geoff Bodine recently released a book titled ‘All of It: Daytona 500 Champion Tells the Rest of the Story’ in which he wrote about his long and illustrious career. The 74-year-old is said to be proud of what he has produced, and as per NASCAR, it may have been written by him, but the book was not for him.
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The chapter that intrigued Dale Earnhardt Jr. the most was the one about his father. NASCAR fans know all about the intense rivalry that The Intimidator and Bodine shared on track. Things got so intense between the two of them that they both often went and urged race control to penalize the other. Bodine even claimed earlier that NASCAR’s favoritism towards the 7-time Cup Series champion forced the others to drive aggressively and expect to get away with it.

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“He Actually Hated Me” – Dale Jr Defends His Late Father’s Legacy as He Publicly Trashes Geoff Bodine’s Shocking Accusation

But Bodine was quite kind to his fierce rival in the chapter about the legendary driver of the #3. It was just the last line of the chapter that struck a discordant note with Dale Earnhardt Jr. “There’s a chapter on my dad called The Intimidator where he speaks really well of dad. He shares his version of events, but he doesn’t take it too far in his criticism of Dad, and he ends the chapter with comments of how Dad impacted the sport in an incredible way. But the very last sentence of that chapter is, “And I found out after Dale’s death that he actually hated me.” That’s the last sentence of the chapter. I’m like, where’s the context? Who told you that?”

“Maybe I could argue that point. I don’t believe that to be true. Did Dad have an opinion of Geoff? Yes. Did he like everything he did on the race track? No. But after 20 years of not racing each other, I’m sure that he didn’t hate him,” Dale Earnhardt Jr said in what was a passionate rant.

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Of course, it’s difficult for Dale Earnhardt Jr to believe that his father had resentment for Geoff Bodine. After all, the two families used to hang out together by the lake. The 49-year-old recalled those good ol’ days as well when speaking about the two legendary NASCAR racers to drive his point home.

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It turns out that before the rivalry and animosity, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Geoff Bodine were close friends. So close that their families would spend a lot of time together. Junior recalled going to the lake house and playing with his sister and Bodine’s kids.

“And Geoff shares some stories earlier in this chapter about how they would come over to the lakehouse, me and Kelley and Geoff’s kids would play together and swim in the late and all that, and dad and Jeff would hang out, have dinners. So I mean, they started off friendly, as most driver-driver relationships do,” the 49-year-old added.

We may never get to know if The Intimidator’s feelings of animosity towards Geoff Bodine subsided towards the end of his life. The two refuting claims are all fans have to base their theories on, but that is part of the intrigue of the sport.

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Hamilton Successor Says No Spectacular Comeback

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Who will succeed Lewis Hamilton, who will switch to Ferrari after the coming season, at Mercedes? Most recently, some big names were associated with the “silver pillars”. At any rate, Nico Rosberg will not give a spectacular comeback: “I couldn’t just like that!”

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For four years, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fought some fierce World Championship duels. After his 2016 World Championship title, the German ended his career. After becoming known of the Ferrari change of Hamilton, the 38-year-old was associated with his ex-Team Mercedes. But a return to Formula 1 does not matter in his thoughts. “That’s over, I’m not planning a comeback,” said Rosberg opposite the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.

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He had “great respect for the danger”. “I would have to prepare myself intensively for a whole year, even to train the synapses in the brain. A racing driver must react super fast and be precise at top speed. That’s gone with me after the long break. The muscles are also specially stressed, solely to keep the steering wheel with all the centrifugal forces,” says Rosberg.

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The change of his former team-mate also surprised the Germans. “But if you look at the big picture: there are two legendary teams for which everyone wants to drive – Ferrari and Mercedes. I can understand that he is fulfilling his personal dream,” says Rosberg about Hamilton.

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Dr. Helmut Marko was completely surprised by Lewis Hamilton. He wonders how the British’s change of mind could happen.

Red Bull Racing presented the new RB20 last week. Red Bulls Motorsport Consultant Dr. Helmut Marko is optimistic that the world champions will once again set the tone in Formula 1 this year.

“This will be seen next week in the tests in Bahrain. What you can already say is that the new car is an evolution from last year’s car, and we had the best package. If we eliminate the few weak points, much should not go wrong,” Marko said at “oe24.

The winter break has so far determined one theme: the change from Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari. Marko was completely surprised by the change of Hamilton. A sporting sensation. One wonders how this came about,” says Marko.

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He speculates whether sporting reasons might be behind Hamilton’s decision. “Mercedes was overhauled by Ferrari in the second half of 2023, and McLaren was also faster. Perhaps Hamilton has not noticed something that the outside world does not yet know,” says Marko.

According to Marko, Red Bull does not change anything due to the change of Hamilton. “It’s before I see it as a weakening of Mercedes. Whether it strengthens Ferrari will turn out. Overall, this already has an incredible effect,” says Marko. “The whole thing is excellent for sports, better than Netflix.”

By the way, a change to the Silver Arrows is out of what is out of the question for verstappies: “There has been too much in the past.” For this, he cannot resist a side swipe to Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.

When asked what he says that Wolff recently declared that no piece of paper between him and Hamilton did not fit a piece of paper, Marko explained dryly: “… but a Ferrari contract for it.”

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Mick Schumacher zeigt sich erstmals mit seiner Freundin auf dem roten Teppich

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Die Liebe ist in der Formel 1 etwas, das im besten Fall hinter verschlossenen Türen stattfindet. Als Renn-Legende Michael Schumacher einst seinem Rivalen Heinz-Harald Frentzen die Freundin ausspannte, wirkte das zwar skandalös, verlief aber ohne größere Dramen, ganz sportlich professionell.

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Und so scheint Schumacher-Nachwuchs Mick nicht nur auf der Rennstrecke vieles geerbt zu haben, auch mit seinen romantischen Beziehungen ging er in der Vergangenheit ähnlich vorsichtig um wie sein Vater. Nun ist es aber offenbar soweit, Mick Schumacher stellt die Frau an seiner Seite endlich auch der Öffentlichkeit vor. Alles verraten die beiden aber nicht.
Schumacher und Hasanovic begeistern auf dem roten Teppich in Frankfurt

Bereits im vergangenen Sommer wurde die Beziehung zwischen dem Formel-1-Star und dem dänischen Model Laila Hasanovic offiziell bekannt, immer wieder zeigen die beiden sich seitdem verliebt auf Social Media. Beim 53. Ball des Sports in Frankfurt stellten sie sich erstmals auch den Paparazzi auf dem roten Teppich.

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Für den ersten gemeinsamen Auftritt hatte Hasanovic sich für ein elegantes braunes Kleid entschieden, ihre langen blonden Haare ließ sie locker über ihren Rücken fallen. Die 23-Jährige ist unter anderem das Gesicht der niederländischen Dessous-Marke Hunkemöller.

Frankfurt – Der Ball des Sports zieht jedes Jahr zahlreiche aktuelle und ehemalige Spitzensportler an. In diesem Jahr war Rennfahrer Mick Schumacher zu Gast und erschien in Begleitung seiner Freundin Laila Hasanovic. Sie posierten auf dem roten Teppich lächelnd für die Fotografen und gingen wortlos weiter in den Ballsaal zum Dinner der Benefiz-Gala mit rund 1650 Gästen.

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Fragen über ihre Beziehung oder über die sportliche Zukunft von Mick wollte das Paar an diesem Abend nicht beantworten. Dass der Sohn von Motorsport-Legende Michael Schumacher und seine Freundin im siebten Himmel sind, blieb den anderen Gästen der Veranstaltung nicht verborgen. „Die sind richtig verknallt, das sieht man. Das ist doch schön“, sagte Eislauf-Ikone Marika Kilius gegenüber Bild.

Der Auftritt auf dem Ball des Sports ist die erste Veranstaltung in Deutschland, die das Paar gemeinsam besucht. Mick trug an diesem Abend einen dunklen eleganten Smoking, sie verzauberte die Fotografen in einem engen Schlauchkleid. Der 24-Jährige hatte seine Haare streng nach hinten gegelt, dagegen trug Laila ihre langen blonden Haare offen.

Mick hatte im August 2023 die Beziehung mit der 23-Jährigen öffentlich gemacht. Er postete auf seinem Instagram-Account ein Schwarzweiß-Foto vor Meereshintergrund mit Laila Hasanovic. Bereits zuvor war über eine Beziehung der beiden spekuliert worden. Schumacher äußerte sich zu den Gerüchten aber nicht.

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