The tennis news (but not only) of the week: Simona Halep’s vaccine and a record tire rise

Monday February 22

Climbing on the podium of the strongest players in the world, as achieved by Daniil Medvedev (best ranking of his career) requires a daunting effort. But then, leaping 72 places to arrive in 42nd position is a mission impossible. Well done to Aslan Karatsev, who had never passed 111th place in the past. Special mention also to Naomi Osaka who recovers the seat of runner-up among women, and to Serena Williams whose presence in the Top 10 was no longer relevant since her pregnancy. Finally, the jury’s congratulations go to Romain Baudart: at 22, this runner accepts the challenge of mounting an 80 kilogram tire for 10 terminals at the top of the Hohlandsbourg castle located in Wintzenheim (Haut-Rhin, France).

Tuesday, February 23rd

« People doubt me all the time, some will always doubt. They will question everything I say or do, you can’t please everyone… Like everyone else, I have emotions and it’s something to be criticized unfairly. I had a new MRI, which showed that the damage was a little more important than after my third round against Taylor Fritz. According to the doctors, it’s not that bad. But I will have to rest, and take care of myself: my abdominal tear has gone from 1.7 to 2.5 centimeters. As if winning another Grand Slam tournament weren’t enough, Novak Djokovic is keen to make things clear about his injury and the complaints he has been the subject of. While keeping the peace attitude, like the American journalist Bob Barnard who interrupts his speech live on Fox 5 Washington DC to… cuddle a dog that has come to meet him. As stressed as the Serbian in a Major final.

Wednesday, February 24

As Clint Eastwood has said before, the world falls into two categories. There are those who like the risk, like this North Korean swimming for six hours to cross the world’s most militarized border illegally to reach South Korea. And there are those who, on the contrary, anticipate possible problems, such as Simona Halep being vaccinated and thus becoming the first player in the circuit voluntarily immune to the Covid. You dig to find out which group you belong to.

Thursday February 25

Beer, alcohol and good weather. This is what guides the life choices of Benoît Paire, however capable of winning his first match in Córdoba. But frankly, the result of his meeting does not figure in his posted priorities: ” I chose to come to Argentina because in France, the stands are empty. I like to play in front of an audience and hear the applause after a winning shot, I like to have fun with the fans. I prefer to be here: outdoor games, clay courts, sun, swimming pool, Quilmès … I like Argentines, I like partying and I like to discover bars to find out what I can drink. For now, I have to stay at the hotel in the bubble. But when I’m done with the tournament, I’ll go explore the city. On the other side of the planet, a completely different being, on the other hand, appreciates life alone: ​​the Australian Baarack sheep, no longer shorn for at least five years, is found with more than 35 kilograms of fur on its back. Not far from the record, set at 41. A new (good) reason to drink anyway, for the French.

Friday February 26

They do not have the same level, but they obviously have the same rituals: defeated by David Goffin in Montpellier, Lorenzo Sonego is distinguished by a tic regularly observed at Rafael Nadal by carefully lining up his bottles placed in front of him between two games. We have the same dreams, but we obviously do not have the same success: while a good number of Loto fans try their luck, a Swiss wins the tidy sum of 210 million euros. Never seen before, at EuroMillions. And more than double of all the gains amassed by the Spaniard, since his debut in the world of the little yellow ball.

Saturday February 27

Phew, Lady Gaga got her dogs back! Devastated, the American artist offered $ 500,000 to anyone who would find his two bulldogs kidnapped in the middle of the week. More interestingly, Iga Świątek won her second title by dominating Belinda Bencic in Adelaide. ” Baby there’s no other superstar / You know that I’ll be / Your Papa-paparazzi ».

Sunday February 28

Coronation also for Alexei Popyrin, who opens his prize list in Singapore! Nick Kyrgios, him, is officially named number one of the sanctioned ones of the Open of Australia: with in all and for all 9000 dollars of fine according to the calculations which have just fallen, the bad boy of contemporary tennis finished well ahead of Alexander Zverev ($ 6,000 “only”). A feat which earned him the praise of Nikolay Davydenko – ” Lots of kids want to copy Nick’s play style “- or even Boris Becker,”impressed with his attitude on the pitch. I always thought he should win Wimbledon at least once, with the immense talent he has. With his serve and fast play, there is so much he could achieve. “. For his part, Yoshihito Nishioka compares the Australian to the charismatic character of Pokemon Charizard as he sees Roger Federer in the skin of a Pikachu: “Everyone loves Pikachu, it’s like Roger on the tour and for the fans. He is the preferred player, so the comparison is largely justified.»During this time, a tractor was intercepted on the highway in the Nièvre (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté) after a chase at… 30 km / h. Like what, there is more crazy than a Kyrgios on a field.

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