Raisman won six Olympic medals, three of them gold, during her career 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman ,PHOTO:REUTERS LANSING: Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman blasted US gymnastics officials on Friday for failing to protect her and other women from years of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, calling the sport’s governing body “rotten from the inside.” Raisman, co-captain of the US women’s gymnastics squad at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games, called for an independent investigation into US gymnastics and Olympic officials who she said had the power to stop Nassar. Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree sexual assault in November. Koreas agree on united women’s hockey team for Winter Olympics “For this sport to go on, we need to demand real change, and we need to be willing to fight for it,” she said. “It’s clear now that if we … [Read more...] about Olympian abused by team doctor sees USA Gymnastics as ‘rotten’
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – As Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov and Andrey Rublev of Russia battled on the blue courts at Rod Laver Arena on Friday, it was Nike’s court Melbourne collection that most stood out. The sporting giant’s players have been geared up in striking combinations of black, white and salmon for this year’s Australian Open, to titters of amusement on social media across the first week of the first grand slam of the year. “‘Licorice Allsort’ appears to be the inspiration behind the @Nike tennis apparel this summer. Who wore it better? #Federer #Dimitrov,” Twitter user Daniel Higgins said. Rublev, 20, among other young guns Kyle Edmund of Britain and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, also 22, all sported the same bold salmon and black-blocked shirt, as Nike splashed bright colours to drive sales to younger fans. It was a scaled down affair for tennis royalty of white with pink accents – defending champion Roger Federer in … [Read more...] about Players get a ‘sweet’ Nike deal at Australian Open
Hopman Cup tournament director Paul Kilderry has backed Alexander Zverev to take over the mantle from Roger Federer and carry forward his legacy. The 20-year-old is among the rising talents in the circuit and is being looked at as the heir apparent to the Swiss ace, who is regarded as the greatest player to have ever made his way into a tennis court. The world number 4 enjoyed a magnificent season on the ATP Tour, claiming five titles, including the Montreal Masters in which he beat Federer in the final. 2018 is set to be another significant year for the youngster in which he is expected to stamp his mark and show that he belongs in the same cadre as the likes of Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and others. Federer, a 19-time men's singles Grand Slam winner, came back from a six-month break in 2016 in spectacular fashion, when he won the Australian Open in January, the first grand slam he had won in over four years. After missing the French Open owing to injury … [Read more...] about 20-year-old touted as Roger Federer’s successor and heir apparent
BRITAIN’S top female tennis player Johanna Konta is aiming for Grand Slam glory at Wimbledon this year.Konta has stormed up to seventh in the world on the back a hugely successful 2016.Now a three-time Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) title holder, Konta has already represented Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, as well as claiming numerous professional titles since breaking onto the circuit as a 16-year-old in 2008.Becoming the first Briton in over 30 years to make the top 10 in the WTA singles rankings late in 2016, the 25-year-old currently sits at number 8 in the world.Here is what we know about the British No.1…Johanna Konta has climbed into the top ten world rankings after a breakthrough season in 2016, but her form in the Grand Slam competitions has been inconsistent.She reached the semi-finals in the Australian Open in 2016, only to lose to eventual champion Angelique Kerber in straight sets.Konta appears to show a preference for playing on … [Read more...] about Who is Johanna Konta, where was the British No 1 born, and what has she won?
OVERWEIGHT, miserable and living with his parents, British tennis no-hoper Marcus Willis was ready to give up on his dream of Wimbledon glory.But then he found a real love match at an Ellie Goulding gig — and his new girlfriend convinced him to give it one more shot.On Monday the world No772 pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history, sensationally beating world No54, Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.Today he is scheduled to step on to Centre Court for a second-round clash with seven-times champ Roger Federer in front of a huge TV audience.And he does so having, since Monday, already reportedly landed a mystery £25,000 sponsorship deal as well as messages of encouragement from singer Ellie and Wimbledon ace Andy Murray.He will also pocket a £50,000 prize for having reached the second round.It’s a far cry from the days the pint-loving player funded his low-ranking tennis career with loans — and whose winnings last year were a … [Read more...] about From ‘overweight loser’ to tennis sensation: Love match that sent Marcus Willis to Wimbledon glory