The Masked Singer revealed a tennis legend in its fourth week, with former Wimbedon champion Pat Cash being unmasked as the mysterious Bagpipes. Davina McCall correctly identified the 56-year-old, leaving Jonathan Ross fuming after guessing that fellow tennis ace John McEnroe was inside the tartan costume. Asked why he decided to appear on the show, Pat said: ‘I’ve always been a frustrated rock star and fancied doing the Masked Singer from the first day I saw it.’ Pat is of course well known for being a former Wimbledon champion – but just when did he win the tournament? And did his Scottish-themed costume hint at a background north of the border? Here’s what you need to know… When did Pat Cash win Wimbledon? Pat Cash was crowned Men’s Singles champion in 1987. He was just 22 years old at the time, beating the then World Number One Ivan Lendl in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2, 7-5. Pat celebrated his victory by running into the stands to celebrate with his … [Read more...] about The Masked Singer: When did Pat Cash win Wimbledon and is he Scottish as he is revealed to be Bagpipes?
Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray begin their Australian Open campaigns on Tuesday but when are they both playing? All eyes will be on US Open champion Raducanu as she competes in only her third Grand Slam and her first appearance at the Australian Open. Preparation for the 19-year-old has been far from ideal after she tested positive for coronavirus shortly before Christmas and her 2022 campaign began in disastrous fashion after falling 6-0, 6-1 to Kazakhstan’s world No 13 Elena Rybakina at the Sydney International. Raducanu is remaining positive though and is trying to avoid the pressure and expecations that come with being a Grand Slam champion at such a young age. ‘I appreciate all the support I’ve been given and I’m very grateful. It is a journey, I need to learn to be patient and need patience from those watching,’ she said. ‘I need a little bit of space to learn to develop myself and figure out what works. I am just starting out.’ When is Emma Raducanu’s … [Read more...] about When is Emma Raducanu’s next match? What time is Andy Murray playing at the Australian Open?
Former British number one Tim Henman has told Novak Djokovic to ‘get vaccinated’ in order to avoid any future saga like the one which has seen him sensationally deported from Australia. The Serb was stripped of his visa by Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke over the weekend after making errors on the vaccine exemption form which he had used to enter the country. The Australian government feared that Djokovic’s ongoing presence would stoke anti-vaxx sentiment in the country, which has been placed under some of the strictest Covid-19 regulations on the planet since the pandemic took hold in early 2020, and a court failed to uphold his appeal over the weekend. Djokovic cannot defend his Australian Open title and will now have to wait for the chance to win a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam after returning home to Belgrade via Dubai, and Henman says there is a very simple way he can guarantee his spot at future majors. ‘The one point I would make is that to be a … [Read more...] about Tim Henman tells Novak Djokovic to ‘get vaccinated’ after Australia deportation controversy
Andy Murray says the Novak Djokovic saga has ‘not been good for anyone’, while Nick Kyrgios has appeared to take a swipe at Australia’s decision to deport the tennis world number one after he lost his visa appeal in court. On Sunday, judges upheld the government’s decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa and kick him out of the country on ‘health and good order’ grounds. The world number one arrived in Australia on January 6 hoping to defend his Australian Open title and add to his 20 Grand Slams. But Australia Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his ministerial powers to cancel Djokovic’s visa for a second time , after a first cancellation over not following Covid entry rules was overturned by a different judge. In a statement, Djokovic has said he was ‘extremely disappointed’ but would accept the ruling , and British star Murray has now given his take on the saga. ‘It is not great for the tournament because it is better when all of the top players are … [Read more...] about Andy Murray hopes for no repeat of Novak Djokovic ‘mess’ while Nick Kyrgios takes swipe at Australia deportation verdict
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has sent a message of support to countryman Novak Djokovic after he was deported by Australian authorities. On the eve of the Australian Open, Djokovic’s final effort to remain in the country failed after his visa appeal was rejected on Sunday. It marked the end of a 10-day battle where the unvaccinated 20-time Grand Slam winner fought to stay in Melbourne to defend his title having been originally granted a medical exemption. Djokovic’s attempts to remain in Australia were passionately defended by his family and his loyal legion of fans. He has also received the backing of another star of Serbian sport in Matic, who represented his country 48 times before international retirement in 2020. Sharing an image of Djokovic in Instagram, the Old Trafford star wrote: ‘Your glory and their shame will live forever.’ The Australian government cancelled Djokovic’s visa for a second time this month on public health grounds with … [Read more...] about ‘Your glory and their shame will live forever’ – Man Utd star Nemanja Matic sends support to Novak Djokovic following deportation
The Masked Singer ’s Pat Cash has joked that he’d like to be buried in his Bagpipes costume . The former Australian tennis star was booted out of the ITV competition series on Saturday night after losing a sing-off to Poodle with a rendition of Dusty Springfield’s I Only Want To Be With You. Pat grew rather fond of his Masked Singer disguise and when asked whether he’d like to wear it again, he said: ‘Is it wrong to say at my own funeral?’ He added to Daily Mirror newspaper’s Diary: ‘That would sum up my personality. Which not a lot of people other than the ones close to me know. Don’t take yourself too seriously.’ Previous Grand Slam champ Pat became the fourth celebrity to be unmasked after Heather Small, who underneath the Chandelier guise, Gloria Hunniford as Snow Leopard. and Will Young as Lion Fish. Judge Davina McCall was the only pannelist to correctly guess Pat’s identity, with the sporting ace revealing he joined the show because he is a ‘frustrated … [Read more...] about The Masked Singer UK: Unveiled contestant Pat Cash wants to be buried in Bagpipes costume
Novak Djokovic has officially left Australia following his visa cancellation saga, the country’s Immigration Minister has confirmed. Today’s decision to deport the world No.1 tennis player ended a dramatic 11-day legal dispute over whether Djokovic would be able to play at the Australian Open. Having seen his visa rejected upon arriving at Melbourne airport January 5 and then detained in an immigration hotel, the decision was then overturned on procedural grounds before Hawke cancelled his visa again on Friday. Alex Hawke took to social media to welcome today’s decision by the Full Federal Court of Australia to deport the Serb , who will now miss the chance to defend his title at next week’s Australian Open. A statement from Hawke read: ‘I welcome today’s unanimous decision by the Full Federal Court of Australia, upholding my decision to exercise my power under the Migration Act to cancel Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa in the public interest. ‘Australia’s strong border … [Read more...] about Novak Djokovic officially leaves Australia as Immigration Minister Alex Hawke releases fresh statement
Novak Djokovic's deportation from Australia for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 dealt a final blow to his hopes of winning his 21st Grand Slam trophy there. But while it brought to an end a long-running visa saga that made headlines around the world, experts told Newsweek about the ramifications it could have on upcoming sporting tournaments amid the ongoing and often polarized debate over COVID-19 vaccine requirements. Djokovic, the world's top men's tennis player, jetted out of Australia on Monday as the Australian Open got underway in Melbourne. He had argued in an Australian court that he should be permitted to stay and complete in the tournament because a recent COVID-19 infection provided the basis for a medical exemption from Australia's vaccination rules. But the court upheld Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's decision to cancel the Serbian's visa . Hawke had said Djokovic's presence could be a threat to public order and encourage anti-vaccine sentiment amid a … [Read more...] about Djokovic vaccine saga has global implications for sporting calendar 2022
AN IDYLLIC Los Angeles mansion complete with 17 bedrooms, a Moroccan bathhouse, and a stunning floor-to-ceiling Swarovski chandelier is on sale for $85million. The 1930s-style estate is nestled on nearly three rolling acres of land in the heart of the beautiful Holmby Hills, which is part of the so-called 'Platinum Triangle' – which also includes Bel Air and Beverly Hills. It is architect Paul Williams' largest-ever estate with 6,000 sq ft of space for residents to enjoy. The sprawling home, known as the Azria Estate, welcomes guests through a gated entrance and sweeping drive up to the grand, bright red front door. Step inside and you're instantly greeted by the grand dual staircase foyer with a Swaroski chandelier art piece taking center stage in the middle. The opulent theme continues throughout, with over 60 rooms in total to explore including an open plan living room with shimmering metallic leaf across the ceiling. Elsewhere, you'll find the huge kitchen with … [Read more...] about Inside luxurious Los Angeles estate boasting 60 rooms, Moroccan bathhouse, and Swarovski chandelier – on sale for $85M
Stadiums are crucial sources of income and without them, football would cease to exist in the way it does in the modern era. The coronavirus pandemic reminded us of that very fact. But constructing a new one from scratch will burn a hole in the pocket even for the richest clubs in Europe and must be wisely considered by the parties involved before going ahead with their plans. If the capacity is not estimated correctly, it could cost the club millions. If the design is not ahead of its time, it may require modernising in the future, as Barcelona and Real Madrid have realised with their modernisation of Camp Nou and the Santiago Bernabeu. But it is still cheaper than the alternative, which would be to knock down those grounds. To do so would be a crime against football purists, for it is where both clubs have generated so much success. Despite that, clubs in the UK have chosen to prioritise their future over history by moving to a bigger and better new home, with controversial … [Read more...] about 7 most problematic modern stadium moves – from the Ricoh Arena to the Emirates