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Japan considers requesting Olympic fans for negative COVID tests & vaccinations

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Japan continues to hold concerns for COVID safety at the Tokyo Olympics

Now the nation is considering requiring fans attending the Tokyo Olympics to show negative COVID-19 test results or vaccination records, according to local media.

The report also detailed that a new poll showed public opposition to the Games remained strong.

Japan extended a state of emergency in Tokyo and other regions of the country until June 20th as the start date to the Olympics looms closer.

The opening of the Games is now less than two months away and public confidence has been shaken by the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections as well as a slow rollout of the vaccines.

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Tokyo Olympics are set to go ahead in months

The nation has banned foreign spectators

Organisers are expected to make a decision next month on whether Japanese fans will be able to attend the Games and under what conditions.

In addition to other measures like banning loud cheering and high-fives, the Yomiuri said the government was considering whether spectators should be required to show a negative test result taken within a week of attending an Olympic event.

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Kyrgios through to Wimbledon semi-final amid court battle

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Nick Kyrgios is through to the Wimbledon semi-final for the first time in his career, but the controversial Australian tennis star is remaining tight lipped about his off-court battle

Ahead of the stellar match, Australian police confirmed the 27-year-old will be required to appear in a Canberra court next month amid allegations of assault by a former girlfriend.

Kyrgios says it’s been difficult to read reports about the alleged claims, but it did not impact him mentally.

During a post-match press conference, Kyrgios told reporters he has a lot on his mind at the moment, but he’s been advised by his lawyers to stay quiet.

The Aussie put on an incredible show for fans around the world, powering through to the next round in a straight sets victory over Christian Garin.

When it comes to reaching the semi-final, Kyrgios says he’s just so proud of his recent achievements.

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Nick Kyrgios to face Australian court

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One of Tennis’ most iconic events, Wimbledon, is underway and it’s been action-packed

Quarter-finalist Nick Kyrgios has been in hot water and the spotlight continues on the aussie, he is set to appear in court next month once Wimbledon has come to a close

He’ll head down under to face an allegation of common assault.

Police said it follows an incident in December last year which Kyrgios’ lawyer says was “in the context of a domestic relationship”.

He will play Chile’s Cristian Garin in the Wimbledon last eight on Wednesday.

Kyrgios’ lawyer told the Canberra times “The nature of the allegation is serious, and Mr Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously.”

The Association of Tennis Professionals is aware of the Australian case involving Kyrgios but declined to comment further at this time.

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Williams loses first round at Wimbledon

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There’s been a bit of drama on the court as the most prestigious tennis Grand Slam gets underway

Spectators filled the All England Club on Monday to watch the biggest tennis stars hit the court at Wimbledon.

After coming back from a lengthy break, Serena Williams lost in three sets to 24-year-old, Harmony Tan.

“When I saw the draw, I was really scared. I don’t know what to say, I’m so emotional now because she’s a superstar,” Tan says.

Tan took the first set 7-5, before Williams took over 6-1. Tan fought back to win a thrilling third set tie-breaker.

“Because it’s Serena Williams, she’s a legend. I was like, oh my God. How can I play? If I could win one game, or two games, it’s really good for me.”

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Despite her dramatic loss, the former world number one is brushing off retirement rumours.

Kyrgios spits at crowd

Meanwhile, in men’s singles, Aussie tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, caused a bit of a stir calling the chair umpire a “snitch” after she supposedly complained to the court umpire about his behaviour.

The 27-year-old will likely be up for a fine for also spitting towards a fan during the match.

Kyrgios says there was a lot of disrespect from the crowd, which is why he admitted to spitting towards a fan.

“I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything,” he says.

The ATP remains in crisis talks over Wimbledon’s Russia ban.

Katerina Kostakos contributed to this report

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