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Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon finals, opening the door for Kyrgios

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Australia’s Nick Kyrgios is one step away from a Wimbledon win after a shocking exit from Rafael Nadal

The Spanish great withdrew from his Wimbledon semi-final against Kyrgios with an abdominal injury.

Nadal sustained his abdominal injury in his quarterfinal win over Taylor Fritz and says he is sad,  but knows he can’t play because he is suffering serious pain.

Now it’s up to the Aussie star, Kyrgios, who is seeking to become the first Australian men’s singles champion at Wimbledon since Lleyton Hewitt lifted the trophy 20 years ago.

Nadal’s exit also ends his chance of being the first men’s player to win the Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969.

Now Kyrgios will play either Novak Djokovic or Cameron Norrie in the men’s singles final.

This comes as Australian police confirmed Kyrgios will be required to appear in a Canberra court next month amid allegations of assault by a former girlfriend.

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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Sex noises interrupt BBC FA Cup coverage

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The BBC has been forced to apologise to viewers after its live coverage of the FA Cup was interrupted by sex noises.

The moaning you just heard was played as Gary Lineker presented the third-round replay between Wolves and Liverpool.

BBC is now investigating the incident which appears to be an act of sabotage.

Lineker says a mobile phone was found taped to the back of the set and was responsible for the sex noises.

After the incident, the broadcaster said the sound being made in the studio was so loud it was “quite difficult” to carry on.

But he still saw humour in the incident calling it a “good” prank and questioning why the BBC felt the need to apologise in the first place.

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Russian controversy at the Australian Open

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Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open following match controversy

As the Australian Open heats up, organisers have been forced to ban Russian flags from the venue.

It follows the red, white and blue flag being spotted behind fans during a match between a Russian and a Ukrainian.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia condemned the act and called on organisers to take action.

Tennis Australia has since made changes to its tournament regulations.

In a statement, the organisers say they will “continue to work with the players and fans to ensure the best possible environment to enjoy the tennis.”

The ban is effective immediately.

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