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Serena Williams has no time for divisive Tennys

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Everyone loves an underdog, but the fast-rising Tennys Sandgren is proving to be quite polarising.

The once-unknown Tennessean is the first American male tennis player since 2010 to make the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

But in the past 24 hours, questions have been raised about Sandgren’s alleged alt-right sympathies and belief in the Pizzagate conspiracy theory. It culminated in the player completely purging his Twitter account of tweets.

While support for your countrymen often comes automatic in sports, Serena Williams fired away with a two-word tweet seemingly aimed at Sandgren on Wednesday, who was set to play South Korean starlet Chung Hyeon. Read more…

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Tennis pro Tennys Sandgren’s sudden rise prompts questions over alt-right links

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This year has been rather fruitful for the underdog at the Australian Open tennis tournament. 

One of the unexpected successes is a Tennessean with a funny name, Tennys Sandgren, whose giant-killing efforts have earned him a place at the tournament’s quarterfinal and plenty of admiration.

But as people began to jump on the Sandgren bandwagon, questions have been raised about the player’s alleged support of the so-called alt-right, a white nationalist movement, and the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.

Tweets from the player have been circulated which indicate his support for Mike Cernovich on “fake news,” a denial that America has a problem with systemic racism because it elected a black president twice, and his belief that the “collective evidence is too much to ignore” in regard to the Pizzagate emails. Read more…

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Sweet thank you card from ball girl to tennis pro Jo-Wilfried Tsonga goes viral

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There isn’t always room for niceties in the world of professional sport, but French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has bucked the trend.

You might remember him helping out a ball girl who was in tears after being struck by a ball at last year’s Australian Open, stopping the match to accompany her off the court.

Here’s a video of the moment to help jog your memory.

Well, twelve months on, the ball girl — real name Giuliana — penned a thank you card to the Frenchman, which he shared on Facebook while back in Melbourne for the tennis tournament. Read more…

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You're breaking my balls: Tennis pro smashes rival in the groin during match

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That must’ve hurt.

The tense five-setter to reach the Australian Open second round on Monday took a dramatic turn when pro Stanislas Wawrinka slammed a ball at his rival, Martin Klizan’s groin. 

The defenceless Klizan, standing by the net, was taken by surprise to say the least.

Wawrinka, who later won the match, immediately jumped over the net to apologise. “That was, for sure, a tough shot for him. The thing is there are some players they fake you, and you stop playing and then they just put up the racquet,” Wawrinka told SMH post-game.

“So for me I already miss some easy ones. For me the most important thing was to run straight over to him. I just wanted to make sure he was OK. I realised he was OK. I’m sorry I touched him in the wrong place. But I think it was OK at the end,” he said.  Read more…

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