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Cole heaps praise on Foden after he rescues a point for Man City

‘He looked like the best player when he came on the pitch’: Joe Cole heaps praise on Phil Foden after he climbed off the bench to rescue a point for Manchester City at West Ham and claims England star is ‘almost the finished article’

  • Phil Foden came off the bench at half-time to replace the injured Sergio Aguero 
  • The youngster took just six minutes to get Manchester City back into the game
  • Foden scored the equaliser for the visitors after Michail Antonio’s first-half goal

Joe Cole has piled praise onto Phil Foden after he came off the bench to salvage a point for Manchester City.

The 20-year-old came on to replace the injured Sergio Aguero and took just six minutes to score an equaliser for the visitors.

It was the Englishman’s second goal of the season so far and he has been one of City’s best performers on the field despite issues with England off it.

Phil Foden was Manchester City’s best player when he came off the bench against West Ham

The youngster took just six minutes to get them back into the game scoring a vital equaliser

BT Sport pundit Joe Cole praised the youngster claiming he’s ‘almost the finished article’ 

After the match BT Sport pundit Cole said Foden changed the game.

‘You can see he’s got a hunger to score and it was an outstanding goal,’ he told presenter Jake Humphrey. 

‘He looked like the best player when he came on the pitch. You look at the amount of money spent on some of the players out there and that’s a young Englishman.   

‘He’s an outstanding talent and after today Pep (Guardiola) will look at him with a different light because he changed the game.

‘He’s almost the finished article. We’ve almost been waiting for him for two years. Pep’s dropped him in, took him out, dropped him back in. 

‘Pep gave him a massive honour when he said he was one of the best young players he’s seen and think of the players that have played under Pep.

‘You’ve got to talk about him as a focal point of Man City and hopefully England.’

After the match Guardiola confirmed that Aguero had sustained a hamstring injury which was the reason for the substitution.

Foden inspired the team in the second-half as he drove them on to try and get a second goal

Foden is expected to have a big part to play with the absence of Aguero as well as Gabriel Jesus who is also currently out.

BT Sport pundit and former Manchester City player Joleon Lescott said: ‘There’s some massive games coming up, one against Liverpool and he will start against them. I would be very surprised if he doesn’t but he just needs to keep on performing.’ 

Foden has had a mixed start to the season with problems off the field when he and Mason Greenwood were sent home for inviting two girls to their hotel when away on international duty with England.

However Foden has done his talking on the field and has scored two goals in the club’s opening five games and will likely have a big part to play in their challenge for trophies this season.




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Man City waiting on Aguero injury update as Guardiola admits seven dropped points is ‘a lot’

Pep Guardiola is still waiting on an update regarding the injury picked up by Sergio Aguero against West Ham, with the Manchester City boss more concerned at seeing two points dropped in a 1-1 draw.

The Blues have taken just eight points from the 15 on offer through the opening five games of their 2020-21 campaign.

That return has them sat 11th in the table, while they now face the prospect of being without their all-time leading goalscorer for the foreseeable future after seeing Aguero forced off against the Hammers.

Asked about his Argentine frontman on the back of a frustrating afternoon against the Hammers, Guardiola told BT Sport: “Injury. No, I don’t know [what it is].

“It looks like a muscular injury.”

City are far from being the only title hopefuls to have suffered an inconsistent start to their domestic campaign this season, but Guardiola admits that his side have work to do after finding a winning formula elusive once again in the East End.

He said, after seeing half-time substitute Phil Foden cancel out a spectacular opener from Michail Antonio: “We started really good, we concede a goal the first time they arrive. They defend so deep and we had the chance at the end to score the goal. Now we move forward.

“I think we didn’t play bad except for the last 10 minutes of the first half. They have many players arriving in the box, we had periods of that but we had the chances to score and we didn’t.

“We started really well. We suffered in the last 10 or 15 minutes of the first half. In the second half we were better and scored early. We had the chances we needed to win the game, but unfortunately we couldn’t score.

“We created enough. Their defenders were defending so deep so it’s difficult to find spaces, but we had the chances.

“I’m not a guy who can predict the future. We’ve already dropped seven points, which is a lot. But we’ve struggled a lot for many reasons. We have to take things game by game and see what happens.”

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Mayweather goes on incredible rant about the worrying state of boxing

‘Belts now are like a fighter winning an amateur trophy… everybody is a champion’: Floyd Mayweather goes on incredible rant about the worrying state of boxing and admits he and other promoters are partly to blame for there being too many champions

  • Floyd Mayweather is frustrated at the lack of meaning attached to belts 
  • With so many sanctioning bodies, the worth attached to each title is reduced 
  • Retired American admits his promotional company share some of the blame  

Floyd Mayweather has hit out at the abundance of belts in boxing and the state of the sport, admitting his promotional company share a portion of the blame. 

The retired American voiced his frustration in a rant about how the impact of a title has been diluted with so many sanctioning bodies. 

There are too many champions, declared Mayweather, who runs Mayweather Promotions, and he called for a huge clean up of the sport. 

Floyd Mayweather went on a rant about the concerning state that boxing is in at the moment 

The 43-year-old spoke to Showtime Boxing ahead of Gervonta Davis’ clash with Leo Santa Cruz, saying: ‘I don’t wanna knock no fighter, but I’m tired of seeing fighters after the fight, everybody has got a championship belt now. 

‘Now boxing, all these belts are like trophies. The WBC, the WBA, the IBF and the WBO, y’all have to clean this s*** up. Y’all have to clean this up. This is bad for boxing. Ain’t a such thing as no super champion. 

‘You guys are just taking extra money from all these fighters, getting extra money from sanctioning fees. And this goes for my company as well. We gotta clean this sport of boxing up. This s***, this don’t look good. When you look on TV now, everybody’s a champion. You see all these fighters posing with a belt.’ 

He went on: ‘I don’t care if it’s Top Rank, if it’s Golden Boy [Promotions], if it’s Mayweather Promotions, if it’s PBC – there’s too many champions in the sport of boxing right now. 

The retired American thinks the value of a belt has been undermined in the sport 

With so many sanctioning bodies, fees paid by fighters such as Teofimo Lopez can rack up 

‘Too many champions. It’s not a such thing as a super champion, not at all. And I’m not taking nothing away from no fighter. It’s too many belts.’ 

Sanctioning bodies usually take three per cent of a purse from the champion and challenger and the financial interest is at the heart of the problem. 

Promoters, sanctioning bodies and fighters are always likely to prefer belts being on the line to ramp up the spectacle of a fight, despite the long term damage it does to the image of the sport.  

Mayweather went on to address this point: ‘People don’t know you have to pay, for every belt that you win, there’s a sanctioning fee. So now, if a fighter wins an interim belt, he has to pay a sanctioning fee. If a fighter has just the regular belt, he has to pay a sanctioning fee. Then, if a fighter is a super champion, then he has to pay a sanctioning fee. 

‘This is not good for the sport of boxing. Now, when a fighter fights, every fighter is a champion now. Belts now is like a fighter winning an amateur trophy. Everybody is a champion. Everybody have a belt.’

If there are four titles on the line for a fight, that would mean around 12 per cent of a purse could go to the sanctioning body, a significant amount. 

One stat that illustrates the problem of mass champions is that the WBA recognises three or more champions in 12 of 17 weight divisions in the sport. 

He accepted partial responsibility for the problem lies with Mayweather Promotions

When Davis, who is represented by Mayweather, fights Santa Cruz, the WBA 135-pound title is on the line even though neither man is allowed to tip the scales for that weight limit next weekend. 

Calling for change and exacting it are two very different propositions, even with Mayweather’s influence. 

There is no overarching authority that can order each sanctioning body to agree to terms and provide clarity for spectators.  

Boxing is also challenged by the rise of MMA where the primary promotion, the UFC, routinely pits the best against the best for one championship in one weight division. 




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Le'Veon Bell on joining Chiefs: 'I think this offense is really fit for my skill set'

After playing behind a disastrous offensive line in New York, with few weapons and a coaching staff ill-equipped to capitalize on what he does best, Le'Veon Bell landed a cushy gig in the exact opposite situation.

“I think this offense is really fit for my skill set,” Bell said Wednesday, via Herbie Teope of the K.C. Star. “It’s going to be fun, there’s going to be a lot of weapons.”

Bell noted that he doesn’t worry about how many touches he’ll get in a star-studded offense that features Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and others. The veteran said playing for Andy Reid was a main reason he chose to join the Chiefs.

“Opportunity to play for coach Reid is going to be magnificent for me,” Bell said, via NFL Network’s James Palmer.

Bell is hoping to show the league that he can still be a difference-maker in the right situation. His disastrous time in New York with Adam Gase brought only questions about how much he has left in the tank. If he gets back to his Pro Bowl level in K.C.’s multifaceted offense, Bell will see more suitors.

Reid said the veteran running back would practice Wednesday after signing with Kansas City last week.

As for Bell’s availability for Sunday in Denver, Reid isn’t tipping his hand.

“We will take it day by day…really we got to just have good communication between coach and player to see where he is at, but he’ll be in at practice and we will see how he does,” Reid said, via Hayley Lewis of KSHB Kansas City.

Bell wasn’t able to suit up for Monday’s victory over Buffalo due to COVID-19 restrictions after he signed Thursday. The Chiefs added Bell for minimal cost after he was cut by the Jets, who owed the veteran $6 million guaranteed.

Even after Edwards-Helaire went off against Buffalo, taking 26 carries for 161 yards, the Chiefs believe Bell can add another dimension to the backfield.

“My hat goes off to (Clyde), he was phenomenal and it doesn’t hurt to have a running mate or two, different flavors isn’t bad to throw at a defense,” Reid said. “I think when you see Le’Veon, you’ll see how big he is, he’s a big man. … Clyde had a big game and will welcome another helping hand.”

Mahomes noted that, given the Chiefs’ personnel, Bell could see plenty of matchups against linebackers in space on passing downs, which K.C. should take advantage of.

Mahomes credited Reid and GM Brett Veach with building a roster that can easily absorb Bell’s personality and talent.

“It’s about bringing in great players and creating competition,” the Super Bowl MVP noted.

On paper, Bell’s skill set in his prime fits like a glove in Reid’s offense and provides the Chiefs a dynamic backfield that can take advantage when defenses sell out to slow Mahomes. In the coming weeks, we’ll see if it was truly Gase holding Bell back or whether the running back is on the downslope of his career.

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'On my way to Cobham': Drogba jokes about return after Cech call-up

‘I’m already on my way to Cobham’: Retired Chelsea legend Didier Drogba jokes that he’s getting his boots back on to link up with Frank Lampard again after Petr Cech’s shock inclusion in Blues’ 25-man Premier League squad

  • Petr Cech was a surprise addition to Chelsea’s squad amid goalkeeping crisis 
  • The 38-year-old retired after a successful career following his spell at Arsenal 
  • Chelsea legend Didier Drogba joked that he would also be lacing up boots again 
  • Ivorian retired aged 40 after spells at Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising  

Frank Lampard’s shock inclusion of Petr Cech in his Premier League squad has another retired Chelsea legend desperate to lace up the boots again…

Didier Drogba reacted to the news of his former team-mate, now performance advisor at Stamford Bridge, coming out of retirement as a back-up goalkeeping option should Lampard need it. 

The 42-year-old Ivorian hung up his boots two years ago but joked on Twitter than he was ‘already on his way to Cobham’, Chelsea’s training ground. 

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba joked he would be the next out of retirement for Frank Lampard

Former team-mate Petr Cech was included in Frank Lampard’s Premier League squad 

Drogba helped Chelsea to four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a famous Champions League victory over Bayern Munich. 

No doubt his tongue in cheek post will have the Blues feeling nostalgic for their former target man, who struck fear into defences during that golden period. 

Drogba joined Chelsea in 2004 and left for Shanghai Shenhua in 2012 before moving to Galatasaray and then back to Stamford Bridge on a one-year deal. 

A couple of spells in the MLS followed with Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising where he proved he was still a top goal scorer before finally calling it a day in 2018. 

Cech is 38 so by no means ancient in goalkeeping terms and Lampard insisted his inclusion in the squad made sense. 

The manager brought in Edouard Mendy as No 1 from Rennes in the transfer window with Kepa Arrizabalaga struggling hugely in goal. 

‘It’s definitely not for the romance,’ Lampard said of bringing Cech out of retirement. 

‘Pete’s been training with the keepers for a little while. He’s very fit and still relatively young. Pete finished playing when he could have probably carried on and taken on his role at Chelsea, which he does very well.

He reasoned: ‘We had a space in the squad and this year is like no other because of Covid and what it might do to selection and isolation. So it was an easy one. Pete will still do his day job but he’s there if we need him.

‘Whether we see him or not I’m not so sure. It depends how the season goes with Covid and isolations. I certainly felt it was a no brainer to have Pete in the squad for that reason and he can only help the goalkeepers we have. He’s one of the best in the world in the modern era.’

Frank Lampard insisted the decision to bring Cech back was not ‘for the romance’




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Mourinho moves on from Tottenham's dramatic draw with West Ham

‘West Ham’s goals? Tottenham’s goals? Or ‘the two Europa Leagues I have in the pocket and the third one I am ready to fight for?’: Jose Mourinho moves on from Tottenham’s dramatic draw with the Hammers as he poses with three balls ahead of LASK clash

  • Jose Mourinho has put Tottenham’s collapse against West Ham behind him 
  • Spurs begin their Europa League group stage against LASK at home on Thursday
  • Mourinho posed for a photo of him holding three footballs ahead of the game
  • He joked they could represent the two trophies he has won and one he will win 

Jose Mourinho looks to have put Tottenham’s collapse against West Ham behind him as he shared a light-hearted post on Instagram ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with LASK.

Spurs raced into a 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes against their London rivals but conceded three goals themselves in the final stages with Manuel Lanzini scoring a screamer to equalise.

A disappointed Mourinho admitted at full-time that his side had been punished for believing the game was over. But the Tottenham boss appears to be in a determined mood as his side prepare for their opening Europa League group game. 

Jose Mourinho is ready for Tottenham’s Europa League game against LASK after a disappointing collapse against West Ham at the weekend

The manger posed with three footballs at the club’s training ground and joked they could represent the two Europa League trophies he has won – and the one he is about to win

Spurs threw away a 3-0 lead with their London rivals scoring a last-minute equaliser on Sunday

The manager took to Instagram to post a photo of him holding three footballs at the club’s training ground with the caption: ‘3 balls… The 3 goals we conceded against West Ham? The 3 amazing goals we scored against them? Or the 2 Europa leagues I have in the pocket and the 3rd one I am ready to fight for?  

Mourinho won the Europa League with Manchester United in 2017. Goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave the club a 2-0 victory over Ajax.

The Portuguese boss also won the trophy with Porto in 2003, when the competitions was known as the UEFA Cup.

Mourinho won the Europa League with Manchester United in 2017 and with Porto in 2003

Spurs host LASK on Thursday as they look to get off to a winning start in Group J.

The north London club have also been drawn alongside Belgian side Antwerp and Bulgarian team Ludogorets.

Mourinho has also dismissed that his side’s collapse against the Hammers was another example of their ‘Spursy’ stereotype – the idea they tend to enjoy success before throwing it away.

The manager insisted it was an anomaly in what has so far been an impressive campaign. 




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Zeke on Dallas loss: ‘I’m sorry; this one is on me’

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was not blaming any part of the 38-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Dak Prescott’s absence. He was putting it all on himself.

“I don’t think we can use that as an excuse,” Elliott said of not having Prescott because of a compound fracture and dislocated right ankle. “I’m just going to keep saying it over and over — I started the game out with two fumbles, gave the ball away and gave them all the momentum they need to go take off. I want to say I’m sorry and this one is on me. I need to be better.”

Elliott finished with 49 yards on 12 carries and caught a team-high eight passes but for just 31 yards. However, it was fumbles on back-to-back drives in the first and second quarters that changed the complexion of the game.

The first fumble came after catching a short pass from Andy Dalton on second down, but safety Budda Baker stripped the ball free and Jordan Phillips recovered. Eleven plays later Kyler Murray and Christian Kirk hooked up for a 6-yard flip for a touchdown.

Two plays into the next possession, Elliott fumbled again with Phillips poking the ball free at the Dallas 30. Five plays later, Kenyon Drake scored the Cardinals’ second touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

“I mean, when you’re fumbling every game obviously teams are going to lock in on it and go for it even more,” Elliott said. “That’s even more of a reason I need to figure it out, man. I don’t want to keep talking about it, but I’ve got to figure out a way to figure it out.”

When the Cowboys took the field after Elliott’s second fumble, Tony Pollard was the running back. When Elliott returned to the field after eight snaps, there was a murmur among the crowd.

“Every player that plays in this league, no different on our football team, if you don’t take care of the football, it does affect your opportunities,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Tony got an opportunity and I thought he did some really good things with his opportunities.”

Elliott has lost a career-high four fumbles in six games and the opponents have turned every takeaway into a touchdown. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the other top-10 rushers have combined for three lost fumbles in nearly 900 fewer touches this season. Elliott has 133 touches, while the nine other backs have 1,014 touches.

“I’m giving the ball away,” Elliott said. “I wasn’t helping my team. I think they did the right thing and gave some of those reps to TP, but I can’t do that. I have to be a guy this team can lean on, especially at times like right now with so many of our starters hurt and not playing. So it’s not acceptable and I need to figure it out.”

Elliott said he focuses on keeping the ball tight in practice. The Cowboys do ball-handling drills every day in practice.

“I just got to have a short memory,” Elliott said. “I’ve got to get that behind me and play some good ball and get on a roll.”

Elliott has gone a career-long six games without a 100-yard outing. He had a five-game drought in Weeks 10-14 last season. He had not gone more than two games to open a season without a 100-yard game to his credit.

Some of that can be pinned on a defense that has struggled, but 84 of the 218 points the Cowboys have allowed this season have come off turnovers.

“He understands that. He knows that,” Dalton said. “Zeke’s going to get this thing fixed.”

He also knows he needs to get it fixed quickly.

“At the end of the day, Zeke is our bell cow, and we need to get it right,” McCarthy said. “He’s part of the plan. He’s going to be part of the success. We have to get it right. We have to take care of the football and that’s for everybody that touches the football on our team.”

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Arnold facing decision on walking away from Socceroos

Wednesday looms as decision day for Socceroos coach Graham Arnold as he wrestles with a career dilemma which could have huge personal ramifications as well as a massive impact on the national teams.

It is understood that the Socceroo boss is fielding a lucrative offer from South Korean club FC Seoul, who want him to take over as their manager for the upcoming K-League season.

And they want to know whether he is going to take up the offer this week – perhaps as soon as Wednesday.

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Arnold has been in charge of Australia's national men's team since succeeding temporary coach Bert Van Marwijk after the Dutchman shepherded the Socceroos through a fruitless World Cup in Russia two years ago.

Van Marwijk had been hired to take charge after Ange Postecoglou sensationally walked out in November 2017 having secured World Cup qualification. Postecoglou eventually moved to Asia, winning Japan's J-League title with Yokohama Marinos in 2019.

When the ex-Sydney FC boss Arnold became Socceroos coach he also took on the role of Olyroos boss as he looked to gain a deeper influence on soccer development throughout the country.

But it is believed that the A-League title winning manager has become frustrated at the lack of international action and the ebbing away of resources as the cash-strapped game looks to tighten its belt and cut costs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

His biggest issue is thought to be a reluctance to walk out on the Olyroos, whom he led through a tough Asian qualifying group to reach the Olympic Games football tournament.

That was postponed, along with the rest of the Olympics, earlier this year as COVID-19 laid waste to the sporting world but the tournament is due to be staged next year.

Arnold is a big believer in using under-23 teams as a launching pad for senior talent, and his attachment to this age cohort is reinforced by his belief that if they can play and do well in the Olympics (which the Australian men last qualified for in 2008, when he was also the Olyroos coach) then many will secure moves to stronger overseas leagues and go on to have important Socceroos careers.

It is not the fault of the FFA that the COVID-19 crisis has forced the cancellation of Australia's World Cup qualifiers and prevented Australia from taking on the best of Latin American opposition in the Copa America earlier this year.

But it is also understandable that the coaching staff, headed by Arnold, are increasingly frustrated at having to kick their heels: there is a mooted friendly with England in London later this year, but given the way the coronavirus is spreading again in Britain there is no guarantee that will go ahead either.

The chance to go and coach again in Asia will be tempting.

Arnold had one shot before, a short lived period in charge at Vegalta Sendai which lasted just six games some six years ago.

Since then he has landed A-League titles with Sydney and gained far more experience on the international stage.

FC Seoul were K-League champions as recently as 2016 but the capital city club struggled and battled against relegation from the top tier for much of last season.

Arnold has been contacted for comment but did not reply.

His agent, Tony Rallis, said: "There have been two offers that Graham has received but we are not in a position to comment on them now."

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Iga Swiatek on her newfound fame in Poland after French Open victory

‘I’m going to need weeks to learn how to be a celebrity!’ French Open champion Iga Swiatek on her newfound fame in Poland, fulfilling a lifelong ‘dream’ at Roland Garros and the importance of her education beyond the world of tennis

  • Iga Swiatek did not drop a set on her way to winning the women’s singles in Paris
  • The new French Open champion spoke to Sportsmail about her brilliant run 
  • The 19-year-old insists she now wants to go on and win all four Grand Slams 
  • But Swiatek says that she may even go to university in the coming years

For Iga Swiatek, one week after becoming the first Pole to win a Grand Slam singles title following a flawless run at Roland Garros, newfound national stardom is set to become the norm. 

Fortunately, a level-headedness way beyond her 19 years means she is all too aware of the sudden spurt in popularity and not only has the maturity to deal with it, but thrive in it. 

‘It’s been crazy in Poland,’ she tells Sportsmail. ‘I’ve had loads of media coverage, I’ve been on TV Shows and on Wednesday I was on air from 9am to 9pm! 

Iga Swiatek became Poland’s first singles Grand Slam winner after her French Open triumph

The 19-year-old stormed through the field to win the women’s singles without dropping a set

‘I can finally get my thoughts together and I can finally believe I’ve won a Grand Slam. I’m getting more and more popular so I’m still trying to get used to that. I’m going to need a few weeks to learn how to be a celebrity so it’s a new experience for me, it’s such a unique time.’

Unique would be the appropriate word, not just for Swiatek’s life post-Paris, but throughout the autumn fortnight on the clay. Starting the tournament unseeded, ranked 54 in the world, the teenager brutally dismantled every opponent placed in front of her with exemplary ingenuity and professionalism, not dropping a set along the way. 

This was not just a case of a draw falling into place for the teenager either. Far from it in fact. 

From round one, when she beat last year’s finalist Marketa Vondrousova, to the fourth round when she conceded a mere three games to event favourite Simona Halep, Swiatek’s level of play reached new meteoric heights match-by-match.

By the final, when Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin stood in her way, the Pole’s swashbuckling all-court game was close to unbeatable. For the loss of just 28 games over seven matches, the 19-year-old goes down as the lowest ranked French Open women’s champion in history. 

‘The pressure was really high but I was playing great tennis – my level was so good that I could live with anyone,’ Swiatek says, shortly after arriving back in her native Poland. 

The Pole was ranked 54 at the beginning of the tournament but her ranking now stands at 17

Swiatek dropped just three games in the fourth round against 2018 champion Simona Halep

‘I wasn’t expecting that result. Even If I was playing my best tennis I thought I’d be able to reach the final at a maximum, but that was also shocking to me. I’m really glad that my tennis simply clicked at the French Open.’ 

Unusually, Swiatek’s singles performance did not dip despite involvement in the women’s doubles either, where alongside partner Nicole Melichar they reached the semi-finals. 

Using her finesse at the net to her advantage while riding solo too, was playing doubles a stroke of genius as the tournament unfolded? 

‘It had a pretty good impact because I had a match every day and I was able to keep my routine,’ Asics athlete Swiatek says. 

‘My head was always in match-mode – I actually thought it would make me more tired but I felt really good on the court. It helped me to develop my volleys and approach play too, so I definitely think it was good to take doubles seriously.’  

Swiatek also reached the semi-finals of the women’s doubles with American Nicole Melichar

The daughter of an Olympic rower, with her father competing at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, sporting prowess comes naturally in the Swiatek family. Though it was late in the day, her father and her sister were there to witness the historic moment on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

‘It was pretty emotional for him [my father] and I’m really glad he was able to watch my final match because usually he stays at home. 

‘The final was so special that he had to be there. My sister also came to Paris so it was amazing to have the most important people there supporting me. 

Those closest to her would be wise in emphasising calmness and stability now, with the fanfare surrounding her triumph making her something of a national hero already.  But that shouldn’t be necessary – Swiatek transmits an aura of sophistication and appreciates the bigger picture, not just in her tennis career but her life in general.  

 Swiatek will train at Cambridge University later this year with British coach Nick Brown

After resting in the short-term, the 19-year-old will train at Cambridge University before the year is out under the tutelage of British coach and former Davis Cup player Nick Brown, who has acted as a mentor for the Pole thus far. 

Perhaps not Cambridge, but continuing her education at university – to study psychology – is something Swiatek refuses to rule out despite her recent ascension up the rankings. 

‘School was basically my priority until I was 16 and I think it’s important to focus on other things other than tennis,’ she explains. 

‘If I focused just on tennis it would all be too hard and I wouldn’t have the energy at all. I still need to decide whether I’m going to go to university or not – right now I’m not sure it’s possible but maybe after I finish my career?’

The 19-year-old has faced numerous media commitments since her arrival back in Poland 

As for her progress on-court, Swiatek is now looking to consolidate her top-notch form for an extended period of time, something first-time major winners such as Jelena Ostapenko have struggled with in recent years.

‘My main goal now is to be consistent and to experience the top-10 of the rankings for a long period of time,’ Swiatek states. ‘I struggle with consistency but my long-term goal and dream is of course to win all four Grand Slam. 

‘Actually I felt it was a little bit more like a dream than a goal… but it’s not a dream anymore after I’ve won the French Open!’




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Neville calls on Sergio Aguero to apologise for Massey-Ellis incident

‘No football player should EVER put their hands on an official’: Gary Neville calls on Sergio Aguero to apologise for grabbing shoulder of Sian Massey-Ellis and insists Man City star’s ‘mistake’ was worse because she’s a woman

  • Sergio Aguero was encouraged to apologise for grabbing shoulder of official
  • The Argentian placed his hand on Sian Massey-Ellis during his game vs Arsenal
  • Gary Neville called on striker to apologise despite facing no retrospective action
  • Television pundit says the incident was worse because Massey-Ellis is a woman 

Gary Neville has called on Sergio Aguero to apologise after the Manchester City striker grabbing the shoulder of official Sian Massey-Ellis.

The Argentinian stirred controversy when he placed his hand on Massey-Ellis’s shoulder after she awarded Arsenal a throw-in in the first half. 

As it stands, Aguero has no plans to apologise for his actions and will not be forced to by Man City, according to the Telegraph.   

Sergio Aguero has been encouraged to apologise after he placed his hand on Sian Massey-Ellis

Gary Neville says he should apologise and incident was worse because she’s a woman

According to the rules, players can be cautioned or sent off if they touch officials, but he did not receive any punishment. 

Former player-turned-pundit Neville says the striker’s actions were a ‘mistake’, while insisting it was made worse because Massey-Ellis is a woman.  

‘No football player should ever put their hands on an official, whether they be female or male,’ Neville told CNN Sport.

‘Aguero did make a mistake on Saturday. I think it’s obviously worse by the fact that he put his hands on a female official, which he should never have done.

 It has been revealed the Argentinian will face no retrospective action for the incident

The Man City forward complained to Sian Massey-Ellis over a throw-in decision  

Sportsmail revealed earlier Aguero will face no retrospective action for the incident, but Neville revealed he thinks the striker should still issue an apology.

‘I think [he] would be best served by apologising and getting it over and done with rather than trying to defend the fact that it probably was an instinctive reaction,’ he added.  




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