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Italians in Wonder: Novak Djokovic Secretly Donates Money to Bergamo!

The Italian media praised the Serbian tennis player as one with the golden heart.

The best tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, has donated an unknown amount of money for the Italian city Bergamo, which has suffered the most from coronavirus. There are 61.326 infected, and 11.142 people died of COVID-19.

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The Italian media are delighted with the generosity of the Serbian tennis champion. They said how the best people are the ones who are providing help in silence, without promoting themselves, and without people knowing what they did. Publicity found out about his move from other people, while he never mentioned that to anyone.

Peter Asembergs, the director of Health Institute in Bergamo, said how he was impressed with Novak, who sent help to their city, even if he already donated a great amount of money to Serbia. He stated how big and generous man Novak Djokovic is.

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The donation from Novak Djokovic will help the Treviglio hospital to upgrade and modernize their room for intensive care, which is most important for patients in critical condition. The hospital is going to buy masks, ventilators, defibrillators, lamps, and other necessary equipment that will provide the medical team with more stable functioning.

Previously, a Serbian athlete helped Serbia by donating 1 million Euros.

World Best Tennis Players on a Tournament in April

Organizers of the Madrid tennis tournament have announced today that it will hold a virtual tournament at the end of April, played by the world’s best players from their homes.

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The Madrid ATP is in the company of more than 30 tournaments that was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

That is the main reason why they are planning to hold a virtual tournament between April 27 and April 30, where some of the best tennis players in the world will compete, expect they will hold gaming controllers instead of rackets, and compete from their homes.

The prize pool is set to be 150,000 dollars for both men and women competition, and the main point of this virtual tournament is to help all those tennis players who have financial problems since all tournaments are delayed. The winner of the tournament will decide the way of allocating that money, while there will be a bonus of 50,000 dollars for a charity and fighting against the coronavirus.

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We are waiting to see the list of all players.

The Madrid tournament was supposed to be played from May 1 to 10, but the entire season on the clay was canceled due to a pandemic.

Wimbledon is also canceled, while Roland Garros will be played in September instead of in May.

Starlets who Ruined Famous Athletes

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Athletes have always been known to attract the attention of alluring women. Many of them, however, made a wrong choice, and as a result their lives and careers were destroyed.

Also read: Top 10 Athletes, Who Went to Rehab – How did they Manage Addiction? Where are they Now?

NFL player Von Miller from the Denver Broncos became a target of blackmail from his ex-lover Elizabeth Ruiz on account of the pair separating. She threatened to publish an explicit video of them if he didn’t pay her a whopping 2,5 million dollars. Miller, though in fear of losing his sponsorships, decided not to pay up and the judge later ruled a prohibition of distributing the video.

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Lisa Ann, a famous adult actress revealed that over 25% of famous NBA players are active targets of blackmail. After sleeping with them, these women aim to gather evidence of the act, often resorting to cunning methods like waiting for the players to leave the room so they could steal something as proof.

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Roxanne Jeffries is another example – she exploited a football player Marouane Fellaini from Manchester United, compelling him to fall in love with her and later cheating on him with his teammate, breaking his heart.

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Young Real Madrid player Theo Hernandez experienced a shock last summer – he was accused of assaulting a Russian starlet Luisa Kremleva on the backseat of his car. The charges were later dropped, but a stain on his career remains.

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Two famous football players, Maxi Lopez and Mauro Icardi had their friendship torn apart – Wanda Nara seduced Icardi while being married to Lopez, and even invited him to a cruise with both of them. The events that occurred on that cruise would be fatal for both the marriage and the friendship.

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John McEnroe’s Brother was Tested Positive for Coronavirus

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Since the USA is leading in the count of COVID-19 cases, the American former tennis player and John McEnroe’s brother Patrick McEnroe has been tested positive for the virus. He is from New York and has lived there all his life. However, Big Apple became the new epicenter of coronavirus. Over 38,000 cases have been recorded as of Tuesday.

The 53-year-old Patrick McEnroe had minor symptoms of coronavirus for several days, and on Tuesday, he was tested positive. “That’s the bad news,” Patrick McEnroe revealed. “The good news is I feel fine. My symptoms have passed. I feel really 100 percent.”

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The New Yorkers are currently facing the toughest time on the planet. In addition, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York is going to be used as a 350-bed medical facility since the city is falling short of beds in the hospital.

In 1991, Patrick reached Grand Slam semi-finals at the Australian Open and also claimed the French Open doubles title in 1989. He was even ranked  World Number 28 in singles. When it comes to the doubles domain, his ranking reached World Number three. In addition, he is famously known as the youngest brother of the seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe.

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The coronavirus pandemic has disturbed the whole world, as well as the lives of most people. When it comes to tennis, the entire 2020 calendar is messed up with tournaments canceled until June 7, 2020.

Novak Djokovic Donated $1 Million to his Country to Fight Coronavirus

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Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena donated $1 million to Serbia to fight Coronavirus. All of that money will be used for buying additional respirators. A lot of popular sportsmen from all around the world are donating money for the fight against the deadly virus. Now, the highest-ranking tennis player has done the same. The best sportsman of Serbia talked to his fans through a live stream from his home in Marbella, where he is located, of course in isolation.

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He stated that he would like to thank the medicinal staff that works day and night. He appreciates them being bold enough to fight to save human lives from this global pandemic. He reminded that the situation is serious and that the situation is changing every day. He also reminded people that they need to follow all of the restriction measures which will help the further spreading of this deadly virus. This was the reason he and his family decided to donate additional money to help the fight.

Moreover, he thanked the government of his country that were at disposal to answer all of the essential question related to the pandemic. He stated that his donation is going to be used for acquiring additional respirators and medical equipment. He reminded the public that respirators are the most essential equipment in this fight. He said that his cousin, who has some ties to the manufacturers in China, was available to get in touch and obtain several of them.

After Novak, his wife Jelena released a statement. She said that the reason they haven’t released a statement earlier is that all of the information was dubious and uncertain. They had a hard time to learn about what was needed to know. Furthermore, she said that some countries are ordering tens of thousands of respirators per day and that she is uncertain if the end of this is near the end.

Djokovic and his wife asked for devices that were known to the doctors in Serbia, and that they needed to find a way to import all of those in a time when all of the countries are closed. Thankfully, the government was at their disposal and they’ve managed to obtain them. Moreover, they’ve opened an additional bank account in their foundation and invited people to help more. However, they are realistic and are not expecting much since people already have enough on their hands full already.

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They’ve opened the door to this possibility and its just a matter of time before this becomes much more massive. Masks and gloves are short-them products, but they are essential to find and place into the pharmacies. The Djokovic family announced that they are going to use all of their resources to find all the essential products that are needed for the fight against the pandemic.

Did Roger Federer Use Coronavirus to Prevent Novak Djokovic from Breaking his Record?

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Roger Federer has had a significant impact on millions of fans to take COVID-19 more seriously. He also played a big part in deciding to delay all tournaments until the 7th of June.

However, many are suspicious when it comes to his motives. People assume that he did this so that he would keep his rang as fourth in the world, and also so that Novak Djokovic would not break his record.

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Roger said that his family is self-isolating at their home in the Swiss mountains. At the same time, he is recovering from a knee injury.

Coronavirus hit Switzerland hard with 56 fatalities.

The tennis player posted a video message on his Instagram account, calling on his 7.4 million followers to consider vulnerable people in this situation.

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“I’m also staying home, and I haven’t been shaking anybody’s hands for quite some time now,” he said.

“I wash my hands very frequently as we’re supposed to. I believe helping each other is more important now than ever, especially because we want to help the older generation.

“They’re the ones at highest risk, and we need to help them by keeping a distance of two meters and not shake hands.

“It’s really important to take these rules seriously. Very, very seriously.

“Eventually, we could all be in quarantine and not be able to leave the house anymore, so I really hope all of us take it very seriously.”

Roger Mayweather’s Life – Who was this Boxer for Real?

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Roger Mayweather was born on April 24, 1961, and died on March 17, 2020. He was an American professional boxer that competed from 1981 to 1999, and until 2020, worked as a boxing trainer.

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Mayweather was a two-weight world champion, holding the WBA and lineal super featherweight titles from 1983 to 1984, and also the WBC light welterweight title from 1987 to 1989. In addition,  he held the IBO light welterweight title in 1994, and the IBO welterweight title from 1994 to 1995.

Roger grew up in the Mayweather boxing family: his brothers are Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Jeff Mayweather, and his nephew is Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Roger used to serve as Mayweather Jr.’s trainer from the year 2000 to 2012. Under his guidance, Floyd Mayweather Jr then becomes one of the biggest names in the sport of boxing.

When it comes to his career, he fought against big boxing names such as Julio Cesar Chavez and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini. He has a professional boxing record of 59-13, with 35 knockouts. He ended the career with a total of nine major and minor titles in four weight classes.

Roger has a unique nickname, Black Mamba.

When asked about it, he explained:

“It’s funny because I wanted a boxing nickname that wouldn’t be common to most people. One day when I was flipping through channels and I came upon this channel showing different reptiles, and they were showing the black mamba, one of the most deadly snakes in the world. I loved the way the mamba attacked so quietly, but when he hit you, he just hit you one time, and the poison was in you. That reminded me of myself right there.”

Top 10 Athletes, Who Went to Rehab – How did they Manage Addiction? Where are they Now?

Being a successful athlete is challenging, but many aspects are less pleasant. Money and fame are nice but don’t forget about the pressure and temptations coming in the same package.

Do athletes use drugs and substances as well?

Staying away from daily temptations takes a lot of will power, and only strong characters manage to avoid drug or substance abuse. Unfortunately, there are plenty of athletes with addictive personalities, who give everything to achieve their highest potential. The percentage of athletes with addictive personalities who fail to stay on track is quite high.

More often than not, athletes develop dependencies on illegal substances or alcohol, and they have to go to rehab centers. However, just because they end the program, it doesn’t mean that they’ve eliminated addiction from their life forever. The experts from theholisticsanctuary.com say that the risk for relapse and irreparable damage to their career remains high.

On top of everything else, the addiction problems go public, adding another problem to deal with in their life. The following athletes had it all: fame, money, but also addiction problems that escalated and went out of control. Give this post a read; it may clear up your ideas about addiction in athletes.

1. Vin Baker

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You only need to take a look at Vin Baker’s career to notice when alcoholism started to take control over his life. After making it into four consecutive All-Star teams, Baker’s performance dropped all of a sudden. With Jim O’Brien (the coach of the Boston Celtics at the time) suspending him when smelling alcohol on Baker, his activity went into a continuous downfall. Even if he did go to rehab, the team released him the next season as he didn’t manage to follow the terms of the alcohol rehab program.

2. Jon “Bones” Jones

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During an out-of-competition drug test, Jones tested positive for an illegal substance. Even if the positive testing didn’t affect Jone’s game on the light-heavyweight UFC title, he did enroll in a rehab program. He only spent one night, but his mother talked about his decision to stay with the program longer. It seems that substance use was just a one-time thing, but we can only wait and see what happens.

3. Josh Hamilton

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When it comes toJosh Hamilton, we’re both blown away by his incredible talent and his long history of illegal substance and alcohol use. He has tried to get back on track ever since 2001 and has been in and out of professional baseball for several years. 2008 marked a successful comeback, and Josh Hamilton even managed to achieve the MVP Award in 2010. Unfortunately, it didn’t take him long to return to substance abuse. His future in the MLB is on the fence, and nobody can say what lies ahead for sure.

4. Dock Ellis

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When it comes to psychedelic substance abuse, Ellis may be the most famous athlete to name. The Pirates pitcher became an illegal substance and alcohol counselor once he retired. After spending 40 days in a rehab center in Arizona, Ellis realized that it’s going to be challenging to stay on track without any support. He also noticed that the majority of counselors have never been addicts as well. He was determined to become a coordinator at the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program of the California Institute for Behavioral Medicine. It was his way of helping himself and others dealing with addiction at some point in their life.

5. Darryl Strawberry

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His addiction altered his athletic career. Even if he has played for a long time and was successful too, the substance abuse did impact his performance and career. He went to rehab several times, but also violated the court-ordered treatment which put him in jail for almost a year.

Strawberry has been sober for more than ten years now and even opened multiple rehabilitation centers in order to pay it forward by helping people dealing with addiction.

6. Diego Maradona

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If there would be just one athlete to name when it comes to addiction, Maradona is probably the most well-known name out there. Not only that, substance abuse affected his life, but it also caused significant health problems. He ended up in rehab in 2004 once again, when the cardiac capacity was only 35%. He was forced to experience the most unpleasant withdrawal symptoms while in rehab. However, his ex-wife thinks that it was the best thing that could happen at the moment, saving his life.

Even Maradona admitted that using drugs altered his abilities on the pitch, expressing his regrets of failing to reach his maximum potential as an athlete on the cause of drugs.

7. Miguel Cabrera

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Even if Cabrera struggled with alcohol abuse, he has managed to find the will and power to overcome them. In 2009, he made a public appearance with scratches on the face from an early fight with the wife. His blood-alcohol was at a whopping .26. He went to rehab for three months, but it wasn’t enough for him to stay away from substance abuse. In 2011 he was arrested once more for drinking and driving. Maybe it was the last episode for Cabrera, who managed to win back-to-back MVP Awards ever since then. In 2012, he didn’t even attend the clubhouse celebration as he tried to remain committed to his sobriety.

8. Johnny Manziel

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Due to intense partying and missing team activities, Manziel had to go to a rehab center for 28 days. It’s not sure if he’s still going to be with the Browns, which is why the team also signed the experienced Josh McCown. The coach Mike Pettine visited him while in rehab, admitting that the underlying cause of Manziel’s addiction is more severe than anticipated.

9. Lamar Odom

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When Odom got arrested for DUI, he realized that he had to go to rehab for dealing with his addiction. There are many reports about how his addiction affected the marriage to Khloe Kardashian, and the marriage ended up in divorce.

Odom did try to catch up with his career but failed to attend the workouts and to join the Summer League team of his club.

10. Dennis Rodman

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Denying you have an addiction is one of the main reasons for which you cannot heal from it. Dennis Rodman checked on his own into a rehab center for alcoholism, even though he publicly announced that he did not consider himself to be an alcoholic. He spent three weeks at the rehab center and promised to go back every six months for evaluation.

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