It was moving to watch a man who had played with so much heart also speak with so much heart. His praise for Mr. Djokovic, who is having one of the greatest seasons ever, was generous and accurate. But the thing of beauty — and the very ethic behind his game — was the self-recognition in Mr. Nadal’s words, the sense of his personal responsibility for what happens to him on the court.
First lady Michelle Obama returns a shot to former tennis professional John McEnroe (not pictured) as fans look on during the Let’s Move! tennis clinic during Day Twelve of the 2011 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
I don’t know anything about tennis form, but I’m just gonna say ‘nice shot.’
Today in Newsweek archives: Girls Rule!
Yesterday’s dramatic penalty shootout win over Brazil in the semifinals of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup marked the 12th anniversary of this iconic 1999 image, showing defender Brandi Chastain (now an ESPN commentator) just seconds after she secured the penalty for the World Cup win against China (the second win in U.S. history). At the time, international interest in women’s soccer was at an all-time high—and the celebrated match against China was the most-attended women’s sporting event in history. Chastain called it “the greatest moment of my life on the soccer field. The U.S. is set to face France on Wednesday.
All those in favor of another Women’s World Cup Newsweek cover say “aye.”
Yes, Those People Are Literally Kissing, On The Ground, In The Street, Amid A Riot
Canucks. Or performance artists?
Caught between police and rioters, Ms. Thomas was knocked to the ground by an officer’s riot shield as police charged forward, Ms. Jones told The Globe. Her son immediately tried to comfort her and gave her a kiss.
“I just thought, yep, that would be Scott because he’s a bit of a dreamer and he wouldn’t have even known there was a riot going on around him, quite possibly,” Ms. Jones said with a laugh from her home outside Perth in western Australia.
Dwayne Wade on being a single dad and and NBA superstar. In this week’s Newsweek:
I’ve had some ups and downs lately, but the memories of the unpleasant times disappear quickly, in part because of moments like the one recently when I was able to surprise my younger son, Zion, at his school with cupcakes for his fourth birthday. It was the day after we’d won the Eastern Conference finals, but that victory couldn’t compare with the huge smile on Zion’s face at that moment. I will never forget it. Bad memories vanish each morning when I walk into both of my sons’ bedrooms to wake them up for school—their laughter gives me all I need to face whatever is happening in my life.
(Photo credit: Pat Carter / AP Photo)