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Gustavo Kuerten: Rafael Nadal will be the favourite at Roland Garros in September

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Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten says that he is hopeful of the French Open taking place in Paris in September and says he believes Rafael Nadal would be the favourite once again if the tournament were to take place this year.

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Former World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten, of Brazil, was speaking to the press earlier this week over a video call where he spoke about the tournament he won three times in his career. “Rafael Nadal is still the favorite, despite all the uncertainties on the circuit.

But when it comes to Roland Garros he is always the favorite.”

Gustavo Kuerten on the French Open
While Kuerten admits that it will not be easy for the tournament to return, he is confident that the organizers will find a way to do the same.

“They will need to create new parameters, as it is a situation that has never happened before. I believe it can be something constructive, being able to resume the tournaments and especially the Grand Slams, which are the most important tournaments in the world.”

Kuerten says that all the organizers can do is ensure the tournament can be held in safe conditions, and leave it to the players who want to participate or not. “You can’t tell if this will be enough for everyone to want to play.

The important thing is that it is well thought out and when everything is set up (for the return) it is a personal question whether a tennis player will want to play or not.” Currently, the French Open is scheduled to be held at the end of September.

The French Tennis Federation are hopeful of the event going ahead and have said they would like to do so with a limited number of fans. Rafael Nadal is ranked No. 2 in the world and has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles in his career, including a record 12 French Open titles.

Nadal has won 85 career titles overall, including the most outdoor titles in the Open Era (83) and a record 59 titles on clay. With 81 consecutive wins on clay, Nadal holds the record for the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era among the male players.

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The US Open is also scheduled to be held in late August. Some players have expressed concerns about travelling to the United States with tournaments being held with restricted movement between the venue and the tournament hotel, limited number of player support staff on site and the possibility of playing without fans. A decision on the upcoming calendar is scheduled to be announced by mid-June by the governing bodies of tennis.

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Nigerians Reacts as Tompolo makes first public appearance after six years amidst #EndSARS Protest

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Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, has made his first public appearance after hiding for six years
Photos and video of Tompolo have surfaced on social media in the last few days.

Some social media users have been speaking on the timing of Tompolo’s reappearance amidst the ongoing unrest in the country.

Ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, has made his first public appearance after hiding for six years.

Tompolo, who led the disbanded Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), went into hiding in 2015.

At the time, the former militant leader was facing trial in an alleged N45.5billIon fraud case.

Tompolo makes first public appearance after six years.

A picture of his appearance showed the former warlord and his friends dancing, worshipping, and offering Thanksgiving to Egbesu, an Ijaw god.

“Tompolo probably came out as part of their annual festivities. Make una no dey find war for where war no dey abeg.”

“Fear the name Tompolo but he’s not here to fight, do be calm but his appearance is a strong message to federal government.

“He’s the general commander of all Niger Delta militant. They need to fear him because he can cripple government under two days.”

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