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Prince Harry’s ‘hellbent’ agenda when it comes to Prince Charles

Prince Harry's 'hellbent' agenda when it comes to Prince Charles

Prince Harry has been accused of having a “hellbent” agenda when it comes to Prince Charles, his dad.

The 36 year old Duke of Sussex – who has quit the United Kingdom for the United States – intends “on trashing” dad Charles, it is claimed.

But the Prince of Wales, Harry’s dad, feels his string of attacks this year have been “unjust”.

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A royal source told The Mirror : “Prince Charles can certainly be accused of being somewhat old school in his emotions at times, but he loves both his sons dearly and has done the very best for them throughout their lives.

“It would be correct to say he is concerned over Prince Harry’s chosen path and does feel the constant attacks on his parenting style and other hurtful comments of members of the family are completely unjust.”

The senior royal source added: “He would never want to push Harry further away than he already is doing already but it’s a difficult situation.”

The Prince of Wales was all smiles during a visit to the Isles of Scilly, as the fallout from the Duke of Sussex’s memoirs continued.

Charles and Camilla were greeted by beaming schoolchildren when they arrived at the Five Islands Academy, as royal aides contemplated the possible disclosures in Harry’s tell-all book.

The 36 year old Duke of Sussex has reportedly been working on a first draft for a year and the book could be published at the end of 2022, coinciding with the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

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Five things to watch as NASCAR Cup Series comes to New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Nascar

Five things to watch as NASCAR Cup Series comes to New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Nascar

Kyle Larson has dominated the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season so far, but will that dominance carry over to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he’s never won, for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday afternoon?

Here are five storylines:

Hendrick’s Hot Shoe: Despite a flurry of NASCAR Cup Series regulars claiming wins early in the season — 10 drivers in the first 11 races — the summer stretch has belonged to Larson.

Larson claimed three consecutive runner-up finishes in May (Darlington, Dover and Circuit of The Americas) before clicking off four consecutive wins (Charlotte, Sonoma, Texas and Nashville). In doing so, the Hendrick Motorsports standout has not only cemented himself as a 2021 championship favorite, but proven that he’s a threat on any style track.

Larson will have his work cut out for him to keep that momentum going at the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, where he’s never won and led only 16 laps in 10 career starts.

Happy Again? Coming off of a career-best nine-win season last year, Kevin Harvick and his Stewart-Haas Racing team haven’t been able to rekindle the magic in 2021, going winless so far this season.

But if there’s anywhere the 45-year-old veteran can get things turned in the right direction, the Granite State just might be the place. In 37 career visits to the 1.058-mile track, Harvick has earned four wins in Cup Series competition, tying him for most all-time at the track with Jeff Burton.

While he’s safely in contention to make the playoffs, a fifth NHMS victory would not only lock Harvick into the postseason but could be just the shot of confidence his team needs to make a run at his second Cup Series title.

Turf Wars: Northeast natives will be in the field battling for the win when the race goes green on Sunday. Joining New Jersey’s Martin Truex Jr., who considers NHMS his home track despite not being from New England, and fellow Connecticut natives Joey Logano and Ryan Preece this season is rookie of the year contender Anthony Alfredo. While all four drivers consider “The Magic Mile” their home track, only Logano has found his way to victory lane at NASCAR’s top level, winning a famed Loudon the Lobster in 2009.

Truex Jr.’s seven top-five finishes in 27 starts at New Hampshire, combined with three wins already this season, suggest fans shouldn’t count him out if he’s in contention in the closing laps.

And with a win in the Camping World Truck Series at Nashville earlier this year — his third victory across NASCAR’s top three series — Preece will be carrying a lot of confidence on Sunday.

Chasing a Championship: Fan favorite and defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott is among the drivers looking to take home his first Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 trophy this weekend, but to do so, he’ll need to change his luck.

In seven career starts at NHMS, Elliott’s best finish in his Hendrick Motorsports No. 9 machine was fifth place in 2018.

Despite starting on the second row last year and leading nine laps, the young driver ultimately fell to a ninth-place finish.

Playoff Implications: As the NASCAR playoffs loom, the action is heating up around the cut line, with several big-name drivers fighting for their shot at the championship, but by no means safely in contention heading into the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

Harvick, Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick are all fighting to stay inside the top 16 spots while Chris Buescher, Matt DiBenedetto and Ross Chastain are on the outside looking in.

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‘Welcome to the Mesh, Brother’: Guerrilla Wi-Fi Comes to New York

Daniel Heredia peered across rooftops, surveying the derelict satellite dishes and rusty television antennas of Brownsville, Brooklyn. Wearing a motorcycle jacket and boots, he crouched on Andre Cambridge’s roof, trying to see if he had a clear line of sight to the Riverdale Avenue Community School a half-mile off. A large tree was possibly in the way.

Mr. Cambridge, a 28-year-old student who lives with his parents and younger brother in an apartment on the first floor, watched the scene apprehensively. He had been without internet for nine weeks. “Man,” Mr. Heredia said, “you should have told us.” He could have moved up the installation.

Mr. Heredia is a 19-year-old volunteer with NYC Mesh, a nonprofit community Wi-Fi initiative, and he was there to install a router that would bring inexpensive Wi-Fi to the building. Mr. Cambridge’s family said they had become fed up with the take-it-or-leave-it pricing for spotty service that internet providers seem to get away with in this part of Brooklyn.

Mr. Heredia crouched to affix the router to a plumbing vent, positioning it so the Wi-Fi signal could avoid the tree down the block. An app on his phone beeped to indicate the strength of the connection. Higher in pitch and more rapid was good. Mr. Cambridge whipped out his phone to search for NYC Mesh among the available networks. “It just came up!”

Mr. Heredia, left, a volunteer with NYC Mesh, a nonprofit community Wi-Fi initiative, installing a router on the building where Andre Cambridge, right, lives. 
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He skipped across the roof, beaming under Ray bans and dreadlocks. The installation took two hours and cost $ 240 to cover the equipment, plus a $ 50 tip for Mr. Heredia, the installer.

Mr. Cambridge ran a speed test. “We’re getting 80 megabits down and 50 megabits up!”

Mr. Heredia clasped palms and bumped shoulders with Mr. Cambridge. “Welcome to the Mesh, brother,” he said.

In New York, like most big cities, the wealthier a neighborhood is, the more options for internet service its residents probably have — and the more incentive for providers in those areas to compete on service and price. On some blocks on the Upper West Side, residents can choose among four carriers. In Brownsville, Mr. Cambridge could choose between Altice or Optimum — which is owned by Altice. Verizon’s fiber-optic service, Fios, is supposed to be available on every city block, which in theory would spur more competition, but that has yet to happen.

While a fiber connection remains the gold standard, “fixed wireless” options like the rooftop routers used by NYC Mesh can deliver a signal that is plenty strong for most residential uses and usually much faster and cheaper to deploy. NYC Mesh has a subsidized option for installations, and members pay a suggested monthly donation of $ 20 to $ 60.

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NYC Mesh is one of many fixed-wireless outfits in New York City. They range from community-owned models — like the D.I.Y. “internet in a box” efforts led by the digital justice organization Community Tech NY, and the internet cooperative People’s Choice, started by former Spectrum strikers — to smaller for-profits like Starry, a Boston-based start-up rolling out flat-rate internet plans of $ 50 a month in large urban markets including New York City.

NYC Mesh covers more neighborhoods than the others and is the largest community network in the city by far. Yet it’s still small, serving only about 800 households, concentrated in Lower Manhattan and central Brooklyn. That’s a tiny slice of the 2.2 million New York City households with broadband at home, usually through one of the “incumbent providers,” as they are known: Verizon, Spectrum or Optimum.

But with NYC Mesh’s expansion into Brownsville, and a new contract with the city to place routers on a handful of housing developments, the one million New Yorkers who don’t have broadband — 46 percent of households in poverty lack a home connection — might soon have another, more affordable choice. “To grow, we need to be on more tall buildings,” said Brian Hall, the founder of NYC Mesh. The pandemic has actually helped his initiative get there, and it might encourage New Yorkers to think about the internet in a new way — as a utility that everyone should be able to access.

Community Wi-Fi networks have been operating in other countries since the early 2000s. It’s a relatively niche phenomenon. The biggest community network in the world is Guifi.net in Spain, and that has only 39,000 connections. Still, it was an inspiration to Mr. Hall when he was starting NYC Mesh back in 2014. Burned out from his job as a programmer, he wanted to do something community-based that could have an impact.

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Mr. Hall secured funding from the Internet Society, an international nonprofit that promotes open and secure internet around the world, to set up NYC Mesh’s first “supernode” on top of the former Verizon building in downtown Manhattan. This supernode, plus another in Industry City, on the Brooklyn waterfront, serve as the central spigots for NYC Mesh’s neighborhood hubs and nodes, as they refer to the members’ routers.

Early supporters were mostly tech-liberationist types. “Initially everyone united around hating Time Warner Cable,” Mr. Hall said. A manifesto on NYC Mesh’s website lists the reasons members were behind community Wi-Fi: to build a neutral network that doesn’t block content or sell personal data; to bridge the digital divide; and to “stand in opposition to the telecom oligopoly in New York of Verizon, Optimum and Spectrum.”

There are no paid employees. A team of 30 or so volunteers, about a third of them women, lead installations and maintain the network. A recent installation at a housing development in Bedford-Stuyvesant that Mr. Heredia helped lead included a 50-year-old coder/actor/carpenter, a 40-year-old Turkish woman who ran a tech company back home, a 26-year-old with a fellowship to study the digital divide from the Robin Hood Foundation (whose family used to live in that very complex), and a father with a week-old baby whose wife had given him permission to go.

Organizing occurs on the online platform Slack, with the work documented on public channels for the benefit of other groups interested in starting community Wi-Fi projects. The pandemic brought a rush of volunteers along with requests from people needing help to get communities connected, including one from an intrepid social worker from the Riverdale Avenue Community School in Brownsville. After setting up that hub, Mr. Heredia and another volunteer installed routers in the hallways of the family homeless shelter across the street.

Around that time, NYC Mesh members were already in negotiations with the New York City Housing Authority about putting a hub on a 24-story tower in Bed-Stuy. It would extend the nonprofit’s coverage area to less-gentrified parts of Brooklyn — hundreds of buildings within a two-mile radius of the hub could get internet. It wouldn’t cost the city anything. NYC Mesh simply needed permission. There was reason to be optimistic.

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In January 2020, the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio released its Internet Master Plan, an ambitious reimagining of the city’s broadband infrastructure. The plan offers free use of the rooftops of public buildings and streetlight poles to providers large and small to build out their network infrastructures. This strategy amounts to a thumb on the scale in favor of grass-roots outfits like NYC Mesh, whose technology depends on rooftop access versus the larger providers, who must bury their cable or string it from telephone poles.

Brian Dietz, a spokesman from the industry lobbying group NCTA — the Internet & Television Association — maintained that commercial broadband is the best for consumers. “It provides the fastest, most reliable service for the best value,” Mr. Dietz said. “We have made billions of dollars of investment in infrastructure and speeds have increased thousands of times over the last decade.”

Before the recent vision, the city’s last major broadband intervention was negotiated under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2006. New York entered a franchise agreement with Verizon that gave the company the privilege of burying fiber-optic cable under city streets in exchange for installing high-speed Fios in every neighborhood. But Verizon has failed to do so in many low-income neighborhoods. In a public hearing in April, the city’s chief technology officer, John Paul Farmer, testified that the relatively few providers in some neighborhoods meant that there was little market pressure to bring the prices down. “The current oligopolistic system is broken, and it has built digital inequity into the streets and neighborhoods of New York,” he said.

The city recently reached a settlement with Verizon, requiring it to connect an additional 500,000 households, with at least 125,000 in underserved neighborhoods, by 2023.

Chris Serico, a spokesman for Verizon, said the company was on track to meet the terms of its settlement. “Verizon is committed to finding long-term solutions that make affordable broadband options available to low-income Americans,” Mr. Serico wrote in an email.

Clayton Banks, the chief executive of Silicon Harlem, a company focused on increasing connectivity in Harlem, said he hoped that the city’s strategy of betting on more competition would work, but that he was waiting to see how Fios and the current providers would be priced. “If you continue to build out infrastructure, which is certainly welcome and necessary, but you keep the same retail price,” he said, “you haven’t solved anything in terms of getting more people online.”

After months of back and forth, NYC Mesh got the greenlight to put a hub on the 24-story public housing tower in Bed-Stuy, along with two other developments in the Bronx and Queens. Four other small providers, including Silicon Harlem, were selected to wire up 10 other NYCHA developments. As part of Phase One of the Internet Master Plan, to which the city will direct $ 157 million, NYC Mesh installed free public hot spots around the exterior grounds of the projects; the other companies must provide residents access to Wi-Fi in their apartments for no more than $ 20 a month.

NYC Mesh has applied to establish hubs on an additional 163 public buildings as part of Phase Two. If successful, this would allow NYC Mesh to cover much of the city in the next five to seven years. Since each router installation comes with a free public Wi-Fi hot spot, NYC Mesh could help make the internet truly universal throughout New York City.

Even as NYC Mesh has continually grown, it still runs into the same trouble as the big providers: The internet sometimes goes down. Mr. Heredia and other volunteers pride themselves on resolving service problems quickly, but as the organization expands, it will need more people like Mr. Heredia if it wants to keep members happy.

Mr. Heredia has been volunteering since last October, when he stumbled across NYC Mesh online when researching alternatives to commercial providers. After setting up a router using NYC Mesh’s instructions, he attended a socially distanced meet-up in a Brooklyn park. A half-dozen installs later, Mr. Heredia got his own cable-crimping set and became an install leader.

He also helps maintain the network, particularly the hub on top of a NYCHA building in Bed-Stuy that supplies his internet. A few months back, the power went out at Mr. Heredia’s hub. It turned out the building’s custodians were repairing the elevator and had shut off some breakers. Mr. Heredia (who is a full-time student with a part-time job) sped over on his motorcycle with a long extension cord and battery packs, and had it working again an hour and 15 minutes after the first complaint came in on the NYC Mesh Slack channel. “All the people I know in the Mesh who participate actively have a similar relationship,” he said about his own vested interest in maintaining the network.

But the people who use the free hot spots in public housing or the family shelter in Brownsville don’t know how to fix the equipment or where to request a repair or report an outage on Slack. Indeed, all but one of the hallway routers in the shelter have been out for the last couple of months, and a number of new ones at the Bed-Stuy tower keep going offline. There’s an issue with the devices that Mr. Heredia and other volunteers have spent hours trying to figure out.

The future for Mesh relies on cooperation with members, but it’s a hard sell in certain neighborhoods. First, not all renters can put routers on the roofs of their buildings. Some people are suspicious of “free internet” and won’t use the hot spots. NYC Mesh volunteers acknowledge that they need community members from the underserved neighborhoods to take the same ownership over their hubs as Mr. Heredia does over his.

Brownsville’s newest member, Andre Cambridge, might be up for the task. A week after his installation, Mr. Cambridge told me that his speeds had been good and that he hadn’t experienced any problems. His mother even suggested that they should up their monthly donation from $ 20 to support the cause.

He said he was excited but also wary about Mesh’s future. He had seen other community solutions get up and running only to be squashed by regulation and corporate interests. He suggested that if the government really wanted to help, it should fund training for volunteer installs, subsidize hardware costs and pay for network education so community members would understand the hubs they would be stewarding.

In the meantime, Mr. Cambridge said he was prepared to do his part to take care of his new hub. “If you had a community well back in the day, you had to maintain it,” he said. “Eventually I’m going to be like, ‘What’s the network map on this, what’s my upkeep look like?’ I’m part of a system, so I have to be. I’m going to advocate for my neighbor. ‘Hey, would you like to join the system too?’”

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Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Comes to Life in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Comes to Life in Microsoft Flight Simulator

We are delighted to announce today that we are partnering with Orbis International, a non-profit organization transforming lives through the treatment and prevention of avoidable blindness, to give flight simmers the chance to virtually explore the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital.

Orbis is making a profound impact on people’s lives and we’re proud to support their fight against avoidable blindness; a large but solvable problem that affects millions of people around the world who don’t have access to eyecare.  According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness there are 43 million people living with blindness, and 295 million with moderate-to-severe vision loss, 77% of which is completely avoidable.

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is a one-of-a-kind aircraft and an incredible feat of engineering. A converted MD-10 cargo plane, it’s now a fully accredited teaching hospital, equipped with a state-of-the-art operating room, laser treatment room, simulation center, classroom and AV suite, that conducts training programs across the globe.

We recognized an opportunity to raise awareness for Orbis’s cause by incorporating the Flying Eye Hospital into the Microsoft Flight Simulator experience.  

Microsoft Flight Simulator users can tour the Flying Eye Hospital in full hospital mode with stunningly authentic detail and learn more about Orbis’s mission to train and inspire local teams to save sight in their communities by accessing the plane free-of-charge through an in-game news link or directly via Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace. The plane, however, is not currently available for flight.

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital demonstrates how aviation can be a force for good in the world.  Since their first generation DC-8 took off in 1982, the Orbis plane has flown to 97 countries to carry out sight saving programs. This third generation MD-10 that Microsoft Flight Simulator users can experience was donated by FedEx employees and launched in 2016.

The aviation sector first pioneered simulation technology; now Orbis and the wider medical community are fast adopting it. Just as simulation has been teaching pilots how to fly for decades, it is now helping doctors, anesthesiologists and nurses to save sight and improve patient care. On board the plane, Orbis uses simulation to teach and train eye care teams around the world – using virtual reality, artificial eyes and mannequins. Simulation has proven even more vital during a global pandemic as opportunities for hands-on training have decreased.

A passion for aviation and realistic simulation are the threads that tie Orbis and Microsoft Flight Simulator together, so we’re proud to showcase this unique aircraft.

The Flying Eye Hospital is available as a free download for all Microsoft Flight Simulator users to tour beginning today and will be available as a free download in the Marketplace on Xbox Series X|S on July 27. The sky is calling!

Visit orbis.org to learn more about their mission or visit orbis.org/FlyingEyeHospital to learn more about the plane.

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San Diego boxer ready as alternate when the call comes for Olympic games

San Diego boxer ready as alternate when the call comes for Olympic games

At 20 years old, Jonathan Mansour is one of the youngest members of the USA Boxing team and is currently the #2-ranked amateur featherweight in the country.

EL CAJON, Calif. — A fighter from El Cajon is turning the Chaldean community on to a sport they typically don’t pay much attention to.

Jonathan Mansour, who at 20 years old is one of the youngest members of the USA Boxing team.  Mansour’s nickname is “Magic” and he often switches between southpaw and orthodox stances to throw off his opponent.

I got the nickname from my teammate, Jill. She said “every time you throw punches it’s like you disappear, they can’t see you no more,” Mansour said.

When asked if the nickname is well deserved, coach Kearney said, “Absolutely. He does things that are unconventional, it’s like an illusion.”

One thing you notice when you meet Jonathan “Magic” Mansour is his punch. Fans can see his punch speed along with his 75K+ followers through his training videos on his Instagram page @jonny_mansour. He’s also tall for a featherweight and uses his range to outbox his opponent.

He is currently the #2-ranked amateur featherweight in the country.  

Mansour trains at the Bomber Squad Boxing Academy in El Cajon.

His coach, Berlin Kearney said that what makes him a good fighter is that he listens. “He’s strong-headed in a good way.  Everything we tell him, he takes in and applies it,” Kearney said.

When asked what brings him back, day after day to train, Mansour said, “Honestly, the sport has truly shown me who I am. Working hard every single day, teaching me discipline, teaching me dedication.”

He has won multiple national tournaments, including Golden Gloves, and has won an international gold in Ireland.

Mansour still always remembers where he came from.  

“I grew up in a Chaldean community, there aren’t a lot of boxers…actually there are no boxers…it’s just me and my cousin, Julius. We are the only ones and we are bringing in new life and culture to our Chaldean community.”

His dad wasn’t always on board with Jonathan boxing. But he came around.

“I can’t see my son get hit so I was really worried about him. I tried to stop him a couple of times,” Jonathan’s dad said.

Dad feels differently now.

“Every Chaldean is proud of him. Our country, Iran, is proud of him. Everybody is happy with what he is doing,” he added.

Last year Mansour had earned the spot of first alternate for the Tokyo Olympics. But USA Boxing recently changed Olympic qualifying protocols and is now sending just two male fighters to the games, dashing Mansour’s Olympic dreams. For now.

“Honestly, everything happens for a reason. I’m going to continue to build my experience until 2024,” Mansour said.

Editors update: Since this story initially aired, USA Boxing decided to send four professionals to the 2021 Tokyo games. It will mark the first time ever that professional boxers have represented the USA at the Olympic games.

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Emma Raducanu comes out fighting in first Wimbledon interview after John McEnroe criticism

Emma Raducanu comes out fighting in first Wimbledon interview after John McEnroe criticism

Emma Raducanu has elaborated on her decision to withdraw from Wimbledon on Tuesday. The 18-year-old was 4-6, 0-3 down against Ajla Tomljanovic before deciding to quit – having been seen hyperventilating beforehand. And after being criticised by John McEnroe, she’s now come out fighting.

Raducanu was accused of letting the occasion overawe her by McEnroe, who was commentating for the BBC.

But, in an interview with the broadcaster, she’s now made it clear she withdrew because of medical advice – and not because she let the occasion get the better of her.

“I’m doing well thank you for asking,” she said. “I’m just glad I was able to recover so quickly.”

When Sue Barker told Raducanu she and other fans were worried, the teenager then responded by saying: “I think that, in the moment on court one the atmosphere was one again incredible to play in front of.

“I was obviously really really disappointed I couldn’t finish the match, I obviously wanted to be able to compete and try my best.

“But the medical advice was to pull out and I followed it up because I think their advice was the best in the end.”

She then continued: “I found it difficult to regulate my breathing.

“I think that it was emphasised by some very long rallies we had towards the end of the first set, which made it tough for me to keep my composure and breathing in check.

“And then, at the beginning of the second set was when I struggled with it the most and I had the trainer on and made the decision at the end of the changeover.”

When asked what the cause was, she said: “No, I don’t know what caused it.

“A combination of everything that’s gone on behind the scenes in the past week and an accumulation of the buzz.

“I think it’s a great learning experience from me going forward and hopefully next time I’ll be better prepared.”

McEnroe was stinging in his criticism at the time of the incident, saying: “I feel bad for Emma, obviously.

“It appears it just got a little bit too much, as is understandable, particularly with what we’ve been talking about this over the last six weeks with Osaka not even here.

“How much can players handle? It makes you look at the guys that have been around and the girls for so long – how well they can handle it.

“Hopefully she’ll learn from this experience.”

And Tracey Austin also expressed a belief that it all became too much for the teenager, though backed her to respond.

“I think the moment just became too large,” she said.

“When you go back a week she was really in obscurity. Nobody sides intel Brits knew who Emma Raducanu was.

“I didn’t know who she was or how to say her name last week! All of a sudden she wins three matches as a wildcard and she’s played so well against Cirstea.

“First time ever on Court One and she even said she played above her level and said she’d never hit some of those shots before and surprised herself.

“All of a sudden she has a day off and she’s all over the papers, all the expectations, and what’s in front of her is the fairytale is still going on and she has a winnable match in the fourth round.

“It’s almost too good to be true for both of them. You have Tomljanovic who’s 75th in the world and Raducanu who is 338th in the world. This may never happen again where you have such a large opportunity to get to the quarter-finals.

“Both were tight at the beginning and you just squeeze too tight and become overwhelmed because the opportunity is so big. It became real, reality kind of checked in at that point.

“It was a long day, they didn’t start until about 8pm, that’s a long time to think about the match.

“She really has not played enough matches. It was almost just too much. For an 18-year-old with not a lot of foundation and experience, just done her A Levels in April, it was I think a bit too much to ask.

“It was really tough to see her kind of hyperventilating out there and then not to be able to come back and take that wave of appreciation. The crowd had really done such a good job, they’d done their part to help her get there.”

Wimbledon have also released a statement defending their schedule.

“We were very sad to see Emma forced to withdraw from her match last night and wish her all the best with her recovery,” they said.

“She should be commended for the poise and maturity she has shown throughout the Wimbledon fortnight and we very much look forward to welcoming her back to Wimbledon next year and in the years to come.

“In respect of scheduling, as always, the scheduling of the order of play each day at The Championships is a complex operation, and although we take great care when scheduling matches and allocating courts on a daily basis, it is not an exact science.

“All decisions are made with fairness and the best interests of the tournament, players, spectators and our worldwide broadcast audience at heart, but the unpredictable nature of the length of matches and the British weather can and will cause disruption to any schedule.”

Author: Jack Otway
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