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Gareth Southgate home: England manager’s £3.75m mansion in North Yorkshire is stunning

England boss Gareth Southgate will be standing nervously on the sidelines while England takes on Italy in the Euro 2020 Final this evening at 8pm BST. But when he’s not leading the England team to victory, Gareth can be seen entering and exiting his huge mansion located in North Yorkshire. The former Middlesbrough FC player, 50, lives in a beautiful Grade-I listed property known as Swinsty Hall.

The 16th-century building includes what appears to be original brickwork and sprawling grounds.

The England manager’s home is also located next to Swinsty Reservoir, near Harrogate, where he is regularly seen walking his dogs and running, according to the BBC.

Gareth shares his home with his wife Alison and their two children.

The home reportedly features six bedrooms, four bathrooms, a private cinema and a wine cellar.

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Back in 2019, Gareth said he loved people’s attitude in Yorkshire and loves returning home after matches to “clear my head”.

In an interview with Welcome to Yorkshire, Gareth was asked what he loved about the county.

He said: “The people and their hardworking, no nonsense attitude, good values, honesty and humility that really shines through.

“All things I associate with. I also love to come away from matches, to the calm of living in the countryside and being able to clear my head.”

“He seems very committed to everything he does and is a good part of the local community.

“He’s just like a regular guy in the neighbourhood who you’d love to have a chat with.”

Gareth grew up in Crawley, West Sussex and attended Hazelwick School.

He married his wife Alison in July 1997 in a small village in West Sussex called Worth.

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Copa America: Stunning Diaz strike sees Colombia finish third

Luis Diaz scored a second-half double, the second an unstoppable 25-metre strike in injury time, to give Colombia a 3-2 win over Peru on Friday and secure them third place in the Copa America.

Yoshimar Yotun put Peru ahead on the stroke of half-time when he took Christian Cuevas’ pass and lifted it over the advancing goalkeeper.

However, Colombia captain Juan Cuadrado curled a free-kick through the wall to draw Colombia level after 49 minutes and then Diaz got his third goal of the tournament 17 minutes later.

Gianluca Lapadula headed an equaliser for Peru eight minutes from time but Diaz’s sensational last-gasp goal gave Colombia their fifth third-place finish and first since 2016.

Luis Diaz (far left) celebrates after his stunning injury time winner
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Luis Diaz (far left) celebrates after his stunning injury time winner

Messi’s moment with Argentina?

Graffiti adorns the wall at the southern end of Copacabana beach on Avenida Atlantica by the old fort. It commemorates Germany’s win over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, schadenfreude for Brazilians, taking comfort in their neighbours falling short.

That evening in the Estadio do Maracana will always be part of the Lionel Messi story. He could never hope to eclipse what Diego Maradona had done in Mexico in 1986 but this was his opportunity to hold a mirror up to it by bringing the World Cup back from Brazil.

His big chance came at the start of the second half. Manuel Neuer was well beaten but the ball drifted past the far post. Nobody had as many shots in that final, nobody created more chances and nobody completed even half as many dribbles. Nobody cared.

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Lionel Messi has shone for Argentina in this year’s Copa America and faces Brazil in the final on Saturday

It felt like failure. Accepting the World Cup’s Golden Ball, a perverse joke. Twice, Messi has reached the final of the Copa America since then. Twice, Argentina have been beaten on penalties. Twice, Messi has been close to retiring, bereft, seemingly accepting of his fate.

On Saturday evening, three nights short of seven years since Messi’s date with destiny in the Maracana, he is set to return. A fourth Copa America final looms. Another shot at glory and redemption for the game’s most celebrated player, now 34 years young.

The Maracana will look and feel different. This Copa – moved to Brazil just weeks before it began – has been played out without crowds. It has taken some Messi magic to ignite it and there has been plenty of that on show. He has been the player of the tournament.

Read more of Adam Bate’s expert analysis on Messi HERE

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Australia snatch stunning win over France

Brumbies fly-half Lolesio landed the winning points in the 83rd minute to earn the Wallabies victory in the first Test of the three-match series; France, who led 15-7 at half time, have not won a Test against Australia on their home soil since 1990

Last Updated: 07/07/21 1:23pm

Noah Lolesio kicked the winning points for Australia against France

Noah Lolesio kicked the winning points for Australia against France

Noah Lolesio’s penalty on the final play of the game snatched a 23-21 win for Australia over France in Wednesday’s first Test in Brisbane and denied Fabien Galthie’s men their first win over the Wallabies on their soil since 1990.

Les Bleus were on top at half-time as Gabin Villiere crossed twice in the first half, with Louis Carbonel also landing one conversion and a penalty, although a converted try from Brandon Paenga-Amosa kept the home side within touching distance.

France were on the back foot for much of the second half and Michael Hooper’s try as the clock ticked over to the final 10 minutes kept them within touching distance.

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Yet just as it looked as if the visitors would hold out, they inexplicably wasted possession from winning a line-out after the full-time siren sounded and Lolesio, who had earlier missed a drop goal to win the match, stepped up to slot the winning points in the 83rd minute.

Missing some star names like Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack due to their involvement in the Top 14 final, France made a strong start and took the lead in the sixth minute when Villiere finished on the left.

Winning a scrum against the feed, the French forwards then kept the ball alive by getting their offloading game going inside Australia’s 22 before Jonathan Danty flung a cut-out pass to the Toulon man for him to finish.

Louis Carbonel was unable to convert, but he did land a penalty in the 19th minute after Hunter Pasami had a try ruled out for the hosts after the TMO deemed Jake Gordon’s final pass to the centre was forward.

Gabin Villiere's two tries had given France the lead

Gabin Villiere’s two tries had given France the lead

Villiere pushed France further ahead three minutes later, with Stade Francais centre Danty again providing the assist as he put a short pass back inside for the wide man to race through a gap in the defence and in for a converted try after the Wallabies had put them under pressure at a scrum.

Australia gained the ascendancy towards the end of the half, though, capitalising on decisions to repeatedly kick to touch as the tourists strayed offside and infringed at the maul when a powerful drive from a five-metre line out led to Paenga-Amosa dotting down and Lolesio converting on 34 minutes.

Trailing 15-7 at the break, fly-half Lolesio narrowed the deficit for the home side further with a 43rd-minute penalty following a positive start to the second half from the Wallabies, but replacement Anthony Bouthier hit back from in front of the posts eight minutes later to restore the eight-point cushion.

Australia were unlucky not to add a second try in the 55th minute when Tom Wright was unable to gather a pinpoint grubber kick from Pasami cleanly as it bounced awkwardly in-goal, although Brumbies man Lolesio’s second penalty on the hour kept the scoreboard ticking over for them.

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That was cancelled out by a third French penalty, this time from the boot of Melvyn Jaminet, yet it was game on with 10 minutes to go when skipper Hooper finished from close range for a converted try after the Wallabies had been hammering away at the French line following the decision to kick to touch from another offside penalty.

Lolesio had a chance to win it for Australia in the 77th minute, but his drop goal attempt curved just wide of the mark, while Pasami’s cross-field kick to the right wing with replacement Andrew Kellaway in space had just too much on it and went into touch.

However, there was one more twist in the tale as France squandered possession from a line-out and Australia recovered the ball, powering up field to apply pressure to the line. Then when the French defence strayed offside, it allowed Lolesio to step up and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the 83rd minute.

The Wallabies can now clinch the series in next Tuesday’s second Test in Melbourne, while France’s long wait for a victory away to Australia will go on for at least another six days.

Australia’s three-Test series against France is live on Sky Sports. Watch the second Test in Melbourne on Tuesday, July 13 from 10.55am and the third Test in Brisbane on Sunday, July 17 from 10.55am on Sky Sports Action.

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Review: Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights – A Metroidvania With A Stunning World To Discover

Just how many Metroidvanias is too many? It really feels at this point like the Switch is being completely overloaded with titles from the genre, but if we continue to receive quality experiences like Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights, then that’s a-okay with us!

Despite its odd title (which is also a blatant nod to the stone-cold classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and its spiritual successor Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night), Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights is a strong take on the genre with a heavy focus on mood and tone above all else. It’s a sombre tale with visuals and audio to match, but make no mistake, it’s also chock full of challenging combat and vicious boss characters.

You take on the role of Lily, a Priestess who awakens in ‘Land’s End’, a dark, desolate kingdom that’s fallen under a curse known as Blight. The kingdom’s inhabitants – from brave knights to humble shopkeepers – have been transformed into grotesque creatures, and it’s up to Lily to purify and save their spirits.

On her own, Lily is completely devoid of any offensive abilities. She can run, dodge and jump just fine, but will cower in fear at the sight of the deadly ‘Blighted’; she is a child, after all. To rectify this she is joined by the Umbral Knight, the first of many spirits that join forces with Lily throughout her quest. Though invisible for the majority of the time, the Umbral Knight steps up to unleash a torrent of sword attacks whenever Lily commands it; this forms the basis of the game’s combat.

As you defeat the boss characters littered throughout the land, Lily is then able to purify and take on the enemy’s spirit, thus utilising their core ability to her advantage. This could be a giant hammer attack, a crow that fires long-range projectiles towards enemies, or simply the ability to swim underwater. You can wield up to six different spirits at once, split up into two groups of three that you can swap between at the press of a button. In essence, it’s similar to how Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night dealt with its own combat but, dare we say, Ender Lilies has actually surpassed this with a more elegant, customisable approach.

As you progress through the game you can also obtain certain items organically as you wander the twisting, labyrinthine environments. These items can be used to upgrade your spirits, boosting their effectiveness permanently. Additionally, relics can be obtained which grant specific perks such as improved attack power or an additional healing slot. These can be tricky to find but getting around the world is much easier as you progress, with an added fast travel feature to help you out.

Experimenting with different spirit sets is certainly encouraged, as Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights is absolutely no pushover when it comes to difficulty. There’s definitely a certain Souls-like approach to the combat; while one enemy rarely poses much of a threat, a group of them together can easily overwhelm Lily if you’re not smart with your spirit abilities. Running in and button mashing rarely (if ever) works out; you’ll need to take a more cautious approach, wait for the enemies to run through their attack cycles, and swoop in to counter.

This is even more relevant when you come to the boss battles. Boss characters mainly follow a clear pattern of attacks, but as you chip away at their health they’ll gain additional strength as the battle progresses, boosting their attack power and shaking up their move sets. Dodging is absolutely essential to surviving these encounters, and thankfully the game places a save point near each boss, so you’re free to switch up your spirit abilities if your current load-out isn’t paying off.

Not only does the combat take some cues from Dark Souls, but the way the story is drip-fed via notes and environmental storytelling is very similar to the From Software classic. To be clear though, this isn’t a knock on the game at all; the focus on tone as you explore is absolutely exemplary, and it makes you want to go back and explore every possible nook and cranny, if not for useful items, then certainly for the extra scraps of information.

To bolster this, the game features a stellar soundtrack with a wide range of instrumental tracks, from sombre piano melodies to epic orchestral pieces. We’re not ashamed to admit that we had a track called ‘Harmonious’ stuck in our heads long after putting the game down; it’s certainly the kind of soundtrack that we’d be quite happy to stick on in the background during work hours.

The same care has also gone into the game’s visuals. While strictly limited to two dimensions, this only serves to benefit the fantastic art design on display. Everything from the intimidating enemy design right down to the ambient glow of the environmental fauna has been handled with incredible attention to detail. When you consider how poor a title like Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night looked at launch (on the Switch, at least), Ender Lilies is frankly head and shoulders above it.

Having said that, there are minor frame rate dips at numerous points in the game. It’s never severe enough to disrupt combat sessions or hinder your progress, but when the majority of the game runs at a smooth 60fps the dips stick out like a sore thumb. Nevertheless, this feels like a bit of a nitpick in the grand scheme of things; by and large, the game is a visual and auditory treat, with excellent gameplay binding the experience together.

Conclusion

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights is one of the strongest Metroidvanias of 2021, and easily one of the best examples of the genre on Switch to date. It boasts excellent visuals throughout, with bursts of colour lighting up the otherwise dreary kingdom, and a wonderful soundtrack that we guarantee will live rent-free in your head for hours. All of this is held together by strong gameplay, with a particular focus on customisable load-outs via the spirit abilities. It’s a tough game at times, and the minor frame rate dips hold it back from true greatness, but with a respectable playtime of roughly 15 hours this is an experience you’ll be glad to try out.

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Man spends nine hours getting stunning tribute to grandfather tattooed

Now he has commemorated the moment and honoured John by having an exact replica of the photo tattooed onto his bicep, in a piece of artwork that will stay with him forever. The ink shows his granddad, who Macca describes as a “man’s man”, cradling his only great-granddaughter, Elsie, during their first meeting on July 25, 2020.

John Harper with baby Elsie – the picture that inspired the tattoo (Macca Harper/SWNS)

Elsie was only a couple of weeks old at the time and despite John’s usually tough exterior, according to Macca, the joy on his face is clear for all to see.

He said: “That moment is so special to me.

“My granddad was diagnosed with cancer just after we found out Elsie was coming and I was worried that he would pass away before she arrived.

“Luckily he didn’t and we managed to get this amazing photo.

“Elsie will never know her granddad but this photo will live on forever and when she’s bigger I can show her.”

Macca Harper’s tattoo of John Harper holding baby Elsie (Macca Harper/SWNS)

Macca, a gas technician from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, added: “I wanted to do something special to remember my granddad and thought a tattoo would be good.

“He was covered in them so I think he would approve.

“My granddad was a pretty tough, old fashioned man but whenever we took Elsie to see him he would light up.

“You can see it in the picture, and now the tattoo as well.”

Elsie, who turns one next month, is the first girl in the family since John’s sister was born and is named after his mother.

Macca spent a whopping nine hours getting the £800 work done at a studio in Sheffield called Redemption Tattoo Studio.

He said: “I’m over the moon with how it has come out, it’s the perfect tribute to him.

“The artwork itself is unreal, it looks exactly the photo and that’s just what I wanted. I couldn’t be happier with it.”

In the wake of his granddad’s death, Macca penned a heartfelt poem, which is written in ink below the main tattoo.

It says: “Those we love don’t stay. They walk beside us every day.

“Unseen unheard but always near. Still loved still missed and held so dear.”

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Brigitte Macron changes from black trousers to stunning blue dress for G7 Summit photo

Global leaders took photographs with Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds this afternoon, with the beach and the English Channel behind them. This tradition takes place before the start of the G7 Summit, and Brigitte changed clothes for the occasion.

Elongating her legs further, Brigitte paired the blue ensemble with shiny black high heels.

The First Lady’s stilettos were much higher than Carrie’s low block sandal heels.

Brigitte matched her shoes with a black quilted clutch bag.

As for jewellery, Brigitte kept her look simple without wearing earrings or a necklace, but she donned two large silver rings.

The blue ensemble was Brigitte’s second outfit of the day.

This morning, the French First Lady stepped off the plane in Cornwall wearing a long Chanel tweed jacket in chic black and white.

She paired the jacket with a black chiffon shirt and slim black cigarette pants.

The outfit was quintessentially French, especially as Chanel is France’s most iconic fashion house.

However, Brigitte’s matching coat and dress still subtly alluded to her country as their hue represented the blue on France’s tricolour flag.

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The world's most stunning fjords and how to get there

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Geiranger Fjord, Norway

If you’ve ever seen, listened to or read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, then you’ll know the Norwegian fjords were created by Slartibartfast, a Magrathean planet designer.

For those of us unfamiliar with the interplanetary travel book, radio show, TV series and movie genre, the Unesco world heritage-listed Geiranger Fjord is a geological wonder created by glaciers.

A nine-mile-long branch off the Sunnylvsfjorden, itself a branch of the Storfjorden, the fjord ends at the small, gloriously pretty village of Geiranger, which is visited by up to 180 cruise ships in the summer season.

Highlights for visitors include the Seven Sisters Suitor waterfalls which face each other across the water – the Suitor is said to be trying to woo the sisters opposite.

More info: visitnorway.com

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The glorious Norwegian fjords have been delighting travellers for decades (Image: Getty)

Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada

A familiar sight for drivers on the Sea to Sky Highway 99 up to the ski resorts at Whistler, this triangular inlet stretches 26 miles from the Strait of Georgia to Squamish, a former pulp and paper town that’s becoming an adventure and activity tourist hotspot.

The town is overlooked by Mount Garibaldi, an 8,786ft dormant volcano, which is unusual, having formed on a glacier.

Howe Sound’s upper reaches are reliably breezy, and Squamish is a base for sailing and windsurfing, with hiking and biking on the mountain trails.

Wildlife spotters may see humpback, killer and grey whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, harbour seals, sea lions and salmon, plus dozens of species of birds, including the magnificent bald eagle.

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Howe Sounds boasts jaw-dropping wildlife like humpback, killer and grey whales (Image: Getty)

Tracy Arm, Alaska, USA

Back to Alaska, it’s located in the splendidly named Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness and it and its partner the Endicott Arm are more than 30 miles long. Both are popular cruise ship calls to see the sheer granite fjord walls, the twin Sawyer Glaciers, numerous ice floes and bergs, and 1,000ft waterfalls.

Animal lovers will hope to spot black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbour seals and a variety of birds, such as pelagic cormorant, pigeon guillemot and Arctic tern.

More info: travelalaska.com

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The Tracy Arm is a popular cruise ship call (Image: Getty)

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, USA

Alaska’s epic scale and majesty almost defies belief. This 1,047 square mile national park is home to the 700 square mile Harding Icefield, its 38 outflowing glaciers and numerous fjords and islands.

Here, you’ll find brown and black bears and moose, while sea otters, harbour seals, humpback and killer whales frequent the spectacular and deeply indented coastline. Nature at its biggest and wildest best.

More info: travelalaska.com

Patagonia, Chile

Slartibartfast would have enjoyed this one – a mesmerising and intricate web of fjords and navigable sea channels stretching 1,000 miles from north to south, where it’s the end of the world at Cape Horn.

It’s all here: glaciers, calving icebergs, whales – killer, humpback, southern right and blue – penguins, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals and diverse bird life, including the grey-headed albatross and the Peruvian pelican.

One of the world’s great wildernesses, best seen on a cruise.

More info: chile.travel

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Patagonia has one of the world’s great wildernesses (Image: Getty)

Kotor, Montenegro

With tectonic origins like Musandam, the Bay of Kotor isn’t strictly speaking a fjord, but it certainly looks like one and is
often called “Europe’s most southernmost fjord”.

At 17 miles long, it starts at the wide Adriatic entrance, opens up further towards Tivat, narrows to the 1.4-mile Verige Strait, then widens and narrows once again on the approach to historic, walled Kotor itself.

A UNESCO world heritage site, the bay is particularly beautiful and a very popular call for cruise ships.

Kotor itself is a gem with Venetian architecture and, unusually, a local obsession about cats – and there are hundreds of strays, all well-fed and cared for, and a cat museum.

More info: montenegro.travel

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Inside chef James Martin's stunning home on James Martin's Saturday Morning

The chef showed off his spacious country abode with an indoor and outdoor kitchen, perfect for a chef. James often shares images on Instagram.

His fridge is covered in signatures and messages from guests.

The chef has a huge clock attached to his wall, so there is no excuse for over or under-cooking his food.

James’s outdoor kitchen, on the other hand, is a testimony to a more relaxed style of cooking.

He has a pizza oven, an essential for fans of the classic Italian dish.

He also has an outdoor grill and two ovens.

The area boasts a workbench, blue pendant lights, and lots of worktop space.

Sharing a picture of his garden, fans were treated to a glimpse of his rolling views.

He recently made a salsa and salad dressing perfect for BBQs.

James Martin’s summer salad dressing recipe is both a salad dressing and a salsa, he claimed. 

James advised making it using a pestle and mortar or a simple blender.

It was made with green tomatoes, garlic, gentlemen’s relish and lemon.

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After stunning withdrawal, tennis leaders pledge to address Naomi Osaka's concerns

The pledge came from the same tennis administrators who threatened disqualification or suspension for Osaka on Sunday if she continued to skip news conferences.

The leaders of the four Grand Slam tournaments reacted Tuesday to tennis star Naomi Osaka’s stunning withdrawal from the French Open by promising to address players’ concerns about mental health.

The pledge came in a statement signed by the same four tennis administrators who threatened the possibility of disqualification or suspension for Osaka on Sunday if she continued to skip news conferences.

The four-time major champion and No. 2-ranked player was fined $ 15,000 when she didn’t speak to reporters after her first-round victory at Roland Garros on Sunday. The next day, Osaka pulled out of the tournament entirely, saying she experiences “huge waves of anxiety” before meeting with the media and revealing she has “suffered long bouts of depression.”

Osaka, a 23-year-old who was born in Japan and moved with her family to the U.S. at age 3, said she would “take some time away from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans.”

Tennis players are required to attend news conferences if requested to do so; Grand Slam rules allow for fines up to $ 20,000 if they don’t show up.

“On behalf of the Grand Slams, we wish to offer Naomi Osaka our support and assistance in any way possible as she takes time away from the court. She is an exceptional athlete and we look forward to her return as soon as she deems appropriate,” Tuesday’s statement from those in charge of the French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open said. “Mental health is a very challenging issue, which deserves our utmost attention. It is both complex and personal, as what affects one individual does not necessarily affect another. We commend Naomi for sharing in her own words the pressures and anxieties she is feeling and we empathize with the unique pressures tennis players may face.”

French tennis federation President Gilles Moretton, All England Club Chairman Ian Hewitt, U.S. Tennis Association President Mike McNulty and Tennis Australia President Jayne Hrdlicka pledged to work with players, the tours and media “to improve the player experience at our tournaments” while making sure the athletes all are on a “fair playing field, regardless of ranking or status.”

In a separate statement issued Tuesday to the AP via email, International Tennis Federation official Heather Bowler the sport will “review what needs to evolve” after Osaka “shone a light on mental health issues.”

“It’s in all our interests to ensure that we continue to provide a respectful and qualitative environment that enables all stakeholders to do their job to their best ability, without impacting their health, and for the good of the sport,” Bowler wrote.

Various tennis players, including Serena Williams, offered support for Osaka and praised her for being forthcoming in her statement on social media Monday.

“It’s hard. Nobody really knows what anyone is going through, no matter how much they choose to show on the outside. I had no idea about her. But I respect her openness,” 20-year-old American pro Ann Li said after winning her first-round match Tuesday at Roland Garros. “Our generation is becoming more open and open, which can be a good thing and also a bad thing sometimes. I hope she’s doing OK.”

Gael Monfils, a 34-year-old from France who also won Tuesday in Paris, said he could relate to Osaka’s concerns to an extent.

“It’s a very tough situation for her. I feel for her, because I have been struggling quite a lot as well,” Monfils said. “What she’s dealing is even tough for me to even judge, because I think she has massive pressure from many things. I think she’s quite young. She’s handling it quite well. Sometime we want maybe too much from her … so sometime, for sure, she is going to do some mistake.”

And then Monfils offered a sentiment surely shared by many around tennis, from tournament and tour officials to athletes to the sport’s fans.

“We need Naomi. We need her definitely to be 100%,” Monfils said. “We need her back on the court, back (at) the press conference — and back happy.”

AP Sports Writer Sam Petrequin in Paris contributed to this report.

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