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Watch Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic Dance to the Bee Gees

Djokovic and Williams brought back a Wimbledon tradition, with a twist

After defeating Roger Federer in four sets in the Wimbledon finals, Novak Djokovic said he was going to ask women’s champion, Serena Williams, to dance—and he did just that at the 2015 Champions’ Dinner thrown, this year, in their honor.

A Champions Dance was a Wimbledon tradition for years, but when the Champions’ Dinner moved dates and venues in 1977, the custom disappeared and was never officially brought back.

That didn’t stop Djokovic from inviting Williams, now a 21-time Grand Slam champion, to celebrate their 2015 Wimbledon championships on the dance floor. Djokovic called the dance a “tradition that was a bit forgotten,” and, according to the AP, suggested to Williams and the chairman of the All England Club, Philip Brook, that they bring it back. “They accepted it, fortunately,” Djokovic said.

While Djokovic initially claimed to have wanted to waltz with Williams, she reportedly wanted something more uptempo. Check out the two tennis greats throwing down to the Bee Gees “Night Fever,” all decked out in their formal attire. While Djokovic may have some serious moves on the tennis court, he might need more practice before championing the dance floor.

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India Wins Three Titles at Wimbledon in Nation’s Best Ever Year at Tournament

Veteran champion Leander Paes and world No. 1 Sania Mirza were joined by 17-year-old Sumit Nagal

It was a big weekend for India at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, with the country’s tennis stars (both established and upcoming) winning three Wimbledon doubles titles at the sport’s iconic grass court tournament.

While Swiss maestro Roger Federer fell just short of becoming the oldest-ever Wimbledon singles champion — a month before his 34th birthday — in his four-set loss to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, 42-year-old Indian veteran Leander Paes had little resistance strolling to his fifth Wimbledon doubles title alongside Federer’s compatriot Martina Hingis. The duo crushed Austria’s Alexander Peya and Hungary’s Timea Babos 6-1, 6-1 in just 40 minutes in Sunday’s mixed doubles final.

It was the second title in as many days for 1997 Wimbledon singles champion Hingis, who captured the women’s doubles crown with India’s world No. 1 Sania Mirza with a hard-earned victory against Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova. Mirza and Hingis overcame a 5-2 deficit in the third set against the Russian pair to win 5-7, 7-6, 7-5.

“Every kid that picks up a tennis racquet talks about winning Wimbledon or playing at Wimbledon one day, and I think I’m speaking for both of us: we feel privileged to be here,” said Mirza, who also has mixed-doubles titles at the Australian, French and U.S. Opens to her credit.

“Usually you’re lucky to win it once,” Hingis said. “It’s above my expectations.”

Their victory also resulted in some controversy on Indian social media, with British broadcaster BBC’s India edition leaving Mirza out of its tweet regarding the result. “Hingis wins Wimbledon doubles final,” the now-deleted tweet read, prompting angry reactions from several Indian netizens.

BBC India later issued a corrected tweet and apologized for excluding Mirza’s name.

While Paes and Hingis were steamrolling their way to the crown on Centre Court, 17-year-old Sumit Nagal was on one of the smaller courts giving the South Asian nation a cherry on its tennis cake. Nagal and his partner, Vietnam’s Nam Hoang Ly, defeated American-Japanese pair Reilly Opelka and Akira Santillan to win the boys’ doubles title.

“I never thought I would do anything like this ever,” Nagal said, in an interview with Indian news channel NDTV. “Coming from such a big country like India, it’s even more special.”

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Djokovic Beats Federer in 4 Sets for 3rd Wimbledon Title

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Pavel Golovkin—AP Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning the men's singles final against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London on July 12, 2015.

Nabs his third Wimbledon title

(LONDON)—Novak Djokovic got the better of Roger Federer at Wimbledon again.

The defending champion outplayed Federer in four sets Sunday to win his third Wimbledon title and ninth Grand Slam championship.

In a repeat of last year’s final, won by Djokovic in five sets, the top-ranked Serb overcame the loss of seven set points in the second set and pulled away to beat the seven-time champion 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3.

The top-seeded Djokovic broke No. 2 Federer four times and saved six of the seven break points he faced.

In winning the 40th career matchup between two of the greats of the game, Djokovic prevented Federer from winning a record eighth Wimbledon title.

The 28-year-old Djokovic further cemented his status as the dominant player in the game and one of the all-time greats, still in the prime of his career.

Djokovic closed out the match by breaking Federer for the second time in the fourth set, hitting an inside-out forehand winner into the open court on the final point. He pumped his arms and screamed, then bent down, plucked some grass from Centre Court and put it his mouth — just as he did when he won his first title in 2011 and again last year.

Djokovic equaled the number of Wimbledon titles won by his current coach Boris Becker, who won at the All England Club in 1985, ’86 and ’89.

Djokovic also became the first man to retain the Wimbledon title since Federer did it in 2007.

Sunday’s victory evened their career head-to-head record at 20-20, but Djokovic now holds a narrow edge where it counts the most — 2-1 in Grand Slam finals, 2-1 at Wimbledon and 7-6 in majors overall.

The 33-year-old Federer will now have to wait another year to try again to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon singles titles. In 2012, he equaled Pete Sampras and 1880s player William Renshaw with seven.

Federer was playing in his 10th Wimbledon final and 26th Grand Slam final. He had been broken only once coming into the match, but dropped serve four times against Djokovic, considered the best returner in the game.

The final featured two of the fiercest competitors in the sport going toe-to-toe, with each going for big serves and engaging in furious corner-to-corner rallies.

Federer took more risks and was more aggressive, but the steely Djokovic refused to bend, digging in and lifting his game whenever he had to in order to prevent his opponent from gaining the edge.

While Federer had more winners (58) than Djokovic (46), the Serb finished with only 16 unforced errors, compared to 35 for the Swiss player.

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J.K. Rowling Just Crafted the Perfect Response to a Serena Williams Hater

Game point, Rowling

Harry Potter author and social media dynamo J.K. Rowling crafted the perfect response to a tweet that took a cheap shot at tennis champ Serena Williams on Saturday.

The offending Twitter user drew an angry backlash for suggesting that Williams was more famous for her body than, say, her victory at Wimbledon on Saturday or her five previous wins at the tournament or the fact that she once again holds all Grand Slam titles once. Rowling joined a chorus of angry responses, only she didn’t indulge in anger herself.

Game point, Rowling.

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See a Victorious Serena Williams Hold Up Her Wimbledon Trophy

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Leon Neal—AFP/Getty Images Serena Williams celebrates with the winner's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after her women's singles final victory over Spain's Garbine Muguruza on day twelve of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London on July 11, 2015.

Serena Williams won her sixth Wimbledon title on Saturday and now holds all four Grand Slam titles at once, for her second "Serena Slam"

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Serena Williams Wins Wimbledon, Securing Another ‘Serena Slam’

She now holds all four Grand Slam titles at once

(LONDON)—Game. Set. Serena Slam.

Serena Williams overcame a slow start, eight double-faults and a nervy finish to beat Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday for her sixth Wimbledon title, fourth Grand Slam championship in a row and 21st major overall.

The win means Williams holds all four Grand Slam titles at once — completing the second “Serena Slam” of her career. What’s more, she secured the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam and, if she wins the U.S. Open, will become the first player to sweep all four majors in the same season since Steffi Graf in 1988.

Williams, winning her 28th straight Grand Slam match, is now just one major title behind Graf on the Open era list and two behind all-time leader Margaret Court Smith.

At 33, Williams is also the oldest women to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era. She has now won seven major championships in her 30s.

From 4-2 down in the first set, Williams ran off five straight games to take the set and go up 1-0 in the second. She pulled out to a 5-1 lead and twice served for the match but couldn’t convert.

Williams was broken at love for 5-2, and Muguruza saved a match point and converted on her fifth break point to draw within 5-4. But Williams then broke the 21-year-old Spaniard at love to close out the match, which finished with Muguruza hitting a forehand wide.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Enjoy Afternoon Date at Wimbledon

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) and Prince William (R), Duke of Cambridge attend the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in London on July 8, 2015.
Alex Broadway—Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) and Prince William (R), Duke of Cambridge attend the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in London on July 8, 2015.

With the children at home

Prince William and Princess Kate left the kids at home on Wednesday for a soggy afternoon date at Wimbledon’s Centre Court. (But hey, no kids!)

The parents of Prince George and Princess Charlotte – who just celebrated Charlotte’s christening on Sunday – were in the stands to watch local favorite Andy Murray play his quarter-final match against Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. (The score is currently 3-1 to Murray.)

Sitting in the royal box on a rainy afternoon, Kate – sporting new, shorter layers around her face – wore a $384 cardinal red Cayla Long Dress from LK Bennett, as she and William, in a suit and tie, watched the grand slam event after arriving in a Jaguar.

When the rain stopped play after 15 minutes, William and Kate chatted with other members of the royal box, including William’s aunt Sophie, Countess of Wessex, ex-Wimbledon champion Billie Jean King and Prince Albert of Monaco.

Also in attendance: William’s cousin, Zara Phillips, and David Beckham, who brought along his 12-year-old son Romeo.

William and Kate, both 33, are avid Wimbledon fans and have played tennis against each other since their student days at St Andrews University – even using a public tennis court in her hometown of Bucklebury.

They also plan to upgrade the tennis court at their country home, Anmer Hall, to include an AstroTurf surface, copper beach border and surrounding oak trees.

Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton, attended the tournament on Monday, and her mom Carole and mother-in-law Camilla had a friendly meet-up there on Friday.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Australian Sporting Icon Tells the Country’s Top Two Tennis Players to ‘Go Back to Where Their Parents Came From’

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© Daniel Munoz / Reuters—REUTERS Former Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser smiles during a Reuters interview in Sydney April 7, 2011.

"We don't need them here in this country to act like that," says veteran Olympian Dawn Fraser

Legendary Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser has apologized for the inflammatory remarks she made about Nick Kyrgios, the Australian tennis player who is being accused of throwing his fourth-round match at Wimbledon against Richard Gasquet.

On Tuesday, the morning after Kyrgios’ controversial defeat, Fraser appeared on Australia’s Today Show to decry his behavior on the court as “absolutely disgusting,” and to advise him and fellow Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic to “go back to where their parents came from.”

“We don’t need them here in this country to act like that,” she said.

Kyrgios was born in Canberra but is of Malaysian and Greek heritage; Tomic was born in Germany but moved to Australia in 1996, when he was 3 years old.

After Fraser’s remarks, Kyrgios posted a message to Facebook calling her a bigot and denouncing what he saw as a double standard.

“Throwing a racket, brat. Debating the rules, disrespectful. Frustrated when competing, spoilt. Showing emotion, arrogant. Blatant racist, Australian legend,” he wrote.

Fraser apologized shortly thereafter in a public statement, though she did not redact her chief complaint — that Kyrgios, who currently faces a possible $20,000 in fines for his behavior at Wimbledon, acted unbecomingly.

“Australians have a rich sporting heritage made up of individuals from a variety of different countries of origin,” she said. “Nick’s representing Australia, and I want to see him representing Australian tennis in the best possible light … Not only do you represent yourself, your team, your fans and your family but you are representing the heritage of the competition and acting as a role model for young Australians.”

Fraser, who is 77, earned eight Olympic swimming medals for Australia between 1956 and 1964. She attracted some national controversy at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, when authorities accused her of swimming across the moat surrounding Emperor Hirohito’s palace to steal an Olympic flag.

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Meet the Women’s Wimbledon Champion Who Was Also a Spy

Alice Marble won 18 Grand Slam championships -- but her life off the court was as fascinating as her tennis career was impressive

Alice Marble’s tennis career was enough to make her a legend. She was the No. 1 female player in America between 1936 and 1940, a winner of 18 Grand Slam championships, an International Tennis Hall of Famer and the first woman to adopt the serve-and-volley style of play. Her aggressive nature on the court led some to say (critically) that she played like a man.

But it’s the fascinating life Marble lived off the court that makes her more than just a memorable athlete. By the time her career got underway, Marble had overcome a great deal of adversity. In her second autobiography, Courting Danger, she recounted being raped by a stranger when she was 15, a trauma that she hid from her mother out of shame. Then, as her career was taking off in her early 20s, she fell ill with tuberculosis and required a year of recuperation.

After putting her decorated tennis career behind her, Marble made a bit of a career pivot. DC comics approached her to solicit—as they did from many notable athletes—an endorsement for their new superhero, Wonder Woman. Instead of offering a sentence of support, she became an associate editor of the comic, establishing a new weekly feature called “Wonder Women of history…as told by Alice Marble,” in which she told the stories of women like Florence Nightingale in comic form.

World War II brought new adventures, although for Marble they began with a double tragedy that led to a failed attempt to take her own life. Days after she miscarried a pregnancy, her husband Joe Crowley, a fighter pilot, was killed in action. Inconsolable, Marble reported in her memoir that she accepted without hesitation when the government approached her about operating as a spy in Switzerland—a mission revealed only after Marble’s death, when her book was published. “I felt I had nothing left to lose but my life,” she wrote, “and at the time I didn’t care about living.”

Marble’s mission to obtain Nazi financial information was cut short when she was shot in the back by a Nazi operative.

But the story doesn’t end there: after recovering and reestablishing herself in the U.S, she set her sights on a new cause, the racial integration of tennis. Her July 1950 editorial in American Lawn Tennis Magazine advocated for fellow player Althea Gibson to be allowed to play in U.S. Lawn Tennis Association competitions; it was the first major public challenge to the establishment’s practice of segregation. “If tennis is a game for ladies and gentlemen, it’s also time we acted a little more like gentlepeople and less like sanctimonious hypocrites,” she wrote. Marble’s letter was a major contributing factor in Gibson’s invitation to play in the tournament now known as the U.S. Open.

Before Wonder Woman and the Nazis, back in 1939 when Marble was at the pinnacle of her career, LIFE put her on its cover. In the story, the magazine chided the rest of the media for focusing on Marble’s glamor when in fact she was all about grit. (She did, after all, choose comfort over glamor on the court, where she eschewed the tradition of ladies wearing skirts and opted for shorts instead.) As LIFE wrote:

Newspaper writers like to think of Alice Marble as a glamor girl. They prattle about her beautiful clothes, her night-club singing, her movie offers. They call her the “streamlined Venus of the tennis courts.” All this is nonsense. She is a pretty girl who looks well in shorts. Her arms and legs are too long and muscular, and she plays too much of a slambang game of tennis to be glamorous…Even today, at 26, she is somewhat of a tomboy, hits a tennis ball harder than do most men. In fact, if she had her way, she would play only in men’s tournaments.

Marble was a Grand Slam-winning, spying-on-Nazis, comic book-editing champion for equality. It’s a wonder we’re still waiting on the Hollywood biopic.

August 28, 1939 issue of LIFE magazine.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

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Novak Djokovic Says He Isn’t Guilty of Cheating

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Reuters Staff — Reuters Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action at the Boodles Tennis Challenge in Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, England, on June 26, 2015

His denial comes after coach Boris Becker reportedly suggested that he had a method of signaling to the player during matches

Novak Djokovic says he hasn’t broken rules prohibiting communication between players and coaches during matches, but conceded that players did find ways to communicate with their teams when they’re on the court.

The world tennis No. 1 was questioned by reporters about his coach Boris Becker’s reported suggestion that the team had a method of signaling to Djokovic if his game was going well or not, CNN says.

Communication “of any kind, audible or visible, between a player and a coach” is strictly prohibited in tennis, according to ATP World Tour rules.

Djokovic attempted to clarify the suggestion on Sunday. “There are times when, you know, the team of the player communicates with the player when he gets to go and take the towel in the corner, which is closer to the box, or, you know, different ways,” Djokovic told reporters. “I think it’s all fine as long as it’s not regular. I think it just depends.”

He added that he thought players regularly found ways around the rule, CNN reports.

“This is a very competitive sport. You’re alone on the court,” Djokovic told reporters. “We can’t pretend like that’s not happening in tennis.”


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