2022 Wimbledon men’s singles draw, results

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Novak Djokovic extended his own dominance and that of the Big Four by claiming his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title, his seventh overall at the All England Club and his 21st career major.

Djokovic, the top-seeded Serb, dispatched 40th-ranked Australian Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to move within one of Rafael Nadal‘s male record for major singles titles.

Djokovic broke his tie with Roger Federer for second place on that list, plus moved within one of Federer’s record eight Wimbledon men’s singles titles. Djokovic tied childhood idol Pete Sampras at seven.

Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Andy Murray combined to win every Wimbledon men’s singles title dating to 2003.

Kyrgios was arguably a bigger story than Djokovic over the tournament, getting beyond the quarterfinals of a major for the first time. He received a walkover into the final due to Nadal’s abdominal muscle tear, which ended the Spaniard’s pursuit of the third leg of the calendar Grand Slam.

The tournament lacked major stars: top-ranked Daniil Medvedev couldn’t play due to Wimbledon’s ban of Russian and Belarusian players due to the war in Ukraine. World No. 2 Alexander Zverev of Germany was sidelined after surgery to repair torn ankle ligaments.

Federer, 40, missed the tournament for the first time since he won the junior title in 1998 but said he hopes to return from his latest knee surgery later this fall, and, he hopes, return to Wimbledon one more time next year.

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Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”