Goran Ivanisevic snipes at ‘arrogant’ England fans ahead of World Cup semi-final
Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has accused England’s excited football fans over being ‘arrogant’ and suggested Gareth Southgate and his English players will be coming home without the World Cup trophy this weekend.
Croatian tennis great Ivanisevic – who is working at Wimbledon this week as coach of quarter-finalist Milos Raonic – is not impressed with the excitement building in England as the nation dares to believe they are closing in on their first World Cup win since 1966.
Speaking to the BBC, 2001 Wimbledon champion Ivanisevic offered up some cheeky comments that many England fans hope will come back to haunt him on Wednesday night.
“I hope we don’t lose to the English because already you say you are in the final,” he said.
“You already won. You’re coming home. You’re bringing the trophy – you’re so arrogant. You are the best. You are the most beautiful. For sure you are coming home, but I hope not with a trophy.”
Ivanisevic is hoping his charge Raonic is not playing at the same time as the England v Croatia game on Wednesday, as he plans to watch his nation win their semi-final in a pub full of Englishmen.
“I want to watch the match in a pub and watch with other English people and hopefully I will be the last one standing and laughing” he added.
We reckon Goran will need to make a quick exit from the pub if England beat Croatia as a long night of celebrations at the expense of his beloved Croatia will follow.
Lawn Tennis Association determined to show commitment to inclusion and diversity
Seven people from diverse backgrounds have been appointed to the LTA Council.
Andy Murray’s tips on how to make sure you stay injury-free when tennis resumes after lockdown
Andy Murray is back with some tips.
WATCH: Kei Nishikori reveals he wanted to be a penguin when he was young
Kei Nishikori with some quality content.
‘He will play top-level tennis again because he is that good’ – Andy Murray on Roger Federer’s return
Andy Murray on Roger Federer’s return.
Tennis Top 10
Top 10 oldest WTA singles champions: Billie Jean King top, but Venus and/or Serena Williams could pip her
A look at your oldest WTA singles title winners.
Serena Williams and her ‘mini-me’ Olympia wear matching catsuits in debut joint fashion campaign
“The adventures of Serena and Olympia continue…”
WATCH: Benoit Paire argues with umpire, spits on mark, crashes out and then Tweets ‘it’s worth it to suck’
Benoit Paire makes controversial exit.
‘Proud’ Victoria Azarenka battles through the pain to beat Elina Svitolina at Qatar Open
Victoria Azarenka gets the better of Elina Svitolina.
Stefanos Tsitsipas impresses in Rotterdam to set up Karen Khachanov clash
Stefanos Tsitsipas retained hopes of a first ATP 500 title.
Comment: Why Andy Murray needs to identify the positives in defeat against Andrey Rublev
A win against a top 10 player will kick-start Murray’s 2021.