Nick Kyrgios Pulls Out of US Open, Misses All 4 Grand Slams in 2023
Despite doing his very best to return back to form, Nick Kyrgios is set to miss the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year. On Friday, the US Open‘s official X (Twitter) account confirmed the news of Kyrgios’s withdrawal, wishing him the best in the process. The 28-year-old was a quarterfinalist in last year’s competition but has seen his 2023 tennis campaign interrupted by multiple knocks. Kyrgios sat out the Australian Open with a knee sprain and didn’t play at Roland Garros after injuring his foot during an incident where his car was stolen. Kyrgios lost to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final last year but didn’t play in the grass tournament this year due to a wrist injury. Kyrgios has competed in just one official singles match all season, a defeat in Stuttgart, Germany, in June.
X to Auction Off Old Twitter Memorabilia
Continuing its rebrand from Twitter to X, the social media platform is auctioning off a bunch of memorabilia from the old Twitter offices, furthermore signaling the end of an era. All bids start at $25 and include things like a wooden Twitter Bird table, vinyl records and an accompanying player, guitars, desks, sofas, a very large hashtag, and more. Hosted by Heritage Global Partners, the auction opens on Sept. 12 and runs for two days in San Francisco. Viewing is available by appointment only, with all 584 items going up for sale the same day.
FC Barcelona Takes Next Step With Media Arm
FC Barcelona is making its media arm available for public trading, and the club says it’s worth about $1 billion. The 27-time La Liga champs and special purpose acquisition company Mountain & Co. I Acquisition announced Friday they are teaming up to spearhead a newly created business, Barca Media. In terms of what’s next, Barca Media plans to leverage its large worldwide social media base of 421 million followers across all major platforms to bolster streaming content and digital assets and to increase its esports footprint. “This step we are taking now is a strategic move that provides us with new resources to continue growing at a time when the demand for digital sports content is clearly expanding reinforcing the path of digital transformation started in 2022”, said Barcelona president Joan Laporta.
Giannis Out of FIBA World Cup, Still Recovering From Knee Surgery
When the FIBA World Cup tips off later this month, one famous face will be unfortunately missing from the competition. Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo confirmed that he won’t be suiting up for Greece, as he is still recovering from having surgery on his left knee earlier this summer. “I am extremely disappointed in this outcome but this was a decision made with the medical staff. … My personal, and our ultimate team goal is to qualify for the 2024 Olympics games and it will be an honor to represent my National Team next year,” added the two-time NBA MVP. Greece will face the United States, Jordan, and New Zealand in group-stage games in Manila, which starts Aug. 25 in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan.
Cavinder Twins Premiere 'Twin Talk' Podcast with Jake Paul's Betr
Haley and Hanna Cavinder, known as The Cavinder Twins, rebooted their podcast — appropriately named Twin Talk — as part of their new deal with Betr on Friday. The video and audio program premiered its inaugural episode with Betr co-founder Jake Paul as its first guest. The former University of Miami basketball stars are creative directors of Paul’s micro-betting Betr, and the trio’s conversation revolves around Haley and Hanna’s experience in Dallas for the Paul vs. Diaz fight. Upcoming guests include entrepreneur Adam Weitsman, YouTuber Tristan Jass, 2023 MLB All-Star and Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman, former Michigan basketball player Adrien Nunez, LSU basketball player and music artist Flau’Jae Johnson, and more. Twin Talk airs on the Twins’ YouTube channel every Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET, with audio-only episodes available on Spotify and Apple Music.
Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club Closes Flagship After 20 Years
After two decades of occupying prime real estate in New York’s Flatiron District, Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club is shutting its doors. But not for long. As its official website states, a new location is slated to open in February 2024. Though details of its new location have not been revealed, Eater NY writes that the 40/40 Club located at Barclays Center is expected to remain open. Named after one of baseball’s most prestigious achievements, the 40/40 Club has hosted a number of A-list events, from J. Cole‘s mixtape release party to LeBron James‘ birthday celebrations.