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SBD Global/June 2, 2016/People and Pop Culture

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NOVAK DJOKOVIC had "100 million reasons to celebrate reaching the French Open quarterfinals on Wednesday." The Serbian world No. 1 became the first tennis player to bank $100M "in prize money after his 3-6 6-4 6-1 7-5 win over Spaniard ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT tipped him over the magic number." Djokovic joins athletes such as TIGER WOODS and boxer LENNOX LEWIS in the $100M club (REUTERS, 6/1). ... England cricketer LYDIA GREENWAY announced "her retirement from international cricket." Greenway, who was 17 when she made her England debut in the first Women's Ashes Test in Brisbane in '03, played 14 Tests, 126 ODIs and 85 T20Is. She "was part of four Women's Ashes-winning teams, playing a key role in clinching the multi-format 2013 edition with a match-winning 64-ball 80 in the second T20I at the Rose Bowl" (ESPN, 6/1). ... Australian tennis player NICK KYRGIOS has "laughed off PAT CASH's suggestion that he deletes his Twitter account in order to reach his full potential as a tennis player." Cash on Monday said that he "believes Kyrgios has the natural talents to be a grand slam champion, but only if he stops reading newspapers and interacting with his 157,000 followers." The "controversial 21-year-old seems unlikely to take up the advice." Kyrgios tweeted: "Haha 'ditch social media' -- can people keep their opinions to themselves please. leave me alone ... This is my last tweet for you Cashy" (AAP, 5/30). 

CONTROVERSIAL VISIT: U.S. presidential candidate DONALD TRUMP confirmed "he is to visit Scotland later this month for the official reopening of his Trump Turnberry golf course." He will "pay a flying visit to the resort in Ayrshire on June 24, the day after voters go to the polls in the EU referendum." The "presumptive Republican nominee" -- who believes the U.K. should leave the EU -- will attend a ceremonial ribbon cutting following a £200M ($288M) renovation of the hotel and golf course, which is an Open Championship venue. It will be his first appearance in the U.K. since his suggestion on the campaign trail that there should be a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. "caused widespread outrage." U.K. PM DAVID CAMERON said that the remarks were "divisive, stupid and wrong." Downing Street said that no plans had been made to use the occasion for a first meeting between Trump and Cameron, "although attempts have been made on both sides to repair the relationship" (London TELEGRAPH, 6/1).

PELE AUCTION: Brazilian football icon PELE "is in London to promote an auction of his collection of awards and memorabilia." He is "selling everything from a replica of the World Cup to his 1977 North American Soccer League championship ring." The 75-year-old three-time World Cup winner said that he is "donating some of the proceeds from the auction to Pequeno Principe, the largest paediatric hospital in Brazil." Among more than 2,000 items being auctioned, a copy of the Jules Rimet Trophy, the original World Cup, is the most expensive lot, with an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000 (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 6/1).
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