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Have tennis players always been expected to give interviews?

5 June 2021

9:00 AM

5 June 2021

9:00 AM

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Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open after being fined $15,000 for failing to appear for a post-match press conference. Have players always been expected to give interviews?

— Wimbledon was first televised live in 1937, the year of Fred Perry’s third and final victory against Gottfried von Cramm. A photo from 1938, when Bunny Austin was beaten by the US player Donald Budge in the final, shows that the post-match interview was already part of the coverage.

Vaccine clots

How many people in the UK have died from blood clots related to the AstraZeneca vaccine? Up to 27 May the Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has recorded 332 serious cases and 58 deaths. The age breakdown of the deaths is:

18-29: 7

30-39: 9

40-49: 7

50-59: 18

60-69: 10

70-79: 4

80-89: 1

Variant study

Which countries are looking for Covid-19 variants? Percentage of total cases in week 18 of 2021 where samples were sequenced:

Belgium: 6


Denmark: 73.4

France: 0.3

Germany: 7.5

Iceland: 100

Ireland: 32.2

Italy: 1.0

Netherlands: 1.5

Norway: 71

Portugal: 11.7

Spain: 0.6

Sweden: 0

UK: 50

Source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control/Public Health England

Dying of cold

A study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine claimed 32 people die in London each year of heat caused by climate change. What about deaths from the cold? Five-year moving average for excess winter deaths in England and Wales:

1957/58: 54,680

1967/68: 54,350

1977/78: 42,508

1987/88: 35,406

1997/98: 41,214

2007/08: 27,068

2017/18: 32,058

Source: ONS

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