The recently retired Miami Heat guard was a surprise guest speaker Sunday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s graduation ceremony, leading cheers. “I’m so proud to say the words ‘MSD Strong,’” Wade said. “… As you know, I, too, recently closed a pretty significant chapter in my life. So in a way, I feel like I can relate to what’s going on in your minds right now.” He recalled how nervous he was to meet students following the shootings at the school last year that claimed 17 lives and called himself “part of this MSD family.” Wade has spoken of that day often and has remained an advocate of improved school safety.
The news conference in which the 2018 French Open runner-up was to talk about his third-round win Saturday was abruptly halted to make way for Serena Williams following her loss at the tournament. Williams was so eager to get her media obligations over with that she met with reporters a little more than 10 minutes after her match ended, much sooner than usual — so Thiem was told to make way. He called it “a joke, really,” but was able to laugh about it later, according to Roger Federer, who relayed the incident Sunday. “It’s just about, ‘How in the world did this happen?’” Federer said. “I don’t think he’s mad at Serena or anybody.”
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