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Neymar's "theatrics" during the World Cup Round of 16 match against Mexico were remembered during a senior's match at Wimbledon.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: July 14, 2018 2:51:16 pm
Wimbledon 2018 Neymar’s ‘diving’ was remembered during Wimbledon.

Brazil star football Neymar received more attention for his “diving” in the World Cup in Russia, than for his goal-scoring abilities. His over-reaction to a Miguel Layun cleat on the leg during the Round of 16 clash against Mexico drew plenty of flak from the critics and the funs, and turned into a meme. Brazil won the match 2-0, but the PSG star’s “theatrics” in the match went viral which gave birth to the “Neymar Challenge” where peoplefell on the ground and rolled around feigning agony. It was shared extensively on social media with people making their own versions of the incident. Now, it looks the footballer is being remembered at the Wimbledon, too.

The incident took place during the third-round legends doubles match between Mansour Bahrami, Goran Ivanisevic, Jonas Björkman and Todd Woodbridge, on Friday. In the middle of the match, Bjorkman was struck by the ball on his back by Woodbridge. Even though he wasn’t hurt much by the incident, and was laughing about it with his partner, he later decided to have some fun at the expense of Neymar.

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Bjorkman grabbed his stomach and started rolling around the center of the court, to imitate Neymar’s theatrics at the World Cup. Seeing the “drama”, Bahrami decided to join in on the act, and he climbed over the net, and waved for help. He later proceeded to do a mock-CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, to the player.

Meanwhile in more serious business at Wimbledon on Friday, Kevin Anderson defeated John Isner to book a ticket to the final, in a match that went for 6 hours and 35 minutes. Novak Djokovic took a two sets to one lead over Rafael Nadal in the other match, which was suspended, and will continue on Saturday.

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