Rapper Drake gets the blame

Internet and Twitter users say Serena Williams' rumoured new boyfriend, rapper Drake, is at fault for her US Open semi-final loss to Roberta Vinci.

"Wherever he cheers, losing follows. The curse continues," one social media user shared on Friday. "Drake jinxed Serena man," another person wrote on Twitter.

The hip-hop mogul, who stood in the stands cheering Williams on, has developed a reputation as being bad luck for teams and athletes.

The Washington Post says he has been blamed for: his favourite college basketball team, the Kentucky Wildcats, losing in the semi-finals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, Cleveland Browns quarter-back Johnny Manziel's lacklustre career, the Seattle Hawks' most recent Super Bowl loss and for LeBron James' cramps during his last year with the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat.

On Friday, after losing, a distraught Williams was spotted leaving Flushing Meadows with Drake, without even changing her outfit, reported the Daily Mail.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 13, 2015, with the headline 'Rapper Drake gets the blame'. Print Edition | Subscribe