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'Wakanda Forever' salute from 'Black Panther' showing up frequently in sports  1 Week ago

Source:   USA Today  

Chadwick Boseman stars as the ruler of Wakanda and a masked warrior - the first Marvel film to feature a black superhero in the lead role.

From the soccer pitch to the tennis court ... and even the wrestling ring, celebrations featuring the "Wakanda Forever" gesture are on the rise. 

French tennis player Gael Monfils punctuated victories over Matthew Ebden and John Isner in the first two rounds of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., with the salute.  

On Friday, American Sachia Vickery did the same in a stunning comeback win over No. 3-ranked Garbine Muguruza of Spain, the defending Wimbledon champion.

In an interview with WTA Insider after the match, Vickery said she drew her inspiration from the movie. 

"That was definitely Wakanda Forever. I'm so obsessed with the movie. It's taking over my life," she said. "I have seen it four times already. Literally, I'm obsessed. I have watched it twice here. I may just keep watching it because it's been working out well for me."

The first public display at a sporting event, according to Slate, was on Feb. 24 by Huddersfield Town's Steve Mounie and Colin Quaner in a Premier League match.

The next day, Manchester United soccer player Jesse Lingard did it while celebrating a goal against Chelsea.  

That same day, the WWE's Titus O'Neil and Apollo paid tribute.

Even the rugby world checked in.

While each individual may have his or her particular inspiration for referencing the movie, Monfils seemed to sum it up well:

"I think that movie is great, it’s great for the community, for our community, it means quite a lot. It’s not just a sign. It’s everything. It’s everything going on and definitely it’s a shout-out saying that I’m supporting the Black Panther’s community.”



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