Ben Simmons goes public with Maya Jama romance at Wimbledon

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Ben Simmons and Maya Jama, pictured here looking very loved-up at Wimbledon.
Ben Simmons and Maya Jama were looking very loved-up at Wimbledon. Image: Getty

Ben Simmons and Maya Jama have shown off their budding new romance while taking in the action at Wimbledon.

The Aussie NBA star and British TV personality were spotted looking very smitten at the All England Club on Monday.

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Simmons and Jama could be seen sharing a kiss and showing their affection for each other as they sat alongside Hollywood star Sienna Miller.

Jama is a TV and radio personality in the UK, as well as a model.

The new couple were in attendance as Novak Djokovic beat Cristian Garin on Centre Court.

It comes amid a tumultuous time for Simmons, who recently withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics following a disastrous display in the NBA Playoffs for the Philadelphia 76ers.

In a move many saw coming after the 24-year-old's inconsistent performances, Simmons indicated that while he remained committed to representing the Boomers now was not the time.

"It is a pretty rough time for him right now and I know it is something that he wanted to do, but the timing just hasn't worked," Boomers coach Brian Goorjian said.

"The best thing for everybody right now is for him to go on and develop that skill package and improve in a couple of areas for his next season in the NBA, but the Boomers are always here for him.

"We wanted him to know that in his time of need, the culture and the guys here are behind him and support him."

Ben Simmons and Maya Jama, pictured here at Wimbledon.
Ben Simmons and Maya Jama have gone public with their new romance at Wimbledon. Image: Getty

Simmons copped much of blame for the 76ers' loss to Atlanta in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Australian's struggles at the free-throw line impacting his confidence to the point where he began passing up wide-open shots.

He was just 15 of 45 (33.3 per cent) from the free-throw line in the seven-game series and he attempted just 14 shots from the field over the final three games - none of them in the final quarters with the result on the line.

Novak Djokovic cruises into quarter-finals at Wimbledon

Meanwhile, Djokovic marched into his 50th grand slam quarter-final on 'Manic Monday' at the All England Club.

The World No.1, chasing a sixth Wimbledon and record-equalling 20th major, eased into the last-eight for the 12th time with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Chile's Cristian Garin.

Roger Federer, who will be 40 in just under five weeks' time, then brushed aside Italy's Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 to make the quarter-finals at Wimbledon for the 18th time and 58th overall at the majors.

Djokovic will next face Hungary's Marton Fucsovics, one of a host of players booking last-eight spots at the tournament for the first time.

"Confidence levels are very high after winning the French Open," said Djokovic.

"It was one of my biggest wins in the circumstances — two five-setters, two four-setters in the second week.

"They took a lot out of me but they also gave me wings."

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer will face either second seed Daniil Medvedev or Hubert Hurkacz, the 14th seed, for a place in the semi-finals.

Medvedev was leading Hurkacz 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 3-4 when play was halted for the night due to rain.

"It is not fair for anyone," said Federer, the oldest man in the last-eight since the dawn of the Open Era in 1968.

"I have been in these situations before - but these guys are young and they can recover."

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