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Top Ten Reasons Making Wimbledon Special

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Lawn tennis is a glamorous sport with its magnificent history. All the tennis players enjoy the stardom due to this sophisticated sport. Well! All those players who hone their talent at every hour of their life have a desire to play and win on Wimbledon’s Centre Court. Wimbledon is unique from its name to its character, and hence, this tournament has gained popularity all over the world.
Herein, we present some reasons making this tournament unique and special not only to the tennis stars but also to the viewers:-
1. Wimbledon is regarded as the oldest tennis tournament on the planet earth which is constantly played since 1877. Due to the elegance and an old foundation, it is regarded to be the symbol of prestige like all the other three Grand Slams but it is always given a higher rank.
2. Wimbledon tournament, has safely protected its authenticity and originality because it is now also played on grass thereby, protecting the name of the sport Lawn tennis unlike, the Australian Open, US Open and French Court which have now switched over to hard court, hard court and clay court respectively.
3. According to the strict rules and regulations of the tournament, the players are required to wear all cloth accessories even, hats, socks and shoes in white color. In the case the rule is not followed, the player stands disqualified. Even Roger Federer was once disqualified for wearing shoes highlighting orange soles.
4. Both the audience and players relish over the strawberries and cream, which serves as the typical stand food during the tournament. According to the librarian at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum that this tradition remains the same, right from the beginning since 1877 and strawberries and tennis are regarded as the signal informing that summers have arrived.
5. In this tournament, the players are referred to Mr, Miss and Mrs according to the marital status for the women. Though, the flexibility during the match is reported when the chair umpires address the male players with their names. However, the usage of Miss is still prevalent.
6. During the tournament of Wimbledon, the ball boys and girls who are called as BBGs have a significant role in the conduction of this elegant tournament. Ironically, the BBGs are ought to hide and not appear publically. They are supposed to fulfill their duties silently. From 2005, the BBGs are six in number at each court wherein, two of them serve at the net, and four are at the corners. These BBGs’ teams undergo rotation with one hour at the court followed by a rest for another hour.
7. The Wimbledon Centre Court tragically suffered destruction during the World War II. Accommodation section which catered to 1200 audience was destructed and the tournament was also suspended for some years. The roof of the new court is good enough to prevent hindrance in matches due to rains.
8. Wimbledon is symbol of prestige and idol of elegance. After all, it is the only Grand Slam having a distinction to get patronage from the Royal Family of Britain. The Royal Family has reserved accommodation in the Royal Box. It was a tradition previously that the players had to pay courtesy to all the royal family-members however, in 2003, this practice was halted by the Duke of Kent, the President of the All England Club and now players ought to pay courtesy to only Prince of Wales and monarch.
9. This tournament which lasts for a fortnight consumes several tennis balls which are ought to be rendered as a waste afterwards. However, the Wimbledon authorities never dispose them directly rather they are sent to serve as a ready-made home for harvest mouse, a threatened species of mice. The slit is cut in the outer surface of the balls and they are ready to serve as a shelter for the little creatures.
10. Wimbledon tournament has maintained its elegance and uniqueness throughout. It represents royalty and prestige. It is the only tournament wherein the sponsors do not advertise their products thus, originality of the tournament is not violated by the commercial strategies.
So, due to these known and unknown facts, Wimbledon tournament is special and unique telling its known story never influenced by any kind of circumstance.

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Gautam Gambhir wants life ban on player who assaulted Delhi selector Amit Bhandari

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Gautam Gambhir on Monday condemned attack on former India pacer and chairman of Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) senior selection committee Amit Bhandari and demanded a life ban for the player.

Bhandari was attacked by a group of an unidentified men during the Under-23 team’s trials at St Stephen’s ground. He sustained injuries on head and ear and then his colleague Sukhvinder Singh took him to the Sant Paramanand Hospital at Civil Lines.

Former India opener and Delhi captain Gambhir took to Twitter, saying, “Disgusted to see this happen right in the heart of the Capital. This can’t slip under the carpet and I will personally ensure it doesn’t. To begin with I am calling for a life ban from all cricket for the player who orchestrated this attack post his non-selection.”

Shankar Saini, Delhi’s senior and U-23 team manager, said that around 15 men came with hockey sticks, rods and cycle chains.

“I was having my meal along with a colleague inside the tent and Bhandari along with other selectors and senior team coach Mithun Manhas was watching the probables play a trial match,” said Saini.

“A couple of men first came and went up to Bhandari. There were heated exchanges between Bhandari and the two men. They left and before we could gather our thoughts, suddenly some 15 men armed with hockey sticks, rods and cycle chains came charging,” Saini added.

“When the other boys attending the trials along with us rushed to save Bhandari, they started threatening us and one of them said, “Don’t get into this or else we will shoot you.”

“They hit Bhandari with hockey sticks and rods and he sustained head injury,” said the former Delhi seamer.

“I was not there when these two guys came and spoke with Bhandari. He is obviously rattled and once he gives his statement to the police, we will get to know more,” concluded Saini.

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Pakistan to host ODI series in UAE after Australia raise security concerns

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Australia have refused to any of the ODI series matches in Pakistan due to security concerns and the two teams will now compete in the World Cup preparatory five-match rubber in the UAE.

After much delay, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday finally announced that the one-day series would be played entirely in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from March 22 to 31.

The PCB had invited CA to send its team to Karachi to play one or two matches of the and were hopeful of convincing the Australians to come to Pakistan for the first time since 1998.

“The PCB was optimistic that it will be able to convince Cricket Australia to send its side for some matches after successfully staging high-profile bilateral series and the Pakistan Super League matches in the past 18 months, PCB Director Cricket – International, Zakir Khan, said.

“But, we are disappointed for the enthusiastic and passionate cricket fans in Pakistan who will now have to wait for some more time before they can see Australia cricket team live in action for the first times since 1998,” he said.

“Australia are the world champions and this series will provide the Pakistan cricket team an opportunity to assess their World Cup preparations,” Khan added.

Khan, however, said that the CA has assured them that they will send their security expert to oversee the execution of security plans for the PSL 2019 matches “In the meantime, the CA have confirmed they will maintain regular contact with the ICC, Zakir added.

In the last 18 months, Pakistan have hosted the ICC World XI, also comprising Australia Test captain Tim Paine and fast bowler Ben Cutting, in September 2017.

A month later, Sri Lanka played a T20I at the same venue. In April 2018, Karachi was the venue for three-T20I series between the Windies and Pakistan. Last month, the Windies women’s team played three T20Is against Pakistan women’s team in Karachi.

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Davis Cup: India bank on Prajnesh, CSC grass courts to upset Italy

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India would rely heavily on in-form Prajnesh Gunneswaran and favourable home conditions to upset former champions Italy in their bid to qualify for the inaugural Davis Cup Group Finals when the two teams clash in the Qualifiers starting here from Friday.
The rejigged Davis Cup enters a new era with 12 qualifiers across the globe on the road to Madrid Finals in November.
Against a team which leads 4-1 on head-to-head record, India have returned to their favourite Calcutta South Club (CSC) grass courts after 16 years.
The venue boasts of an impressive 8-2 win-loss record for India, including the solitary victory over Italy in the 1985’s World Group 1st Round.
“It’s grass, not clay! Maybe next time, we will play on clay against India. We have nothing to complain,” said 1976 Davis Cup winner Corrado Barazzutti, here as the non-playing captain of Italy.
Another boost for India is the shortened format. The popular ‘home-away’ format has been retained for the qualifiers and the ties now will be held in two days with two singles on Friday and a doubles plus two return singles on Saturday.
Matches will now be played over best-of-three sets in place of gruelling best of five, adding to the unpredictability factor and Italy, despite having three of their five players inside top-50, cannot breathe easy.
India’s non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi has already said there is no room for excuses for the home side and would be banking on their top-ranked singles player Prajnesh (102) to get the hosts off the block.
The big-serving southpaw, who is fresh from making his Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open, achieved one of the best wins of his career on grass when he shocked Canada’s Denis Shapovalov, the current world number 25.
And it’s no surprise that Bhupathi will heavily bank on Prajnesh in singles while the most-experienced Rohan Bopanna will look to carry on his fine momentum with comeback man Divij Sharan in doubles. The duo won the Tata Maharashtra Open earlier this month.
With the hosts needing to win at least three rubbers to secure a place in the finals, Prajnesh will play a key role, while the doubles will be equally crucial as has been the case historically for India.
But it’s easier said than done with world number 16 Marco Cecchinato spearheading Italy’s challenge.
Cecchinato won two ATP 250 titles last year, both on clay and it remains to be seen how the top-ranked Italian adjusts to grass.
In world number 37, Andreas Seppi, Italy also have the most-experienced player. Italy also has doubles specialist in Simone Bolelli, the 2015 Austrlian Open winner, while 22-year-old Matteo Baerrettini, the youngest member of the side will give X-factor to the visitors.
India lost 0-4 to Serbia in their World Group play-off clash in Kraljevo and the upcoming tie will be a litmus test for non-playing captain Bhupathi with reports indicating that his contract may not be renewed.
The venue has produced some of the epic encounters for India in the history of Davis Cup, including the 3-2 win over Australia to reach the Eastern Final in 1974 but conceded the title to South Africa, protesting the Apartheid regime.
But it was India’s World Group first round win over Switzerland that had made headlines after they had triumphed 3-2 in a rain-interrupted tie which was termed “black magic” by the referee
“It had rained whole night and the referee had booked return tickets. But we worked whole night to get the court ready. In the morning, the referee came and said it is ‘Indian black magic’ and we won. Their big serving player Marc Rosset almost looked redundant,” Bengal Tennis Association COO Sujoy Ghosh recalled.

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Indonesia Masters: Saina Nehwal wins title after Carolina Marin retires hurt

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Former world number one Saina Nehwal lifted the Indonesia Masters title as her Spanish opponent Carolina Marin retired hurt during the first game of the summit showdown here on Sunday.
Carolina injured her right foot after a hard landing and, despite trying hard, she could not continue playing. Eventually, she decided to pull out of the match.
Saina did not make the best of the starts in the final match as her three-time world champion opponent raced ahead with a four-point lead in the first game. Carolina further consolidated her lead over the Indian shuttler as she was now leading the game 9-2.
With the first game scoreline reading 4-10 in Carolina’s favour, the match was brought to a forced end.
This is Saina’s first-ever Indonesia masters title.
Nehwal had defeated China’s He Bingjiao on Saturday to enter the finals of the USD 350,000 Indonesia Masters. The 28-year-old from Hyderabad, who had reached the finals at the last edition, notched up a come-from-behind 18-21 21-12 21-18 triumph over sixth seed Bingjiao, who had won a bronze medal at the World Championship last year.
Marin, three-time World Champion and reigning Olympic champion, had bested China’s Chen Yufei to set up the final clash with Nehwal.
In men’s singles event, Danish badminton player Anders Antonsen defeated Kento Momota of Japan 21-16, 14-21, 21-16 in the final match to win the Indonesia Masters trophy.

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Women’s Big Bash League: Beth Mooney guides Brisbane Heat to maiden WBBL title

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Australia wicketkeeper-batswoman Beth Mooney’s skillful innings helped Brisbane Heat to clinch their maiden Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) title at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney on Saturday.

Bowling efforts of Delissa Kimmince (2/25) and Grace Harris (3/23) assisted the Heat to wrap up hosts Sixers for 131 for the loss of seven wickets.

Although Harris failed with the bat, opener Mooney powered to add 84 for the third wicket with her skipper Kirby Short in hot and testing conditions.

Mooney brought up her fifty in just 35 deliveries, which included nine boundaries, before departing for 65, while Short pitched in with 29.

No other Heat batswoman got to double figures, as they slipped from 98/2 to 126/7. With just four runs needed off five balls, Laura Harris walloped the ball to the boundary to seal a memorable three-wicket victory over two-time champions Sydney Sixers.

Mooney, who was adjudged Player of the Final, said: “I just told myself we need to stay in the middle and we needed a good partnership. Kirby and I generally do a good job of that. The team has been really amazing. Several of them have come out of their shells and it has been a great pleasure to watch them evolve.”

Ellyse Perry, on the other hand, was declared Player of the Tournament for amassing 744 at an average of 93 and scalping 10 wickets.Short heaped praises on Sixers skipper Perry for making it a great contest.

“To Ellyse (Perry), there is a reason you are always in a WBBL final, and even when we only had a run a ball to get, you always pushed us, so thank you for a great contest today. You are an incredible team,” Short said.

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ICC names Rishabh Pant as Emerging Cricketer of 2018

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India’s fast-rising wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was Tuesday named the International Cricket Council’s Emerging Player of the Year in the world body’s annual awards.

The 21-year-old Pant was picked by the ICC’s voting academy for a stellar show in his breakthrough Test year in 2018.

He became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England and equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 against Australia in Adelaide in December.

He was also the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test hundred in Australia.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli was also named as the captain of the ICC’s Test and ODI teams of the year, leading the country’s domination in both the line-ups.

“…Virat Kohli named the captain of both sides following a remarkable 2018 as batsman and skipper,” the ICC said in a statement.

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Bageshwar’s Gold Medalist Nitendra to participate in London Merathon

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The athletes n sportspersons of Uttarakhand are making the Himalayan state proud by their outstanding performances and Gold medal winning streak in various national n international competitions.

While the shooting prodigy and daughter of the internationally acclaimed shooter Jaspal Rana has made Uttarakhand n India proud in her outstanding pistol shooting achievements in the World pistol shooting championships n Khelo India games by winning several Golds n silver medals another athlete of Uttarakhand namely Nitendra Singh Rawat who’d recently won the prestigious Gold medal in Mumbai Merathon 2019 has surprisingly qualified for the World marathon championships to be held in Doha in the near future.

As a sequel to that Nitendra Singh Rawat got an opportunity to participate in the London Merathon where he would be participating for the first time representing India.

A high spirited enthusiastic racer Nitendra Singh primarily belonging to village Aana near Garud in Bageshwar district of Kumaon, Uttarakhand while talking to this reporter disclosed that he is the only n first athelete from Uttarakhand n India who would be participating in the significant London Olympics.

According to a report of Anshul Dangi of HT hindi, UK, popular as a merathon runner Nitendra Rawat has secured the Gold medal in the Mumbai Merathon after being out of races for the last one year due to severe injury. However he is back to the racing track with renewed vigour n vitality. Nitendra won the race in the catagory of Indian atheletes in two hours, fifteen minutes n fifty one seconds.The qualifying deadline for participation in the the World Merathon championship was 2 hours 16 minutes which Rawat qualified a minute before.

He is also credited with winning Gold in the South Asian Games but due to injury ( he) was constrained to be out of the games for over a year.

The future of Nitendra Rawat as a merathon runner is quite bright and as such the government of Uttarakhand should take notice of such budding atheletes by helping them financially to the core.

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Dhoni’s hardware not keeping in touch with software: Sanjay Manjrekar

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known to finish a game that too in style. The man on Friday won his first Man of the Series in ODIs since 2011 after helping India achieve their first-ever bilateral series win against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

With many people showering praises for the 37-year-old wicketkeeper, India’s former batsmanSanjay Manjrekar also had a few words for Dhoni.

He said that Dhoni is being able to achieve success because his mind is still at its prime even though he has lost a bit of physical ability and confidence.

The World Cup-winning skipper hit an unbeaten 87 in the series decider as India gunned down a total of 231 with seven wickets and four balls to spare.

“[Dhoni is] clearly not at his prime… The software – his intention, his mind is still at its prime. He knows exactly what is needed. The hardware is not quite keeping in touch with the software. The hardware was a lot better 5-10 years back. He would hit sixes at will… he doesn’t have that ability or the confidence now but he finds ways to stay there till the end,” Manjrekar said.

Dhoni was criticised for his slow knock (96-ball 51) in India’s 34-run defeat in the first ODI. He, however, got back and clinched two back-to-back match-winning half-centuries in the second and third ODI in Adelaide and Melbourne, respectively.

Manjrekar added: “He [Dhoni] mentioned in the post-match presentation as well the calculations as to which bowler to go after and take the match deep. His great philosophy the one that has made him an all-time great is “stay there till the end”. I remember Javed Miandad also had a similar strategy take the match till the end and feed off the nervous energy of the bowler.”

Not just Manhrekar, Indian skipper Virat Kohlihas always been in support of the wicketkeeper-batsman. Kohli hit back at Dhoni’s critics and expressed that he has confidence on his senior compatriot.

“Every batsman needs that kind of rhythm and runs next to your name to gain confidence. People say a lot of things on the outside. As an individual, I know that nobody is more committed to Indian cricket than MS [Dhoni],” Kohli told the media in Melbourne.

“People should give MS his space… He is a very intelligent cricketer and he knows what he is doing.”

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That’s not the Hardik Pandya I knew: Ex Elli Avram slams cricketer for his sexist comments

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Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Their misogynistic comments on a celebrity chat show have created a stir across the country. The latest to slam the cricketers is Elli Avram, who was once rumoured to be in a relationship with Hardik.

Pandya along with KL Rahul received several backlashes and though they issued an apology over the matter, the social media is still abuzz with the controversy, specifically by Pandya.

Elli who was at a recent award function said that she saw few clips of the episode. “I got a little bit surprised because that’s not really the Hardik Pandya I personally once used to know! I think it’s great that people are reacting and putting their foot down on this kind of behaviour because it’s about time we all realize that this kind of mentality is not cool. Neither is it something to brag about,” she said.

The former Bigg Boss contestant and actress also said, “In terms of what is happening from what I read, they are getting suspended right? I mean I just feel when you get an opportunity to represent your country, it’s a really big privilege to get that and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. I believe because by the end of the day the youth that is our next generation is actually they are watching and learning from their idols. So… that’s all I have to say on this.”

Earlier, actress Esha Gupta, who was asked about her ‘friend’ Hardik’s comments on the show, she lost her cool and said, “Who is the one who told you (Hardik Pandya) is my friend?”.

The cricketers are currently suspended and waiting for the Supreme Court hearing.

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Vinesh phogat: first Indian to receive nomination in laureus world sports award

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Ace Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat has become the first Indian to receive a nomination in the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards to be held here on February 18.

The 24-year-old Indian, who made a sensational comeback after battling a long injury lay-off to win a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Jakarta Asian Games, has been nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year.

The Haryana wrestler, who was stretchered off after dislocating her knee during the quarterfinals of 50kg freestyle event at the 2016 Olympic Games, has been nominated alongside US Tour Championship winner Tiger Woods, who won his first tournament in five years.

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nominated are four inspirational Winter Olympic athletes; Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris, US ski racing legend Lindsey Vonn, and Dutch Paralympic champion Bibian Mentel-Spee.

The last time an Indian sporting feat made its way to the Laureus World Sports Awards was in 2004 when the Indian cricket team and Pakistan cricket team shared the Laureus Sport for Good Award for playing an International match despite political tensions between the two countries.

Most recently, Magic Bus from India won the Laureus Sport for Good award in 2014. However, Vinesh makes history as the first Indian athlete to be nominated in one of the seven main categories at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

 

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