Rafael Nadal in action during the Australian Open.Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal met Argentina President Mauricio Macri ahead of his opening match in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Buenos Aires tournament here."It was a pleasure to spend a few minutes with Mauricio Macri, Argentina's president. Thank you for making me feel at home," Nadal tweeted on Wednesday, reports Xinhua.The World No.5 entered Argentina's go
We've seen our favourite players display their immense prowess on court. Roger Federer's tweeners, drop shots, Serena Williams' powerhouse serves - fans have seen it all. But behind those sporting icons are hearts of gold. Here are five times tennis players touched fans' hearts with displays of kindness, sportsmanship and true humanity.
Rafael Nadal after his exit from the Australian OpenSpanish tennis great Rafael Nadal said he is focusing on "day-to-day" targets as he attempts to recapture his best form.The 14-time Grand Slam winner was granted a wild card entry to this week's Argentina Open after his first round exit at the Australian Open last month, reports Xinhua.In 2015 the Spaniard endured his first calendar year without winning a Grand Slam title since 200
The survey includes 600 respondents in Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla.Tennis player Rafael Nadal and NBA basketball player Pau Gasol were voted the most popular Spanish athletes in the country, according to the survey made by multinational consulting firm Lagardere.The survey, conducted last December and released on Monday, included 600 respondents in Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla, reports Efe.Nadal topped the list with 99.9 on the study's ind
Maria Sharapova’s grunts and screams on court are the stuff of legend. She’s been made into memes, jokes and been the subject of several hilarious videos. The sound she makes on court is even louder than that of her more powerful competitor Serena Williams, and spectators have complained of the immense noise the Russian former No. 1 makes on court.Now, a Japanese engineer named Seiya Kobayashi has invented a tennis racquet that when s
Andy Murray won a plate for his runner-up effort at the Australian Open a second year running, while Rafael Nadal had the worst possible result – a first-round exit, also known as a wooden spoon.
While Federer lost to Djokovic in the semi-final of the Australian Open, Nadal was eliminated in the first round.Novak Djokovic may seem "unstoppable" at the moment but Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal still have it in them to compete against current World No.1, former British tennis ace Tim Henman said here on Thursday.Djokovic recently won the Australian Open, his 11th Grand Slam title, to confirm his stature as the undisputed leader in
The hungriest wolf in the pack : Novak Djokovic with the Australian Open 2016 The Australian Open 2016, the first Grand Slam of the calendar year, had everything and more a tennis fan could ask for. Shocking upsets, new rising stars, epic matches and scandals kept the fan on tenterhooks from the start of the tournament till the very end. With three of the show courts flaunting their roofs, tournament director Craig Tiley earned his yearly
The Australian Open saw some hits, some misses and a lot of surprises early on in the tournament.The women’s draw in particular saw some significant upsets, with a majority of the seeded players crashing out in the earliest stages of the tournament.Among them were former World No. 2 Simona Halep, 10th-ranked Venus Williams – who made her return to the top 10 after a resurgence in late 2015, Kristina Mladenovic and Ana Ivan
Nadal is currently ranked fifth in the worldRafael Nadal has been granted a wild card to defend his Argentina Open title in Buenos Aires next week, organisers said on Monday.The 29-year-old Spaniard, who defeated Argentine Juan Monaco in last year's final, will play his first match of the tournament on Wednesday or Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported.Nadal, currently ranked fifth in the world, said he sought a place in the clay-court tourna
The holy trinity of the men’s gameNovak Djokovic has millions, maybe even billions of fans around the world; but I’m not one of them. Having been a Nadal fan from even before he won his first of nine French Open titles, I’ve been as loyal as Uncle Toni, and there are millions of me like in the world too, who would stick to their man!When you’re talking of fan following, who can understand what loyalty means as much as Roge
The current problem facing Nadal is more mental rather than technical.The shocking exit of Nadal in the Australian Open has raised the slogan is he off his prime or does he have enough left in his tank. Nadal losing in quarters or semis is no longer a shock, but first round exit definitely is a big blow to the past champion.Nadal surely doesn’t look himself with tired shots and his baseline game being ineffective, every champion goes t
The first week of the year’s first Grand Slam saw some brilliant tennis being played by both the experienced and the relatively less-experienced. Here, we take a look at the results of the top players from the first week of the Australian Open.Upset-tingThe women’s side has seen a significant number of seeded players toppled by their less-experienced counterparts; meanwhile, while the Big Four have all gone through to the next round,
The menâs top seeds may have fared much better than the womenâs at this yearâs Australian Open, which has seen some of their best players â among them 2nd seed Simona Halep â crash out, and without Â much of a fight. Halep, a resurgent Venus Williams, former No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic are among the top-ranked names who are now no longer in contention, having lost to younger, less-experienced counterpart
CaptionVerdasco’s battery outlasts Nadal in the superlong 4 hr 41 min match.