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Rafael Nadal has been named the 'Favourite Son of Mallorca' in a ceremony attended by his girlfriend, Xisca, and family members at the Consell de Mallorca.
"I appreciate being a Mallorcan," said Nadal, who is the 11th person to receive the award. "The first thing that I do when I'm playing in other countries, whether I win or lose in the tournament, is to seek for the fastest way to go back to Mallorca."
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BRADENTON, FL, USA - Maria Sharapova had a magical moment with one of her toughest fans recently, surprising 10-year-old cancer survivor Sunny Logan with a hit at the IMG Academy.
Logan, who began playing tennis at age five and started competing at age eight, had been diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma, a rare cancer of the lymphatic system. With the help of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, she overcame the disease, and began hitting the courts again - and she was surprised with a dream trip to hit at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
What came next for Logan, who had already overcome the unthinkable, was, well, another unthinkable.
"We had been talking about her all day - she was on the hall of fame board, and they had pictures of her everywhere," Logan told The Today Show, referring to her favorite tennis player, Sharapova.
"I was hitting some serves and then I turn around, and there she is. And I was just speechless.
"I did not know what to do."
"Is this Sunny?" Sharapova said when Logan saw her. "I heard there's this incredible tennis player playing on center court here. I'm Maria. It's very nice to meet you. Can I get a hug?"
Sharapova then stepped it up. "So do you want to hit some balls with me?" she said.
Watch Sharapova and Logan hit - and Logan's interview with The Today Show - at the top of this story.
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Roger Federer added to his growing legacy on Sunday in Lille, guiding Switzerland to its first Davis Cup title with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory over France’s Richard Gasquet.
The Basel native’s humility was on display as he reflected on the achievement following the match. For Federer, it was a team effort.
“This one’s for the boys,” said the 33 year old. “This is not for me, this is for them.”
He and Stan Wawrinka teamed to clinch the doubles rubber on Saturday after Wawrinka earned the first point of the tie with a four-set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Federer admitted that while the title was important, it does not mark the final piece of the puzzle in his illustrious career.
“Everybody worked incredibly hard to get me match ready and Stan has put in so much effort over the years and played an unbelievable weekend. That’s what gave me the opportunity today. I’m very much aware of that.”
Coupled with a run to the final at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the victory gives Federer considerable momentum in his quest for 1,000 match wins. Currently at No. 996, he will vie for the milestone at the season-opening Brisbane International presented by Suncorp in January. The 2014 runner-up to Lleyton Hewitt, he would clinch the feat with a run to the title.
Federer caps an impressive 2014 campaign, eclipsing the 70-match win threshold in a season for the sixth time and capturing five titles in 11 finals. His maiden Shanghai Rolex Masters crown in October gave him his 23rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy and he would return to World No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time in 17 months.
Last week, the Swiss made a record 13th consecutive appearance at the season finale, where he reached his ninth final. Additionally, his 17 wins against the Top 10 are the most since 2007.
“I’m unbelievably happy,” added Federer. “It’s an amazing feeling to be celebrating with my friends. It was just a great match, great atmosphere, a beautiful weekend for tennis… I’m happy I was able to stay calm and play a good match when I had to and I’m happy for all the guys on the team.”
Source:- ATP Tennis
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When hit by wild storms and personal loss...
Remember that you are not alone!
May you have deep calm before, during and after the storm.
Beneath the storm, keep a quiet optimism and a deep peace...
Because after the rain; there’s a rainbow,
After the night --morning,
And after endings; there are amazing new beginnings....
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Many haven't fulfilled their dreams because
they were unwilling to make the leap of faith.
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Mumbai : In a glittering event at a posh hotel here Wednesday, cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar released his much awaited autobiography "Playing It My Way" among other star cricketers.
Emcee Harsha Bhogle took the packed hall through Tendulkar's life and the evolution of Indian cricket with on-stage conversations with Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Vasu Paranjpe, and the 'fabulous four' -- Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, V.V.S. Laxman and Tendulkar himself.
The formal book release, which has been published by Hachette India, saw Tendulkar present a copy to his first coach and guru Ramakant Achrekar. The batting maestro earlier Wednesday presented the first copy to his mother Rajni before the launch.
Â“ 'Playing It My Way' is a different sort of innings for me and was in the making for the last three years. As with the game, I have been honest and sincere in putting together various aspects of my life and the book is something I hope readers will enjoy," said Tendulkar.
The book has already set the Indian record for the largest adult hardback orders on the day of release with 100,000 copies being released by the publishers. The book releases as hardback and simultaneous eBook Thursday. An audiobook version will follow early next year as will Indian language versions in Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Malayalam and Bengali.
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Novak Djokovic won match No. 600 on Sunday in Paris, claiming his 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown as well....
As the finishing touches were put on the 2014 ATP World Tour regular season at the BNP Paribas Masters, it was apropos that its World No. 1 would write the final chapter in thrilling fashion.
On Sunday at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Novak Djokovic became the latest player —and 23rd overall— to claim 600 match victories, powering to his 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Milos Raonic. The new father capped an impressive season for the 600 Wins Club, becoming the third player to join the exclusive group in 2014, alongside Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer.
At just 27 years old, six years younger than Hewitt and five behind Ferrer, achieving the milestone is a testament to Djokovic’s consistent run of dominance since crashing onto the scene in the late 2000s. A fearless competitor, the Serb’s ascent to the summit of the ATP World Tour has not been without its share of struggles, but it has been the Belgrade native’s strength in the face of adversity and warrior mentality that has made him one of the elite players in the modern era.
“I think that the 600th win for Novak came in the right moment, just a week after his son was born and a week before London,” Serbian rising star Dusan Lajovic told ATPWorldTour.com. “Along with pushing to secure the No. 1 spot to finish the season, it's a great week for him, that's for sure.
“Winning 600 matches [in singles] is something nobody from our country did before, and even though we are all accustomed to Novak making new records it's an incredible thing to win that many matches. It's also a big boost for us younger players to work even harder.”
"It's amazing how quickly he reached the 600 wins," added countryman Nenad Zimonjic, who has amassed 624 doubles match wins over a 19-year career. "He's had a very impressive career from his first professional win. He improved every year and keeps improving and that's why he's at No. 1 right now."
Djokovic competes with a flair for the dramatic that is embedded in the fabric of his identity. A 46-time titlist on the ATP World Tour, good for third-most among active players (Federer, Nadal), he boasts a defensive-oriented game that has dominated in an era of titanic servers and baseline bombers. The Serb is an elastic wall at the back of the court that defies the laws of physics, relying on a seemingly impervious transition game to win matches.
“He’s remarkably consistent on every surface and I think he’s taken movement and flexibility to a whole new level," former World No. 4 Brad Gilbert said to ATPWorldTour.com. "He has the best backhand in this era and the best since Andre (Agassi).”
“Djokovic has got that art of sliding on cement,” Rod Laver commented during the 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters. “Scares the hell out of me. I would think you could sprain an ankle very quick.”
One of the more relentless returners in history, Djokovic owns a 45 per cent career break point conversion rate, tied for second-most all-time. Like an orchestra conductor leading a symphony, very few can match Djokovic’s wit and brute force from the baseline, often dictating rallies with one of the most lethal backhands in the game.
Upon beating Djokovic at the Australian Open earlier this year, Stan Wawrinka said, "He's so tough to beat. He's an amazing champion. He always fights. He always finds a solution."
Djokovic has found a second home atop the Emirates ATP Rankings since first ascending to World No. 1 on 4 July, 2011. Boasting a 145-25 record while in the top spot, his 118 weeks there are the seventh-most in history. A two-time year-end No. 1 (2011-12), he is a three-time winner at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (2008, ‘12-13) as well.
The Boris Becker and Marian Vajda pupil is also closing in on 60 match wins in a season for the eighth consecutive year. A seven-time Grand Slam titlist, having hoisted four trophies at the Australian Open, he led Serbia to the Davis Cup crown in 2010.
Djokovic entered the 2011 ATP World Tour season with burgeoning confidence and would turn in one of the greatest single-season campaigns in history. The Serb opened the year with a 41-match win streak and would capture 10 titles overall, including three Grand Slams and five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns.
“Djokovic had the greatest year in the history of our sport, there’s no doubt about it,” said John McEnroe in 2011. “He bewildered Nadal. I’ve never seen Nadal look as if he doesn’t know what to do – and even on clay in Rome, Djokovic made him look like that.”
During his unforgettable stretch, he compiled a combined 10-1 record against Federer and Nadal and finished year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time.
Following their meeting in Cincinnati in August, Tommy Robredo said it best: "If you don't play your best you're going to lose for sure. Even if you play your best, sometimes if he's playing great, you're going to lose also."
Like every great player, Djokovic has taken the sport to the next level. Federer made everyone play better; Nadal too. Djokovic has added his own stamp on the sport – a driven champion, who combines sheer athleticism with a will to win at all costs.
By : Josh Meiseles
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IN her thigh-highs and ruby miniskirt, Little Red Riding Hood does not appear to be en route to her grandmother’s house. And Goldilocks, in a snug bodice and platform heels, gives the impression she has been sleeping in everyone’s bed. There is a witch wearing little more than a Laker Girl uniform, a fairy who appears to shop at Victoria’s Secret and a cowgirl with a skirt the size of a tea towel.
Anyone who has watched the evolution of women’s Halloween costumes in the last several years will not be surprised that these images — culled from the Web sites of some of the largest Halloween costume retailers — are more strip club than storybook. Or that these and other costumes of questionable taste will be barely covering thousands of women who consider them escapist, harmless fun on Halloween.
“It’s a night when even a nice girl can dress like a dominatrix and still hold her head up the next morning,” said Linda M. Scott, the author of “Fresh Lipstick: Redressing Fashion and Feminism” (Palgrave Macmillan) and a professor of marketing at the University of Oxford in England.
The trend is so pervasive it has been written about by college students in campus newspapers, and Carlos Mencia, the comedian, jokes that Halloween should now be called Dress-Like-a-Whore Day.
But the abundance of risqué costumes that will be shrink-wrapped around legions of women come Oct. 31 prompts a larger question: Why have so many girls grown up to trade in Wonder Woman costumes for little more than Wonderbras?
“Decades after the second wave of the women’s movement, you would expect more of a gender-neutral range of costumes,” said Adie Nelson, the author of “The Pink Dragon Is Female: Halloween Costumes and Gender Markers,” an analysis of 469 children’s costumes and how they reinforce traditional gender messages that was published in The Psychology of Women Quarterly in 2000.
Dr. Nelson, a professor of sociology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, said the trend toward overtly sexualized costumes actually begins with little girls. “Heroic figures for women or considered icons of femininity are very much anchored in the femme fatale imagery,” she said, adding that those include an assortment of Disney heroines, witches, cocktail waitresses, French maids and an “interchangeable variety of beauty queens.”
While researching “Pink Dragon,” Dr. Nelson found that even costumes for little girls were gendered. Boys got to be computers while the girls were cupcakes. Today, there are bride costumes for little girls but one is hard pressed to find groom costumes for little boys. Additionally, Dr. Nelson said, the girls’ costumes are designed in ways that create the semblance of a bust where there is none. “Once they’re older women it’s just a continuation of that same gender trend,” she said.
Men’s costumes are generally goofy or grotesque ensembles with “Animal House”-inspired names like Atomic Wedgie and Chug-A-Lug Beer Can. And when they dress up as police officers, firefighters and soldiers, they actually look like people in those professions. The same costumes for women are so tight and low-cut they are better suited for popping out of a cake than outlasting an emergency.
Obviously, however, many women see nothing wrong with making Halloween less about Snickers bars and SweeTarts and more about eye candy.
Rebecca Colby, 28, a library clerk in Milwaukee, said the appeal of sexy costumes lies in escaping the workaday, ho-hum dress code.
“I’m not normally going to wear a corset to go out,” said Ms. Colby, who has masqueraded as a Gothic witch with a low-cut bodice, a minidress-wearing bumblebee, a flapper and, this year, most likely, a “vixen pirate.”
“Even though you’re in a costume when you go out to a party in a bar or something, you still want to look cute and sexy and feminine,” she said.
Indeed, many women think that showing off their bodies “is a mark of independence and security and confidence,” said Pat Gill, the interim director of the Institute of Communications Research and a professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
It is a wonder gyms do not have “get in shape for Halloween” specials.
In her book “Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk About Sexuality” (Harvard University Press), Deborah Tolman, the director of the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality at San Francisco State University and a professor of human sexuality studies there, found that some 30 teenage girls she studied understood being sexy as “being sexy for someone else, not for themselves,” she said.
When the girls were asked what makes them feel sexy, they had difficulty answering, Dr. Tolman said, adding that they heard the question as “What makes you look sexy?”
Many women’s costumes, with their frilly baby-doll dresses and high-heeled Mary Janes, also evoke male Lolita fantasies and reinforce the larger cultural message that younger is hotter.
“It’s not a good long-term strategy for women,” Dr. Tolman said.
But does that mean women should not use Halloween as an excuse to shed a few inhibitions?
“I think it depends on the spirit in which you’re doing it,” Dr. Tolman said. “I’m not going to go and say this is bad for all women.”
Perhaps, say some scholars, it could even be good. Donning one of the many girlish costumes that sexualize classic characters from books, including “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” “Cinderella” and “The Wizard of Oz,” can be campy, female sartorial humor, said Professor Gill. It can be a way to embrace the fictional characters women loved as children while simultaneously taking a swipe at them, she said. “The humor gives you a sense of power and confidence that just being sexy doesn’t,” she said.
Dr. Tolman added that it is possible some women are using Halloween as a “safe space,” a time to play with sexuality. By taking it over the top, she said, they “make fun of this bill of goods that’s being sold to them.”
“Hey, if we can claim Halloween as a safe space to question these images being sold to us, I think that’s a great idea,” Dr. Tolman said.
But it may be only an idea. Or, more fittingly in this case, a fantasy.
“I love to imagine that there’s some real social message, that it’s sort of the female equivalent of doing drag,” Dr. Nelson said. “But I don’t think it’s necessarily so well thought out.”
Tanda Word, 26, a graduate student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, who wrote a satirical article about the trend for The Daily Toreador, agreed. “I think it’s damaging because it’s not just one night a year,” she said. “If it’s all the costume manufacturers make, I think it says something bigger about the culture as a whole.”
Salacious costumes — the most visible reminder that Halloween is no longer the sole domain of children — have been around longer than plastic Grim Reaper scythes. But there has been an emergence of “ultrasexy” costumes in the last couple of years, according to Christa Getz, the purchasing director for BuyCostumes.com, which sells outfits with names like Little Bo “Peep Show” and Miss Foul Play.
“Probably over 90 to 95 percent of our female costumes have a flirty edge to them,” Ms. Getz said, adding that sexy costumes are so popular the company had to break its “sexy” category into three subdivisions this year.
Heather Siegel, the vice president of HalloweenMart.com, said her company’s sexy category is among its most popular. (The two best-selling women’s costumes are a low-cut skin-tight referee uniform and a pinup-girl-inspired prisoner outfit called Jail Bait).
“Almost everybody gets dressed up really, really sexy for it,” said Carrie Jean Bodner, a senior at Cornell University in Ithaca who wrote about the abundance of skimpy Halloween garb for The Cornell Daily Sun last year. “Even the girls who wouldn’t dream of going to class without their pearls and pullovers.”
Last year Ms. Bodner, 21, dressed up as a sexy pinch-hitter for an imaginary baseball team. This year she and her friends are considering being va-voom Girl Scouts.
Ms. Getz of BuyCostumes.com said far more women are buying revealing costumes than firing off indignant e-mail messages asking, “Why are all of your costumes so sexy?” (though some do).
Still, women may be buying racy outfits because that is all that is available. Ms. Getz said she wished there were more sexy men’s costumes on the market and that the lack of them is but further evidence of the gender double standard. “It’s just not as socially acceptable,” she said, adding that men feel comfortable expressing themselves with Halloween costumes that are “either crude or outrageous or obnoxious.”
Ms. Siegel of HalloweenMart.com said the costume industry is merely mirroring the fashion industry, where women have more variety in their wardrobes. Besides, she said, men are less interested in accessorizing. “They’re happy grabbing a mask and a robe and being done,” she said.
At least they get a robe. Ms. Bodner of Cornell estimated that it will be about 30 degrees in Ithaca on Oct. 31.
“We’re not just risking our dignity here,” she said. “We’re risking frostbite.”
By: Stephanie Rosenbloom
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ATPWorldTour.com pays tribute to Tommy Robredo, who has recorded his 500th match win....
When Tommy Robredo was sidelined for 14 months due to a leg injury in 2011 and 2012, he drew on his resilience. In more than 800 tour-level matches, his mental fortitude and physical stamina has never been questioned, but after his hiatus it was his passion for the sport that helped him to return from No. 471 and back into the Top 30 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.
Robredo will rightly savour his 500th match win today, as only the fifth Spaniard in the Open Era to reach the milestone - joining Rafael Nadal (706), Manuel Orantes (641), David Ferrer (600) and Carlos Moya (575). But he will resist the temptation to over-celebrate it until the conclusion of the Valencia Open 500. Robredo has unfinished business; there is a final clash to play against Andy Murray on Sunday.
"It is only a number, but it's a special number," said Robredo. "If somebody told me I would win 500 matches at the beginning of my career, I would sign up for it. Now, I will go for 600."
As only one of three active players (also Nadal and Ferrer) to have recorded more than 200 match wins on hard and clay-courts, Robredo has helped to dispel the myth that Spaniards are clay-court specialists. For over the past 15 years, Spanish tennis has evolved and Robredo has been at the forefront of that change. Murray admits, “He has improved on all the surfaces as he has got older. He has become very consistent. He fights very hard and he is very fast. That’s why he has been at the top of the game for so long.”
His speed and adaptability, both hallmarks of his game, were both initially developed on hard courts as a youngster. But it wasn’t until Robredo was 14 that he first played on a clay court. Humble of his achievements, he broke into the Top 20 in 2004 and spent 18-months in the Top 10, rising to a career-high No. 5 in August 2006. His lethal one-handed backhand has helped him to 12 ATP World Tour titles in 22 finals, including the 2006 Hamburg crown (d. Stepanek).
Former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero confesses, “He is very similar to how he was as a junior. But he now has more experience. He is a very intelligent player on court, using his weapons well and serving very well, which is why he is still up there, aged 32. He knows everything that is going through an opponent’s mind at every moment. That is a very important quality.”
At 2013 Roland Garros, he became the first man since Henri Cochet in 1927 to come back from two-sets-to-love down to win three consecutive Grand Slam championship matches. This year, at the Western & Southern Open, he recorded his 22nd Top 10 victory in beating World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 7-6(6), 7-5.
On the court, Robredo is highly focused and driven. Off the court, he keeps himself occupied. The home-loving Robredo, named Tommy because of his father Angel's love for The Who’s rock opera of the same name, enjoys riding in the mountains with his horses, Sebastopol and Dia, or quad biking. Yet inside the lines, he competes with the same level of enthusiasm as he had when he turned pro in 1998. At 32 years of age, he has become stronger, more powerful and remains a player to be feared.
By : James Buddell
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ATPWorldTour.com pays tribute to David Ferrer,who has recorded his 600th match win....
David Ferrer is not your typical player at a time when cannonball servers and strapping goliaths are the norm on the ATP World Tour. Just like Michael Chang and Lleyton Hewitt, in recent years, the Spaniard, at 5’9” in height, has required guile and a hard-work ethic to succeed at the very highest level. Today, at the Valencia Open 500, Ferrer reached the 600 match wins milestone and his 16th quarter-final of yet another fine season.
"I’m most proud of all the years that I’ve been able to stay among the best players in the world," said Ferrer. "There have been important tournaments that I’ve won, and that I’ve been proud of, but what I’m most proud of is to have been able to maintain this stability for all these years.
“I’m proud that this 600th victory was at home. I want to thank all the people that have been with me along the way and especially to Javier Piles, who was not here today.”
Both are remarkable achievements for a player who might never have turned pro. Tommy Robredo, a childhood friend and rival, recalls, “As a junior, maybe mentally he was a little bit crazy. But when he moved to Valencia, he calmed down on the court and all of his game exploded.” Pablo Andujar admits, “He has changed, becoming calmer with experience. He used to break racquets.”
Failure to apply himself on the practice court as a teenager led to him questioning his future. Javier Piles, his long-time coach until 2013, locked his protégé in a two-by-two metre cupboard, with only bread and a bottle of water. Soon, Ferrer pleaded to be released. A week spent on a building site, pushing around bricks for 30 euros, resolved Ferrer to dedicating himself to tennis. Sixteen years on, it was a smart decision.
Ferrer pulls out all the stops on court with his compact, disciplined game. Ferocious and energetic, he attacks relentlessly from the baseline, while his forehand and return of serve have helped him to 21 ATP World Tour titles, 49 Top 10 match wins and to a career-high No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. “He always wins matches,” said Andy Murray. “He is an incredibly consistent player and works extremely hard. He puts in a lot of time and effort into his tennis. It is not easy to win a lot of matches these days. You have to work hard for wins, so it is a big achievement to have attained 600 match wins.”
His first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in November 2012 at the BNP Paribas Masters (d. Janowicz) and 2013 runner-up finish at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal) were warmly welcomed by the tennis world, that appreciates his tenacity as a player and humble nature off the court. “He is a very honest guy,” said Robredo. “You know what he will do and think. He is funny sometimes, the way he acts and reacts. He deserves his place at the top of the sport.” Andujar adds, “He is a warrior, a gladiator. He gives everything to every point, game and match. Importantly, he has always been a very, very nice guy.”
In a golden era of Spanish tennis, Ferrer is a class act. “He is a great example as a player and a person,” says Andujar. Robredo confirms, “He is a great sportsman, the way he acts on and off the court.”
By : James Buddell