This is How Legends are Made

“….I’m crankin’ up on the throttleVictory is mineShow you the harder the battleThe harder I fightI’ve come too far to quitStep back I’m goin’ inI’m crankin’ up on the throttleThis is how legends are made…” – Sam Tinnesz The 19-year-old whiz kid from El Palmar delivered. He delivered those sensational ground strokes, mesmerized us with those delicate drop shots, stunned us with those mighty serves and took our breath away with that unfathomable “behind the back” return. It was not…

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Mens Sana in Corpore Sano #1 – The Sports Quiz

With the US Open underway in full swing, this week’s quiz is about Tennis. Let me challenge your mind with remarkable anecdotes form the history of tennis. Let me know how many you can crack!! Answers next week. Q1. Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History acquired a racquet from John Isner in 2010 to showcase as important memorabilia from the history of American Tennis. What was special about this racquet? Q2:  Serena just hung up her boots during the US…

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The Novak Vaccine Saga : Is Tennis Bigger Than Life?

Legendary US President Teddy Roosevelt wrote to his son in in 1803 in a letter “..I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life. Athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant, and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master ..”. The Novak Vaccine controversy that has been going on since the beginning of the year, brings to the mind the words mentioned above.…

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Laureus World Sports Awards & Emma Raducanu : Best Female Tennis Player(?)

The Laureus World Sports Awards is one of the most prestigious ceremonies in sports histories. Over the past couple of years, tennis has dominated the major awards, with Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal taking home the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year multiple times each. The ESPYs is another award ceremony hosted by ESPN, which, while not as tennis-dominated, still has had a couple of winners in the past. Tennis players may not have been recognized for the…

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The GOAT Debate – What do you care what other people think

Another epic match. Another monumental battle. This time the Spaniard prevailed, and the sports fraternity is again busy to decide who is the greatest of all time! The number crunching has begun. Novak still holds an edge with 30-29 in their rivalry, so he is the best. Well, the other school thinks, Rafa has more majors (21) and hence he is the king. Novak has won more Grand Slams in the last 10 years and hence he is the undisputed…

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ATP’s Off-court Coaching Trial – Long Time Coming

ATP announced this week that they are going to allow on a trial basis off-court coaching starting with all tournaments in the tour post Wimbledon. They have also laid out some guidelines such as that the coach must be confined in the designated coach seats, the player has to be there in the same side as where the coach is seated, non-verbal coaching is allowed any time and so on. Though many players such as Tsitsipas welcomed the move, as…

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