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Maria Sharapova: What she said, really meant and definitely did not

Maria Sharapova, tennis player

What she said:

“I don’t think I would allow that (laughter).”

Maria Sharapova does not tell her boyfriend Sasha Vujacic how to play basketball and likewise will not permit him to advise her on the intricacies of tennis.

What she really meant:

“I’m the tennis player—not Sasha.”

What she definitely didn’t:

“It’s rocket science.”

Shahar Peer:What she said, really meant and definitely did not

Israeli tennis player Shahar Pe'er at the Isra...

What she said:
”Tennis can be atrocious sometimes… BUT i have to keep going!!!”

Israeli tennis player, Shahar Peer, tweets her reaction to her first round loss at Wimbledon.

What she really meant:

“One bad day  at the office does not mean that I’m a lousy player.”

What she definitely didn’t:

“The sport is atrocious and so are tennis players.”


Rafael Nadal’s shattered dream, Justine Henin’s farewell and mused tweets

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Gloom descended on the rafters at Melbourne Park.

The courts will be bathed in bright sunlight Thursday morning, but there will be a weary leadenness in the hearts of tennis players, officials and fans.

The World No.1, Rafael Nadal, bade a somber farewell to his quest for a Rafa Slam. It was not to be.

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Nadal Effect: Bolshoi The Boxer yearns for Armani (Satire)


My dog, Bolshoi the Boxer, was saying,” I hear that Rafael Nadal is going to strip for Armani underwear.”

I replied, “Hmm. Is that so?”

“Yes”, he replied. “I want you to write a letter to the various underclothes manufacturers in India that I am available to model their brands.”

“I think I would cut a fine figure for VIP. VIP stands for Very Important Person and that I am.” he continues.

“Or I could shoot for Roopa. I am in excellent shape.It would make for a snug fit.”

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The Apprenticeship of Federer: Long, Arduous and Fruitful

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16 Grand Slams to his name and still counting, Roger Federer, the Swiss champion, is master of all he surveys. One French Open, six Wimbledons, five US Opens and four Australian Opens (66 ATP titles); you could hardly call his trophy cupboard bare. His rivalry with Nadal is the stuff of legend and an enduring story for the ages. His challenger needs just one more Slam to move into double digits and Borg territory.

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Rafael Nadal: How Our Disbelief Obliterates His Many Achievements

Rafael Nadal of Spain, winner of the 2010 U.S. Open tennis tournament, poses with the trophy at Times Square in New York, September 14, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Now that Rafael Nadal has staked his claim to being the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT), let us examine the reasons why tennis aficionados are still leery of anointing him the heir to  Federer’s not yet vacated throne.

Is it that he is a Spaniard not too familiar with the nuances of the English language?

Is it that he does not typify the usual tennis player? Is it that he appears to be a muscle-bound hulk?

Is it that he’s built more like a boxer or a sprinter?

Is that what blinds us to his ever improving court craft?

Or are we just peeved with the alleged illegal coaching by his Uncle Toni from the sidelines?

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Somdev scores a ton

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 28: Somdev Devvarman of India lunges to return a forehand to Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia during the Farmers Classic at the Los Angeles Tennis Center - UCLA on July 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Ton Is Here!

He’s done it! Finally!

Somdev Devvarman has cracked the top 100 on the ATP tour. Another milestone in his fledgling career.

He becomes just the second Indian male player in a decade or so to be ranked amongst the top 100. Leander Paes was the last Indian male to be ranked so, achieving that distinction in 1999.

Somdev’s rise to the list of centurions has not been meteoric; rather it has been steady but sure.

He is now ranked 96 in the world. However, he is unlikely to be perched there for too long; he was thwarted in his bid to defend last year’s accumulated points.More on that later.

Quote of the day:
Here’s something to think about: How come you never see a headline like ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’? – Jay Leno

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Tennis comes into its own!


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A few days ago, Aita announced the Indian Tennis League (ITL), which has been inspired by cricket’s Indian Premier League (IPL) and the World Team Tennis (WTT), held every summer in the US. Initial expectations include attracting some of the biggest, recently retired names in world tennis to this event.

A league of its own – Business of Life –

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