The Big Four Down to Three.

The most awaited tennis tournament of the year is here. The much coveted Wimbledon title is something every player aspires to win and this year Rafael Nadal is out of the running in the early stages itself. Nadal didn’t fare well here last year also, when he lost to Lukas Rosol who was ranked 100th at the time. After his impressive performance at the French Open at which he proved again that he is the king of clay, Nadal was not able to keep up the same performance at Wimbledon. It looks like Nadal’s  left knee is still not up to the mark, as he was seen moving with some difficulty with the knee taped up. Consequently this affected his forehand, because he was unable to plant his weight down to play the forehand stroke. Coming to the court with a taped up knee is not uncommon for Nadal, because since his return he has made it to the finals of all the tournaments he entered and winning an astounding seven!

The anguish on Nadal’s face after losing to Darcis is unmistakable.
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Ranked 135, Steve Darcis was responsible for quashing Nadal’s hope of winning the title this year. The 29-year old Belgian with a big serve, a love of the grasscourt game was able to beat the champ in straight sets (7-6, 7-6, 6-4). With each set his confidence grew and he took risks which later proved to be in his favor. He was able to draw Nadal to the net which is usually lethal for the opponent. Clever moves and placement of shots on Darcis’ part saw him the winner of this match. Yesterday’s match was probably one of the biggest for Darcis, this victory will definitely give him more confidence to take on the rest of players irrespective of rank.

In comparison to Nadal, Federer had a terrific beginning. Having the privilge of opening the tournament of center court, he was able to tide over Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 in just 68 minutes. This 7 time Wimbledon champion looked completely at ease and played some wonderful shots in the first round of what is to be a very exciting tournament. He had an almost flawless game, with only 6 unforced errors, 7 aces and winning almost 90 percent of the points put in with his first serve. Such a great beginning is vital for Federer who is eager to add another Wimbledon title to his credit!

Britain’s Andy Murray had a comfortable first round as well. He defeated Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Murray’s disappointment last year was losing to Federer in the finals. This year he hopes to win the title, and the be the first English player to win it since Fred Perry way back in 1936. Meanwhile, Djokovic has reason to grin as his draw is the relatively easy one. With Federer, tsongs and Muraay in the same draw, Djokovic’s toughest opponents will be Del Potro and Berdych.  Having lost in the semi-finals last year, and not winning the French Open , winning the title this year will him a chance to redeem himself.

All in all this year’s Wimbledon has already presented a couple of surprises, and the next two weeks are surely going to keep tennis fans glued to the screens. If you are looking to take that Wimbledon experience to the next level, www.sports365.in has some exclusive Wimbledon merchandise. Not only this we also offer a 20% discount on these products. Apart from this we also see some of the best tennis equipment ranging from rackets to apparel from a number of top brands like Prince, Head and Wilson.

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The Wimbledon season has just started, and for some the first round itself has been disappointing but others have moved forward. The blog article highlights the top players in this year’s Wimbledon tournament and how they have fared so far.

Tips to Choose Football Shoes.

Having the right footwear for a particular sport is always good. It may not improve your game phenomenally, since that also depends on your skill set. What it can do is facilitate better movement and prevent injuries. In this regard buying a good pair of football shoes is important because they are designed for the different positions that one plays on the field.

This blog article will give you an idea about football shoes, to make an informed decision when purchasing a pair.

Shoe styles:

High tops

As the name suggests they extend to the ankle and facilitate lateral movement. By providing additional support to the ankles they reduce the risk of injuries.

Mid cut

Mid cut shoes allow easier maneuverability on the field. So for a skill player these are ideal.

Low cut

These kind of shoes give maximum maneuverability and minimal support in comparison to the other two kinds. They are preferred by many because they are lightweight. For added flexibility n movement these kind of shoes are perfect.

Cleat types:

There are two types of cleats as well. This is so because they are designed for specific surfaces such as grass of turf. So when deciding about the cleats make sure that you keep in mind which surface you are likely to play on more often.

 

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Kipsta football shoes.

Molded

Here the cleats are molded onto the outer sole of the shoe. Turf shoes almost always have molded rubber cleats to give a spring traction on the surface. When compared to detachable cleats these are less expensive.

Detatchable

For shoes which have detatchable cleats it means that the cleats can be removed to  all types of surfaces on grass- hard and dry or wet and sloppy. You can choose shorter studs for a hard, dry surface and longer studs when you play on a wet, sloppy field. Changing the cleats is a simple task done using a small wrench. These kind of cleats are preferred because of their versatility.

Shoe material:

The last thing to take into consideration is the shoe material. There are two kinds from which you can choose.

Leather

Leather football shoes have a number of advantages like, they are more durable, offer better    flexibility and provide better ventilation for the feet. In a nutshell, they are very comfortable. However, they are more expensive than synthetic shoes.

Synthetic

The advantage of synthetic shoes is that they are less expensive, are ideal for wet conditions, and provide more support at the ankle, mid-foot and fore-foot regions. But, in terms of breathability and comfort they come in second to leather.

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To be able to buy the right kind of football shoes, certain parameters such as shoe style, material and cleat types must be taken into consideration.

Ravindra Jadeja – One Person, Many Persona !

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‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win’ – who would know this better than Ravindra Jadeja !

We love him, we  hate him and we  ridicule him but for some reason we cannot ignore him. Cricketing performances – good, bad & ugly, social media topic of entertainment – jokes, sarcasm and praises, IPL money – a lot of it; this 24 year old lad from Saurashtra is an enigma.

Sample this ‘highlight’ of his life innings:

2006

  • Represented India in Under 19 Cricket World Cup in 2006 at the age of 16

2008

  • Vice Captain of Under 19 Cricket World Cup winning team in 2008
  • Great Ranji season in 2008-2009 with 42 wickets and 739 runs
  • IPL Debut with Rajasthan Royals in 2008 and termed as ‘Rockstar’ by the great Shane Warne

2009

  • International Debut in 2009
  • National criticism during T20 World Cup in 2009 for scoring too slow
  • Dropped from the national team
  • Another great IPL season with the Royals and termed as ‘Superstar in making’

2010

  • Banned from IPL season for contractual irregularities; another National Shame

2011

  • Picked up by Kochi IPL team for USD 950,000 but the franchisee is shut in the same year

2012

  • Picked up by CSK IPL team for USD 2 Mn, way above the base price
  • Great Ranji season, best known for consecutive triple centuries

2013

  • Test Debut in Bilateral series against England
  • Significant performance with the ball in Test series against Australia; highlight being dismissal of Michael Clarke five out of six times in the series
  • Good IPL season with CSK with a few match winning performances with the ball and the bat
  • Praise, Sarcasm and Jokes on Social Media with title of ‘Sir’ and nicknames like SRJ
  • Man of the Match in Champions Trophy 2013 and highest wicket taker in the tournament

Born in a sleepy town of Jamnagar in Gujarat, best known for the ‘big’ Reliance refinery, in a very modest household, Jadeja has harboured the dream of playing cricket for the Indian team at a very early age; like million other kids in the country. His father Anirudhsinh’s primary job were that of a watchman. He lost his mother at young age of 17. Amidst all this, he continued to pursue his dream and made it to age level national team and then Ranji team of Saurashtra and eventually to the Indian national team.

In summary, ‘Sir’ Ravindra Jadeja has been through a lot – early struggles in modest family, promising start to the career, drop in form and national criticism, IPL money, IPL ban, dream comeback and now social media praises and jokes. Not many 24 year old in India or for that matter in the World would have such an eventful journey.

Today, Ravindra Jadeja is very much a permanent fixture in the Indian cricket team across all formats. Captain MS Dhoni just loves him more than anyone else. The great Sunil Gavaskar terms him as ‘the role model for yongsters’. Social media just loves him – be it sarcasm, jokes or praise.

Probably, when we see him play next time or read a Twitter/FB Joke or a Meme (none of which is too far away in future), we will have to remind ourselves that we are talking about a young lad in his early twenties who has gone through a lot in life already!

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It’s All in the Genes.

Be it in the world of cinema, politics or sports, father-child duos are not uncommon. For such personalities the bar is set rather high, and they have great expectations to live up to. Not only the expectations of their ardent fans but more so their fathers! In celebrating Father’s Day we bring you some of the popular father – child duos in sports.

Muhammed Ali and Laila Ali Muhammed

Ali is no doubt one of the greatest boxers of all time. His daughter Laila Ali had big shoes to fill. Ali had some spectacular wins to credit his title of being the greatest such as the “Thrilla in Manila” and wins over fellow greats Sonny Liston and George Foreman. By 2009, Laila Ali has also made quite a name for herself. She was able to boast of 21 knockouts in her career and won numerous titles. If the media glare shone more brightly on her career perhaps she would be able to match up to her father’s legacy.

Sunil Gavaskar and Rohan Gavaskar

This one is for the cricket fans. Sunil Gavaskar is one of the most popular names in cricket .not only in India but the international scene as well. The former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar played as many as 125 test matches and 108 ODIs. Although his son Rohan has played only 11 ODIs, he has made his father proud by following him into cricket coverage, doing live commentary and hosting shows.

Joe Bryant and Kobe Bryant

Almost every basketball fan in the world knows Kobe-Bryant, but not many of them are aware of his father Joe Bryant. He lit up the courts with his amazing skill between 1975 and 1983 after which he went on to play professional ball in Italy. Playing for the LA Lakers, Kobe Bryant has a number of accolades to his credit, and is one of the greatest NBA guards of all time. He was awarded the MVP award in the 2007-2008 season , he won an Olympic gold in 2008 and to top it all he is a 5 time NBA champion.

Joe and Kobe Bryant
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Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris

For those of you who are familiar with golf, these two names will ring a bell. This is one of the earliest father-son duos. Both these players were outstanding and they won four British Opens each. Young Tom certainly inherited his father’s genes, this was clear when he started playing golf. After his winning spree which ended in 1872, he placed and second and third in the in Open in the following two years.

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In celebrating Father’s Day we bring you some of the popular father – child duos in sports. Father-son duos such as Sunil and Rohan Gavaskar and Joe and Kobe Bryant portray the sports genes that run in the family.