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India – The birthplace of doubles tennis legend (Part 2)

Mirza’s record shows that India has succeeded with a doubles strategy to make a breakthrough in the competitive professional tennis world. Before her, the second most populous country in the world had the duo become the phenomenon of male tennis such as Mahesh Bhupati – Leander Paes, only inferior to the Bryan brothers of the United States (16 championship doubles).

With Bhupati (now 41), Paes (42) won 3 men’s doubles championships from 1999 to 2001 in a total of 8 Grand Slam doubles titles (both lost 4 other major finals). Buhpati won another men’s doubles championship with M. Mirnyi in the US Open in 2002. For the doubles, Buhpati (1.85 m tall) won 8/12 Grand Slam finals – a much higher rate than compatriot Paes, who only won 7/15 finals.

Despite this, Paes (1.78 m tall) is the closest person to be crowned in the mixed doubles when paired with Hingis winning the Australian Open final. Hingis – Paes also have a chance to win when finalists at Wimbledon 2015 night 12-7, met A. Peya (Austria)/T.Babos (Hungary). The secret of Paes’ success, the player who has partnered with more than 100 others, is to find a partner who can compensate for each other’s weaknesses.

Not only finding success in their careers, the three top Indian players mentioned above also contribute to the training of the next generation, although no small challenge. Mirza has its own academy. Bhupati sponsors a number of young talents – notably Sumit Nagal, who reached the young men’s final at Wimbledon 2015.

Then, Nagal followed the advice of his senior to study in Germany at the University Schuettler Waske tennis. He recently won the ITF Youth Group 1 championship at Offenbach (Germany) and last week won his first title at the Futures tournament in Hyderabad – India.

Above are just some of many double tennis legends that come from India. Hopefully, the article is informative for you!

The Most Famous Sports Couples Of All-Time (Part 4)

Greg Norman & Chris Everta
Chris Evert was America’s tennis sweetheart during the 80’s, ranked number one female tennis player from 1974-78 and 1980-81 thanks to her achievements of winning a total of 18 Grand Slam titles during her illustrious career. Her 34 Grand Slam finals appearances are the most recorded in tennis history, in which 7 individual French Open titles. She never lost in the first or second round of any Grand Slam tournament.
Greg Norman is one of the greatest golfers of all-time named as the Australia Great White Shark. He was world #1 for 331 weeks, winning a total of 91 international golf tournaments, including 20 PGA tour events. Norman was inducted to the World Hall of Fame in 2001 with the highest percentage of votes that no other golfer to date achieved.

They left their long time spouses to marry each other in a sunset ceremony in the Bahamas back in 2008. Living together 15 months later before they split.

Nomar Garciapara & Mia Hamm
Mia Hamm was forwarder for the United States women’s soccer team from 1987-2004, winning two Olympic Gold medals and two World Cup titles, being FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002 and is one of two women to be included in the FIFA 100 list. Hamm was a founding member of the Women’s United Soccer Association and the franchise Washington Freedom from 2001-2003.
The AL Rookie of the Year in 1997, Nomar Garciapara was famous for his being shortstop of the Boston Red Sox. Garciapara is one of thirteen Major League players to get two grand slams in one game and the only player to achieve it in his home stadium.
The couple met in 1998 during a celebrity soccer shootout where she beat him. Hamm was married to before getting a divorce in 2001 then they dated and married in 2003 during a ceremony attended by a few hundred guests in Goleta, California. Mia gave birth to twins Ava Caroline and Grace Isabella in 2007, a baby boy named Garrett Anthony in 2012. 

Effective tips to apply when playing doubles tennis (Part 1)

Doubles tennis requires players to have tactics and coordinate with each other smoothly. When playing this sport, before the match, 2 members of each team need to agree on tactics. Here are the tennis tactics that members should refer to to bring the tone and fit on the pitch.

1. Summary of strategies in tennis doubles

Grid access

This is a tactic where you can get points directly from the net balls. When you play a game that overwhelms the match, it is possible to make shots on the opponent’s leg. To hit volley easily, you need to approach the net. This will make the opponent reflexes in time and easy to eat points.

Move between the grid sides

Moving from side to side will put a lot of pressure on the opponent’s duo. Because players are not allowed to hit the ball on the net, the players often try to change the direction of the ball more diverse. It will help you find points easily and can eat points directly.

Hit the ball into the position of the foot of the person near the net

Hitting the ball down to the lower knee from the ankle usually causes difficulty for the opponent. They will not promptly reflect or if the ball is supported, the ball also bounces. Then you just need to be mentally prepared to be able to have an effective ball hunt. A strong to spin or a slight volley to the opponent’s leg can also help you easily score points the first time.

Attack deep into the yard

When you perform the tennis ball movements, you should choose the end of the field as a finishing point. When the ball is at the back of the field, it will cause the opponent to step back and then you will have time to find yourself the appropriate standing.

Moreover, the shots from the back of the court will greatly reduce the force. So you can easily prevent. To score, you should use your dominant hand to hit the ball towards the back of the field.

Most Famous Sports Couples Of All-Time (Part 3)

Tiger Woods & Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn was America’s ski racing queen, winning the World Cup championships four times, and the first female American to win an Olympic gold medal in downhill in the 2010 Winter Olympics. She made an all-time record being one of only six women to win World Cup races in all five categories of Alpine Skiing.
Tiger Woods is the world’s highest earning athlete and no. 1 golfer for the most part of the 2000 decade. Woods started and dominated the sport at an early age. He turned pro at very young age – 20 and less than a year later, he won his first major in the 1997 Masters tournament. 
Lindsey and Tiger were the couple received lots of publicity. She split from her spouse in 2011 and announced she was dating Tiger via Facebook in 2013. They were together for three years but in 2016, they announced their separation claiming that due to their respective hectic schedules.

Sasha Vujacic & Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova was the beautiful queen of tennis, the heir to Anna Kournikova’s throne. She is the only Russian tennis player to win all Grand Slam events and ranked as the world’s no.1 tennis player on five different occasions. She was the highest earning female players of her generation for 11 consecutive years.

Sasha Vujacic was well-known for his championship time with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Slovenian shooting guard was called the ‘Machine’ due to his shooting prowess and ability to score points in a hurry. Vujacic is best known for hitting the two free throws that iced Game 7 of the NBA Finals in 2010 against the Boston Celtics. After playing in Europe and a couple of NBA teams, Vujacic has been playing for NY since 2015.

Vujacic and Sharapova had a long and serious relationship with an engagement in 2010. Unfortunately, they broke up in the spring of 2012.

India – The birthplace of doubles tennis legend (Part 1)

Indian tennis queen Sania Mirza dawned on July 12, creating a new chapter in the country’s doubles history: Becoming the first Indian female tennis player to win the Grand Slam women’s doubles after posting quang at Wimbledon 2015 with Martina Hingis.

With this title, Hingis attracted attention because she was 34 years old, re-appeared recently and it was the first Wimbledon women’s doubles championship in 17 years of the former Miss Switzerland. However, with Indian and Asian tennis, Mirza’s glory is more proud. It can be said that Sania Mirza is one of the greatest female tennis player in India.

In the final, the Mirza / Hingis pair spectacularly came back to beat Russian pair E. Makarova / E. Vesnina 5-7, 7-6, 7-5 although the game was decided to be 2-5! This is a huge disappointment for 2 Russian female players after the beginning of the year, they also lost to Italian pair S. Errani / R. Vinci in the deciding match of the 2015 Australian Open final despite leading 5-2.

Mirza’s double championship helped Asian tennis leave a mark at Wimbledon after the players were eliminated in the singles. Ever since Li Na put down the racket, Asian tennis at the Grand Slams has only expected K.Nishikori but the Japanese star gave up early due to injury.

In fact, Mirza has previously won the Grand Slam three times in the mixed doubles, twice with famous countryman Mahesh Bhupati (Australia Open 2009, France Open 2012) and once with Brazil’s Bruno Soares in the US Expansion 2014. This legendary double tennis athlete and Hingis from April 2015 have risen to rank one of the world women’s doubles.

The special is Mirza’s Wimbledon women’s championship up to 12 years after the 28-year-old began her professional career and 12 years after winning the young women’s doubles championship also at the Grand Slam on the 2003 pitch. (with A. Kleybanova – Russia). These are great achievements of such a legendary double tennis athlete.

Most Famous Sports Couples Of All-Time (Part 2)

Sergio Garcia & Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis took tennis world by surprise in the 1990’s when she set many ‘youngest-ever’ records. She became the world number one during 210 weeks and achieved a total of 22 grand slam titles of which there were 5 singles titles. Hingis temporary retired in 2002 after a series of ligament injuries then made a comeback in 2006 to become a champion of doubles and mixed doubles. Hingis was voted Forbes’ top earning female athlete from 1997-2001.

Sergio Garcia was Europe’s challenge to Tiger Woods. Although he never made to the #1 ranking, Garcia was on the Top 10 over 400 weeks. The Spanish golfer won 30 international golf titles, including the 2008 Players Championship and the 2017 Masters. According to Forbes, Garcia has earned over $45M throughoit his career.

Hingis was called as the ‘Black Widow’ because the careers of her former partners and tennis players such as Magnus Norman, Julian Alonso and Ivo Hueberger went south after their broke up. The Swiss Miss and El Nino were popular young sports stars in the 90’s. They were briefly date in 2002 but split in 2003. Garcia’s career didn’t go downhill though. He became the world number 2 after they split.

Adam Scott & Ana Ivanovic
Retired Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic was one of the hottest player on tour, making appearance in various magazines like FHM, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, etc. She was voted the #1 female tennis player in the world in 2008 thanks to a runner-up finish in the 2007 French Open, and champion title the following year to catapult to the top of the rankings. Her struggles after 2008 are noticeable and she eventually retired in 2016.

Adam Scott is the first Australian to win a prestigious grand slam Masters Tournament in 2013. He was voted golf’s top ranked player from May to August 2014 due to remarkable achievements of the Players Championships in 2004, the 2011 WGC Bridgestone Invitational and the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Ivanovic and Scott were dating in 2009 for 18 months before they split in 2010. They kept in touch and would later come back together in 2011 but split for a final time in 2013.

The basic rules to calculate scores in tennis doubles (Part 3)

Pile marked 2 points A and B and tied a rope to each pile. A pile is measured in a diagonal line of 16.18 m and in pile B a 11.89 m is measured along the longitudinal boundary of the pitch. Straighten the two ropes and they meet at point C, that’s a corner of the yard we had.

In the same way as above, there will be angle D of the yard. We can check the past performance by measuring the length of the CD segment – the end of the yard has a length of exactly 10.97 m.

It is now possible to mark the point between I and both ends of the boundary in c, d, 1.37 m away from C and D. The line between the court and the tee line may be marked with points F, H, G by a distance of 6.40 m from the grid along the lines b, c, XI, ad.

The other side of the net will do the same to complete the court.

Note

In tennis doubles, when only the single pitch is not needed, the lines are not outside a, b, c, d but the yard is still according to the above measurement. The choice of the angle of the last line (c, d) can be found by tying two strands to two points a and b instead of two points A and B and then using measurements of 14.46 m and 11.89. m and grid columns will be at positions n, n and a single grid (10 m) may be used.

When combining a single court and a double court and using doubles nets for both single and net play, two piles with a height of 1.07 m are required to be installed at the point of single combat piles. If the stake is square, the cross-section shall not exceed 7.5 cm. The center of the single support post is outside 0.94m from the outer edge of the single floor.

To mark the position of single anti-deposit deposit at n and n mark a cross + with white paint.

The above are all general provisions that are explicitly stated in the Basic Tennis Rules set by the World Tennis Federation (ITF). The information in detail will help you not feel surprised when you come on the field.

Most Famous Sports Couples Of All-Time (part 1)

When a sport superstar is dating another sport superstar, they become a powerful couple. Many of those have existed in sports, just as it has in politics or business.

The marriage of superstar athletes would’ve absolutely resulted in genetically talented children. There are a plenty of powerful couples in sports that had happy endings and bear children now.

Let’s take a look at the most famous sports couples:

Rory McIlroy & Caroline Wozniacki
Danish tennis player – Caroline Wozniacki – is the first Scandinavian to become female tennis world #1. Wozniacki finished on the top rank of women tennis player on the planet during 67 weeks at the end of 2010 and 2011, thanks to 25 WTA victories, including six each in 2010 and 2011.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy was golf’s leading player during 95 weeks being one of the three players in golf history to win three majors by age 25 besides Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. McIlroy has won 2 PGA Championships, 1 US Open Championship and 1 Open Championship and currently is the ambassador of the EA Sports’ video game series ‘PGA Tour’.

The couple began dating in 2011, were engaged in 2013 but then McIlroy called of the wedding in 2014.

Anna Kournikova & Sergei Fedorov
Anna Kournikova was the most photographed women tennis player in the world and once was one of the most searched names in Google. She was a bombshell of a tennis player who ranked world #8 in 2000 although she has never won any tournament. She later paired with former world #1 player Martina Hingis to win two Australian Open titles.
Sergei Fedorov was one of the best playoff Hockey players, winning three Stanley Cup titles with the Detroit Red Wings, the Hart Trophy winner of the NHL in 1994 and one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in January 2017. His name was inducted to the NHL Hall of Fame in 2015 and the International Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016.
They met when Anna was only 15 years old as their families were close. They had a long friendship and understood each other’s situation in their respective career. They married briefly. Anna was then dating Enrique Iglesias.

Latest rules in tennis doubles you need to know (Part 2)

In doubles also apply the same way as single play. From 40, the serves are entitled to support the ball in the right half or the left half. The couple who wins the deciding point wins the game.

In doubles tennis, the tennis score law has some different content as follows.

From the score of 40, if the male player serves the ball, he must serve the opposing player regardless of the part of the court, when the female player serves the female’s enemy team.

The scoring rule has a few differences in doubles between men and women

To make it easier to remember, we can summarize the scoring rule for tennis with the following basic contents.

If both competitors win three points, the score is 40, they will hit the deciding point and the player who serves the ball on the left or right court.

The player who wins the deciding point wins the game. The player who wins the first result is graded 15 points, wins the second result is 30 points, wins the third result is calculated 40 points and wins the fourth result is won the game, except for the following cases.

If both players win by three, it is counted as the winner, the player who wins the next match then is counted as an advantage and still wins the game and the game wins. If the other player wins then it counts evenly and so on until the player who wins the next 2 consecutive numbers since the score is even then that player wins the game.

Point calculation in tennis is quite complicated

The scoring rules for tennis are generally quite complex and can be difficult for beginners. However this is an important content that players cannot ignore. However, because it is divided into many games and sets, players have many opportunities to change the game. Therefore, it is important for the players to keep their mentality stable, choose the right play, tactics to achieve good results.

Tennis is becoming an attractive sport, attracting more players and watching every year. With the above information, it is expected that you will have a basic understanding of the scoring law and will be more confident when starting this sport.

Improve your Relationship with Boxing (Part 2)

Boxing time in the ring is only one part of a legitimate boxing regimens. There are numerous components to boxing training with a partner, including speed drills, jumping rope, and punching the bag to increase strength.

There are chance that you would prefer not to practice with your significant other, you can join boxing classes together that combine those exercises mentioned above. Training centers offer courses for couples to train together, including hitting punching bags, yet never scrapping with one another.

Meeting New People Through Boxing

Not only is boxing an excellent way of getting closer intimacy with your significant other, but it can help if you are seeking your next date when you are recently single. Meeting new people is a benefit of joining a boxing gym, and the wonderful thing is you already have common interest with everybody there.

If you have never owned a pair of boxing gloves in your life but are fond of adapting this new activity into your life, do not hesitate any longer. The sooner you begin your road to a better you with boxing, the faster you can meet new people or develop your current amorous relationship. Imagine a dimly lit room, the sound of heavy breathing, minimal clothing on sweaty male and female bodies, all of which you will find when entered boxing class.

At any radom boxing gym that  you’re likely to enter, you might witness happy couples doing battle in the ring. One reason for the current popularity of the boxing might be that it allows an energetic spin on couples’ therapy. 

Boxing gets any aggression one might have against their partner out in the open. Try attending boxing classes together every week, and you might soon have your spouse along for the ride which is the biggest incentive of all for improving relationships. Just the fact that being there would motivate each other – if one us punching better than the other, that person would want to keep up. Competing against the one that you love and know really drives you on.