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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Shahid Judge


No housekeeping, constant surveillance: Sumit Nagal in Australian Open quarantine
Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Sumit Nagal, who will debut in the main draw of the Australian Open this year, goes on to describe how they are required to sanitise their hands after every 50 metres at the practice venue.

Explained: Why Margaret Court receiving Australia’s highest honour is an unpopular decision
Mon, Jan 25, 2021

On January 26, 78-year-old former tennis player Margaret Court will be awarded the Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC). Why has this decision not gone down well with many people?

Explained: Why Ozil’s move from Arsenal to Fenerbahce is a good deal for all parties
Wed, Jan 27, 2021

Mesut Ozil, who was Arsenal's highest-ever paid footballer, is moving to to the country of his ancestors and will join Fenerbahce. Why is this move significant for both Ozil and Arsenal?

Explained: Why is Djokovic peeved about hard quarantine for Australian Open players?
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Novak Djokovic has put forth a list of six demands to Tennis Australia on behalf of the 72 players forced into hard quarantine so far. What are the demands, and what has been the reaction?

Online course, Hindi movies, cricket, yoga: Rohan Bopanna’s quarantine plans in Melbourne
Mon, Jan 18, 2021

One of his favourite things to do is to explore the cities he’s travelled to. But till January 29, his room is as much of Australia as he will get to see.

Australian Open: Players in quarantine up to 72, even opening door could attract $20k fine
Mon, Jan 18, 2021

Four individuals, including 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu’s coach Sylvain Bruneau, tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Melbourne.

15 chartered flights land, 47 players grounded in bumpy start to Australian Open build-up
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

There were 79 people on board the flight from the US, including 24 players, and 64 passengers on the plane from Abu Dhabi, including 23 players.

Klete Keller: Olympic gold medalist, disillusioned retired sports star, failed salesman, real estate employee and now Capitol Hill rioter
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

On January 6, when a mob of US President Donald Trump supporters approached the US Capitol to stop the formalisation of President-elect Joe Biden’s win at the recent elections, Keller was clearly identified among the rioters, by former teammates and coaches.

Underachievers to contenders: La Masia’s Sergio Lobera transforms Mumbai City
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

Mumbai City, who have impressed in bits in the previous seasons, look like genuine contenders this season and Sergio Lobera seems to be the missing piece in the puzzle for the franchise.

After disappearing act in Russia, Sam Querrey returns to court in Delray Beach
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

Sam Querrey allegedly left Russia in a private jet with his wife and son after all three tested positive for COVID-19 before the start of the St Petersburg Open in October last year.

Wine and dine with Indian cricketers scam busted, tickets sold at Rs 31K
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

On Tuesday, close to 200 ticket-holders were expected to land at the venue with the hope of spending an evening with India's cricket stars. They were to be greeted by the local police, who informed them that they had been conned.

Iron clothes, wash dishes: Presenter, woman footballer faces abuse over Leeds comments
Sun, Jan 03, 2021

The post led to a barrage of online trolls hurling abuse at Carney. The comments were mostly sexist in nature, and questioned the holder of 144 England caps’ reading of the game.

Quarantine regulations mean no Tata Open Maharashtra in February
Thu, Dec 31, 2020

South Asia’s only ATP event was originally scheduled to take place from February 1.

‘Age doesn’t get you down, responsibilities do’: Kabaddi star Ajay Thakur
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

2020 THE LOST YEAR: Police duty, family commitments, falling fitness add to 34-year-old star's woes in kabaddi's wiped out season

Explained: How the NBA bubble helped bring down player injuries
Mon, Jan 25, 2021

The data suggests a higher likeliness for players to remain injury-free during the bubble, and if injured, a faster recovery, when compared to the data collected from the average of the past five seasons.

Bahrain child wants Lewis Hamilton’s help for release of father
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

A letter - from 11-year-old Ahmed Ramadhan asking Lewis Hamilton to help save his father from a death sentence - “really (hit) home," said the Formula One world champion.

Former rugby players to sue governing bodies after being diagnosed with dementia
Sat, Dec 12, 2020

A group of eight former Rugby players, including England’s 2003 World Cup winner Steve Thompson and former Welsh flanker Alix Popham, are suing the unions for negligence in promoting safety.

Explained: Why Tennis Australia may have to take a loan to conduct the Aus Open
Fri, Dec 04, 2020

The February 8 start-date will allow players at least a week to compete in a tune-up event before playing at the Major.

A cyber attack on a football club, a ransom call: Man United latest victim
Sun, Nov 29, 2020

When Manchester United confirmed they had become a victim of a “sophisticated” cyber-attack, the club asserted the damage had been minimised.

Facing domestic violence allegations, Alexander Zverev gets Djokovic’s support
Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Novak Djokovic said tennis authorities could adopt clearer policies on domestic abuse in light of allegations made against Alexander Zverev by his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova.

Wonder Why… Serve and Volley went out of fashion in Tennis
Mon, Nov 23, 2020

While we were busy immersing ourselves in the traditions of various sports, the games themselves snuck in makeovers in techniques and strategies and started looking different. The Indian Express writers trace the journeys of these revamps and how the evolutions came about. We start with SHAHID JUDGE, who goes looking for answers to WONDER WHY serve and volley went out of the game of tennis.

Australian Open: Quarantine regulations put players in a fix
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

The restrictions, and the subsequent doubt over the tune-up tournaments, may lead to players skipping the Open altogether.

Explained: Why does Djokovic want only three sets at the Grand Slams?
Thu, Nov 19, 2020

The World No. 1 says tennis audiences are old, and the matches need to be shorter in order to grab the attention of younger people who are more restless. But the premise of the ‘old’ audience may be faulty.

Flight from Russia: The curious case of the missing Sam Querrey
Mon, Nov 16, 2020

Sam Querrey, along with his wife and child, had secretly fled Russia on a private plane after testing positive for coronavirus ahead of St Petersburg Open in mid-October.

Rohan Bopanna: ‘Iyengar Yoga made a difference to my knees in lockdown’
Sun, Nov 15, 2020

Since he resumed touring this year in August, Rohan Bopanna says he has undergone the coronavirus test "30-40" times.