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Rafael Nadal admits doubt over planned return at Qatar Open | Tennis News – Times of India

MADRID: Rafael Nadal said Wednesday he is unsure if he will be ready to return to action in Doha next week after he withdrew from the Australian Open with a muscle tear.The Spaniard missed most of last year with a hip injury sustained in Melbourne but made his comeback at the Brisbane International in the lead-up to this year's Australian Open.However, a small muscle tear forced the 37-year-old to pull out of the season's first Grand Slam."It's going to be very tight for Doha. I've had some discomfort these past few weeks and I'm a bit on the limit," Nadal said in an interview with La Sexta television that will be broadcast in full later Wednesday."At this point every blow I take, every injury, is a setback not only in tennis and physically, but also mentally."The 22-time Grand Slam win...
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Davis Cup: India drawn to meet Sweden in away tie in September | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India were on Thursday drawn to meet Sweden in an away Davis Cup World Group I tie in September.The Indian Davis Cup team had blanked Pakistan 4-0 in the World Group I play-offs in Islamabad last week while Sweden lost 1-3 to Brazil at home in the Qualifiers first round.India have never defeated Sweden in five meetings so far but will have a great opportunity to get their first win as the hosts do not boast of intimidating singles players.The last time India competed against Sweden was in 2005 when India hosted them in Delhi and lost 1-3.Sweden have a very talented Elias Ymer, who is ranked 160, in their ranks. India have higher-ranked Sumit Nagal (121) and if he is available, it will be an interesting tie.India captain Rohit Rajpal seemed happy with the draw, considering tha...
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‘I have known…’: Shoaib Malik’s old post regarding wife Sana Javed goes viral | Off the field News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik married for the third time to the popular actor Sana Javed in Karachi, ending the rumors regarding his separation from Indian tennis star Sania Mirza. Sharing a wedding snapshot with his new spouse on the social media platform X, the cricketer captioned it with the words "And We created you in pairs."Sania Mirza's family also confirmed that the Indian tennis icon and Malik have separated, a day after the Pakistani cricketer announced his marriage.Following the news of Malik's marriage, an old social media post of the former cricketer praising his third wife Sana has gone viral. In the social media post in 2022, Malik called Sana "kind and courteous"."I have known Sana Javed for quite sometime now & have had the opportunity to work with...
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India Davis Cup captain Zeeshan Ali looks to spread friendship, tennis | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's Davis Cup captain Zeeshan Ali on Friday deftly addressed various unexpected volleys in a press meet, including the reasons why other Indian sports teams, notably cricket, avoid visiting Pakistan. The conversation also touched on the humorous anecdotes about the team's shopping experiences in Islamabad.The Indian Davis Cup squad has refrained from venturing outside their team hotel, with their activities limited to training at the Islamabad Sports Complex, owing to stringent security measures. Zeeshan adeptly navigated these questions, expressing optimism about the possibility of a brief outing and providing insightful responses about the broader purpose behind their visit.“We have not been out anywhere. I am hoping a trip can be arranged," said Zeeshan, rather surpris...
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Pakistan host India Davis Cup tie for first time in 60 years | – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan host arch-political foe India this weekend in their first Davis Cup tennis clash on home soil in six decades -- one of the few encounters in any sport between the two nations in years.The two sides meet in a Group 1 playoff fixture on the grass courts of the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad, although it has yet to be decided if spectators will be allowed because of security concerns.When India and Pakistan were forged out of violent partition 76 years ago, the split also created one of sport's greatest rivalries -- mostly in cricket, but also in hockey and other events.But political differences over Kashmir mean sporting teams from each side rarely visit the other unless taking part in sanctioned multi-national events."Hopefully this tie will act as an example of...
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‘We are well looked after’, says Indian Davis Cup manager on landing in Pakistan

For the first time in 60 years, an Indian tennis team has travelled to Pakistan to play a Davis Cup tie. The 10-member contingent, including the five players, support staff and coaches, landed in Islamabad for the World Group 1 playoff tie, to be held between February 3-4, on Sunday to a warm reception despite the All India Tennis Association’s (AITA) attempts to have the tie moved to a neutral venue. “I can say we are all well looked after,” Anil Dhupar, secretary general of AITA, told The Indian Express over the phone from Islamabad. “Having been here 24 hours, I can say all is well. From the reception at the airport from the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) to the three-hour-long practice the players had today, the hospitality has been great.” The Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and PTF ...
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Pakistan High Commission issues visas to Indian team for upcoming Davis Cup tie

The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi announced via a release on Sunday that it has issued visas for Indian players and support staff for the upcoming Davis Cup World Group 1 playoff tie to be held on the grass courts of Islamabad on February 3-4. The All India Tennis Association (AITA) had initially seen an appeal to have the tie in a neutral venue rejected by an International Tennis Federation tribunal. The most recent tie between the two countries in 2019 had been held in Kazakhstan. Following the rejection of their appeal, AITA began the process of seeking permission from the sports ministry to travel to Pakistan, where Indian teams, outside of some exceptions, have usually refrained from visiting due to bilateral tensions. This will be the first time that an Indian team will...
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Rohan Bopanna and Joshna Chinappa among sportspersons shortlisted for Padma Shri | More sports News – Times of India

Tennis luminary Rohan Bopanna, poised to claim the top spot in the world doubles rankings, was chosen on Thursday to receive the esteemed Padma Shri accolade, alongside six other athletes, including seasoned squash player Joshna Chinappa.The Padma Shri is the fourth-highest civilian honour in India, following the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.It is conferred for outstanding contributions in any field.Bopanna, a consistently exceptional performer, is set to become the oldest world number one when the new rankings are unveiled on Monday. The 43-year-old has a chance to secure his first men's doubles major title on Saturday as he competes in the Australian Open final with his partner, Matthew Ebden.In 2017, Bopanna became the fourth Indian to clinch a Grand Slam trophy, w...
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‘Dream come true’: When world champion Neeraj Chopra met ‘inspirational’ tennis legend Roger Federer | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: World champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Thursday found himself in the company of tennis legend Roger Federer in Zurich, a moment the Olympic gold medallist described as a 'dream come true'.The two superstars, both ambassadors of Switzerland Tourism, met in the picturesque backdrop of Zurich’s La Reserve Eden au Lac.Both Federer and Neeraj were in awe of each other as the rendezvous was marked by mutual respect, admiration, and stories of triumph and dedication.Switzerland Tourism set the ball rolling by uniting the 20-time Grand slam winner and the Olympic and world champion from India for a casual and free-flowing conversation.It is not often that one gets to see two dedicated, charming, and passionate sportspersons who have done their respective countries proud with...
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Novak Djokovic goes past Taylor Fritz to enter Australian Open semis | Tennis News – Times of India

Novak Djokovic maintained his dominance over Taylor Fritz, overcoming a significant challenge to secure a 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over the 12th-seeded American in the scorching conditions of Tuesday at Australian Open. This win propelled the 36-year-old defending champion into a record-extending 48th Grand Slam semi-final.Despite Djokovic having triumphed in all eight of their previous encounters, including a challenging five-set match at Melbourne Park in 2021 and a commanding victory at the U.S.Open last year, the Serbian faced a formidable test in this encounter. Striving for an 11th title and a historic 25th major to surpass Margaret Court's record, Djokovic encountered resistance in a marathon first game that featured nine deuces, with Fritz saving eight break points.Undeterr...
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Dominant Novak Djokovic enters Australian Open quarter-finals, equals Roger Federer’s record | Tennis News – Times of India

Novak Djokovic continued his determined pursuit of a historic 25th Grand Slam title, gaining momentum on Sunday by defeating 20th seed Adrian Mannarino in a commanding fashion to secure a spot in the Australian Open quarter-finals. The Serbian dominated his French opponent on Rod Laver Arena with a resounding 6-0, 6-0, 6-3 victory, reaffirming his position as the undeniable frontrunner to claim an 11th title at Melbourne Park."I really wanted to lose that game in the third set because the tension was building up so much in the stadium," he joked, referring to the possibility of winning without losing a game. "I just needed to get that out of the way and re-focus."The current world number one has reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the 58th time, matching Roger Federer's men's ...
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Novak Djokovic shares how he riled Roger Federer as a newcomer | Tennis News – Times of India

Novak Djokovic has shared insights into how he unsettled Roger Federer when he burst onto the tennis scene as a brash newcomer. However, he noted that this only fueled his determination to become the best player in the world.The Serbian, currently holding the top spot in the world rankings, is aiming for a historic 25th Grand Slam title in Melbourne, where he has already clinched the title on 10 occasions.Djokovic stands as the most decorated player in men's tennis, boasting two more major titles than the sidelined Rafael Nadal and a four-title lead over the retired Federer, both of whom are part of the renowned 'Big Three.'Having engaged in a memorable rivalry with the Swiss maestro, winning 27 of their 50 encounters, the 36-year-old is now eyeing an 11th Australian Open victory in Mel...
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Sumit Nagal’s run in Australia Open ends in second round, Bopanna-Ebden pair advances | Tennis News – Times of India

Chinese tennis sensation Juncheng Shang quashed Sumit Nagal's challenge at the Australian Open, putting an end to the Indian's remarkable run at the first major of the season on Thursday.Despite Nagal's strong start, highlighted by an impressive victory over a top-30 player, the 18-year-old wildcard entrant gradually gained momentum, securing a victory with a 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 scoreline in the second-round clash that lasted two hours and 50 minutes.Nagal, who seemed to run out of steam in the fourth set, exited the Melbourne Park with valuable memories, having earned his place in the main draw through the qualifiers and scoring a notable win over world number 27 Alexander Bublik.Shang's serving prowess improved from the third set onward, enabling him to comfortably hold his service gam...
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Australian Open 2024: Sumit Nagal loses to Shang Juncheng as history-making campaign ends in round 2

Sumit Nagal ran out of steam to lose to China’s Shang Juncheng 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 4-6 in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday. The 26-year-old started brightly, taking the first set with a canter in 40 minutes, before the 18-year-old from China upped the ante and won the war in 2 hours and 50 minutes. The Chinese player will take on Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz in the third round. The Chinese player, who was handed a wild card into the tournament, raised his level visibly after dropping the first set. After making 17 unforced errors in the first set, he drastically reduced his errors. His service also got better, and he was leading 5-2 with two breaks in the second game. So clinical was the Chinese after dropping the first set that Nagal saw just one break point in the last three...
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Watch: Sumit Nagal pads up and bats in the nets after making history at Australian Open with racquet

Just days after scripting history with the tennis racquet Down Under at the Australian Open, Indian tennis ace Sumit Nagal padded up and tried his hand at wielding a different kind of sporting object: a cricket bat. The Indian ace can be seen paying a visit to the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground to bat in the nets, in a video posted on social media by the Australian Open. “I haven’t played in years and years. And this is probably the first time I am playing padded up. So fingers crossed,” Nagal can be seen telling the social media handle of the year’s first Grand Slam. “I think it’s a privilege for every Indian to go through this. Playing cricket as a youngster, I have invested a lot of hours into cricket… playing on the streets. To see one of the biggest stadiums in the world, it’...
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Carlos Alcaraz destroys Gasquet to reach Australian Open second round | Tennis News – Times of India

In a commanding display of strength, Carlos Alcaraz delivered an impressive performance in his opening match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday, overpowering French veteran Richard Gasquet with a scoreline of 7-6 (7/5), 6-1, 6-2.The second seed, with aspirations to dethrone the 10-time champion Novak Djokovic from the world number one spot, faced a tight first set but swiftly elevated his game in the subsequent sets, demonstrating his prowess on the court.Expressing his satisfaction, Alcaraz mentioned the positive feeling of being back in Melbourne. Despite not advancing beyond the third round in his previous two visits, his strong start in this tournament suggests a potential breakthrough for the talented young player."In the first set I struggled a little with his game," h...
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Naomi Osaka loses at Australian Open on Grand Slam comeback | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Naomi Osaka faced an early exit in her Grand Slam comeback on Monday, losing 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) to Caroline Garcia in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.The French 16th seed secured victory with a single break in the opening set against Osaka, who appeared rusty after her hiatus. Garcia continued her dominance in the second set tie-break, ultimately progressing in Melbourne.Osaka, a Japanese tennis star with four Grand Slam titles, took a break from tennis in September 2022, citing mental health concerns.After giving birth to her daughter, Shai, in July, she made the decision to return for the 2024 season.Garcia acknowledged and paid respect to her opponent, Osaka, after securing the victory under the lights on Rod Laver Arena."I have a lot of respect for Naomi a...
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‘Looking forward to play together’: Text-buddy Novak Djokovic responds to Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

After Virat Kohli revealed how his camaraderie with tennis legend Novak Djokovic began with a casual "hello" via an Instagram message and turned into mutual admiration, the Serbian ace responded to BCCI's video post on 'X', thanking Kohli for his "kind words". "Thank you for these kind words @imVkohli. Looking forward to the day we play together," wrote Djokovic, who is currently vying for his 11th Australian Open title and a record-extending 25th Grand Slam trophy.On Sunday, the BCCI shared a video featuring Kohli where the batting legend made the story of his friendship with Djokovic public. "I got in touch with Novak very organically, I was just looking at his profile once on Instagram and I just happened to press the message button. I thought I'll just say hello, maybe," Kohli said ...
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‘I got in touch with Novak…’: Virat Kohli reveals how he made Novak Djokovic his ‘text buddy’ – WATCH | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's star cricketer Virat Kohli on Sunday revealed the heartwarming story of mutual admiration between him and tennis legend Novak Djokovic. The tale unfolded when Kohli initiated contact with the 24-time Major champion through a casual social media greeting. To his astonishment, the tennis maestro had already reached out to him, marking the commencement of their camaraderie."I got in touch with Novak very organically, I was just looking at his profile once on Instagram and I just happened to press the message button. I thought I'll just say hello, maybe," Kohli revealed on BCCI twitter ahead of his T20 comeback against Afghanistan at Indore."And then I saw a message from him on my DM already. I never opened it myself. So, first time I saw my own messages myself, I saw, he...
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Australian Open: Can anyone stop Novak Djokovic in Melbourne? | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: The 2024 tennis season opened to a busy note – comebacks after maternity breaks and injury enforced stoppages, momentum shifts and the chatter of an Elite Tour that has gone flat at the onset of the opening Grand Slam of the year – the Australian Open, starting on Sunday.Rafael Nadal’s return is stalled, but Naomi Osaka is pushing through.And there are questions only some of which will be answered at Melbourne Park this fortnight. Novak Djokovic, 24 going on 25? Who can stop the Serb? And how ready is defending champion Aryna Sabalenka for the big stage, where fans can be fickle? TOI looks at the talking points. Novak DjokovicThe 36-year-old has swept everything and everyone before him, records and opponents. In 2023 the Serb took home three majors from four finals, his overa...