Kosovo will be Boycotted – Government of Serbia

The government of Serbia has asked all its players to boycott their counterparts from Kosovo in the medal ceremonies in the on-going Olympics.

As per the orders of the government, if a Serbian player wins a medal in a particular competition and a Kosovo player also wins a medal in that competition, the Serbian player would refuse to take his medal from the same stage.

While, it is being suggested that boycotting the medal ceremony would be a disrespectful gesture towards Olympics if any Serbian player does so, Viktor Troicki, who would be representing Serbia in Lawn Tennis, says it is the right stand taken by the government of his country.

In the opinion of Troicki, nobody in Serbia has given the permission for the existence of Kosovo yet. People are angry and hurt that their land has been taken away and has been named a separate nation. And, he, as a Serbian, can understand the sentiments. So, he is in favour of the boycott that has been ordered. Read more »

Mardy Fish is hopeful that the fact that he managed to overcome anxiety

Mardy Fish is hopeful that the fact that he managed to overcome anxiety and made a comeback on the tour might have motivated a few others out there who are suffering from the same sort of problem.

Fish had to go through surgery the previous year to get his heart condition sorted out, but, that did not get him down as he showed immense mental strength to recover from that and then, return on the tour for one last crack.

He retired following his elimination from the US Open earlier this year, but, his comeback itself was a great example of courage and determination.

Speaking in the press conference post his retirement, the American said, “From the very small age, I have always looked to dig deep in any adverse situation. That’s what we learn as sportspersons and that’s for other people to learn as well. Determination can help you overcome anything. I would be very happy if I had set an example with my comeback.”

Fish, who ended his career with a winning percentage of 58 in more than 500 matches, won a total of just 6 titles in his career and that didn’t include any Grand Slam.

The best that Fish performed in a Grand Slam was in the Wimbledon Championships in 2009 where he made it to the Round of 4. It eventually turned out to be the one and only semi final appearance that he managed to make in a slam. Read more »

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will play against Fernando Verdasco

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will play against Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the Western & Southern Open the coming Tuesday.

These two players have met as many as four times on the tour to date and out of those meetings; Tsonga has finished on the wrong side just once.

He would be looking for another win against his Spanish opponent who has not had the best of times lately.

Verdasco has lost his last four games on the trot and he would not want this run to extend any further.

When you lose games in succession, it automatically puts question marks over your form and it’s no different in Verdasco’s case, but, he has also had to face some very tough opponents in the recent tournaments. So, one can consider him a bit unlucky as well. You don’t want to face guys like Wawrinka and Nadal in the opening round of tournaments.

As far as Tsonga is concerned, he missed the first couple of months of the season being injured, but, after coming back, he has shown good rhythm.

The Frenchman had a good Rogers Cup. He was very impressive there and put on some fluent shows, but, in the Round of 8, he went down to Andy Murray who became the Champion at the end. Read more »

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Mardy Fish is back

Mardy Fish is back. He’s ready to give himself one last chance to have a go again.

Nobody knows how long he would be staying. Maybe just a solitary season, maybe two, but, he wants another crack.

It’s that fierce fighter in him which has pushed him to make his way to the place where he actually belongs.

He will be competing in the Indian Wells tournament in one week’s time.

According to Fish, he has to leave the scenes in a much better manner and that’s why, he is returning. He is willing to test himself. If it goes wrong, he would accept it as his fate and walk out, but, if he doesn’t give it a try, he would be cursing himself forever.

Fish sustained heart issues a few years back and that ruined his career. His career was going on pretty good lines until then.

Even after that, Fish tried to get back to the circuit several times, but, his health just did not allow him to do so.

And, it had almost been assumed by the experts that for Fish to be able to play the game again, it was just not a realistic prospect. Read more »