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Sweat…

Growing up, I had always been into sports, be it Football,
Cricket or Basket Ball (which definitely deserves another post).
Somehow, I never really got hooked to baddy…probably
because I used play baddy outdoors with wooden rackets, without
the nets along with the varying wind conditions combined with
really cheap shuttles 🙂 . In the past 3 years though, the story
has changed completely. I still play football almost twice a
week, but the way I am hooked to baddy is nothing short
of an addiction. I have been playing it regularly at all
possible times; mornings, evenings, late nights.
The kind of effort that goes into footwork (especially in singles),
reflexes and the smashes, long rallies and the drop shots and
not to forget the disguised shots makes it such a kickass sport.
And have no doubt about the amount of focus that’s needed to
play the fastest racket sport.
We decided to study our footwork by taking a video 🙂 (thanks
to Maggie) and as you can see, below is the proof of how much
I still need to learn (consider the fact that this was early morning
and my body was still getting warmed up 🙂 ).
It had been quite a while (last winter) since this video was
taken, so you can assume I am definitely a lot better now 🙂

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Australian Open 2010 : A Brief Review

I can cry like him but it’s a shame I can’t play like him..thats
Andy Murray’s bits of realization during the post final ceremonies..
The 2010 Australian Open had it all with the exit of Sharapova in
the first round ( I was able to increase the volume quite a bit more
after that) and Henin reaching the finals in her first slam straight
out of her retirement (which shows nothing much has progressed in
the Women’s singles) to Nadal bailing out due to injury and Federer
winning the title despite what experts thought here and here..
The best thing about this open was the amount of tennis that we
got to see..
Below is a list of some of the best 5 set matches
Verdasco v/s Davydenko
Del Petro v/s Cilic
Cilic v/s Roddick
Roddick v/s Gonzales
Tsonga v/s Almagro
DJokovic v/s Tsonga
Overall there were 27 five set matches!! thats one hell of a lot
of tennis to watch (forget about being played) over a fortnight.
Interestingly, most of these matches were during the initial stages
while the semis and final turning out to be pretty much one sided.
We can put so many theories on a match by match basis as to
why Fedex is able to win so many titles but to put it in
a simple way (ok here comes my precious pearls of wisdom 😉
it is highly improbable to defeat him and apart from talent, one
needs a superb mix of consistency, fitness and patience to
hang in there with him for 5 sets (defeating Federer in less
than 5 sets is out of question) and only one player has been
able to do this for a short while and look what a toll it has
taken out of him and the poor Rafa seems to be in the imminent
danger of abrupt retirement…
A unique part of the 2010 Aus Open was the charity match
organized by the Aus Open committee called hit for Haiti. You
can check out a short trailer here. The full video can accessed
from here. It’s a treat for all tennis fans and watch out for
some antics from the Djoker, classic shots from Roger and the
heavy spin on the Rafa’s volley. Overall super time pass.

I know this post was a total ramble but I had save couple of links for future
reference and what better place than my blog to do that 🙂

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Arthur Ashe

First African-American male to win the U.S. championship,
First to win at Wimbledon, First to play for the U.S. Davis
Cup team, and on and on.

Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of
AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during
a heart surgery in 1983.
From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of
which conveyed: “Why does GOD have to select you for such
a bad disease”?
To this Arthur Ashe replied:
“The world over — 50 million  children start playing
tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis,
500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the
circuit, 5000 reach the  grand slam,
50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the
finals,
when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD
‘Why me?’.
And today in pain I should not be asking GOD
‘Why me?’ ”

Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrow keeps you Human,
Failure keeps you humble and Success keeps
you glowing, but only Faith & Attitude Keeps you going…

official site…
http://www.cmgww.com/sports/ashe/about/quotes1.htm

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The legend of Jesse Owens

“I always loved running…it was something you could do by
yourself, and under your own power.You could go in any
direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind
if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the
strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” -Jesse Owens

Only a tiny plaque on a small brick monument in Michigan USA
commemorates  Ferry Field as hallowed ground, the
site of the finest hour in athletics thanks to the legendary
Jesse Owens.Owens set three world records and matched another
within a span of 45 minutes, shrugging off back pain from a
fall to produce the sport’s greatest one-day effort at age 21.
Owens matched the 100-yard world record of 9.4 seconds, then
just 15 minutes later took one leap and set a world long jump
record of 26-feet-8 1/4-inches (8.13m) that would stand for a
quarter century.

Buckeye Bullet

Jesse,usually called “Buckeye Bullet” set a 220-yard dash
world record of 20.3 seconds and set a 220-yard low hurdles
record of 22.6 seconds.Conversions showed Owens’ longest
runs broke world 200m records even though he ran 201.68m to
set the times.Only Owens, who died of lung cancer in 1980 at
age 66, has set athletics world records in multiple events in
one day.His long jump mark lasted until fellow American Ralph
Boston broke it in 1960.Recalled largely by grainy black and
white film from a 1936 Berlin Olympics in which he shattered
Adolf Hitler’s idea of a Master Race, Owens struggled with
money after a feat that,if repeated now, would bring a king’s
ransom.Owens won four gold medals at Berlin, matching the world
100m record of 10.3 seconds, taking the long jump and 200m in
Olympic records and running the first leg for a 4x100m relay
won in a world record 39.8 seconds.But Owens found no endorsement riches upon his homecoming.

He was forced to run against horses at Negro League
baseballgames,a humbling fall from glory.”For a time,
at least, I was the most famous person in the entire
world,” Owens said in remembrances on his official
website.”Everyone was going to slap me on the back,
want to shake my hand or have me up to their suite.
But no one was going to offer me a job.”

Humble beginnings

Born the son of a sharecropper and grandson of a slave in rural
Alabama, Owens picked cotton as a child labourer.At age nine,
the Owens family moved to Cleveland, where Owens equalled the
100-yard world record in high school.Owens attended Ohio State
University but in the midst of the “Great Depression” and with
the American civil rights movement 30 years away, Owens was forced
to eat at “blacks only” restaurants and sleep in segregated
hotels.”I couldn’t ride in the front of the bus,” Owens recalled
to biographers.”I had to go to the back door.”
Owens, a sophomore, slipped on water and injured his tailbone in
a fall two weeks before the 1935 Big Ten Conference Athletics
Championship at the University of Michigan, Ohio State’s archrival.
Owens endured a 200-mile ride in the “rumble seat” of a car over
the Midwest backroads and was doubtful for the meet but decided
to compete.The rest was simply history.
Now, recreational runners trod the repaved track. Huge telephone
poles with netting between them run down the middle of the track
to catch any errant throws. One can still imagine Owens leaping
into the jump pit over the takeoff judge’s head and picking up
the handkerchief he set at the world record length.
A 10,000-seat Ohio State athletics stadium completed in 2001 bears
Owens’ name.But here, just beyond the first turn, Owens’ plaque
shares space with those of war-dead Michigan athletes…four in
“The World War I”, 17 in World War II and one in Vietnam.A tribute
motto on the World War II plaque would apply most aptly to Owens.
It reads:”Not dead, but living in deeds: Such lives inspire.”

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