Open – Andre Aggasi’s Autobiography teaches you so much about tennis and a life of a sportsman.
This autobiography interested me because,There was so much to learn about the sport & about a personality who never liked Tennis.But played it anyway until he retried in 2006.
From the day he was born Andre’s Was born to be a tennis player ,and at a age when you are still learning and enjoying your childhood.
Andre’s Father bet $10,000 on his son for a match against Jim Brown.
While the father went home to get the cash. A senior tennis club manager begged Jim Brown to lower his stakes…
The only thing Andre did was Play Tennis.A sport which he hated all his life.But,Became his life and became one of the few greats in Tennis we know today.
This blog ain’t about him personally,But on what do the different tournaments means, The different types of courts and the common terms that are used in tennis.
The first (and now oldest) tennis tournament was held at Wimbledon in 1877 and hence it’s called the Wimbledon and considered the prestigious Grand Slam. The Grand Slam tournaments , are the four most important annual tennis events. The Grand Slam consists of the Australian Open in midJanuary, the French Open in May and June, Wimbledon in June and July, and the US Open in August and September. Each tournament is played over a period of two weeks.
The matches in the Wimbledon
are known as Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s singles and doubles.
and not the men’s and women’s singles and doubles as known in the other tournaments.
Trivia on the Wimbledon:
1. An important Wimbledon Member Rufus the Hawak , flies around the court each day to move on any trouble-making pigeons.
2.34,000kg of strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream are consumed at Wimbledon.- Strawberry & Cream
The Types of surfaces in tennis – There are mainly 4 types of surfaces. clay courts, hard courts, grass courts and carpet courts.
Wimbledon is the only tournament in tennis that still since 1877.uses the Grass courts.Grass courts are the fastest type of courts. And another reason why they aren’t used in any of the other Grand slams (Australian Open from 1905 to 1987, the US Open from 1881 to 1974) It’s because its difficult to maintain and the cost of maintance is very high.
The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament to use clay courts.
Clay courts slow down the ball and produce a high bounce.
hard courts have been in use at the Australian Open since 1988 and the US Open since 1978.
“Carpet” Yes that makes you wonder – What type of court would this be infact in it tennis means any removable court covering.Since 2009, their use has been discontinued on the top tier of the ATP.
I am sure, you must have come across these terms,and for someone who doesn’t follow tennis this is what the terms related to the term ‘Grand Slam‘ really mean.
* ‘Grand Slam’– Winning all 4 Grand Slams of the year
* ‘Golden Slam‘- Winning all 4 Grand Slams along with an Olympic gold medal in the same year
* ‘Super Slam’– Winning all 4 Grand Slams along with the ATP/WTA finals in the same year.
* ‘Calendar Slam‘- Winning the Slam in the same year or in a single year
* ‘Non-Calendar Slam’-Winning the slam in a period of 12 months
* ‘Career Slam‘- Winning the slam overall in the career i.e. winning all the events of a slam in the career once
They are each called “Grand Slam tournaments” because they are the tournaments that make up the “Grand Slam”.
Having visited Sri Lanka five years ago.I was familiar with the city.
And the excitement of working on Project for a Destination that I would be visting again after a five years was on another level.
I did not know what to expect in the five years that had gone by .And after travelling extensively to all Major countries in the World. I really had no Idea what to expect from the country,Once I visit it again.
A Couple of weeks later,We were considering going for a Recce to Sri Lanka to finalise the venues & Hotel with the client.
We Landed in Sri lanka and the complete Journey was a revelation of how much the country had developed in terms of it’s infrastrcture expressways throughout Galle,Colombo to cities around sri lanka last time there were no such Roads like these.
Galle Fort was very much the same with quite a few restaurants newly opened and stores like Barefoot still being one of the stores to visit in Galle.
The Cricket Stadium being in the city and connecting the fort is something that most unusal about the City.
Visited some New places around Galle.
Mirissa – which is popular for the whale watching experience & Weligama where so many hotels chains have opened and are opening for the breathtaking view of the blue waters from the rooftop terraces.
Colombo felt like the city that has developed so much with real estate investments from around the world & within the country.So Many Hotels chains to have opened while some had gone through the reovations to still be considred as one of the hotel options to stay & experience their hospitality while others want the tourist & locals to experience thiers.
Ministry of Crab – The only Resturant in Sri lanka to be part of the Asia’s 50 Best Resturant 2017 And to have Sri Lanka on the World Map for it’s Food.. And the Man behind is the celebratory Chef Dharshan Mundaisa- Is behind the fame Resturant (Nihonbashi)
Ministry of Crab is in with Partnership with Sri lankan cricketers Mahela Jawardene & Kumar Sangakkara.
I also had the opporunity to meet Mahela Jawardene at the Ministry of crab when we visited the restaurant during our visit.
Dharshan Mundaisa has also partnered with Jacquline ferandez for Keamesutra another restaurant that specialises in Japanese Food at the Shangri-la Colombo.
Dutch Hospital Street is the most lively street to be on weekend with live music performances,Bars and a resturants to choose from.
Sri lanka has more to offer than just Cinamon & Tea.
It’s the Goa of Sri Lanka .
The 21st Edition of the World Cup that began in 1930 had been full of surprises and Shocks.
It began with Realising Italy wasn’t part of this edition for the first time in 60 Years
Then Came the Saudi Arabian side who played their first ever World Cup in the 21st edition since the championship has been taking place.
And Iceland had became the smallest nation to qualify in this year editions and had the Support of the country people came down to Russia for their Games.
They did give it a fight,But weren’t really as good as the teams they were grouped with.
But,This is just the beginning for them.
From the World class team nations like Brazil– Who were as always expected to qualify from the group stage and Qualified for the Quarters were a complete disappointment.The Country that’s been 5 times Champions Had only one team player they were dependent on – Neymar.
Argentina captain Messi -Messed up the game
Cristiano Ronaldo proved himself by Scoring Goals,But the Team did not Qualify to the next stage of Semi’s and the Dream of Ronaldo wining the cup must have ended forever.
Uruguay proved themselves yet again.But France was Better then them.
Spain was utter disappointment as they seemed overconfident against the host.
Sweden was a pleasant surprise.
Germany the Champions of 2014 just did not have luck by their side.
With the Top 4 France,Belgium, Croatia and England part of the last stage, It seemed more like a Euro league with not a single South American team qualifying this time.
Croatia seemed like the Best side in the World Cup this time.As since 1998 was the only time they appeared in the semi’s against France and 20 years later they played England and the 5 times they have qualified they hardly progressed to the next stage.
Belgium since the last edition of the World Cup has only become a better side as this time they qualified for the Semis and had some great come backs in the games which they nearly lost.But unfortunately couldn’t make it to the finals
It’s was hard to believe the French hadn’t won a title again until 20 years ago.The last time they came close to victory was in Germany 12 Years ago and were Runner up’s.
The English Team- A team that’s not won in 52 Years. A team in the last 4 World Cup that faced challenges to even qualify to the stages closer to the final one.
This year too,The English team failed to qualify to final and even finished 4th .The wait will Continue.
The Croatian team had reached the finals and it was hard to believe this side had played for the first time 20 years ago in 1998 when we saw them play and they had finished 3rd In the competition.Now 20 years later they played the team they lost to in the semifinal of 1998 FIFA World Cup and my they were unstoppable but they couldn’t really win the World Cup.France was the Best.
France coach Dider Deschamps is only the Third Man, after Mario Zagallo from Brazil who captained his side to two successive World Cup titles (1958& 1962 ) and 1970 as a coach and Franz Beckenbauer from Germany who won the cup for the team in 1974 & in 1990 as a coach, to winning the Cup as a captain in 1998 and as a coach for the country in 2018.