Anirban Majumder

After Connors, Sampras Who?

on September 11 2012 3:34 PM

At least there are two representatives in the women's circuit. The Williams sisters. But Andy Roddick's retirement leaves the United States without an active men's Grand Slam champion for the first time in 129 years. With him goes the face of American men's tennis.

There was another 'first' on 4th August, 2010, when no American turned up in the top 10 of the ATP Ranking. Since 1973, the year when tennis ranking system started, it never happened before.

If we consider the first 100, then only eight from United States will come up. Amongst them John Isner, who is at 11 holds the highest ranking. After Isner, there are Sam Querrey (22nd), Mardy Fish (23rd), Roddick (27th), Ryan Harrison (51st), Brian Baker (55th), Michael Russell (94th), Jesse Levine (97th).

Have we gone through the ranking points of these nine players, the facts would be more alarming. Amongst them no one is with more than 2300 ranking point. Isner with 2250 is the highest. Apart from him only three have more than thousand ranking point- Querrey 1310, Fish 1255 and Roddick 1095. The others are hanging there some how with Harrison 695, Baker 656, Russell 454 and Levine 651 points.

Wayne Rooney Got His First Bonus from Gascoigne

on September 10 2012 3:22 PM
Wayne Rooney Got His First Bonus from Gascoigne

Wayne Rooney got his first bonus when he was just 16, and that too from none other than Paul Gascoigne.

The Manchester United striker unleashed this story in his upcoming book "My Decade in the Premier League", which is to be published by Harper Sport on 13th Sept.

Rooney, who is out for a month because of a severe thigh injury writes, how he was amazed with Gascoigne.

"When I was a youth team player at Everton I used to see Paul Gascoigne all the time," he reveals.

"I loved watching him around the training ground. He was loud, always up to something.

"I was 16, sitting in the dressing room before a youth team game. Gazza came in. 'Alright lads,' he goes. 'Any of you lot going out tonight?' Everyone looked at one -another. 

"Everyone was thinking the same thing: What's he up to? 

"In the end, I had to say something. 'Yeah, I am.' Gazza got out his wallet and handed me two £20 notes.

"He said, 'Here you go pal. Have a nice night on me.' I looked down at the money. 

"None of the other lads could believe it - I'd just got a pay bonus off one of the greatest English midfielders ever."

Wayne Rooney: I?d Try To Get Ronaldo Booked For Diving

on September 09 2012 12:16 PM
Wayne Rooney: I?d Try To Get Ronaldo Booked For Diving

The 2006 FIFA World Cup quarter final. England was on the field against Portugal.

Wayne Rooney got tangled up with Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho, and suddenly stuck a boot on him.

The real drama began after that. As the whole stadium witnessed, an excited Cristiano Ronaldo started waving an imaginary card around, and tried to get the referee's attention.

The official immediately pulled out the red one and send Rooney off.

Recalling the incident after six years the England striker says, though it looked bad on Ronaldo's part, and he had to face criticism, but it would have been just the other way around.

In his yet to be published book 'My Decade in the Premier League', extracts of which are being published by the British tabloid 'The Mirror', he reveals: "In the first half I'd tried to get him booked for diving, so I was as bad as him really."

Rooney put his weight behind Ronaldo, saying that, "though it (Ronaldo's gesture) looked bad, but actually it was a total accident.

"As I protested my innocence, Ronnie started waving an imaginary card around, getting in the ref's face. The official pulled out the red and I was off.

Cristiano Ronaldo Explains "Sadness"

on September 05 2012 12:15 AM
Cristiano Ronaldo Explains "Sadness"

Cristiano Ronaldo insisted last night he is not "greedy" and his comment that he is sad at Real Madrid is not a ploy to get more money out of the club, despite asking for £500,000 a week.

It was reported that the Real Madrid star wants a new deal worth £25million a year to counter a huge tax hike due in 2014.

The 27-year-old forward helped Madrid to a 3-0 win over Granada on Sunday with his brace, but did not celebrate.

It sparked a global media storm when he confessed to being "sad" at Real Madrid.

Ronaldo took to his Facebook page and Twitter to deny financial motives for his misery.

"That I am feeling sad and have expressed this sadness has created a huge stir," the Portuguese star said.

"I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case."

The key Real Madrid player guaranteed his fans saying that his "motivation, dedication, commitment and desire to win all competitions" would not be a problem.

"I have too much respect for myself and for Real Madrid to ever give less to the club than all I am capable of. Abrazos (hugs) to all madridistas," he said.

Federer Lost to Nadal!

on September 04 2012 11:47 AM
Federer Lost to Nadal!

It was almost inevitable. But as the concerned person is Roger Federer, there was slight hope. But he could not win this particular match. His hope that Rafael Nadal will appear for Spain's Davis Cup semi final against United States next week lost.

The Spaniard says his knee injury will keep him out of the court for at least another two months.

This also makes his appearance in the ATP World Tour Finals in London doubtful, effectively ending his 2012 season.

He will get just a little more than a month to prepare for the Australian Open in January.

"I really want to be back competing and enjoying the tennis tour," he said on Monday,

But the eleven-time Grand Slam champion said, "I have many years in front of me and my knee needs some rest. I will be back when I have no pain and am able to compete. I feel better after the meeting with my doctors and happy knowing that the evolution of the past weeks has been positive and surgery has been avoided.

"I will continue to work with the plan my doctors have established to be able to compete as soon as possible in the right conditions."