From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.02 :: Jan. 14, 2010
Rafael Nadal has started the year by winning in Abu Dhabi, conquering Robin Soderling, and while his fans will see it as a sign, tennis lovers everywhere will merely hope the Spaniard stays healthy through the year for the Grand Slams, unlike 2009, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
It’s an open field
Going by the events of last year and the Australian Open’s tendency to throw up surprise finalists, it might be tricky to pick a winner, writes Nandita Sridhar.
NATIONAL GRASSCOURT TOURNAMENT
Day of the underdogs
Ashutosh Singh entered the main draw via the qualifying rounds, while Ankita Raina was a wildcard. And against all expectations, the two emerged champions. By Amitabha Das Sharma.
‘The 2001 series against Aussies was crucial’
“India’s success (scaling the Test summit) was the culmination of long hours of planning and hard work by almost everyone who played for the country in the last eight years,” says V. V. S. Laxman in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
In 1955 it took me two first-class seasons, scores of dollars and ten Tests to find the road to corrective measure for my foot injury. It lay in stitching together a seamless, horsehide heel glove, which I strapped to my left heel.
A roller-coaster ride
Top players fail to live up to their billing as the young brigade steals the show. Kalyan Ashok reports.
Goalkeeper David James must focus on regaining full fitness to ensure he remains Fabio Capello’s first choice for the upcoming World Cup finals in South Africa, writes Richard Brown.
Mancini, Mayhem and Manchester City
Spending some £250 million on new players, booting out Mark Hughes as manager not only so unceremoniously but deviously, the club has cut a deeply antipathetic figure. Can Mancini now change Manchester City’s fortunes? Brian Glanville finds out.
LOOKING AT 2010
A veritable feast in store
Spain, which has never won the World Cup, looks the favourite this year. Ayon Sengupta takes a look at the season ahead.
If you were looking for a contemporary maverick, a player of terrific talent but explosive, unconventional, unexpected behaviour, surely Mario Balotelli would be a classic example. Still only 19 years old, playing, scoring and making spectacular goals for his team, yet no endlessly decadent, not to say defiant, writes Brian Glanville.
Packing a punch against Pakistan
When I look back at my long career, there have been moments of ecstasy and agony, having figured in three Olympics, two World Cups and two Asian Games besides several invitation events across the world.
Time has come for India to show the way
Dhoni is aware of the fact that a team garners more points by doing well in Test matches and now is the time for India to play as many Tests as possible before the big guns exit from the stage.
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