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Roots to the accent – Episode 3

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In this episode we track back to the past where it all started for us as fans! 17 year Becker changed the way tennis was followed in many parts of the world. His win was the game changer for a cricket hungry nation like ours. Tennis picked up momentum and a new generation of fans followed! This episode also touches upon other once a generation like player Rafeal Nadal and if there is a phenom out there who could mix it up with the best in the business.

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THE CAPACITY FOR GROWTH

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Matt Zemek

Whether you are watching the NBA basketball playoffs or not, it is worth sharing this small collection of statistics with a tennis-loving audience:

The Boston Celtics, through two completed and successful rounds of the NBA playoffs, have played 12 games, seven at home and five on the road. In the seven home games, the Celtics hit 47 percent of all their shots and 40 percent of all 3-point shots, averaging roughly 111 points per game. In the five road games, the Celtics hit 41 percent of all shots and just 31 percent of all 3-point shots, averaging just under 95 points per game. The Celtics won all seven home games and went 1-4 in their five road games. In the first round against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Celtics went 4-0 at home and 0-3 on the road. Being able to play Game 7 at home mattered a great deal in that series. (more…)

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DJOKOVIC’S MAIN POINTS

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Matt Zemek

There are many points to ponder in the wake of Novak Djokovic’s loss to Kyle Edmund on Wednesday at the Madrid Open.

How concerned should Djokovic be about the velocity of his second serves and his ability to win second-serve points? How close is Djokovic to restoring his game? He did not play that poorly against Edmund, but in a reversal of the natural order of tennis relative to when he dominated the tour two years ago, he didn’t win the points he needed to win, chiefly a 30-40 point on Edmund’s serve at 2-2 in the third set. As soon as Edmund escaped a love-40 hole to somehow stay on serve, he never encountered another moment of great difficulty for the remainder of the match. (more…)

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And the Oscar goes to….

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by Anand Mamidipudi

The Academy Award for the Best Original Screenplay has been awarded to some of the most distinguished and gifted writers in history. Past winners include titans such as Woody Allen, the Coen brothers and, the youngest winner, Ben Affleck. The clear leader in this year’s race is another titan who, in real time, continues to script one of the most dramatic screenplays we have seen. (more…)

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