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The legendary Indian tennis players of all time (Part 2)

Mahesh Bhupathi

For the longest time in Indian tennis history, the buzz was dominated by the iconic combination of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes, who together built incredible records and continued. Indian tennis parade on a global stage.

The Paes-Bhupathi pair is also the first team to make it to the finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments to become the first of the Open Era names to achieve a feat. Together they also had the longest series of matches in Davis Cup history.

From being the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament to a Grand Slam career in the mixed doubles, Bhupathi is also considered the best doubles player in the history of world tennis.

Bhupathi is also named as a rather unique record – he has won the Grand Slam titles with seven different partners and in straight sets. But perhaps what makes Mahesh Bhipathi a bigger stature than any of his contemporaries is that he was instrumental in promoting the career of the most successful Indian female tennis player, Sania Mirza.

Vijay Amritraj

Another Indian tennis player who has been one of the sport’s outstanding players over the years is Vijay Amritraj. Even after more than two decades of retirement from the professional race, Amritraj remains the highest-ranked Indian single player ever with his No 16 world earned in 1980.

Part of ‘ABC tennis’ fame, along with legends Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors, whom he also won, Amritraj has also been Asia’s No. 1 tennis player for more than a decade.

Rohan Bopanna

One of India’s best doubles players, Rohan Bopanna has been a member of India’s Davis Cup team since 2002 and only the fourth Indian player to win the Grand Slam title. Bopanna was instrumental in India’s 2010 Davis Cup victory over Brazil, bringing India back to the World Group for the first time since 1998.

Somdev Devvarman

While India is plunging into mixed and mixed events in the world stage, the country’s singles exploitation is relatively few and far between. Among the rare varieties of Indian players who have been active and quite successful in the individual race is Somdev Devvarman.

The only university player to have won three finals in a row at NCCA, perhaps it was a tough competition at the grassroots level that prepared Devvarman to dispute the national and international stage. In fact, he remains one of the strongest players to emerge from India in the modern era of the sport.

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Leaving Paes as one of the greatest tennis athlete in India

Perhaps the most prolific of the Indian players, Leander Paes has always been a formidable force in court. Whether it was his intense performance or tough determination, Paes was instrumental in making tennis in India more than just a sport.

Many of his feats on the field ushered in a new era in Indian tennis, stemming from passion and power, instead of the masterpieces that simply defined the sport. Stylish and gaudy, really reliable of Paes that he was very adept at making this sport very popular in a country known for cricket fever.

One of the greatest of contemporary contemporary tennis players, Paes has incredible records. His heroism with the tennis racket on the international stage can be rooted even in his teenage years. Not only did he win the Junior US Open and Wimbledon titles, he also rose to number one in the world rankings.

Paes exploded in the professional scene in 1991 with much interest, because it was the following year that saw him play in the quarter-finals of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. But his bigger celebrity came four years later in the next Olympics in Atlanta when he defeated Fernando Meligeni to win a bronze medal, becoming the first Indian player in the 44s to win a medal. individual chapter.

Being the first of India and also the only player to have participated in seven Olympic Games, continuously through 1992 to 2016, Paes also holds a commendable record in Grand Slam tournaments. With eight pairs and ten mixed pairs in his cat, Paes was also the only player after legendary Rod Laver to win the Wimbledon title in three decades.

Leander Paes not only held the career of Grand Slam in the mixed doubles, but he also won a rare double when winning both male and mixed titles in the 1999 Wimbledon tournament. As a captain, Paes also holds the record for the most number of Davis Cup wins with a 43 win.

Not only that, at 41 years, Paes also became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam event when he won the mixed crown at the 2015 Australian Open alongside Swiss player Martina Hingis. Along with another illustrious Indian player Mahesh Bhupathi, Paes has a formidable reputation in the world of double tennis. Called The Indian Express, the couple have won several victories for India in many international tournaments.

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The legendary Indian tennis players of all time (Part 1)

Tennis as a sport is an extremely attractive and attractive game. It takes more than a few good serves and strong shots and some really good techniques to make it important in the tennis world. Passion and determination are an important element such as skill and talent. Because success can only be met through continued perseverance, not many people manage to make it big long term.

Tennis in India may be overshadowed by the madness of cricket if playing cricket but the sport has thrived in the country for a long time. Over the years, this country has witnessed some spectacular talents that have brought world-class performances. Here are the best Indian players of all time who have made the nation proud-

Ramanathan Krishnan

For those who have watched Indian tennis from its wisdom, Ramanathan Krishnan is no stranger. He is one of the few famous Indian players to be credited with bringing the country up there along with other heavyweight rivals on the global competition stage. A prolific player, perhaps Krishnan’s leadership and his exceptional flair made him a crowd lover and one of the best to emerge from the country.

The first Asian to win the Wimbledon title, the same year after the 1953 debut, who also won the all-Indian championship six times and played eight finals, Krishnan was easily one of the best players that India has ever produced. Krishnan is ranked as number 4 in the world at a time when it is not easy to access the best infrastructure. 

From leading the national team to the first Davis Cup final against Australia in 1966 until winning a half-century of victory for singles in the tournament, the presence lasted for more than two decades. Davis Cup team has shown his power as an outstanding player. Krishnan’s presence in the tennis village is known as the golden era of Indian tennis and he was one of the top players in the world during the 50s and 60s.

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Indian athletics dreaming of Olympic medals (Part 2)

Whether Chopra can rewrite history or not, the best achievement of the season was 86.47m at the last Commonwealth Games. Chopra’s victory will be the driving force for young campaigners in India and help them believe that “Yes we can”.

“We have athletics medals in all competitions, at the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games, the world championships,” Chopra said. “Therefore, India’s main goal is to win the Olympic medal. I cannot imagine what that would mean for Indian athletics. People still tell me that whoever wins the Olympic medal will probably become the god of athletics. ”

The truth is so because although Singh and Usha are only 4th in the Olympics, the Indians know them. If the 4th place at the Olympics were to be the same, a medal would be of great significance for Indian athletics.

With Chopra, he comes from the northern state of Haryana, which is famous for producing excellent Indian kabaddi wrestlers and athletes. Therefore, it is difficult to understand that he again held javelin instead of becoming a wrestler or playing kabbadi.

At least javelin throwing is a great hope for Chopra, though he will have to compete with many opponents in Tokyo in 2020. For the time being, he will attend the Doha Diamond League athletics tournament and a few other tournaments first. when the Asian Games take place later this year.

 “Focus and practice are the most important. I have to give up everything and just focus on practicing, ”Chopra said. “To achieve something great, I need many other factors. I have to achieve more than 90m in tournaments. ”

One of the obstacles for Chopra is that he has not had the opportunity to practice abroad, particularly Europe. The climate here can help him achieve better, instead of overheating like in India. In general, to achieve the goals that India has pursued for a long time, Chopra will have to overcome many difficulties from the yard, diet, training equipment. Even at the beginning of his career, he didn’t even have a coach or the opportunity to rub himself. ”

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Indian athletics dreaming of Olympic medals (Part 1)

As the 2nd most populous country in the world but India has not won a athletics medal at the Olympics. Therefore, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is hoping he can change this.

Chopra knows just how valuable an Olympic athletics medal is for Indian athletes, but the gold medal he recently won at the Commonwealth Games has helped him get More confidence before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In fact, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) also recognized India had a silver medal at the Norman Pritchard hurdles in 1900, just before it gained independence from Britain. So far, the second most populous nation in the world seems to have not had an Olympic medal in athletics.

Hope for India now rests on Chopra, the 20-year-old athlete who just won a gold medal at the javelin throwing at the Commonwealth Games held in Carrara, Australia. It should be added that the former world champion in the youth tournament is only the third person to win a gold and athletics medal for India at the Commonwealth Games, after sprinting athlete Milkha Singh in 1958 and the Discus thrower Vikas Gowda 2014.

“It was my first Commonwealth Games and I started thinking about how hard I practiced to get that moment,” Chopra said. “The greatest joy for me is that I went down in history when I won India’s first gold medal at the javelin.”

In fact, Olympic success has always eluded Indian athletics and they have only the two most famous stars who have had the opportunity to stand on the medal stand including Milkha Singh and P.T. Usha.

Singh did not win the 400m bronze medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960 after a picture at the finish line showed him fourth, while Usha also fell into despair 24 years later when she came fourth. a picture of the finish line at a 400m hurdle at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

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Kabaddi

The evolution of Kabaddi as a mainstream sport:

Kabaddi has many names including Hututu, Do-do, and Ghidugudu. One of the most celebrated games in India; Kabbadi gained due importance lately. While the game is one of the most ancient games, probably from the pre-historic civilization, it became popular in modern India after a special event- Pro Kabbadi League- was organized. Today, the game has garnered a great fan base and its popularity is increasing not only in India but in many countries across the globe. From the kabaddi tournament to betting and Kabaddi, the game has made a crazy fan base.

History of Kabaddi:

Kabaddi is a team sport known to be originated in Tamil Nadu, India. It is played between two teams and each team has seven players. A kabaddi match is played for 40 minutes with a 5-minute interval after the first 20 minutes. The concept of the game is that a player from a team has to raid the opponent’s team and touch as many defense players as possible and return to its side. All, this is done while the player keeps chanting Kabaddi! Kabaddi, in a single breath.

The game is originally from pre-historic times and was played in a range of formats. It was in 1930 that the game was revived again and was a part of the sports in India as well as a few other South Asian countries. In the year 1921, the first-ever framework of the rules of Kabaddi as an indigenous sport of India wes prepared in the state of Maharashtra closely followed by the formation of an association in 1923. The association amended the rules set forth in the 1921 and followed in the first All India Kabaddi Tournament organized in 1923.

In the year 1950, The All India Kabaddi Federation came into existence with the aim of promoting the game. Later in 1952, the Senior National championship was started. To promote the game to a higher level and attract more and more people towards the game, the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) was incepted in 1972. The federation was affiliated to Indian Olympic Association (IOA). It was after the formation of the federation only that Kabaddi got its due importance in India and around the globe.

The modern scenario:

In the last 50 years, Kabaddi as a game has evolved significantly. The changes are gradual but effective enough to make Kabaddi a popular sport. The game is receiving due importance from state and center government and modern concepts and equipment are being provided to the associations.

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NBA considered an Indian basketball tournament in 2-3 years

The National Basketball Association (NBA) may launch a professional basketball tournament in India in the next two to three years. After hosting the NBA Pre-season matches in India earlier this year, the North American professional basketball tournament is said to be considering to start the overseas version of the NBA league abroad.

If all goes well, India will get the second NBA professional league outside of North America. The first will take place in March next year in Africa – African Basketball League. BAL was announced in February this year and the logo was launched last week.

The NBA reportedly has a fan base of 110 million in India and about 78% of the audience of pre-season Indian games came from the Hindi-speaking market. That opened up a new market for domestic sports.

Indian NBA chief executive Rajesh Sethi confirmed to the Daily Economic Times that the Indian league version could be launched in 2022-23. The success of the Indian game has triggered a inflection point for the NBA in India. Although it has generated a lot of buzz in India, it has also marked many boxes for us. It has sent an internal message that India is ready for the next leap. The games also put India on the radar of other teams and players, and every day, the business cited Sethi.

“We have tried to build an ecosystem for domestic basketball and a tournament that will create a great economic value for players, who can then play in small or large tournaments.”

This is only a confirmation of the statement of NBA commissioner Adam Silver, during his visit to India for the Indiana Pacers-Sacramento Kings match that the NBA has seriously considered to launch a tournament in India within 5 next year.

NBA participated in the grassroots program, NBA with Reliance-Foundation or NBA Academy. The tournament could be the culmination of NBA protracted efforts to dominate the Indian market.

According to the report, NBA India has received interest from more than 25 businesses to buy teams. We still have not finalized the number of teams/franchises we should have. It could be anything between 8 and 12, but for now, its work is underway, Set Sethi told ET.

We also made the list of 22 arenas, he said and added that the Indian NBA has 120 players and there will be international players who want to come and play domestically. The main NBA League, with 30 teams, outlines 450 players per season, of which more than 100 are from outside the United States.

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Kabaddi

Overview of kabaddi – the unique folk game in India

When I first saw kabaddi, many people would be surprised by its strangeness. It seems like a match but mixed in with the nature of a game. On a rectangular yard, about 100m2 wide is divided into two equal parts, separated by lines in the middle of the yard. Each team on one side. A player of this team enters through the opposing court and touches one or more opposing players and then runs quickly to his team’s court.

In the opposite direction, the touched players immediately surround and arrest, not giving the opposing player a chance to return to the home field. The attacking player only has 30 seconds to touch the defending team and then withdraw, otherwise he will lose. The two sides keep alternating between attack and defense.

In kabaddi, the “single-handedly” to the opponent’s yard to touch them and find a way to run back. not being captured in addition to superior physical strength also requires mischief to create surprises, clever handling to not fall into the opponent’s control.

Of course, the defensive players also have pieces of coordination, sealing the entrance, or setting up bait to lure the attacking player into the net. It must be a battle of wits and constant transformation of the two sides, not merely a show of physical strength.

Kabaddi is a folk game of India, introduced to the countries of South Asia in the 1930s and transformed into modern kabaddi. Currently there are indoor kabaddi and beach kabaddi. Kabaddi in the indoor stadium on the soft carpet with each team of 7 people, 5 official and 2 in reserve.

Kabaddi beach playing on the sand, outdoors with 6 people on each side including 4 official and 2 in reserve. Each match in kabaddi has 2 halves, 15 minutes each and 5 minutes halftime. Kabaddi was present at Asiad 1998 and became a major competitor at Asian Indoor Games 2 held in Macao in 2007.

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How is kabaddi in each particular areas? (Part 2)

INDIA – PAKISTAN KABADDI (ASIAN GAMES)

At the North Asian games held in 1900, India won the Gold Medal while Pakistan took third place.

In the next version, Pakistan was defeated by India 42-20 in the group stage.

The 1998 version in Bangkok saw India win with a 17-9 victory over their traditional rivals.

At the Busan Asian Games, the Indian champion won with a score of 37-7 before the Pakistani winner.

The 2006 edition of the Asian Games, India far surpassed Pakistan 35-23 to once again be the champions.

The Indian champion won a third Pakistani team in the 2010 Asian Games.

Pakistan once again placed its claim on a bronze medal while India laid its hands on coveted gold in its first consecutive appearance in the Olympic Games.

During the 2010 South Asian Games, the last game saw a fierce Indian-Pakistan rematch, where India finally emerged victorious.

INDIA PAKISTAN KABADDI (NETWORK STYLE)

India has won every single version of the Circle Style World Cup, with Pakistan claiming silver four times.

Pakistan’s Arch rivals were defeated by India in a successive final: 58-24 in 2010, 59-25 in 2012, 48-39 in 2013 and 45-42 in 2014.

The 2014 fight was a tightly organized match, but the crime of playing badly against the champions finally caught the attention of the world. Given the allegations of biased marring gameplay, the 2014 games are still one of the most controversial in recent sports history.

Star Sports’s unique initiative – Star Sports Pro Kabaddi – brought players from Pakistan to partner with Indians at the tournament. Two Pakistani players – Waseem Sajjad and Nasir Ali – were registered by Patna Pirates for Pro Kabaddi’s 2015 season. Waseem Sajjad is also part of the 2014 edition, while Nasir Ali is included in the second season.

KABADDI 2019

So much so that the Kabaddi World Cup is a much-anticipated sporting event in the world stage now. Founded in 2004, the World Cup hosted four successful editions. With consecutive championships in Mumbai, Panvel and Ahmedabad, the 2019 event will be the first to appear abroad in Dubai.

International Kabaddi Federation Chairman Janardan Singh Gehlot called the move to Dubai an aim to make the sport more global while incorporating diversity into its world.

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How is kabaddi in each particular area? (Part 1)

KABADDI IN INDIA

Typically a sport of Indian origin, Kabaddi has a presence across the entire length and width of the country. And although professionally, this sport has become popular in recent times, it does not lose the fact that the sport has been brought to world glory with an Indian connection. .

The international exposure the sport received during the 1936 Olympics was allowed courtesy Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal from Amaravati in Maharashtra. The game was introduced during the Indian Olympic Games in Calcutta in 1938.

The All-India Kabaddi Federation was established in 1950 while the Indian Kabaddi Federation (AKFI) was established in 1973. Under the auspices of AKFI, this sport has been included in the framework of several Official rules. The first male citizens were held in Madras (renamed Chennai) after the establishment of AKFI.

It was an Indian Sundar Ram, who introduced and popularized the game in Japan, when he visited the country in 1979 on behalf of the Kabaddi Asian Amateur Federation for two months to introduce the game there.

KABADDI IN THE WORLD STAGE

Bangladesh and India also had their first confrontation at Kabaddi competition in 1979. Incidentally, Kabaddi is now the national sport of Bangladesh, where a variation of a game called ha-du-du is very popular. Without any certain rules, du-du-du is played differently in different regions of the country.

1980 saw the first Asian Kabaddi Championship held, where India emerged as the champion, beating Bangladesh in the final. Other countries participating in the tournament are Nepal, Malaysia and Japan.

The game was included for the first time in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, where seven teams participated. Now it is played nationally and internationally around the world.

India has also been the champion in the three World Cups held so far.

INDIA-PAKISTAN KABADDI

In any form of sport, the Indian-Pakistani rivalry always produces great anticipation. And especially in a game of Kabaddi, originating from both countries, it is clear that the expectation and affection suddenly rise.

With a record 100% against Pakistan, India is undoubtedly the most admired opponent in the case of the game against its rivals. Victims of all eight games of the Asian Games and in the five games of the Round Style continue to create India’s supremacy over rivals in this sport.