All ATP prizes have been cancelled for the next six weeks

All ATP prizes have been cancelled for the next six weeks

Professional Tennis Association (ATP) canceled all tournaments in the next six weeks, due to the influence of Covid-19.

Six ATP events were not organized as expected, including two ATP 1000 tournaments in Miami, Monte Carlo and smaller tournaments in Houston, Marrakech, Barcelona and Hungary. Earlier, ATP also canceled the Masters 1000 at Indian Wells this week because of the complicated situation of Covid-19 in the US.

The decision to cancel a series of ATP awards came just a day after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Covid-19 to be a global pandemic. “This is not an easy decision,” said ATP president Andrea Gaudenzi on March 12. “It causes great losses for the organizers of the tournament, the players as well as the fans. However, we believe this is a responsible and necessary action, to protect the health of the players. racket as well as the safety of the community.

ATP Challenger Tour tournaments for the next six weeks will also not be held. Challenger tournaments in progress such as Nur Saltan, Kazakhstan or Potchefstroom, South Africa are canceled midway. The same thing happens with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments.

The Professional Tennis Association is looking at the impact of the above decision on the scores of players on the ATP rankings. For canceled tournaments, it is likely that the scores won by the players in 2019 will be completely deducted.

If nothing changes, the male players will play again at the ATP 250 clay in Munich and Estoril from April 27. In the event that Covid-19 is not well controlled, summer Grand Slams such as Roland Garros (scheduled for May 24) and Wimbledon (June 29) may be canceled.

Players support the cancellation of the ATP series

Dominic Thiem and many colleagues regret, but accepting the cancellation is the best option when Covid-19’s situation becomes more and more complicated.

On March 9, Indian Wells was the first to announce a cancellation because of nCoV, and followed by six other tournaments. On the morning of March 13, the Professional Tennis Association (ATP) announced the cancellation of all tournaments in the next six weeks, due to the influence of Covid-19, including two Masters in Miami and Monte Carlo.

Real Madrid won 2-0 to reclaim the La Liga title

Real Madrid won 2-0 to reclaim the La Liga title

Real showed high determination in the competition at the Bernabeu. Despite the lack of attack, the army under Zidane compensated with the excellence of the midfield. The host divided the communication between the two lines, restricting the way up the ball of Barca. Although center-back Gerard Pique and goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen played as if on the field, the visitors could not avoid the goal.

After repeatedly stirring the wings thanks to the speed like a racing car, Vinicius Junior was lucky in the finishing phase at a narrow angle when the ball touched Pique’s foot to change direction, making Ter Stegen unable to return. Leading the table, Real more excited and Barca deadlocked. In stoppage time, the striker replaced Mariano Diaz taking advantage of the speed when the counterattack, scoring a 2-0 score.

The match at the Bernabeu takes place at a sensitive time. Real and Barca have both received poor results in the Champions League and need a mental push. The rain on the Bernabeu does not cool the game that took place attractive from the first minute. Karim Benzema warned Barca with a volley over the bar.

Move widely to actively open the pace, Vinicius is the destination in the ball up of Real. But despite the potential for harassment, young Brazilian talent is inexperienced in the final handling phase. Inside, Benzema no longer has the sharpness and the ability to take advantage of the horizontal phase of the team.

One of the regular plans used by Real is Vinicius slam the ball down the edge of the edge and return the second line. But, in a day without good ball feeling, Kroos kicked out at least three times. Isco had a dangerous finish but was denied by Ter Stegen in the second half.

Real finally found a goal in a situation where Nelson Semedo was attracted to Benzema and let Vinicius escape. The Bernabeu team lost many opportunities at the end of the second half when Barca midfielders constantly lost the ball. In a throw-in, Mariano took advantage of the strength of a new player to come over Samuel Umtiti before defeating Ter Stegen with a clever finish.

This victory helped Real reclaim the top spot in La Liga. They are 56 points after 26 rounds, one point ahead of Barca. On March 8, Real will play the next match, as a guest of Real Betis. In the same round, Barca received Real Sociedad on the evening of 7/3.

The retirement of Sharapova – when the velvet curtain closed

The retirement of Sharapova – when the velvet curtain closed

Retiring from her career at the age of 32, but with Maria Sharapova, tennis is just like a mountain peak and it’s time for her to conquer new goals.

, tennis is just like a mountain peak and it’s time for her to conquer new goals.

To understand why the number one former tennis player in the world retired, we need to find out what makes her unbearable.

The pain has been a companion for Sharapova for two years, one of the iconic athletes of the 21st century. Completing the ban on competition for doping in 2016, the Russian tennis player She was unable to return to the peak of her career, the period she used to take to the Grand Slam.

Since then, Sharapova has continued to face and endure recurrent pains in her right shoulder, tensing her arm muscles, sometimes making it almost impossible for her to hold the racket. But not so that Sharapova faltered. On the contrary, she persevered more and called it a great tool to help her overcome the crisis of recurrence of injury and revitalizing her career.

Masha was suspended in 2016 for using meldonium, a new banned drug, which is used to treat cardiovascular patients. Sharapova explained that she used it for years because of a family history of diabetes and dizziness due to magnesium deficiency.

She confirmed that she did not know that meldonium has been added to the list of banned substances of the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA. The arbitral tribunal later said that Sharapova should not be considered “intentional fraud”, and the banning period was reduced from two years to 15 months.

In early March 2019, Sharapova confirmed a minor shoulder surgery and announced a few weeks’ break. But pushing the limit of tolerance only made her suffer more. The return of the “Russian Doll” lasted only two seasons and ended with a defeat in the first round of the Australian Open 2020 against Donna Vekic in January.

During the flight from Australia back home in Los Angeles, Sharapova felt one thing clearly, it was time to say goodbye to his career. Kobe Bryant’s helicopter accident on January 26 made it even more obvious. They had planned to meet, but the tragic accident happened.

The trend of young champions winning Grand Slam (Part 2)

The trend of young champions winning Grand Slam (Part 2)

Simona Halep – the champion of Roland Garros 2018 and Wimbledon 2019 – is equally good, although it takes more time than Kenin, Barty or Andreescu to assert themselves in the professional playing field.

Former Romanian number one youngster won the 2008 Roland Garros youth championship. But it was not until ten years later that Halep made a professional-level breakthrough with the first Grand Slam on the clay court in Paris.

Caroline Wozniacki is a similar case to Halep. She used to be the number two young player in the world and won the Wimbledon Youth Championship in 2006, but experienced many ups and downs to get rid of the nickname “Queen without Grand Slam” when she took the throne in the Australian Open 2018. Denmark announced retirement at the age of 29 after stopping in the third round of this year’s tournament.

Former world No. 5 player Sloane Stephens had her first Grand Slam in the US Open 2017. In the same year, Jelena Ostapenko – the Latvian player who won the 2014 Wimbledon Youth Championship, became the young Roland Garros champion. the oldest since 1997.

This list promises to be extended, but that does not mean that success in the youth tournament is a prerequisite to help them become Grand Slam champions.

Naomi Osaka, Japanese tennis player who won two consecutive Grand Slams in the US Open 2018 and the Australian Open 2019, has never played an ITF tournament. The owner of 23 Grand Slam titles, Serena Williams also rarely attended the young tournaments, and her sister Venus Williams.

Garbine Muguruza herself, who lost to Sofia Kenin in the final in Melbourne over the weekend, did not make the top 200 young players in the world as a teenager. Petra Kvitova is not a young star and did not pass the fourth round in any Grand Slam youth tournament. But later, Muguruza and Kvitova got two Grand Slams.

No other Grand Slam youth champion has won the Grand Slam title at the professional level since Jelena Ostapenko. Four years after winning the 2014 Wimbledon Youth Championship, Ostapenko has named Latvia on the world tennis map with the 2018 Roland Garros championship.

There is a huge gap between the two Grand Slam titles at those two levels. Being on the top of the young tennis players is not guaranteed to win a major title like the Grand Slam.

China was discriminated at the world table tennis tournament

China was discriminated  at the world table tennis tournament

While traveling abroad for two months before the World Championships in Busan, the Chinese team may still be isolated at the hotel when attending the tournament.

It was not until the end of March that the 2020 World Championships began in Korea. But right now, the city of Busan has planned to isolate the Chinese team due to concerns about the impact of corona pneumoniae virus. The 79 members of the Chinese team will be lined up on a separate floor, taking a private elevator and going to the Busan gym in a separate way.

As soon as the isolation policy was enacted, China reacted strongly to the World Table Tennis Federation, saying that the treatment of the host country South Korea was unfair and inappropriate.

Chinese team members went abroad for training two months before the tournament, and no one was positive for corona virus. Of the 79 members of the delegation, none came from Hubei – where the virus broke out. On the other hand, they will train in Qatar from this month and fly directly to Korea for the tournament without returning to China.

Organizers warned the Busan government that this quarantine would easily lead to diplomatic problems between the two countries. Busan, after review, left open the possibility of withdrawing the quarantine policy.

The world championship table tennis tournament 2020 takes place from March 22-29, with 1200 members from 87 countries. According to statistics, more than 42,000 people were infected with corona virus in China and more than 1,000 people died. Of the remaining 86 participating countries, 11 cases of corona virus have been detected.

On February 11, the Chinese Table Tennis Federation thanked its peer organization in Qatar for providing adequate facilities and equipment, during the Chinese team’s training in Doha. Since the end of the German Open earlier this month, members of the Chinese table tennis team flew straight to Qatar to train and avoid the corona epidemic.

They received invitations from Germany, Austria, Japan and some other countries, but chose Qatar because some of the top Chinese athletes will attend the Qatar Open from March 3-8. Here, Aspire Academy supported the recruitment of China to 2,000 table tennis.

China is the world number one power table tennis. They won 145 gold and 607 gold in all kinds of world championships, the most in history. Since table tennis became an Olympic sport in 1988, China won 28 of the 32 gold medals.

The trend of young champions winning Grand Slam (Part 1)

The trend of young champions winning Grand Slam (Part 1)

Success at the young level is not necessarily the basis for winning the Grand Slam, but that seems to be becoming a trend in women’s tennis.

Gifted to help athletes have a good starting point. In fact, competing with competitors of the same age in the youth tournament is completely different when entering the path of professional competition.

In the past, there were many young players holding the number one position in the young world or winning the Grand Slam youth championship, but not succeeding in professional tournaments.

But recently, that has changed, especially in women’s tennis, with some Grand Slam champions coming up from success in the youth tournaments. Sofia Kenin is the latest evidence. Russian-American girl acquainted with the racket from a very young age.

At the age of six, she had the opportunity to meet and talk with idol Kim Clijsters in 2005. As a teenager, Kenin has achieved many successes, especially in the United States.

Winning the Australian Open and entering the top 10 of the world is Kenin’s initial success on the professional path after emerging from the young tournaments.

Kenin used to be the number two young player in the world and won the U18 USA. In addition, she reached the final of the 2015 US Open, winning a special ticket to the main round at Flushing Meadows that year. However, Kenin lost to the Hungarian Dalma Galfi in that final. But for now, while Kenin is first in the top 10 in the world, Galfi is ranked 269th on the WTA rankings. The 2015 US Open youth champion also lost to Tereza Mrdeza in the ITF semi-final which took place in Florida two weeks ago.

Kenin’s victory in Melbourne Park extends the list of young players who have successfully conquered the Grand Slam. Bianca Andreescu, the current US Open champion, is also one of them.

The 19-year-old Canadian has ranked third in the world in the world youth rankings, played two Grand Slam semi-finals and won two Grand Slam titles in the youth doubles competition. Ashleigh Barty, champion of Roland Garros 2019, was also crowned at the Wimbledon Youth Championship at the age of 15 and was once the number two young player in the world.

Top golf tournaments and events starting in 2020 (Part 2)

Top golf tournaments and events starting in 2020 (Part 2)

After the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour kicked off with the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open. This is a 54 hole tournament with a $ 300,000 prize pool held at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in the UAE city of Abu Dhabi.

The defending champion is Charley Hull. Last year, she won with a score of -8 in a race against 55 other players. The prize money for Hull in this tournament is 38,000 USD.

With LPGA Tour, Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Florida will be the opening event of the new year as well as the new season. Participants are the previous year’s LPGA Tour champions. This award was released a year ago.

In the first period, Ji Eun-Hee crowned with a score of -8 $ 180,000 while Mirim Lee came second with a two-stroke difference. In the second round of this year, she will defend the championship in an attempt to overthrow the world’s stars including number one Ko Jin Young and number three Nelly Korda.

Ko Jin Young is the candidate at the LPGA Tour’s new year opening event – Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.

Opening at the same time with the LPGA Tour 2020 is the Mitsubishi Electric Championship – the tournament for professional senior PGA Tour Champions at Hualalai Golf Club in Hawaii. This year’s tournament has a total prize fund of 1.8 million USD held on the ground designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Tom Lehman is the defending champion with a score of 65 non-bogey sticks in both final rounds of the 54-hole tournament a year ago. The final score of -17 brought him a 12th trophy at the PGA Tour Champions for $ 305,000.

Besides, there are new adjustments in the regulation of competition speed of PGA Tour that officially take effect at RBC Heritage starting April 16. In it, players can be fined up to 50 thousand dollars and penalty sticks if the recurrence of slow play continues.

Real Madrid’s best defense in 31 years

Real Madrid’s best defense in 31 years

Since 1988, this is the second time Real Madrid have conceded 12 goals after the first 18 rounds in La Liga.

After 18 rounds in La Liga season 2019-2020, only Atletico conceded less than Real Madrid (11 compared to 12). However, this is the best defensive record of the Bernabeu owner after 31 years.

The last time, Real Madrid conceded no more than 12 times after the first 18 rounds was the 1987-1988 season. That year, “White Vulture” won the championship at the end of the season and was also the team with the best defense in the tournament with 26 goals.

Since the beginning of the season, Thibaut Courtois and Alphonse Areola took turns taking main roles for Real Madrid. In particular, the Belgian goalkeeper has seven matches to keep a clean sheet, while the French junior contributes an additional match.

Throughout La Liga history, only two times Real Madrid have conceded fewer goals after the first 18 rounds. In the seasons 1961-1962 and 1971-1972, the team in white shirt 11 times conceded. On both occasions, they were crowned champions at the end of the season.

Defensive, but the record of Real Madrid cause fans worry. They scored 14 times less than Barca first team after 18 rounds, and achieved 1.83 goals a game. Real Madrid’s top scorer – Karim Benzema – is currently second in the list of top scorers, with 12 goals, one goal behind Lionel Messi.

Real Madrid scored the least goals in 10 years

At the end of 2019, Real Madrid scored 100 goals, 42 lower than last year and 78 goals compared to the 2014 record.

In 2019, the home team played 54 matches, averaging 1.85 goals a game. The last three games of the year, Zinedine Zidane’s teachers and students only scored one goal, in a 1-1 draw at Valencia in La Liga.

In the 2019-2020 season, they scored 14 goals less than their rival Barca in La Liga, although the Catalonia team did not have superstar Lionel Messi in the first month of the season.

Real Madrid goals are 42 goals less than in 2018. It was the time they had Cristiano Ronaldo in the first half of the year. The Portuguese superstar maintained a frightening goal, helping Real Madrid for the third time in a row to win the Champions League.

Top golf tournaments and events starting in 2020 (Part 2)

Top golf tournaments and events starting in 2020 (Part 2)

After the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour kicked off with the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open. This is a 54 hole tournament with a $ 300,000 prize pool held at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in the UAE city of Abu Dhabi.

The defending champion is Charley Hull. Last year, she won with a score of -8 in a race against 55 other players. The prize money for Hull in this tournament is 38,000 USD.

With LPGA Tour, Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Florida will be the opening event of the new year as well as the new season. Participants are the previous year’s LPGA Tour champions. This award was released a year ago.

In the first period, Ji Eun-Hee crowned with a score of -8 $ 180,000 while Mirim Lee came second with a two-stroke difference. In the second round of this year, she will defend the championship in an attempt to overthrow the world’s stars including number one Ko Jin Young and number three Nelly Korda.

Ko Jin Young is the candidate at the LPGA Tour’s new year opening event – Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.

Opening at the same time with the LPGA Tour 2020 is the Mitsubishi Electric Championship – the tournament for professional senior PGA Tour Champions at Hualalai Golf Club in Hawaii. This year’s tournament has a total prize fund of 1.8 million USD held on the ground designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Tom Lehman is the defending champion with a score of 65 non-bogey sticks in both final rounds of the 54-hole tournament a year ago. The final score of -17 brought him a 12th trophy at the PGA Tour Champions for $ 305,000.

Above are the top golf tournaments and events starting in 2020. Let’s wait to see an exciting new year of golf coming ahead!

MU lost Man City 1-3 in the League Cup semi-final

MU lost Man City 1-3 in the League Cup semi-final

Playing at home, but MU must receive a 1-3 defeat against Man City in the semi-final first leg of the League Cup, which took place early in the morning on January 8.

In the first leg of the League Cup semi-final, both coaches had to make changes in personnel to cope with the tight schedule. Solskjaer put Maguire on the bench to give Phil Jones a chance to start the game, while Pep Guardiola entered the squad without a striker, Sterling is the highest player in the 3-4-2-1 diagram.

Solskjaer’s calculations soon broke when Man City opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Bernardo Silva proved the star quality with a superb shot from outside the penalty area. The ball dived into the top corner to not allow De Gea a chance to make a clearance.

After the goal, MU pushed up the offensive team but did not create coordinated phases with the line, except for harmless crosses from the wings. Man City was just waiting for the opponent to rise to launch a counterattack.

After 33 minutes, Bernardo Silva made the opening of the MU defense, creating conditions for Riyad Mahrez to come down, pass the ball over De Gea, and score the score to 2-0.

Only 6 minutes later, the score was increased to 3-0 for Man City. Phil Jones was easily overtaken by De Bruyne after just a cross. The Belgian’s shot failed to beat De Gea but the ball bounced Andreas Andreasira into the net.

In the last minutes, the pressure is constantly on MU crafts. If Sterling took the better opportunity, the away team had an advantage greater than 3 goals when entering the break.

Man City overwhelmed MU right at Old Trafford

The big advantage helps Man City can play comfortably in the second half. Pep Guardiola’s army controls the midfield and creates many coordination to break through the MU defense. However, the finishes of Mahrez and Sterling were not accurate enough to defeat De Gea.

Man Utd tried hard but could only shorten the score to 1-3 in the 70th minute. Rashford escaped after a slot from Greenwood’s slot and then unleashed a shot to defeat goalkeeper Bravo.

After conceding, Man City actively reduced the tempo of the match and preserved the score 3-1. The Premier League champion entered the semi-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium with the advantage of three away goals.