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Eliminated Nadal Closes ATP Finals With Win Over Ruud
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Eliminated Nadal Closes ATP Finals With Win Over Ruud

Tennis player Rafael Nadal was still able to close the ATP Finals positively. After two losses in the group stage, the 36-year-old Spaniard did win his third match against the Norwegian Casper Ruud. In Turin, Nadal triumphed in straight sets: 7-5 7-5. The 22-time Grand Slam champion, who was struggling with a lack of match rhythm, recovered somewhat against Ruud. The two kept each other in balance for a long time in both sets. Nadal broke the Norwegian at 6-5 in the first set. He did that again in the twelfth game in the second set. The semifinals of the year-end tournament were already out of reach for Nadal due to his losses against American Taylor Fritz and Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime. On the other hand, the 23-year-old Ruud, a finalist at Roland Garros and the US Open ...
Formula 1 Team Aston Martin Wants to Continue with Vettel for Years to Come
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Formula 1 Team Aston Martin Wants to Continue with Vettel for Years to Come

Aston Martin's Formula 1 team wants to continue for years with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.   The contract of the 34-year-old German driver, who came over from Ferrari at the end of last year, will expire after this season. However, both parties have been discussing the future for some time now. "We are very happy with Sebastian," said Lawrence Stroll, the wealthy Canadian owner of the stable. "We are committed to continuing with him next year and beyond." However, Vettel is in no rush to re-sign for the time being. The German is in twelfth place in the World Cup with 35 points. The 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 world champions (all achieved at Red Bull) came second in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. However, he also often finished outside the points. Vettel forms the driver...
Belarusian Sprinter Lands in Vienna, Flies on to Warsaw
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Belarusian Sprinter Lands in Vienna, Flies on to Warsaw

Sprinter Kristina Tsimanoeskaja, who was kicked out of the Belarus Olympic team on Sunday due to criticism of her coaches, has arrived in Vienna. She will fly to Warsaw on Wednesday.   The Austrian Airlines aircraft on which she departed from Tokyo avoided the airspace of the athlete's mother country. After being banned from the Olympic team, the Belarus Olympic Committee ordered the 24-year-old sprinter to return home. Instead, Tsimanoeskaya went to the Polish embassy in Tokyo, which had offered her a visa for humanitarian reasons. Tsimanushkaja would participate in the women's 200 meters on Monday. She had changed her travel plans at the last minute and had not flown directly from Japan to Poland but Austria. In the transit area at Vienna airport, she is accompanied by the Austr...
Olympic Rugby Teams Quarantined on Arrival in Tokyo
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Olympic Rugby Teams Quarantined on Arrival in Tokyo

Several sports teams that have flown to Japan to participate in the Olympics must be quarantined upon arrival. For example, the South African rugby team (sevens) was on the plane with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus at the airport in Tokyo.   The South Africans would first go to a training camp in Kagoshima before the Games. Still, as a precaution, they had to quarantine in a specially designated hotel in the Japanese capital. "The ability to adapt, both mentally and physically, will be crucial at these Games," said South Africa coach Neil Powell. "We noticed that immediately upon arrival." Although fourteen rugby players and four supervisors have to stay in their hotel room, training on the field is not an option for the time being. "We do have a training session, ...
Two Time Olympic Tennis Champion Murray to Games in Tokyo
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Two Time Olympic Tennis Champion Murray to Games in Tokyo

Two-time Olympic tennis champion Andy Murray will defend his title in Tokyo. The 34-year-old Scotsman won the singles titles in 2012 in London and 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.   He will compete in both singles and doubles at the Olympic Games in Japan, the British Tennis Association announced. Murray extended his title in Rio by beating Argentinian Juan Martín del Potro in four sets in the final. Four years earlier, he had it a lot easier in the final against the Swiss Roger Federer. In front of his own audience in London, Murray took gold in three sets. The injury-ridden Scotsman, former number 1 in the world, has dropped to 119th in the world rankings. Murray will compete in doubles with Joe Salisbury. In the women's competition, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson will compete in both...
Wimbledon is Confident of Welcoming More Fans
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Wimbledon is Confident of Welcoming More Fans

Wimbledon is confident that it can welcome more than 25 percent of its total capacity from next month.   At the end of last month, the grand slam tournament announced that it wanted to welcome at least a quarter of the usual number of spectators. “Thanks to the Phase 3 easing and early positive developments, we are confident that we will be able to increase our ticket capacity for the tournament this year beyond the 25 percent minimum we announced last month,” said the All England Lawn Tennis Club Wednesday in a statement. The United Kingdom took another big step on Monday in relaxing the corona rules. Catering establishments in England are also allowed to receive customers indoors, and residents can again go on holiday abroad. The British government instituted a lockdown in Janu...
Hundreds of Doctors and Nurses Wanted for Tokyo Games
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Hundreds of Doctors and Nurses Wanted for Tokyo Games

The Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee is looking for two hundred licensed doctors and five hundred nurses to assist during the sporting event, which begins July 23. That reports Kyodo news agency.   The Games will continue anyway, but that is only possible thanks to strict measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Last week, the International Olympic Committee announced that all athletes would be tested for the virus every day during the Games. This also applies to coaches and other supervisors who are in close contact with the athletes. For the time being, spectators are not welcome. The demand for medical personnel comes at a time when the Japanese healthcare system is under high voltage due to a wave of contamination in the country. Japan registered more than 1,000 ...
The Decision to Allow Japanese Fans to Join the Games in June
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The Decision to Allow Japanese Fans to Join the Games in June

It will take a while before it is clear whether the Japanese can also visit the Olympic Games in Tokyo.   A decision about admitting its own population has been postponed to June, according to various Japanese media. The Games start on July 23. The organization has already decided that foreign spectators are not welcome at the four-yearly sports spectacle, which is being held a year later than planned due to the corona pandemic. The intention was to make clear this month whether and how many Japanese people may be present at the matches. Rising contamination figures in Japan are delaying decision-making. A declaration of a state of emergency in Tokyo may follow soon due to the rapidly spreading coronavirus. “The timing of the decision must be flexible because we have to consider...
A Large Majority of the Japanese Want to Move or Cancel Games
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A Large Majority of the Japanese Want to Move or Cancel Games

A vast majority of 72 percent of Japanese want the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for this summer to be postponed or cancelled again.   The fear of another wave of corona infections is the reason for this, Kyodo News reports after a survey. In the survey, 39.2 percent of those surveyed indicate that they favour a definitive cancellation of the postponed Games, while 32.8 percent believe that the Games should be postponed again. Only 24 percent of those surveyed are in favour of holding the Olympics and Paralympics this summer. Almost all respondents (92.6 percent) said they are concerned about a revival of the coronavirus and the number of infections. 60 percent are also dissatisfied with the progress of the vaccination campaign in Japan.
Formula 1 Team Williams Continues With the Female Driver
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Formula 1 Team Williams Continues With the Female Driver

Williams' Formula 1 team continues with Jamie Chadwick as a development driver. The 22-year-old British, in 2019 the first champion of the W Series, is entering her third year with Williams.   Chadwick will regularly be behind the simulator at the Williams plant in Grove and attend many Grand Prix. Briton George Russell and Nicholas Latifi from Canada are Williams' regular drivers in Formula 1, just like last season. Israeli Roy Nissany is the test driver of the British team. Last year he was allowed to get behind the wheel in a free practice session before a GP. Chadwick won the first edition of the W Series, the women's racing series, two years ago. She then stayed just ahead of the Dutch Beitske Visser in the final score. Last year, the W Series was cancelled due to the corona ...