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Ivanisevic, Martinez Elected to the International Tennis HOF

Being inducted in the Hall of Fame is the highest honour for any tennis player in the world. It sums up the achievements of the player throughout his or her playing career.

Also, it recognizes the player’s transformative contributions to the sport of tennis. 

As of 2019, there are 257 Hall of Fame inductees from 26 countries. The Hall of Famers include John McEnroe, Kim Clijsters, Christ Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andre Agassi, and Martina Hingis.

Tennis Hall of Fame announced on January 28 that Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez are elected to the Class 2020 on July 18 at Newport, Rhode Island.

International Tennis Hall of Fame, Stan Smith, states, “Between their accomplishments on the court and the way they’ve represented themselves, their countries, and our sport, they are undoubtedly among the best of the best in tennis and are most deserving of tennis’ ultimate honour.”

2020 Hall of Fame inductee Goran Ivanisevic

A former world No. 2, Ivanisevic is the first Croatian to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. 

Ivanisevic is famous for his powerful and accurate left serves and volleys. Turned pro in 1988, he was an aggressive player who intimidates opponents through his forceful volleys.

His most iconic play happened when he played in Wimbledon as a wild card in 2001. Ivanisevic was No. 125 then but went on to defeat three other players who occupied the No. 1 ranking once in their career.

He proceeded to win the finals match against Patrick Rafter. 

Ivanisevic was a part of the Hopman Cup and Davis Cup-winning teams of 1996 and 2005, respectively. He retired in 2004.

He began coaching in 2013 with Marin Čilić. He is currently a part of Novak Djokovic’s coaching team.

Ivanisevic in stats

  • Won 22 ATP singles titles and 599 on-tour matches
  • Has nine doubles titles 
  • 2x Olympic medalist (singles bronze and doubles bronze, 1992)
  • Has six coachee singles

2020 Hall of Fame inductee Conchita Martinez

Martinez was ranked No. 2 in 1995. She also reached No. 7 in doubles rankings. She also turned pro in 1988.

Martinez is a right-handed baseliner. She is capable of changing spin, pace, rhythm, angle, depth, and height to destruct her rivals. 

She is known to reject the traditional handshake after each match.

Her Wimbledon singles win in 1994 is considered a classic. Martinez defeated Martina Navratilova, a nine-time champion then. 

She played in the Australian and French Opens singles finals match in 1998 and 2000, respective.

She was also a part of the Spanish team who won a total of Fed Cup titles throughout the 1990s. 

She retired in 2006.

Martinez currently coaches Garbiñe Muguruza, who is also former No. 1.

Martinez in stats

  • Won 33 singles WTA and three ITF titles 
  • Has 13 doubles titles 
  • Won four consecutive Internazionali BNL d’Italia titles (1993 to 1996)
  • 3x Olympic medalist (doubles silver (1992), doubles bronze (1996), and doubles silver (2004)

These are just two names, though. The full list of the Class 2020 inductees will be announced during the Australian Open Finals.

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Tennis Player Diet: What the Superstars Eat

Have you wondered what the tennis players eat?

They need to maintain their physical and mental health. And the stamina, agility, and drive they demonstrate on the court must be fueled by decidedly specific (or special) diet.

One that allows the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams to play at their peak levels throughout the year.

What are Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic’s diet?

Pasta is regarded as the best dish for any player—it’s a staple in their diet. Of course, how it is prepared differs.

Simona Halep, for instance, wants her pasta without any sauce. She just put olive oil and sprinkle it with parmesan cheese on occasions.

Stan Wawrinka loves his pasta with shrimp.

Federer’s diet: Pasta, chocolate, and cheese

Federer is a self-confessed pizza lover. But he munches on pasta before heading to a match. Pasta has been his go-to food before training or playing.

Federer believes that eating pasta is integral to his performance in court. He eats a plate of pasta with light sauce two hours before playing. He’s been doing this for 20 years.

Chocolate remains to be his favourite snacks, however. He eats chocolate-flavoured energy bars during a match, in addition to bananas.

At home, he’ll have waffles and fresh juice for breakfast before drinking his coffee.

Oddly enough, he follows through with a vinegar shot.

For dinner, he likes to eat spicy food. That could be Indian, Japanese or Italian food.

At times, he would have fonduta, a Swiss fondue made from milk, cheese, butter, and egg yolk. Federer also prefers food with raclette or heated cheese scraped onto his plate of pasta.

Nadal’s diet: Seafood, olive, and pasta

Nadal prefers seafood, especially fish and shrimp. His favourite is shrimp dumplings. He also loves olive and can eat it every day.

Nadal also eats pasta with shrimp and mushrooms.

He does not eat much before a match because it affects his play. But while playing, Nadal would eat bananas and quench his thirst with isotonic energy drinks.

True to his Spanish roots, he loves paella on his downtime. He also munches on cakes and chocolates in limited quantity.

Djokovic’s diet: Vegan pasta and fresh and dried fruits and vegetables

Djoko is well-known for his vegan, gluten-free diet. It’s not because of preference but due to gluten allergy.

He starts the day with a sweet, hearty breakfast composed of oat-based cereal mix with fruits and honey. Djokovic tries to incorporate glucose, fructose, and natural sweeteners from the fruits he eats.

If not fruits, he would combine green, leafy and fresh vegetables with his breakfast.

His lunch is a power bowl muesli (rolled oats) with dried cranberries, seeds (pumpkin or sunflower), sliced almonds, and golden raisins. He eats this with berries or sliced bananas or apples and almond milk.

Before a match, he would eat pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, yellow summer squash, zucchini, asparagus, garlic cloves and olive oil. Djokovic uses vegan cheese to top his pasta.

After a game, he eats a protein-rich meal. He prefers fish like seabass with mango and papaya salsa. Meat, fish, and eggs are his only protein sources, though.

His favourite snack has got to be blueberry almond butter smoothies.

With all that, in the tennis world, it’s not just about the proper diet, but also the players’ food routine.

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Serena Williams Wins The Auckland Classic After 3 Years Without Any Title

Serena Williams is the latest among the series of tennis superstars who give to the Australian bushfires relief effort. That’s after winning the Auckland Classic on Sunday, January 12.

She had a two-set (6-3, 6-4) victory against the unseeded Jessica Pegula. Pegula has one title under her name.

Williams donated €38,600 to the relief efforts. 

Heating up the Australian Open expectations

The Auckland Classic is Williams’ 73rd title from the WTA, and her first WTA title since 2017. The Auckland Classic title was also her first after becoming a mom to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Interestingly, Williams won the Australian Open in 2017 while pregnant with her.

What’s more interesting about these facts and records is: Williams won her first WTA title in 1999. She’s been playing tennis for four decades!

She turned pro in October 1995.

Her Auckland Classic win only proved that Williams is still on top of her game. She acknowledged her game is sharpening as she heads to Melbourne.

Hopes are high for Williams’ fans as expectations are raised for this year’s Australian Open.

If she wins the title, she would equal Margaret Court’s Grand Slam title records to 24.

Not to mention, Williams had won several Australian Open titles in both singles and doubles. She has seven singles titles and four doubles titles. She also appeared in the finals of the 1999 mixed doubles. 

Australia as her second home for 20 years

Seeing the devastation firsthand, Williams had been deeply affected by the ongoing bushfires in the South. 

“I’ve been playing in Australia for over 20 years, and it’s been really hard for me to watch all the news and everything that has been happening in Australia with all the fire,” Williams said.

She was already decided to give the money to the relief appeal even before the tournament started.

Other tennis players including Novak Djokovic, Rodger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Maria Sharapova, and Simona Halep have also shared their blessings, pledging personal donations. 

Some players followed through Kyrgios lead in dedicating their aces to the bushfire relief campaign.

The International Tennis Federation, Wimbledon, French Open, and ATP have donated €806,000.

Indeed, the international tennis community is doing everything it could to extend help to the home of the first Grand Slam tournament.

More updates on the Australian Open

Poor air quality in Melbourne is making practising difficult the ongoing bushfires have caused.

Qualifying rounds were also delayed for about an hour for the same reason.

At least six players were scheduled to play on Melbourne Park at 11 am on January 14. However, the Air Quality Index was at 229, which is categorised as “very unhealthy.”

According to its organisers, the conditions are continuously monitored. They expect improvements in the coming days.

Ongoing consultations with the representatives of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria, the Bureau of Meteorology, and medical teams are conducted.

The organisers said, “As always the health and safety of our players, our staff and our fans is our priority.”

The Australian Open is scheduled to start on January 20.

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