(Current Affairs) Sports | July - 2016


Novak Djokovic completes career slam

  • Novak Djokovic lauded French Open final victory over Andy Murray as ‘the biggest moment’ of his career.
  • Murray suffered an eighth Major final defeat in 10 appearances, five of which have been inflicted by Djokovic, but the Briton was quick to lavish praise on his opponent.
  • In all, eight men have completed the career Grand Slam but even Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Roy Emerson and Fred Perry were unable to claim all four at the same time.

Greatest boxer Muhammad Ali passes away

  • Muhammad Ali — who died on Friday in Arizona at age 74 — was one of the iconic sporting heroes of the 20th century, the three-time heavyweight champion of the world who said he could “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
  • Ali, who came of age amid the turmoil of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, dazzled the boxing world as a youngster with his speed, never before seen in his weight class.
  • He also rattled the established order with an equally quick wit and colourful personality that lifted him into the realm of super-stardom and ushered in the age of globally televised multi-million-dollar fights.
  • The legendary fighter spent his last years ravaged by Parkinson’s disease but never retreated from public view. Instead he added a crusade against the illness to the list of battles of his extraordinary life.

Paes-Hingis won French Open

  • Leander Paes achieved his ‘career Slam’ in mixed doubles, winning the Roland Garros title with Martina Hingis , with a hard-fought win over Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig.
  • The unseeded Indo-Swiss pair eked out a 4-6, 6-4, [10-8] win over the second seeds in the summit clash that lasted one hour and 28 minutes.
  • Having won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open titles in 2015 with Hingis, this win completes their ‘career Slam’ as a pair too.
  • It was Paes’s 18th Grand Slam title overall, and 10th in the mixed doubles while Hingis took her tally of Major titles to 22, with her fifth mixed doubles trophy.
  • After dropping the first set, Hingis and Paes roared back into the match by winning the second.
  • In the match tie-break, they squandered an 8-6 lead but Hingis hit a backhand cross court winner to set up match-point, and the title was sealed when Dodig drove one into the net at 8-9.

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