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Nadal writes off Aussie Open ‘winning hopes’

Nadal writes off Aussie Open ‘winning hopes’Sydney, Dec. 5 : Tennis ace Rafael Nadal has said he has no expectation of winning next month''s Australian Open as he battles an injury and attempts to keep his comeback to the game as low key as possible

The 26-year-old had to drop out of competition because of chronic knee injuries after losing in the Wimbledon second round on June 28, and has not played in a tournament since.

The 11-time major winner gave few specifics and was far from sure about the state of his performance at the opening grand slam of the year, which begins on January 14, News. com. au reports.

"I''d like to return in January, but I''m not expecting to win the Open. In the first events back, I won''t worry about the results," he said.

According to the report, Nadal did not mention reports that he is signed for the rich Abu Dhabi exhibition from December 27, which would - if he plays - be his first match in six months.

Nadal said that if he drops to even 15th in the rankings, that would not be a worry, the report said.

He did hint at a goal, though, saying he wanted to be fit by the time he plays in Monte Carlo on his beloved clay, the event that starts the run-up to Roland Garros, which he won for a record seventh time in June, it added. (ANI)


Premier League set to introduce famous WC 'vanishing spray' next season

Richard ScudamoreLondon, July 31 - Premier League is set to add the Vanishing spray in the next season, after its success at the 2014 World Cup.

The spray was used to draw bordering lines for free-kicks, corner-kicks and defensive walls.  Read more »

Everton signs Romelu Lukaku for record breaking 28m pounds

Romelu LukakuLondon, July 31 - English football club Everton has signed Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku in a record breaking 28 million pound deal.

The club is aiming to challenge its city rival Liverpool with this transfer.  Read more »

Greame Smith praises team for regaining top spot in Test

Graeme SmithJohannesburg, July 31 - South Africa's former captain Graeme Smith has praised the team for regaining the top spot in the ICC Test ranking.  Read more »

It will be tough for us on day five: Shikhar Dhawan

shikhar dhawanSouthampton: Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has admitted that his team is in a tough position in the third Test against England and will find it difficult to save the match on the final day Thursday.  Read more »

F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone attempts to settle bribery trial

Bernie-EcclestoneLondon, July 30 : Lawyers of the Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone said that the F1 boss was ready to pay 25 million euros to a German bank to resolve the bribery case against him.  Read more »

Hamilton denies employing 'mind games' against Rosberg in race for F1 title

Lewis-HamiltonLondon, July 18 : Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that he is not trying to employ mind games against his teammate Nico Rosberg as both battle for the Formula One championship.  Read more »