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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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ATP Finals hopefuls dealt injury blows

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 05:30 AM PDT

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic have been dealt blows in their bids to reach the end-of-season ATP Tour Finals in London, with the duo both being forced to retire during their first-round matches of the Valencia Open.
The two players currently occupy the final two qualifying places for the season-ending event at the O2 Arena, but there will now be doubts over whether either player would be fit enough to compete even if they do qualify.
Frenchman Tsonga was forced to call the trainer early in his opening round clash against Xavier Malisse when he sustained a back injury, making the decision to withdraw from his match at 3-1 down. Tipsarevic was 5-4 down to Gilles Simon when a shoulder problem forced him to retire in the first set.
Both players may have taken the decision to pull out of the tournament in Spain in order to save themselves for the Tour Finals, but there is still no guarantee that both players will have done enough to qualify.

Juan Martin Del Potro now climbs ahead of Tipsarevic in the rankings, with the Argentinean looking to make his first appearance at the end-of-season tournament since reaching the final in 2009, though most Betfair Tennis Tips think he will struggle to make an impact at the 02 Arena.
All this may become irrelevant should Rafael Nadal's on-going knee problems force him to pull out of the tournament in London. The Spaniard hasn't played since his second round defeat at Wimbledon, and there is a wide-held belief among Tennis match previews that the number four seed will write off 2012 and focus on ensuring he is fit enough to play at the Australian Open in January.

That would open up another place at the O2, which could see all three players reach the final tournament of the year.




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Ballon D’Oh: FIFA’s annual Who’s Who list

Posted: 30 Oct 2012 04:09 AM PDT

So, once again FIFA has drawn up its list of the 23 most famous footballers of the year, or the Ballon D'Or as they like to call it. At first glance it all seems rather straightforward. Lionel Messi? check. Cristiano Ronaldo? Check. Nearly half the players from Madrid or Barcelona? Check. Mario Balotelli? Che… Hang [...]

Boca Juniors fans assault River Plate steward

Posted: 30 Oct 2012 01:39 AM PDT

This weekend the Premier League were shocked by footage that a Chelsea steward appeared to receive injuries after a confrontation with a supporter but, as ever, in South America things were taken a little bit further. The Superclasico took place on Sunday evening, with River Plate facing Boca Juniors at the Monumental Stadium. There are [...]

Portuguese woman scores amazing futsal goal

Posted: 30 Oct 2012 01:27 AM PDT

The last few clips brought to you from the women’s game recently have focused on woeful challenges and knees to the head, so happy to show you a wonderful goal from the weekend. Benfica’s women’s futsal team destroyed their opponents Santa Maria, and the best goal of the game came from star Rita Martins, who [...]

Five players you’d forgotten were still in the Premier League

Posted: 30 Oct 2012 01:15 AM PDT

Florent Malouda In the last year, Chelsea have begun something of an evolution, moving on players such as Salomon Kalou, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Jose Bosingwa and Raul Meireles. Quite how Florent Malouda failed to be part of this exodus is beyond me, but Malouda has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge to such [...]

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #43 Egil Ostenstad

Posted: 30 Oct 2012 01:08 AM PDT

Name: Egil Ostenstad In his 90s prime for: Southampton, Blackburn Lowdown: Ostenstad began his career with Viking Stavanger, where he became an instant favourite of the fans by helping them to league title in 1991, and scored 88 goals in six seasons at the club. Graeme Souness signed the striker for £800,000 for Southampton, and [...]

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