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  1. Novak Djokovic and the legendary Achilles

    The greatest mythological hero of the ancient Greeks was Achilles, the greatest warrior in the Greek army and the son of the great King Peleus (himself not too shabby when it came to matters of the sword) and the sea nymph Thetis. Achilles was the handsomest, bravest and most skilled of all Greek warriors, attributes enhanced by the tiny detail that his mother dipped him in the River Styx, which made him invulnerable except for that infamous heel (one thing about Greek mythology, it makes no sense. ...
  2. ATP 2015 in numbers

    All the figures below are based on main draws of ATP tour only challengers and lower tier events are not included. Qualification matches also not included.

    All the data below is based on 66 ATP tournaments + Davis Cup. Total matches taken into account 2717

    Ranking is based on the following point values:

    Category______T____RU___SF
    Grand_Slam___1000__600__360
    YEC___________750__500__300
    1000_Series___500__300__180
    500_Series____250__150___90 ...

    Updated 12-02-2015 at 04:02 AM by mick1303

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  3. On worrying

    The routine is well established by now: wake up and power up the laptop, read some news and catch up with sports scores (one never really grows up). But then the inevitable has to be done: check the mail and see if some miracle has happened.
    In order to make it softer, I check the family and friends mail first. A few years ago I decided that the mail account I had, opened at the very beginning of the internet boom, had a rather silly and infantile ring to it. It was perhaps costing me some ...
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  4. The Summer of Nick Kyrgios

    The summer, North American portion of the ATP tour really started with the playing of the Rogers Cup in Canada. Although a few smaller tournaments are played prior to this Masters 1000, the Rogers cup brings out of their short Post Wimbledon sabbatical the top names. Montreal saw the return of Novak Djokovic to action, and the return of Rafa Nadal to hard courts. At Cincinnati, Roger Federer joined the tour once more and it all ended, in splendorous fashion, with Djokovic winning the U.S. Open. ...
  5. Palmyra, a memory

    During the winter of 2006-2007, I hit the labor trifecta and was stationed in Syria, at the time a peaceful country where a savage ruler made sure nothing out of the ordinary would happen. Praising a dictator is not in my blood but in those days Syria was, for those not interested in politics, a better place to be than most other Arab destinations. Damascus, the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world (Syrians claimed) was a beautiful place where to get lost on an afternoon, walking up ...

    Updated 06-29-2015 at 03:13 PM by ponchi101

    Tags: isis, islam, palmyra, syria
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