Naval Singh — it primarily helped him earn the Dronacharya Award. Naval said that he had been guiding Deepa for long. STATE AWARD Also, in an affidavit to the Haryana sports department, Deepa stated that her coach was Girraj Singh, who was mainly responsible for guiding her to a podium finish at Rio Paralympics. TENNIS BAG LONDON: Milos Raonic’s Wimbledon preparations suffered a major setback on Tuesday as the world number six crashed to a shock Queen’s Club first-round defeat against Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis.
REUTERSRaonic lost 76 (7/5), 76 (10/8) to Thanasi Kokkinakis.Raonic came agonisingly close to a golden summer on grass last year when he reached the Queen’s and Wimbledon finals, only to lose to Andy Murray on both occasions.
But the Canadian’s hopes of warming up for Wimbledon with another strong showing at Queen’s were wrecked by Kokkinakis’s stunning 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (10/8) triumph on a baking hot afternoon in west London.
Kokkinakis needed a wild card from the tournament organisers to make the Queen’s main draw after his ranking plunged to 698 following an abdominal strain that sidelined him for 18 weeks. WIN FOR KVITOVA BIRMINGHAM: Two-times Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova got her grass season off to a positive start with a 6-2 6-3 win over compatriot Tereza Smitkova at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England on Tuesday.
Kvitova, Wimbledon winner in 2011 and 2014, is on the comeback trail after a lengthy absence following a knife attack at her home in the Czech Republic in December.
The 27-year-old’s only appearance this year was at the French Open where she lost in the second round but she is hoping to hit form before Wimbledon in July.
Kvitova took one hour and 23 minutes to beat 22-year-old Smitkova, who is ranked 167th in the world. The Czech will face Britain’s Naomi Brody in the next round after she beat France’s Alize Cornet. MURRAY’S NEW OPPONENT LONDON: Top seed and world number one Andy Murray will have a new opponent for the opening match of his title defence at the Aegon Championships on Tuesday after fellow Briton Aljaz Bedene withdrew from the Queen’s Club event with a wrist injury.
Lucky loser Jordan Thompson of Australia will replace him in the third match on centre court.
Girraj Singh is the secretary of the state body’s paralympic committee and an employee of the state education department. He got a cash award of ~10 lakh. On forwarding the name of Girraj for the state award, Deepa said, “He (Girraj) was instrumental in mentoring me, so I named him for the state award.” When HT contacted Girraj, his response was evasive. “If an athlete wants that
Thompson, 23, who is ranked 90th in the world, reached the final of the Surbiton challenger event last week. He and Murray have never previously met. TIRIAC WON’T AWARD MORE TROPHIES BUCHAREST: Madrid Open organizer and former tennis player Ion Tiriac said Tuesday he won’t award any more trophies at his tournament because he is upset by the way his friend Ilie Nastase has been treated.
In an open letter to WTA CEO Steve Simon, Tiriac said he has decided not to hand out gold, diamond and solid silver replicas to winners of the women’s event following “aggressive public commentaries” by the WTA.
Romanian player Simona Halep won the Madrid Open in May. Nastase was photographed next to her.Simon called Nastase’s presence “irresponsible and unacceptable.”
The 70-year-old Nastase has been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation following his comments about Serena Williams’ unborn baby and for foul-mouthed outbursts during a Fed Cup match between Romania and Britain in April. The ITF is investigating the incident. I should get the cash award, there shouldn’t be any problem,” he said.
Who deserves the credentials? There are glaring instances where top athletes exploited the policy to recommend names of close associated and family members for cash award. Besides Deepa, there was also controversy regarding Sakshi Malik’s coach. The Rio bronze medallist had named Mandeep Singh, while chief national women’s coach Kuldeep Malik’s name also figured in the list. Malik said he received only ~7.5 lakh instead of ~12.5 lakh from the ministry.
Malik said he doesn’t want to get dragged into the controversy any more. “It looks a bit silly to pursue the case as focus is to prepare the national team for the world championship in August. The camp has started and almost all the wrestlers have joined,” he said. INDIA VS CANADA IN DAVIS CUP NEW DELHI: India will face Canada in their Davis Cup World Group playoff tie at Edmonton from September 15-17, it was announced on Tuesday.
India, under nonplaying captain Mahesh Bhupati, had defeated Uzbekistan 4-1 in Bangalore . They will aim to return to the World Group in 2018. Canada got the right to host the tie following a draw of lots as the higher-ranked team.
“The play-off tie will be held at the Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Alberta from Sept 15 to 17,” the All India Tennis Association (AITA) said in a statement.