Indonesia goalkeeper dies after mid-game collision

first_imgLATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nugroho said Huda suffered possible neck and head trauma from the impact to his chest and lower jaw after he dived at the feet of on-rushing players and was caught by the legs of Rodrigues.Persela paid tribute to Huda, who played for the team more than 500 times since 1999, calling him “The Real Legend” of the club in a posting on Twitter.Thousands of fans also took to social media in memory of Huda, who had been known to Persela supporters as “One Man, One Club, One Love”.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Indonesian football was in mourning on Monday after celebrated goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a team-mate.Huda, 38, a long-time regular for his hometown club Persela in East Java, collapsed just before half-time after Sunday’s accidental clash with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next Warriors look to cement a spot among immortal champions Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Video footage showed the father of two clutching his chest in pain before he was rushed away on a stretcher and taken to hospital. Doctors said he stopped breathing and suffered a heart attack.“He received an emergency treatment for a few minutes in the hospital but he could not be saved. He died before 5:00 pm yesterday,” Persela’s assistant coach Yuhronur Efendi told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDoctors said the medical team tried to revive the veteran Huda, a former fringe player in the national set-up, for about an hour.“Choirul Huda suffered from traumatic collision with a team-mate which caused him to stop breathing and have cardiac arrest,” Yudistiro Andri Nugroho, a doctor from Lamongan hospital, said in a statement. View commentslast_img read more

Austria mum on reported SMB-Kia trade

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa World Series patches in place, Dodgers prepare for Astros Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Prospective number one pick Christian Standhardinger did not attend the combine due to his commitments with his ABL team Hong Kong.The Fil-German big man, though, posted on his Twitter account that he will be in attendance for the PBA Draft. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion San Miguel coach Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria kept his lips sealed on the reported trade involving his team and Kia.Sources told INQUIRER.net on Sunday that the Picanto have traded the rights to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft to the Beermen in exchange for JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, Keith Agovida, a future first rounder, and cash considerations.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: Kia trades top pick to San MiguelA revised version of the deal also surfaced with the Beermen sending Ronald Tubid, Yancy de Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, McCarthy, a future pick, and cash considerations to the Picanto for the top selection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe trade has reportedly been submitted but the Office of the Commissioner has yet to give its approval.Austria carefully watched PBA aspirants during the Draft Combine despite San Miguel not owning any pick in this year’s draft. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Arellano sweeps San Beda for 3rd NCAA title in 4 years

first_imgRead Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Batangas-EAC stuns JRU for breakthrough win NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img “I’m so happy because our [volleyball] program is really flourishing. When I started, we were seventh place,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier. “We just really wanted to win,” said Arocha, who finished with 15 points and 12 digs, in Filipino. “I believed in myself and I also got motivation from my teammates.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe game was in stark contrast to the finals opener on Friday where Arellano needed five sets to hold off a game San Beda side.Arellano raced to an 8-0 start in the third set before widening the gap to 14-2 as the Lady Chiefs never looked back while the Lady Red Spikers looked resigned. “We felt like they gave the game to us and just gave up in the third set. When we scored the first five points of the third set we already felt that the title is going to be ours,” Arocha admitted.But the pivotal stretch of the duel came in the second set when Arellano rallied and saved four set points with Arocha scoring three of her team’s last four points, including back-to-back hits for a 2-0 set lead.Jovielyn Prado, who was the Finals MVP last season, also had 15 points while Andrea Marzan and Mary Anne Esguerra scored eight and seven points, respectively in their final NCAA game.Cesca Raqraquin led San Beda, which had nothing to be ashamed of after making its first-ever appearance in the championship round, with 13 points.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University retained its title after sweeping San Beda, 25-13, 29-27, 25-15, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball Finals Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Regine Arocha, who was deservingly named Finals MVP, led a dominating performance by the Lady Chiefs, who won their third championship in the last four years.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Thunder center Kanter’s father released from custody in Turkey

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Enes Kanter, the Oklahoma City Thunder player, is a vocal supporter of Gulen, who the Turkish government blames for a failed military coup last summer. Mehmet Kanter had disowned his son for his open support of Gulen.Enes was detained in Romania on May 20 because his Turkish passport was cancelled. He said he was able to return to the United States after American officials intervened.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Turkish NBA Player Enes Kanter speaks to media during a news conference about his detention at a Romanian airport on May 22, 2017 in New York City. Kanter returned to the U.S. after being detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. AFPANKARA, Turkey — Media reports say the father of NBA basketball player Enes Kanter has been released from police custody in Turkey, where he was detained as part of an investigation into alleged links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.The private Dogan news agency said university professor Mehmet Kanter was released Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) after five days in custody on condition that he regularly report to a police station.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Big comeback puts Halep in French Open semi against Pliskova Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

WATCH: Tennis fan yelling advice gets invite to play, puts on Kim Clijster’s skirt

first_imgDuterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang PLAY LIST 00:51Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Tennis fan Chris Quinn yelled from the stands that she should try a body serve, which is when the ball is served toward’s the opponent’s body. Quinn is the captain of a tennis club in his home country of Ireland.An incredulous Clijsters then called him down to try it out, to the roaring laughter and applause of the crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSpanish tennis star Conchita Martinez handed him her racket so he could play. But Quinn, who was garbed in a Green Lantern shirt and blue shorts, still had to abide by Wimbledon regulations which stipulate that players must be in all-white attires.Clijsters grabbed a spare white skirt in her bag and put it on Quinn even if he initially hesitated. The skirt was a perfect fit. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant For his bravery, the daring fan got to keep the former number-one-ranked player’s skirt. He said on Twitter that he would be auctioning it off and proceeds will go to charity. JBRELATED STORIES:Federer wins record 8th Wimbledon as Cilic bid ends in tearsNeymar fan caught in laundry room of Olympic team hotelIs Muguruza heir to Williams sisters?Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Image: Youtube/WimbledonBelgian former tennis pro Kim Clijsters put meaning to the phrase “show, don’t tell” when she invited a fan down to play in Wimbledon’s invitation doubles.Given that the invitation doubles is one of the more laid-back parts of the tournament, the four-time Grand Slam champion asked the audience for advice on how to serve.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Standhardinger: Playing in the PBA is an option Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ After he changed into an athletic white shirt, Clijsters offered an expert serve to him—to which the Irishman was able to return. Though it was a high volley, the ball went over the net.Watch the video here:Clijsters and Quinn were friendly afterwards and even exchanged tweets. Quinn said his three daughters were huge fans of the Belgian tennis legend:You were awesome! Nice meeting you Chris ! :-)— Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim) July 15, 2017ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

D-League: CEU ‘ready’ for must-win game vs Racal

first_imgCEU coach Yong Garcia. PBA IMAGESContenders for the past few conferences in the PBA D-League, Centro Escolar University has suddenly found itself on a precarious position, with its fate hanging in the balance on the final day of the 2017 Foundation Cup eliminations.But for coach Yong Garcia, he’s just glad that the Scorpions have their luck on their hands.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet That scenario might be in play again if the Scorpions succumb to the also-ran Racal. The loss will put them on level with the Couriers at 5-5, but Wangs, thanks to its slim 88-87 win over CEU last May 30, will be the one to earn the final quarterfinal spot due to the win-over-the-other rule.Garcia is well aware of his team’s situation. That’s why the youthful coach has optimized the week-long break since the Scorpions absorbed the 96-89 loss to Cignal HD and prepared for this must-win tiff.“The team has been preparing and training hard for the game. I always remind the boys to give their best, play hard, focus, and execute. That’s the only way we’ll advance to the quarterfinals. We know we’ll be ready,” he said.CEU will lean on Congolese big man Rod Ebondo, Aaron Jeruta, and JK Casiño in hopes of advancing to the playoffs. JEADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “It’s a do-or-die game for us, so we know the stakes of the game,” he said in Filipino.Sitting idle at 5-4, CEU will play its final elimination game against Racal Motors on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsA win can propel the Scorpions to as high as the fourth-seed, armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals granting if Batangas loses to Flying V in the second game.However, a defeat will allow Wangs Basketball to take the final ticket to the playoffs, leaving CEU out of the playoffs for the first time since the 2014 Aspirants’ Cup, when it lost the seat to Blackwater due to having an inferior quotient.center_img MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments Uyloan to Cignal, Celiz to Batangas as D-League teams beef uplast_img read more

Gilas main backer apologizes for max-salary offer for full-time Gilas players

first_imgNational Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “I want to clarify Chooks-to-Go is really committed to support the campaign of Gilas Pilipinas all the way to the Olympics in whatever way we can. So my announcement that we’re willing to support a full-time national team, even regarding compensation, there was no intention to put PBA on a bad light,” he said after finishing a meeting with PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa earlier in the day.READ: Chooks To Go willing to offer ‘max salary’ to full-time Gilas playersFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMascariñas reiterated that his statements were not meant to offend the PBA teams.“I told the commissioner that I got too overeager to say that we will match the maximum salaries in the PBA. Other owners felt that we’re raiding them of their players and that’s why I’m apologizing,” he said. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “I’m sorry if it came as we’re bragging. We consider ourselves a small fish in this big pond of basketball. We’re new, we know better, and we’re here to support the PBA and SBP.”Narvasa, meanwhile, understood where Mascariñas’ eagerness was coming from and he was glad that the Chooks-To-Go executive was able clear things up.“I think it was done in a sincere effort to be able to show support for the Gilas team,” said the league commissioner.“You have to understand that it’s a sensitive issue and an issue that we’re trying to work out. Comments like that, whether it’s meant to help, are sometimes taken out of context, so it’s always good that you clear it.”Though regretful for apparently hurting some feelings, Mascariñas said that his offer for Gilas Pilipinas is still on the table if the SBP and the PBA decides to give them the green light. ADVERTISEMENT “If they need our support for a full-time national team, if the PBA and SBP allows, we’re there. We just want to do it properly this time, that we’re not stepping on anyone. The end objective is we’re still hoping that we can form a competitive national team, and the possibility that it could be full time will always be there. We will continue to support that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Ronald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. Photo by Mark GiongcoBounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas apologized to the PBA on Thursday after various parties reportedly felt slighted by his earlier pronouncements of willingness to pay Gilas Pilipinas players maximum salaries to go full-time for the national team.Speaking after Gilas Pilipinas’ evening practice at Meralco Gym, the executive expressed regret over the misunderstanding that stemmed from his bold declaration, clarifying that his statements are simply reflective on how devoted the Chooks-to-Go brand is on aiding the national basketball team.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ailing knee knocks defending champ Wawrinka out of US Open  MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

India vs England: Massive task ahead for India post Cook’s double ton

first_imgAlastair Cook scored his career-best 294 propelling England to a gigantic 710/7 declared in their first easy against India in the third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Friday. Score | PhotosAt stumps, India were 35/1 with Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid at crease. Virender Sehwag, once again failed to provide the visitors with the required impetus as an opener. In the first innings, he had fallen on the first ball; this time round he walked back on the second to the lethal combo of paceman James Anderson and skipper Andrew Strauss.Alastair Cook’s 294 is more than India’s score in the last five innings in the Ind vs Eng series.Hosts England started their third day’s campaign with lead of 232 runs and seven wickets in hand. By the end of it they had three in hand the lead had swelled to a massive 486 – thanks the gargantuan innings by Cook. His 294 went down the history as the highest by a English batsman on the Edgbaston pitch.On Thursday the Day 2 of the Test, an unbeaten century by Alastair Cook had helped the hosts wipe out India’s first innings lead of 224 runs with ease.On Friday, even as Cook was 12 runs short of his maiden double ton, his efforts hit a road block when rain stopped play. Undaunted, he came back post the brief delay and went on to hit his second double hundred in Tests.His 200-run innings spanning across two days saw him play 379 balls and hit 27 fours. Cook’s patience can be gauged from the fact that he did not hit a single six in his long innings.advertisementHe could have asked for a better comeback to form after his poor showing during the first two Test at Lord’s and Trent Bridge.The milestone having been achieved Cook went ahead to beat his highest Test score – 235, which his scored during the Ashes in November last year.Riding on Cook’s impressive double, England were sitting pretty on 503/3 at lunch – lead of 279 runs at the stage. At the other end Eoin Morgan was going easy on 66 not out.The second session didn’t bring any cheer for the visitors as Cook and Morgan kept the scorecard ticking in front of a clueless India attack. Soon Cook surpassed his career-best total of 235, but his thirst for runs remained.And even as Cook added more to his double, Eoin Morgan completed his century in style.No sooner had Morgan scored his second Test hundred of his career that Suresh Raina got the first wicket for India on the day. A top edge off Morgan’s bat got carried to Sehwag at covers and England’s fourth wicket stand of 222 runs came to an end. Morgan’s 104 was decorated with 11 boundaries.There was some more cheer for India on a day that was dominated by England batsmen and listless India bowling. Leggie Amit Mishra trapped Ravi Bopara leg-before and he was seen walking back on 7 when the England score read 605/4.Cook was still in the middle and went on to cross the 250-run mark at ease and this time he had wicketkeeper Matt Prior by his side.Mishra then came around to get rid of Matt Prior cheaply, but the big-scorer Cook was still firm. England lost their sixth wicket on 613. At tea, England were 646/6 with Cook and Tim Bresnan in the middle.The third session wasn’t any different to begin with as Cook – the pivot around which the England’s batting revolved, continued with his array of strokes, but not a single taking the aerial route.However, deep into the third session, Cook’s innings came to close. And it was Ishant, who got the prized wicket.The lanky paceman bowled it wide and Cook went for the ball but didn’t quite connect and ended up lobbing the ball in the deep, where Raina took a smart catch to finish the batsman’s innings on 294. That was the juncture England announced their declaration – at 710/7, with a massive lead of 486.last_img read more

Leander clears the air, will play the Olympics for ‘fans and country’

first_imgAll set to play his sixth Olympics, Indian tennis star Leander Paes has been preparing hard for it in the United States. He believes that making it to the finals of the Wimbledon mixed doubles would help his quest for a medal in the forthcoming London Games.Olympics’ tennis matches would be held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, where Paes and his Wimbledon mixed doubles partner Elena Vesnina finished runners-up earlier this month. The nine-time doubles Grand Slam winner said his deep run at Wimbledon might help him.”You know playing at Wimbledon this year was definitely a great practice and training for the Olympics. Wimbledon is a huge Grand Slam event. So going out there to try and win it. I came up one step short in the mixed doubles. But it was a great outing. It was awesome to be in the finals and playing on that last day. Got a lot of practice on the grass and did well in the doubles and mixed especially. Looking forward to the Olympics. I won the mixed doubles at the Wimbledon,” Paes said in an interview.The 39-year-old, who would team up with Sania Mirza in mixed doubles and Vishnu Vardhan in men’s doubles, refused to talk about the controversy surrounding Indias doubles pairing and preferred to talk about positive things.”You know it’s a great honour to play for my fans, play for my people?that have supported me for 25 years. And going for my sixth Olympics is something that I have never ever dreamt of as a young kid. I didn’t expect to be still playing at such a high level after 26 years of being on the tour,” the former Olympic bronze medallist said.advertisementPaes, who is currently playing for the Washington Kastles in the US World Team Tennis league, said he finds playing competitive tennis in warm conditions a better way to prepare for the mega event than practising in the wet London weather.”Most people believe that to go into practice in between Wimbledon and the Olympics is the right thing to do. But I personally believe, with the weather being bad in London and not getting that much practice on the grass there because the grass gets so slippery and wet once it rains. It is much better to hone ones skills in matches. Especially, this team tennis format is amazing. It puts pressure-like situations every game and when you come out to play every night, it keeps you afresh and really in match practice. So I am happy,” he elaborated.”For me, it’s a lifestyle. Tennis and achieving excellence is all about a lifestyle. I am very blessed with my family who look after me really well, and my coaches, my trainers, my physios. They look after me great. So when I go into the tennis court to play, I actually am celebrating all the people that have helped me over the years achieve excellence,” Paes said attributing his longevity to his lifestyle.Talking about handling pressure at an even like Olympics, he said, “Pressure is something that we have to handle as professional athletes. That’s something that doesn’t faze me at all. What’s really fun is to actually keep improving every day. Every time I step on to the tennis court, I look to improve. Every day that I wake up in the morning, I look to improve. Whether it’s as a tennis player or as a person, you want to keep getting better and sharpening the skills that I have, so that I can keep producing the kind of tennis that I have produced over the last 20 years.”last_img read more