Wimbledon 2019: American Reilly Opelka upsets Stan Wawrinka

first_imgAnd after Opelka held his nerve on serve to edge into a 7-6 lead, the 21-year-old made the most of three match points when Wawrinka sent a weak forehand into the net.Wawrinka joins the likes of Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and French Open finalist Dominic Thiem in slumping out in the opening rounds.Opelka, meanwhile, will face Robin Haase or Milos Raonic in his next match. But Opelka rallied to clinch a 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 victory in three hours and 13 minutes.Marathon [email protected] reaches the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time on his #Wimbledon debut after an epic five-set duel against Stan Wawrinka#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/hiByieuxBd— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2019World No. 19 Wawrinka started Wednesday’s encounter on No. 2 Court in sluggish fashion, with the American breaking serve in the 11th game. Related News Wimbledon 2019: Andy Murray relishes Serena Williams doubles pairing Stan Wawrinka became the latest big name to suffer an early exit from Wimbledon as he went down to U.S. up-and-comer Reilly Opelka in the second round Wednesday.Wawrinka, who has never won Wimbledon and has now failed to reach the third round for four straight years, looked on course for a routine win after fighting back from losing the first set.center_img Wimbledon 2019: Sam Querrey wipes out No. 5 seed Dominic Thiem Opelka could not keep up his form in the next two sets, however, but the 2015 Wimbledon boys’ champion broke the Swiss star — seeded at 22 — again to force a fifth set.last_img read more

Cadet force demonstrates its relevance

first_imgThe Culture, Health, Arts, Sport and Education Fund (CHASE) will announce the date for the staging of the 11th annual prestigious Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence at the opening of the nominations media event to be held today at the Cuddyz Sports Bar and Restaurant in New Kingston.The award has been gaining much traction over its 10-year lifespan, with an increased number of Jamaicans anxious to nominate an athlete who, in their eyes, has added to the phenomenal legacy that has been built by former athletes and Olympians as early at the 1940s.The impressive list of decorated athletes who have been honoured with the celebrated Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence are James ‘Jimmy’ Adams, cricketer (2005); Deon Hemmings McCatty (2006), track and field (hurdles); Elaine Lamour Davis (2007), netball; Nehemiah Perry, (2008), cricket; Brigitte Foster-Hylton (2009), track and field (hurdles); Aleen Bailey (2011), track and field; Dr. Neil Gardner (2011), cricket; Veronica Campbell-Brown (2012), track and field; Wavell Wayne Hinds (2013) cricket; and Michael Frater (2014), track and field.The Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence carries an attractive cash award of J$500,000 and a crystal trophy emblazoned with the name of the winner.Student of Excellence awardIn its continued quest to celebrate excellence in sports, the selection committee has also placed its focus on the achievements of upcoming male and female athletes at the secondary education level and will again recognise them at this year’s award ceremony.The first awards were presented in 2013. Winners are presented with a cash award of $250,000 and trophies.Natalie Neita Headley, minister with responsibility for sports, is expected to declare nominations open today.Much thought was put into the establishment of this award when former prime minister, PJ Patterson, made the announcement in 2003 and placed it into the hands of CHASE to administer and select persons to be honoured in the name of Jamaican Ambassador at Large Courtney Andrew Walsh, OJ.last_img read more

Special in every way

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games came to a spectacular close in Athens on Tuesday night marking the end of the sporting event. 7,500 athletes from 185 countries, including 130 Australian athletes, celebrated the closing at the historic Panathenaic Stadium, the home of the modern Olympics, with a massive celebration of achievement as athletes let their hair down after ten days of competition and global friendship. In a time of political unrest for Greece, Special Olympics Chairman and CEO, Tim Shriver sent this message to the people of Greece: “You did an amazing job. The athletes had a great time. I can truly say that Greece has outdone itself. From this time on, millions of people worldwide have found out the meaning of Special Olympics. My mother would be very proud if she were here.” The Australian team will bring home 115 gold medals. Among them, Greek Australian athlete Daniel Tsatsaronis, as part of the bowling team, won gold.last_img read more