Rafael Nadal to participate in Tie Break Tens to prepare for Australian Open

first_imgWorld No. 1 Rafael Nadal will play an exhibition event in Melbourne Park to get some much needed match practice ahead of the Australian Open.The Spaniard has not played since he withdrew from the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London in November with a knee injury.The 31-year-old has already withdrawn from an exhibition tournaments in Abu Dhabi, Sydney and also from this week’s Brisbane International, citing lack of time to properly prepare.Therefore, he decided to take part in the winner-takes all Tie Break Tens event at Melbourne Park on January 10, five days before the Australian Open begins.”Tie Break Tens is a great concept and we will see and play some exciting matches,” Nadal said in a statement.”The field is fantastic and I expect some tough competition which will be great for the Aussie fans.”The eight-man field includes Novak Djokovic, three-time grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, and former world number one Lleyton Hewitt.Each match is comprised solely of super tie breaks to 10 points. The knockout tournament provides a winner take-all purse of $250,000.”It really will be an intriguing contest,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.”These guys are all coming in at different stages of their preparation, but once their competitive instincts kick in, which will be almost instant in this format, there will be some absorbing contests.”Remember, there is not much room for error. You lose the tie break and you are out.” (With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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LOST NEIL YOUNG AND JONI MITCHELL CONCERT RECORDINGS UNCOVERED BY ARCHIVISTS

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Each was recorded in professional audio quality on seven-inch reel-to-reel tapes. They’re now being shopped to record labels for an official release, organizers say.Other tapes found in the collection include performances by Tim Buckley, Doc Watson and Odetta. Login/Register With: Archivists have known about the elusive recordings of Young and Mitchell for years.The tapes were first rediscovered six years ago in the possession of a private collector, but then disappeared and were deemed lost for good before turning up again a few weeks ago, said president Alan Glenn in a statement.Officials from the historical project say Canterbury House concerts were usually held on Friday and Saturday nights from 1965 to 1971. Most of the shows were recorded, they say, but the “loose atmosphere of the day” made it difficult to monitor the whereabouts of tapes.Other musicians who played the space and whose tapes haven’t been found include Gordon Lightfoot, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Tom Rush, Buddy Guy and Doc Boggs. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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