Laureus fund-raisers get Olympic inspiration from Steve Redgrave ahead of Oxford Half Marathon‏

untitled1 Laureus fund raisers get Olympic inspiration from Steve Redgrave ahead of Oxford Half Marathon‏ TeamSportforGood enjoys exclusive workout from five-time Olympic champion at track where Roger Bannister broke four minute mile
•‘I am happy to help these amazing people who have put others before themselves by taking up this challenge’ – says Sir Steve Redgrave
•Runners will raise funds for Laureus Sport for Good Foundation
•To sign up for Vitality Oxford Half Marathon, go to
•Pictures of Steve Redgrave’s training day at

OXFORD, September 14, 2014 – It was a day to remember for a team of Laureus fund-raisers as they were put through their paces by Olympic legend and Laureus World Sports Academy Member Sir Steve Redgrave ahead of next month’s Vitality Oxford Half Marathon.

To add to the excitement of the occasion, the training session took place at one of the most historic sites in British sport – the Oxford University running track at Iffley Road, where Roger Bannister became the first man to run the mile in less than four minutes in May 1954.

Sir Steve, who won five rowing gold medals in consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000, said: “This is a very special place and it is totally appropriate that we are all here today. We all believe that sport can play a massive part in reaching out to young people who are facing difficult social problems and I told each of the Laureus runners I met what an important thing it is that they are doing.

“Running isn’t my sport, but the mental approach for a long run is very important so I hope I have been able to pass on a few tips. Certainly I applaud each and everyone one of them for supporting the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. I’m happy to help people taking on a challenge, getting fitter and making a difference to children’s lives.”

Pete Ruddy, an estate agent running his first half marathon said: “I’ve learned a lot from Steve Redgrave and picked up some great tips especially for a novice runner like me. It’s great to get the experience of #TeamSportforGood and also to see what Laureus does around the world and how they benefit other people, it’s fantastic. I’ve learned so much today and it has been personally very beneficial and hopefully can help raise money for the charity.”

And Emma Pomfret, a new addition to the #TeamSportforGood a writer from London said: “I found the training today exceptionally good. There was a lot of constructive information and I liked the talks especially on injury prevention. I don’t usually like training on the track but today great and I thought the coach had a really good mix of pushing us but in an encouraging way, made you want to achieve a bit more.

“It was pretty amazing to see Sir Steve in the flesh and hearing him talk about why Laureus is important for him. He comes across as very genuine about the work he does, the difference he can make and why it is important to raise money for Laureus. All in all it was a really good day!”

The Oxford Half Marathon, on October 12, is part of the Vitality Run Series, sponsored by PruHealth and PruProtect, for which Laureus is the Official Charity Partner.

There are still a few places left in #TeamSportforGood. For more information and to sign up for the Oxford Half Marathon, go to The deadline for entries is September 29.

Funds raised by #TeamSportforGood runners taking part in the Vitality Run Series, which includes six half marathons between now and the end of March, will go towards training 1,000 sports coaches who will work with 100,000 young people across the across the UK, using the power of sport to change their lives.

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, whose mission is to use sport as the means to tackle social problems around the world, has raised more than €60 million since 2000 for projects which have improved the lives of millions of young people.

There are six more exciting Vitality Series runs over the next seven months, which competitors can sign up for: Oxford Half Marathon, October 12, 2014; Brighton Half Marathon, February 22, 2015; Bath Half Marathon, March 1, 2015; North London Half Marathon, March 15, 2015; Reading Half Marathon, March 22, 2015; Liverpool Half Marathon, March 29, 2015.

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Switzerland set a Davis Cup date with France

untitled Switzerland set a Davis Cup date with FranceRoger Federer is one game away from a perfect tennis resume. The Swiss 17 time grand slam winner, Olympic gold medallist, former world number one for 301 weeks defeated Fabio Fognini in 3 straight sets 6-2 6-3 7-6 in the Davis Cup semi finals. The The victory, the 3rd out of 4 in the semi final, put the tie beyond the Italians. This will be the first time in 22 years that Switzerland will be in the final of the oldest annual team competition in the world.

France will be the opponents in the November showpiece. Ably led by Jo Wilfried Tsonga they dismantled last years Champions Czech Republic 4-1. With top players the calibre of Gasquet, Monfils, Benneteau and doubles specialist Michael Llodra the French are a tough proposition and with home support they could be considered favorites.

Elsewhere in the world group promotion and relegation play offs, 2010 winners Serbia without Novak Djokovic were locked in a tussle with India for a place in the elite world group for 2015. Serbia took a 2-0 lead only to be pegged back by an incredible doubles performance by India as they came back from 2 sets and a break down to win in 5 gruelling sets.

Spare a thought for British Tennis and especially Andy Murray. The GB Davis Cup Team could be radically changed with a YES Vote in Scottish Referendum for independence. Imagine a GB Team without the two Murray brothers and doubles specialist Colin Fleming, not to mention captain Leon Smith is also a Scot!

The ATP tour resumes this week in Metz followed by a month of tennis in the far East culminating in the Shanghai Masters in October. Much is expected of Nadals return to the court as players seek the remaining positions in the race to the ATP World Tour finals in London. No doubt the big names will step up to the mark for these events and seal their place in the showpiece in London.

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Andy Lapthorne USOpen2014 GREAT BRITAIN’S ANDY LAPTHORNE CLAIMS FIRST GRAND SLAM SINGLES TITLE AT US OPENBritain’s Andy Lapthorne won his first Grand Slam singles title on Sunday 7th September with victory in the wheelchair quad final at the US Open in New York.

The 23-year-old from Middlesex defeated American world number one David Wagner 7-5 6-2 at Flushing Meadows.
Lapthorne, who uses HEAD’s Graphene Speed racquet took inspiration from fellow HEAD player Andy Murray ahead of Sunday’s final,

“My dad told me I always do things two years after Andy Murray and I’ve done it again with the title here. For the US Open to be my first Grand Slam singles title is so special because I love this place, the whole city is just great. I’ve visualised that match point before and when it happened I couldn’t believe it. That’s what I’ve always dreamed of.”

Lapthorne has previously achieved his best results in wheelchair doubles, winning a Paralympic Games silver medal in London in 2012, the French Open in the same year and claiming three Australian Open titles in 2011, 2012 and earlier this year.

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Can Djokovic make it all the way to US Open victory?

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Newly named as tennis World Number One, Novak Djokovic has got tennis fans around the world talking as he makes his way through to the next stage of the US Open finals.

The 27-year-old recently beat 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray through to the semi-final stages at Flushing Meadows in an intense battle which looked, at points, like it could have been in either player’s hands.

Serbia born Djokovic came out on top however, with a final score of 7-6 (7-1), 6-7(1-7), 6-2, 6-4, sending Murray home after a disappointing year on the courts. Following his 2013 Wimbledon success, the Scot left Wimbledon early this year, and has since failed to shine in subsequent Grand Slam tournaments.

Despite the victory, Djokovic praised his opponent, who is just seven days older than him. He said following the match: “We both gave our best. At times it was not that nice, a lot of unforced errors, but it was a very physical battle.

“I didn’t expect anything less. The last five times we played we went over three or four hours.”

Now, Djokovic can look forward to an upcoming semi-final match against Kei Nishikori, who is already proving to be a potential outside favourite for this year’s title. The 24-year-old has three fewer years of experience than Djokovic, but at such a young age, has already achieved an impressive record – becoming the first Japanese man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Ichiya Kuamagae in 1918.

Asked his thoughts on his upcoming match against the youngster, Djokovic joked: “My thoughts are just directed to sleeping right now.

“Or party. What do you say? Let’s party. I think my coach right there would chase me with a little baseball bat if he saw me going to the city to party right now.”

Meanwhile, Nishikori is keen to prove his fans back home that he has what it takes to make it to the top. He described his semi-final victory over Stan Wawrinka as “pretty big news in Japan,” which, given the four-hour endurance test, is probably an understatement.

However, Djokovic may still have cause to be complacent – fans who have followed him Coral’s blogs will know that he’s already been crowned this year’s Wimbledon champion, and with the newly acquired title of World Number One, another title could easily be on the horizon.

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Marin Cilic US Open Champion 2014

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Federers Hilarious Trick Serves

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Review of tennis themed slots game “Centre Court”

With the Internet being something that most people have in their houses these days it’s definitely changed the way in which we entertain ourselves. For example online casinos have seen a huge boom in the past few years due to how many people are starting to play games on a regular basis at home. For many people who are just starting to play these great online casino games the online slots games are a great place to start as they are simple to learn and yet allow you to have many hours of fantastic gameplay.
There are so many different online slots games that you may have trouble deciding which one to play, Centre Court is a tennis themed online slots game that is fantastic fun to play and very easy to learn. Found at, it is an American-style slots game with 5 reels and nine different pay lines which you can win money from. All you have to do is match two or more symbols from left to right along one of the nine different pay lines and you win different amounts of money based on the symbols that you match. There are also wild symbols that count for everything and can extend your run by an extra one allowing you to win more money back. Then there are the scatter tennis balls that no matter where they land on the screen if you get two or more you will win some money back.
This game offers a lot of excitement and is great fun to play as well as being very fair in how it pays out. This will no doubt set you on the path to playing many different online slots games if you are new to the game and is a great thing. If you aren’t a fan of the slots, there are many other options in contemporary games however, for example Grand Slam Tennis 2 is a

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Check out Roger Federers new shoes designed with none other than NBA Legend Michael Jordan.
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GQ’s Rosecrans Baldwin is a tennis fanatic. He didn’t start playing tennis until the age when most pros retire, but he’s pretty decent at it. It was the longest of shots, but that didn’t stop him from gunning for this year’s U.S. Open. He hooked up with a former champ (Mats Wilander!), trained for months, and took his first step toward becoming a Grand Slam winner.
Baldwin on his experience training with Wilander:

“My first time out, a ball from Mats came fast to my backhand. I was caught off guard and returned a weak slice, rather than a more powerful topspin shot. Mats said immediately: ‘Why did you do that? You’ve got a good backhand—why hit a slice?’ Twenty minutes later, there was a drill where Mats fed me overheads so fast I might as well have swung my arm like a propeller to hit them all. Instead, I lost focus and dumped three into the net. Mats was pissed. ‘You should never miss an overhead! It’s the easiest shot in tennis. Federer misses maybe five overheads in a season.’”

“It was a master class. He disassembled everything he’d noticed in my game, down to the tiniest hiccups in my strokes. ‘Against these guys’—meaning the opponents I’d see at the tournament—‘you have nothing. No weapons. Maybe two things: your footwork and your determination. That’s it.’ From there came tips, tactics, solutions. He jumped out of his chair to demonstrate positioning. Compared situations I might face to moments in matches he’d played twenty-five years ago. By the end, my notes ran to seven pages.”

The September issue of GQ is available on newsstands now in New York and LA and nationally August 26.

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IMG unveiled today a new brand identity for its prestigious tennis tournament in Miami. Itaú (NYSE:ITUB), the largest privately owned bank in Latin America, will be the presenting sponsor of Miami’s tennis event from 2015-2019. The tournament will now be known as the ‘’Miami Open presented by Itaú’’, and will take place during March 23-April 5, 2015 at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on Key Biscayne.

The tournament will feature the ‘’Miami’’ brand in its name, perfectly aligning the event with all that is Miami: luxury hotels, exquisite cuisine, world renowned art scene, and pristine beaches. As one of the world’s most glamorous and cosmopolitan cities, the ‘’Miami’’ brand gives the tennis event a multi-dimensional appeal.

The new Miami Open visual identity was developed by Itaú’s in-house design team and features a fresh and sleek colorful look, highlighting the flavor and panache that is uniquely Miami. The new brand identity will be felt and featured throughout the tournament site, starting with a new entrance. Inside the venue, attendees will be treated to the best of tennis competition, as well as exciting shopping experiences and food offerings, in keeping with the event’s glamorous and energetic atmosphere.

Andrea Pinotti Cordeiro, Itaú Unibanco’s Institutional Marketing Director said: “At Itaú, we think of sport as one of our main brand values because it strengthens, unites and transforms people. Because we believe in investing in sport, we are proudly taking our sponsorship of the Miami Open to a new level. Leveraging the Miami brand is a great effort to strengthen Miami’s reputation as an epicenter for sport and entertainment. The city is also home to Itaú’s international private banking operations, which is why we see the Miami Open as a perfect platform to strengthen our relationships with our clients around the world.’’

‘’The Miami tennis event is a staple of IMG’s event portfolio and is one of our most important properties. We couldn’t be more proud to bring in Itaú as a presenting partner of the event for the next five years and look forward to leveraging the company’s expertise and understanding of the international consumer to take the Miami Open to a new level,’’ said Fernando Soler, Managing Director of IMG’s Tennis division.

Adam Barrett, Miami Open Tournament Director said: ‘’We are proud to announce a new model for the Miami Open which will help take our event to an unprecedented level of international appeal and fan engagement. Itaú’s understanding of the international consumer experience, innovation, entertainment value, and commitment to the growth of tennis makes the company an ideal partner for the Miami Open.”

As part of the agreement, Itaú will enjoy extensive on-court brand presence, global advertising and promotional rights, and top level hospitality. A partner of the Miami tournament for the last six years, Itaú has a long term legacy in tennis, having first sponsored the Itaú Tennis Cup in Brazil in 1970. Additionally, Itaú is the leading sponsor of the Rio Open – the only combined ATP/WTA tennis event in South America – and was the Official Bank of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, as well as the sponsor of the Brazilian National Football Team.

The Miami Open is a mandatory tournament on the ATP and WTA calendars. Played in one world’s most exotic locations, the tournament’s reigning champions are World No.1’s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams. Featuring an international fan base that is uniquely Miami, the Miami Open is the most cosmopolitan, energetic and glamorous event on the ATP and WTA tours. The Miami Open attracts more than 300,000 spectators each year, is broadcast in 193 countries, and carries 13,000 hours of worldwide coverage, with the men’s and women’s finals being shown live domestically on ESPN.

One of the most storied and prestigious tennis events in the history of the sport, the Miami Open calls the legends of the game its former champions, including Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Venus Williams,

Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, Martina Hingis, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles, among others. The Miami Open has a unique portfolio of international sponsors, which includes Fed Ex, Bacardi, Rado, TAM/LAM, MasterCard, Nespresso, PWC, USANA and SAP, among others.

Ticket packages for the 2015 Miami Open presented by Itaú go on sale Monday, August 25, 2014. To purchase tickets, visit or call the Miami Open ticket office at +1.305.442.3367.

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