Tennis Bytes: Of Wild Cards, Sania Mirza's Parivar and Reduced Body Fat

Linus Fernandes@mktimeforsportsAnalyst IIDecember 26, 2010

Jelena Dokic: An Australian Wild Card.
Jelena Dokic: An Australian Wild Card.Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Two matches for charity saw the No. 1 and No.2 players in the world faceoff in Zurich and Madrid. The matches billed “Match For Africa” and “Joining Forces For the Benefit Of Children” finished with scores tied 1-1. Roger Federer was victorious 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 back home and Rafael Nadal hit back 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1 in Spain.

The two stars rarely collide on the ATP Tour. The matches were a bonus to their multitude of fans.

 Cricket is the villain once more. This time, it’s Sania Mirza blowing steam at the Indian national pastime. Patience is called for by the diva of Indian tennis.

“We all know that the sports culture of the country is cricket and we might have to wait with some patience for more promising players to emerge." Sania said.

Echoes of Michael Ferreira.

The Sahara Parivar has announced its association with the glamorous woman star. The stunning Hyderabadi will sport the Sahara logo from next year.

Mirza believes that she can perform well at the Australian Open. Asked if she will break into the top 50, the Indian No. 1 insisted that staying healthy is her priority. Mirza’s struggles with her wrist are well-documented.

Former World Junior No. 1 Yuki Bhambri and doubles specialist Rohan Bopanna are the recipients of the organisers’ munificence  at the Chennai Open in January early next year.They are carded in as direct entries.Bhambri is the 2009 junior Australian Open champion.

Jelena Dokic, the naturalised Australian tennis star and a former top 10 player has been awarded a wild card to the 2011 Australian Open. Dokic lost in the final round of the Australian Open qualifying tournament to Olivia Rogowska. The former Serbia and Montenegro player reached the quarter-finals in the 2009 edition on a wild card. Can she better or repeat the feat?

Mononucleosis could not prevent Andy Roddick making the ATP World Tour Finals this year. Intense preparation for next month’s Melbourne extravaganza has begun in earnest with two immediate goals: get healthy and a change in body composition. The aim is to lose a few pounds of body fat and gain a few pounds in muscle tissue. Roddick is a four-time semi-finalist at the Open.

Roddick is not the only player focused on reducing adipose tissue. The Cypriot, Marcos Baghdatis, has lost 3.7 kg and dwindled his body fat percentage to 10  from 14.8. They can both draw inspiration from 2010's surprise package—American Mardy Fish.

Pete Sampras has recovered one trophy and three scrapbooks of his stolen memorabilia. They were located late last week in Griffith Park. A signed piano bench from Elton John and an autographed guitar from Carlos Santana are amongst the items reported missing from the West Los Angeles storage facility that housed the articles.

We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe