IMAGE: Serbia’s Novak Djokovic had shaped a breakaway gamers’ physique known as the Professional Tennis Players’ Association (PTPA) however repeated the assertions he made a number of occasions this 12 months that the PTPA wished to co-exist with the game’s governing our bodies however the ball was now of their courtroom. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
World primary Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from this month’s ATP Player Council elections citing the governing physique’s new rule that may make it a “battle of curiosity” due to his function within the Professional Tennis Players’ Association (PTPA).
The Serb arrange the breakaway PTPA on the eve of the US Open in September and resigned as head of the participant council however final month he confirmed that he had been nominated by his fellow professionals for the present elections which he accepted.
However, the brand new ATP rule means he has needed to withdraw.
“Unfortunately, given these newest developments I really feel it’s now essential to take away myself from the record of candidates,” he wrote in a press release on Twitter posted on Monday.
“I don’t want to create battle or uncertainty across the participant elections or create any points that will come up.”
Djokovic repeated the assertions he made a number of occasions this 12 months that the PTPA wished to co-exist with the game’s governing our bodies however the ball was now of their courtroom.
“The PTPA has made it clear it doesn’t intend to be combative, it’s unclear how the ATP will view the affiliation sooner or later,” Djokovic stated.
He added that the PTPA was nonetheless within the formative levels however he was nonetheless eager to advance it to additional the pursuits of all gamers, particularly these within the decrease ranks.
The choice to kind the PTPA blindsided many gamers with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal voicing their opposition.
Karthikeyan to be a part of Indian racing workforce in 2021 Asian Le Mans Series
A star-studded line-up of Indian drivers — together with Narain Karthikeyan, Arjun Maini, and Naveen Rao — will spearhead India’s marketing campaign within the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series in February, with an eye fixed on competing within the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in France later within the 12 months.
Racing Team India will create historical past by changing into the primary workforce of all-Indian drivers to compete globally on this planet of endurance racing. The Asian Le Mans Series, to be held on the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on February 5-6 and February 19-20, contains of 4 races unfold over the 2 race weekends, with every race lasting 4 hours.
The Indian workforce will drive an ORECA 07 automobile within the LMP2 class, and have technical help from the Championship-winning Algarve Pro Racing Team. Padma Shri awardee and India’s first Formula One driver Narain was delighted at getting one other shot at Le Mans.
“I’ve been dreaming of going again to Le Mans for a couple of years now. This might be essentially the most thrilling undertaking in my profession as a racing driver. We have a younger and fledgling workforce and it’ll little question be a giant check for us, however I’m assured of doing nicely,” Karthikeyan stated in an official launch.
Gautam Singhania, who’s a member of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) World Motor Sport Council and can be an completed racing driver himself, will lead Racing Team India. Bangalore-based Arjun Maini’s expertise in endurance racing will come in useful for the workforce, having pushed for Algarve Pro Racing Team within the 2020 European Le Mans Series (ELMS).
Naveen Rao, who’s the reigning 2020 IMSA Prototype Challenge champion, appears to be like ahead to driving as a part of Racing Team India.
Sarin, Gukesh & Rakshitta enter finals of Online World Youth and Cadet Rapid C’ships
Three Indians, together with Grandmaster Nihal Sarin, reached the ultimate of the FIDE Online World Youth and Cadet Rapid Championships of their respective classes on Tuesday.
While Sarin beat Francesco Sonis 1.5-0.5 within the Open under-18 part, GM D Gukesh and WIM Rakshitta Ravi additionally made it to the finals of the boys under-14 and women under-16 classes respectively.
Gukesh and Rakshitta beat FM Denis Lazavik and WGM Leya Garifullina by 2-1 and 1.5-0.5 margins respectively.
The highly-rated Sarin drew the primary recreation earlier than successful the second to safe a closing berth. He will tackle Armenian GM Shant Sargsyan within the title conflict.
The Indian participant was initially scheduled to tackle Narayana Hepler Ramirez within the semifinal. However, Ramirez was discovered to have violated the event’s fairplay coverage and was disqualified. As a outcome, Sarin confronted IM Sonis of Italy.
In the under-10 boys’ part, Indian lad Mrinmoy Rajkhowa missed a few alternatives within the semifinal to go down in opposition to American Andy Woodward.
Games are performed in better of two Rapid 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment within the event the place a 1-1 tie will end in Armageddon (sudden dying tie-break video games).
Table tennis workforce worlds lastly cancelled
The desk tennis world workforce championships have been canceled due to the pandemic.
The championships had been initially scheduled for March within the South Korean metropolis of Busan however had been then postponed thrice.
The International Table Tennis Federation says in a press release that it hoped to carry the occasion in February 2021 however was pressured to cancel “as a result of worsening scenario in Korea Republic and with the pandemic nonetheless problematic in lots of areas of the world.”