Dubai didn’t just start out of the sky.
The oil rich country made it a point of duty to invest in something more than oil to complement for the revenue coming in and to serve as a secondary source of income should anything happen to their oil.
Over the years, Dubai has established itself on the map as one of the best places of interest for travelers and tourists as well as for those looking for a place of abode. It has gone on to make a name for itself and a privileged residence for stars of the tennis game.
With skyscrapers crisscrossing a desert of fine sands, palm trees, luxury cars, marinas and artificial islands, Dubai is truly a place to reside in. In recent years, a lot of tennis players have made it their place of residence or vacation spot. Read more »
Marion Bartoli has tweeted a picture of herself undergoing treatment in an Italian clinic.
The retired French star checked herself into a hospital after most of her fans took to social media to express their concern for her continued loss of weight.
Previously, she had vehemently defended her physique claiming it was a result of her obsession with physical work out. She said in an interview:
“I’m completely gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, salt free and everything organic. I eat steamed vegetables, salads.”
Many of her fans have disregarded her claims and begged her to eat more or stop whatever she was doing to remain so thin. She revealed that the reason for her shrinking figure was a virus that prevented her from eating well.
Forty-eight hours after the Wimbledon Ladies Invitation Doubles was withdrawn, she revealed: “I have a virus that my body is fighting. That’s why I can’t eat anything. I am going to have to go to a clinic, in Italy, at the end of Wimbledon.” She added that she believed being in a hospital would be “a good experience.” Read more »
Marion Bartoli is a name associated with fashion and glamor as much as it is associated with world tennis.
Marion’s journey is an interesting one. Being provoked by a comment of a BBC commentator that she would never be much of a looker, she decided to address the issue. As a result, she succeeded in dropping about two and a half stone of weight. The comment had sparked a lot of controversies, especially protests against such sexist comments. Even though apologies were issued and the situation diffused, Marion did not let the comment lie. Even though she won the Wimbledon championship title in 2013 she wanted to show the world that she did not lag behind in looks as well
She took up a new regime in fitness. As a result, today she sports a remarkable figure that is hard to ignore. She has the lean frame that any model flaunts, but she combines the same with strength and endurance that is needed in her game. You might have seen pics of her, having had an extensive makeover. She has dropped a lot of pounds and it has transformed her looks as well. Read more »
Marion Bartoli has lauded Serena Williams for dominating the world of Female Tennis for the past so many seasons.
As per Bartoli, the level of consistency that Serena has shown in big competitions, it’s unmatchable. She is one notch above the rest of her contemporaries in terms of class and skill.
Talking to a newspaper, Bartoli said, “Serena is quite different. There are not too many areas where you believe you can attack her when you are up against her. I can tell you that because I have been in that situation a number of times. Having her as opponent on the other side of the court, it’s a nightmare.”
“Over the past decade or so, she has been able to dominate almost everyone. Yes, a few players have challenged on and off. The likes of Maria and Victoria, but, overall if you see, nobody has managed to shake her off her position and that’s because she is not vulnerable on any front.”
“She has got extraordinary potential and that’s why, she just keeps on adding more and more titles to her name. Her consistency is unbelievable.”
Bartoli, however, played down the question if Serena is the greatest female to have ever braced the game of Female Lawn Tennis. Read more »
Marion Bartoli reckons Rafael Nadal is not able to generate the same amount of power that he used to generate some time back and that’s the reason his game has gone downhill.
According to Bartoli, pace is a vital aspect of Nadal’s game and he will have to do something to make sure he hits the ball as hard as he did in the past.
Speaking as an expert on a television channel a few days ago, Bartoli said, “Rafael’s shots are just not that powerful anymore and thus, as an opponent, you are not hurried up.”
“If you have a look at the speeds at which he has been serving of late, it’s only around 115 miles which is not enough. It’s desperately needed for him to find that old speed from somewhere.”
When asked if she would still like to keep Nadal in Big 4, Bartoli said, “Well, the kind of game he is playing right now, I would definitely say no. But, what he has done in the past, you have to take that into account as well. He has been absolutely brilliant on the tour over a number of years.”
However, in the views of another former player Pete Sampras, Nadal’s struggle at the moment is more mental than anything else.
In Sampras’ words, “Nadal appears to be anxious when he steps onto the court these days. He is not confident enough and thus, his intimidating capability is slowly fading. The players are now not afraid to take him on.” Read more »