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Grand Slam Events over the decades
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Grand Slam Events over the decades

October 14, 2019

By U.B. Acharya With the conclusion of US Open Tennis Tournament last month where Geriatric Rafael Nadal (33 years) had the better of one of the Next-Gen players, Daniil Medvedev (23 years), the curtain closed on Grand Slam events for the decade. However, this write-up is not about the final match or the whole tournament…

Who will wear the Crown ?
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Who will wear the Crown ?

August 25, 2019

Will it be one of the Old Guards or a Next-Gen Player?  By U.B. Acharya The last tennis major of the decade will be played in New York from August 26, 2019 onwards for two weeks. While the reigning champion Novak Djokovic (32 years), Rafael Nadal (33 years) and Roger Federer (38 years) are the…

World’s Top 30 Tennis Players
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World’s Top 30 Tennis Players

March 12, 2019

By U.B. Acharya The Association of Tennis Players (ATP) has an excellent quantitative system for ranking current players based on each player’s performance on a moving 52 week period. The ranking goes down to below 1000 and one can see how a current player is performing on a weekly basis. However, comparing tennis players of…

Who is the greatest All-Rounder ?
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Who is the greatest All-Rounder ?

February 2, 2019

By U.B. Acharya A former Australian captain Bobby Simpson’s definition of an all-rounder is “An all-rounder should be worth his position in the side either as a batsman or as a bowler.” Well said indeed. Generally, a test cricketer, who has scored 1,000 runs and also taken 100 wickets, is considered as an all-rounder. Using…

Golf and the Ryder Cup
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Golf and the Ryder Cup

November 19, 2018

By U.B. Acharya To the golf playing addicts as well as to the non-golf playing enthusiasts, September end was a visual treat on live TV. In Paris, 24 of the world’s best golfers from Europe and USA fought very hard for three days and finally Europe came as deserving winners of the Ryder Cup. Before…

Next-Gen Vs the Geriatrics
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Next-Gen Vs the Geriatrics

September 20, 2018

By U.B. Acharya After the victory of veteran Novak Djokovic at the US Open Tennis Championships last weekend, the most important topic among the tennis experts (Serena Vs the Chair umpire controversy not withstanding), was “Where is the next generation of men’s tennis champions?” To give a background, during the last two years, all the…

The Game of Bridge is Here
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The Game of Bridge is Here

September 7, 2018

By U. B. Acharya Contrary to public perception, Contract Bridge, which is a trick-taking game using a standard 52-card deck, is not gambling but a game of concentration, memory, communication and simple logical thinking. It is one of the most popular card games played by millions of people of both genders world over and of…

The Day of the Jackal revisited
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The Day of the Jackal revisited

May 6, 2018

By U.B. Acharya In December 1971, at the height of India-Pakistan war, I was stuck in Mumbai on a prolonged project for my oil company in Assam. As the work had to be carried out on a computer located in Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) at Colaba, the company had very kindly provided me…

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