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Rafael Nadal Backed To Become Real Madrid President

The world No.1 has been named as a contender to take on one of the biggest roles in Spanish football.

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Rafael Nadal could one day become the head of one of the biggest football teams in the world after receiving fresh endorsement from its current president.

Spanish businessman Florentino Pérez has said that he would like to see the 17-time grand slam champion take over his position in the future. The 72-year-old has been the president of Real Madrid since 2000. The duty of the president is to oversee the management of the club, including players and coach signings. Presidents of the club are elected by ballot.

“Nadal would be a magnificent choice for the presidency of Real Madrid.” Perez told El Confidential last week.
“(Nadal) is one of the best ambassadors of Real Madrid in the world.” He added.

It is not the first time the 11-time French Open champion has been named as a potential candidate for the position. Last year, Nadal himself said that he would like to one day become the head of Real Madrid. He has been an honorary member of the club since 2014 and was widely reported as being a key figure in the signing of Marco Asensio in 2014.

You never know what will happen. Everybody knows that I love football and that Real Madrid is my team.” Nadal told reporters in June 2017.
“Talking about that now is a bit of a utopia but if you ask me, of course I would like to be president. In any case, we’re doing just fine as we are, we have a great president and I don’t think Real Madrid need me for anything.”

Whilst Nadal is one the right track to one day head the club, he will not be able to do so anytime soon unless Real Madrid changes their election rules. Under their current policy, presidential candidates are required to be a member of the club for at least 20 years beforehand. In Nadal’s case, he would achieve that requirement in 2031 when he turns 45.

According to Forbes magazine, Real Madrid is the second most valuable football team in the world after Manchester United. They have a current value of $4.088 billion, including a revenue of $735 million. Julen Lopetegui is the current manager of the club.

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(VIDEO) Day Six At The ATP Finals: Line-Up Confirmed For Super Saturday In London

Ubitennis looks ahead to the two semi-finals matches set to take place at the season-ending finale on Saturday.

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Novak Djokovic has reiterated his credentials as a key contender for the ATP Finals title with the help of another clinical performance. The world No.1 dropped only five points behind his serve during his straight sets triumph over Marin Cilic. Meanwhile, rising star Alexander Zverev was another player to produce a powerful service display as he brushed aside John Isner. Zverev will take on Roger Federer on Saturday afternoon, followed by Djokovic against Kevin Anderson in the evening.  

 

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Why Becoming A Father Has Helped John Isner Achieve The Best Season Of His Career

The world No.10 reflects on becoming a father in September and the impact it has had on his life as a professional athlete.

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John Isner at the 2018 ATP Finals (photo by Alberto Pezzali)

John Isner exits the ATP Finals with a mixture of disappointment and pride following his loss to Alexander Zverev on Friday.

Isner, who was playing in the year-end finale for the first time in his career, was knocked out in straight sets by his 21-year-old opponent. Bringing a close to what has been the most successful season of his career. Isner has won two ATP titles, including his first at Masters level in Miami, and reached his first grand slam semi-final at Wimbledon.

“There’s definitely some things I could have done better. Didn’t come into this tournament with that much momentum. I think that maybe showed a little bit.” He commented about his week in London.
“I did have a good year, but I had a lot of losses, as well. I had three really good tournaments. Sometimes that’s what it takes to get inside the top 10, which is what I did this year.” He added.

A player breaking through on the tour in their early thirties is becoming a regular occurrence in the world of men’s tennis. However, in Isner’s case, his rise hasn’t entirely been down to everything he has learned on the court. 2018 also saw him become a father. In September his wife, Madison, gave birth to a baby girl called Hunter Grace.

There is a saying that once somebody becomes a parent their perspective on life changes. Something the American No.1 agrees with. The question is what influence has it had on Isner’s tennis?

“I think it’s definitely a life-changing moment for myself and my wife. For me professionally, I think it can definitely help going forward.” He commented about fatherhood.
“I just think prior to our daughter being born, getting married is another big step. That definitely settles things down personally. We were always dating and together, but we took that next step. It was the perfect timing for all of it.
“Everything has gone pretty fluidly in my personal life, so I think that certainly helps. That’s why I’ve at times this year played remarkably well.”

The perspective is one that mirrors some of his peers. Novak Djokovic said in July that fatherhood was his ‘biggest motivation’ for winning Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Roger Federer once said in 2012 that his twin daughters “helped his game more than anything.’

Finding harmony in his life both on and off the court, Isner believes he can improve further heading into the new year. He ends his season with a win-loss record of 34-22, including his three victories over top 10 players at the Miami Open in March.

“Going forward, I’ll be looking to play well in the big events again. There’s still a lot of room for improvement for me. I started the year off in 2018 in pretty poor form. So I can improve on that. If I can, I can possibly improve my ranking and give myself more momentum early on in the season.”

Isner concludes 2018 inside the year-end top 10 on the ATP rankings for the first time in his career.

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Inspired By Netflix Film, Kevin Anderson Backs Efforts To Cut The Use Of Plastic In Tennis

‘Once you see it, it’s impossible to unsee it’ – how one movie has inspired the world No.6 to get involved in the fight against pollution.

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Kevin Anderson has praised recent initiatives implemented by the ATP to reduce the plastic waste footprint of their tournaments.

At this year’s Nitto ATP Finals, a series of new measures have been applied to help reduce the environmental impact it causes. More prominently concerning the use of plastic bottles. Water coolers and fountains have been provided for players and media staff long with reusable bottles. Players also have glass bottles provided to them in the locker room.

The approach is one Anderson hopes can be expanded and applied throughout the entire tour. The South African has been a vocal supporter on Twitter of doing more to protect the environment.

“In London and also at the Next Gen, there are quite a few initiatives trying to reduce plastic bottles, trying to reuse them.” Said Anderson.
“The idea is to take everything we learn from these couple weeks, then trying to create some bigger initiatives next year both from what the players can do and also promoting it to everybody who comes and watches tennis.”

Anderson, who is the vice-president of the players’ council, says his interest in the issue was elevated after watching a film on Netflix. A Plastic Ocean is a documentary movie about the effect of plastic pollution on oceans. It features journalist Craig Leeson and world champion freediver Tanya Streeter

“It’s always been on the back of my mind. Just generally I’d say being sort of aware of our environment, something that’s always been important to me.” Anderson explained. “Plastic specifically, during French Open, through Netflix of all places, I saw a documentary called Plastic Oceans. Once you see it, it’s impossible to unsee it.’
“My coach is also very passionate about it. Something we’re trying to build on.”

According to the ATP, The O2 sends less than 1% of its 3,500 tonnes of waste per year to landfill. The O2 is the current venue of the ATP Finals.

Earlier this week, the 32-year-old donated $2000 following one match played in London. The world No.6 vowed to give $100 for every ace he produced during his clash with Kei Nishikori to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), who are battling the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. In total, he produced 10 aces to raise $1000. On top of that, he also donated the same amount to the Humane Society of Ventura County in Ohio.

Anderson will return to action on Saturday when he will become the first African player to contest a semi-final match at the year-end tournament.

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