Sir Andrew Barron Murray, OBE is a British professional tennis player from Scotland currently ranked world No.1 in mens singles. He was first ranked as British No.1 on 27 February 2006, following his run to winning the 2016 Paris Masters, Murray became world No.1 on 7 November 2016. He was created a Knight Bachelor in the 2017 New Year Honours list, and has won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award a record three times. At the 2012 US Open, Murray became the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the final. In 2016, he won his second Wimbledon title to become the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon singles titles since Perry in 1935. Murray is the mens singles 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist, making him the only player, male or female. He featured in Great Britains Davis Cup-winning team in 2015, going 11–0 in his matches as they secured their first Davis Cup title since 1936, Murray was born in Glasgow, the son of Judy Murray and William Murray.
His maternal grandfather, Roy Erskine, was a footballer in the late 1950s. Murray is a supporter of Hibernian Football Club, the team his grandfather represented, Murrays elder brother, Jamie, is a professional tennis player, playing on the doubles circuit. Murray was born with a bipartite patella, where the remains as two separate bones instead of fusing together in early childhood, but was not diagnosed until the age of 16. He is seen to hold his knee due to the pain caused by the condition and has pulled out of events because of it, Murray began playing tennis at the age of three when his mother Judy took him to play on the local courts. He played in his first competitive tournament at age five and by the time he was eight he was competing with adults in the Central District Tennis League, Murray grew up in Dunblane and attended Dunblane Primary School. He and his brother were present during the 1996 Dunblane school massacre, when Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children, Murray attended Dunblane High School.
Murrays parents split up when he was only 10 and he believes the impact this had on him could be the reason behind his competitive spirit. At 15, he was asked to train with Rangers Football Club at their School of Excellence and he decided to move to Barcelona, Spain. There he studied at the Schiller International School and trained on the courts of the Sánchez-Casal Academy. Murray described this time as a big sacrifice and his parents had to find £40,000 to pay for his 18-month stay there. While in Spain, he trained with Emilio Sánchez, formerly the world No.1 doubles player, in February 2013, Murray bought Cromlix House for £1.8 million which opened as a 15-room five-star hotel in April 2014
Novak Djokovic, often referred to by the hypocorism Nole, is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No.2 in mens singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time and he is coached by former Slovak tennis player Marián Vajda. Djokovic holds the best match winning rate in Open Era, as of March 2017, Djokovic has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, the fourth most in history, and held the No.1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 223 weeks. In majors, Djokovic has won six Australian Open titles, three Wimbledon titles, two US Open titles and one French Open title, Djokovic stands alone with an all-time record of 30 Masters 1000 series titles. Among other titles, he has won the ATP World Tour Finals five times and was on the Serbian team which won the 2010 Davis Cup and he won the Bronze medal in mens singles at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Djokovic is the first Serbian player to be ranked No.1 by the ATP and he is a recipient of the Order of St.
Sava, the Order of Karađorđes Star and the Order of the Republika Srpska. Djokovic was born on 22 May 1987 in Belgrade, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia, to parents Srđan, novaks father is Montenegrin in origin and his mother is Croatian by background, with Novak considering himself to be Serbian. His two younger brothers and Djordje, are tennis players with professional aspirations, a resident in Monte Carlo, Djokovic was coached by former Slovak tennis player Marián Vajda from 2006 until Boris Becker took over the role of head coach in December 2013. Djokovic is a fan of languages, speaking Serbian, French, German. He met his wife, Jelena Ristić, in high school. On 24 April 2014, Djokovic announced that he and Ristić were expecting their first child and his son Stefan was born in October 2014. Djokovic began playing tennis at the age of four, in the summer of 1993, the six-year-old was spotted by Yugoslav tennis player Jelena Genčić at Mount Kopaonik, where Djokovics parents ran a fast-food parlour. Upon seeing Djokovic play tennis, she stated, This is the greatest talent I have seen since Monica Seles, to that end, she contacted Nikola Pilić and in September 1999 the 12-year-old moved to the Pilić tennis academy in Oberschleißheim, spending four years there.
At the age of 14, he began his career, winning European championships in singles, doubles. Djokovic is known for his often humorous off-court impersonations of his fellow players and this became evident to the tennis world after his 2007 US Open quarterfinal win over Carlos Moyá, where he entertained the audience with impersonations of Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova. His impersonations have become popular on YouTube. Djokovic did an impression of John McEnroe after his fourth round victory at the 2009 US Open, before playing a brief game with McEnroe. Djokovic is a member of the Serbian Orthodox Church and he is a keen fan of Serbian football club Red Star Belgrade, Italian club A. C. Milan and Portuguese club S. L
Andre Kirk Agassi is an American retired professional tennis player and former World No.1 who was one of the sports most dominant players from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s. Generally considered by critics and fellow players to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time, as a result, he is credited for helping to revive the popularity of tennis during the 1990s. In singles tennis, Agassi is an eight-time Grand Slam champion, Agassi was the first male player to win all four Grand Slam tournaments on three different surfaces, and the last American male to win both the French Open and the Australian Open. He won 17 ATP Masters Series titles and was part of the winning Davis Cup teams in 1990,1992 and 1995, Agassi returned to World No.1 in 1999 and enjoyed the most successful run of his career over the next four years. During his 20-plus year tour career, Agassi was known by the nickname The Punisher and he is the founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, which has raised over $60 million for at-risk children in Southern Nevada.
In 2001, the Foundation opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas and he has been married to fellow tennis player Steffi Graf since 2001. Andre Agassi was born in Las Vegas, Nevada to Emmanuel Mike Agassi and his father stated he is from a mixed, mostly Armenian, heritage. He elaborated that his grandfather was Assyrian who married an Armenian woman, Andre Agassis mother, Betty, is a breast cancer survivor. He has three older siblings – Rita and Tami, one of his ancestors changed his surname from Agassian to Agassi to avoid persecution. In a passage from the book Open, Agassi details how his father made him play a match for money with football legend Jim Brown, in 1979, Brown was at a Vegas tennis club complaining to the owner about a money match that was canceled. Agassis father stepped in and told Brown that he could play his son, Brown lost those sets, 3–6, 3–6, declined the 10K wager, and offered to play the third set for $500. At age 13, Andre was sent to Nick Bollettieris Tennis Academy in Florida and he was meant to stay for only 3 months because that was all his father could afford.
After thirty minutes of watching Agassi play, Bollettieri called Mike and said, hes here for free, claiming that Agassi had more natural talent than anyone else he had seen. Agassi dropped out of school in the ninth grade, Agassi turned professional at the age of 16 and competed in his first tournament at La Quinta, California. He won his first match against John Austin, but lost his match to Mats Wilander. By the end of the year, Agassi was ranked world no.91 and he won his first top-level singles title in 1987 at the Sul American Open in Itaparica and ended the year ranked world no.25. During the year, he set the record for most consecutive victories by a male teenager. His year-end ranking was world no,3, behind second-ranked Ivan Lendl and top-ranked Mats Wilander
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a French professional tennis player currently ranked World No.7 as of the 27th of February 2017. He was born in Le Mans, to a Congolese father, Didier Tsonga, who moved to France in the 1970s to play handball, Tsonga is a member of the Tennis Club de Paris. His career-high singles ranking is world No,5, which he achieved in February 2012. 2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, Tsonga eventually lost to world No.3 Novak Djokovic in the final in four sets, after winning the first set, it was the only set Djokovic dropped during the tournament. Tsonga followed this up by winning his first ATP Masters Series championship at the 2008 Paris Masters, thus qualifying for the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, China. His best performances in a tournament since 2008 are semifinal appearances in the 2010 Australian Open, the 2013 and 2015 French Opens. He reached the final of the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals and he achieved his second Masters Series win at the 2014 Canadian Open, defeating four top 10 players on the way to victory, including those over Djokovic and Federer.
As well as his victories in Toronto and Paris, Tsonga has reached the final of the 2011 Paris Masters and he won the 2009 Shanghai Masters doubles title with partner Julian Benneteau. He has reached the stage of all four Grand Slams. He is the first and one of three players to have Grand Slam wins against each of the Big Four. Tsongas father, handball player Didier Tsonga, is from Congo, jos father moved to France during the 1970s to fulfill his own dreams of becoming a handball great, where he eventually met Évelyne and they married. Tsonga is nicknamed Ali, because of his resemblance to the boxer. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has a brother who, much like Jo, has been inspired to play sports and is part of the French basketball program. He has a sister who is less involved with sporting ventures. His footballing cousin is Maël Lépicier who plays for Congo, Tsonga and Gaël Monfils developed a good friendship from a young age, when they enjoyed mimicking all the tennis greats of the past. As a junior, Tsonga reached a ranking of No.2 in the world and he reached four other semifinals of junior Grand Slam events.
Marcos Baghdatis was a rival of Tsonga on the junior tour, since late 2014, Tsonga has been dating Noura El Shwekh of Swiss nationality, who frequently accompanies him on the ATP tour. In November 2016, Tsonga announced the couple were expecting their first child, Tsonga had a successful junior career, winning the US Open Juniors title in 2003 by defeating Marcos Baghdatis in the final, and reached the semifinals of the other three Grand Slam events
Thomas Mario Tommy Haas is a German professional tennis player. He has competed on the ATP Tour since 1996 and his first period of injury saw him miss the whole of the 2003 season, and he did not return to the worlds top 10 until 2007. He missed over a years tennis between February 2010 and June 2011, but has returned to play on the tour. He returned to World No.11 in 2013 after reaching the quarterfinals at the French Open for the first time in his career, Haas has reached the semifinals of the Australian Open three times, and Wimbledon once. He is among a few players to have reached the stage of each of the Grand Slams. He has won 15 career titles in singles, including one Masters tournament, when his father observed his talents, he started bringing Haas to work, as he was a tennis coach. At five, Haas won his first youth tournament, in Hamburg, at eight, he won his second, in Munich. Between 11 and 13, Haas twice won the Austrian Championship, the German Championship, Haas is a good friend of Swiss great Roger Federer.
Haass talents were noted by tennis guru Nick Bollettieri, Nick was so impressed by the young Germans talent that he offered Haas the chance to stay and train at his Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Florida for free, and Haas began attending at age 11. At 13, speaking little English, Haas moved full-time to Florida to train at the academy, as a junior Haas reached as high as No.11 in the junior world singles rankings in 1995. In 1996, Haas became a tennis player. He played his first grand slam at the US Open in 1996 and he gained attention as a future star when he won his first ATP title in 1999, made it to the semifinals of the Australian Open, and was a finalist in the Grand Slam Cup. He beat Andre Agassi at the 1998 Wimbledon Championships in the second round, in the 2002 Australian Open, he won in five sets against Todd Martin and Roger Federer, and in four against Marcelo Rios to reach the semi-finals. He led Marat Safin 2 sets to 1 but suffered from a stiff shoulder after a rain delay, Haas spent much of 2002 taking care of his family.
At the end of this lay-off, he injured his shoulder and he was plagued by further injuries and related complications afterwards and did not return to professional tennis fully until 2004. Haas won two more ATP titles in his year of 2004, while trying to gain back his form. In 2006, Haas won three ATP Tournaments and reached the quarterfinals at the 2006 US Open, where he was knocked out by Nikolay Davydenko after having been up two sets, Haas began having severe cramps in his legs in the third set. During the match he was disturbed, repeatedly hitting his legs with his racquet
Forty-eight of the fifty states and the federal district are contiguous and located in North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east, the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean, the geography and wildlife of the country are extremely diverse. At 3.8 million square miles and with over 324 million people, the United States is the worlds third- or fourth-largest country by area, third-largest by land area. It is one of the worlds most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, paleo-Indians migrated from Asia to the North American mainland at least 15,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century, the United States emerged from 13 British colonies along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the following the Seven Years War led to the American Revolution. On July 4,1776, during the course of the American Revolutionary War, the war ended in 1783 with recognition of the independence of the United States by Great Britain, representing the first successful war of independence against a European power.
The current constitution was adopted in 1788, after the Articles of Confederation, the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791 and designed to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties. During the second half of the 19th century, the American Civil War led to the end of slavery in the country. By the end of century, the United States extended into the Pacific Ocean. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the status as a global military power. The end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the sole superpower. The U. S. is a member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States. The United States is a developed country, with the worlds largest economy by nominal GDP. It ranks highly in several measures of performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP. While the U. S. economy is considered post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge economy, the United States is a prominent political and cultural force internationally, and a leader in scientific research and technological innovations.
In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America after the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci
Milos Raonic is a Canadian professional tennis player. He reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals world No.3 singles ranking on November 21,2016, coupled with his first ATP World Tour title three weeks later, his world ranking rose from No.152 to No.37 in one month. He was awarded the 2011 ATP Newcomer of the Year, and has been ranked continuously inside the top 20 since August 2012. Raonic is the first player born in the 1990s to win an ATP World Tour title, to be ranked in the top 10 and he has eight ATP World Tour titles. Raonic is the most successful Canadian singles player in history and he became the highest-ranked Canadian male ever on February 21,2011, when he reached world No.37. His career-high world No.3 ranking is the highest by a Canadian man or woman and he is the first Canadian male in the Open Era to reach the Australian Open semifinals, the French Open quarterfinals, and the Wimbledon final. He has more ATP World Tour titles and finals appearances in the Open Era than all other Canadian men combined, Raonic is frequently described as having one of the best serves among his contemporaries.
Statistically, Raonic is among the strongest servers in the Open Era, aided by his serve, he plays an all-court style with an emphasis on short points. Every one of his singles titles has won on hard courts. Raonic was born on December 27,1990, in Titograd, SFR Yugoslavia, prompted by the political unrest in the Balkans, and seeking more professional opportunities, his family moved to Canada in 1994 when he was three, settling in Brampton, Ontario. His parents are engineers, his father, Dušan, holds a Ph. D. in electrical engineering, while his mother, has degrees in mechanical. Raonics uncle, Branimir Gvozdenović, is a politician in the Government of Montenegro, Raonic is fluent in Serbian and English. He moved to nearby Thornhill, Ontario soon after, and one or two years passed before he asked his parents if he could play again and his father sought out coach Casey Curtis at the Blackmore Tennis Club in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Curtis was at first reluctant to take on Raonic, but was convinced after Raonic demonstrated his commitment by working with his father, years later, Raonic said he chose tennis because of its individuality and felt could train more alone and on a ball machine with dad.
Raonic and Curtis worked together twice a day, almost every day, provided that he complete his courses, Raonic was allowed to reduce his hours of attendance at Thornhill Elementary School so that he could practice more, which he did both before and after school. His parents and siblings supported his tennis, taking turns driving him to practice and tournaments, they emphasized school throughout, insisting that he maintain academic excellence as a prerequisite to playing tennis. He attended Thornhill Secondary School, and accelerated his course load—achieving an 82 percent average—so that he could graduate a year early, Raonics four favourite sports teams are FC Barcelona, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Toronto Raptors. He played in the 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game held in Toronto and he worked for Rogers Sportsnet as an analyst while recovering from injury for their broadcast of the 2011 Canadian Open
Sam Austin Querrey is an American professional tennis player from San Francisco, who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. His career-high singles ranking is world no, known for his powerful serve, Querrey holds the record for consecutive service aces,10. He is a doubles player, with five doubles titles. He regularly partners with fellow American John Isner, in singles, Querrey has won nine titles. His best performance in a Grand Slam event was at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, in the third round of the tournament, Querrey defeated world No.1 Novak Djokovic in four sets, ending a run of 30 consecutive Grand Slam wins. At the time, Djokovic held all four Grand Slam singles titles and he has twice reached the semifinals of the Davis Cup with the United States team, in 2008 and 2012. In 2017, he defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3 7-6 in the final to win his second ATP500 Series title in Acapulco, Querrey was born in San Francisco and attended Thousand Oaks High School, graduating in 2006. Querrey turned down an offer from the University of Southern California to turn pro.
Querrey said that going pro was one of the toughest decisions of my life, id play a match and want to go pro. Id lose and want to go to college, on June 11,2006, Querrey became the first player to win a challenger event in his pro debut. He won in the Yuba City and Winnetka challengers and he won his first-round match at the Indian Wells Masters tournament over Bobby Reynolds, before falling to James Blake in three sets. He defeated American Vince Spadea at the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, at the US Open, Querrey received a wildcard and defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets, before falling to Gastón Gaudio in the second round. At the 2007 Australian Open, he advanced to the third round and he defeated José Acasuso, the 27th seed, in the first round. In the second round, he defeated Frenchman Florent Serra in straight sets, at the 2007 Indianapolis Tennis Championships, he hit 10 consecutive aces when he defeated James Blake in the quarterfinals. This is believed to be an Open Era record and he lost to no.9 seed James Blake, but made his top 50 debut at no.47 afterwards.
At this time, Querrey was the third-ranked American behind Andy Roddick, in August 2007 at the US Open, Austrian Stefan Koubek defeated Querrey in the first round. In January 2008 at the Australian Open, Querrey defeated Belgian Olivier Rochus in the first round, in the second round, he beat Russian Dmitry Tursunov. He lost in the round to the eventual champion, Serbian Novak Djokovic
Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a sovereign state situated at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans. Relative to its territory, it is a diverse country distinguished by a transitional character, situated along cultural, climatic. Serbia numbers around 7 million residents, and its capital, following the Slavic migrations to the Balkans from the 6th century onwards, Serbs established several states in the early Middle Ages. The Serbian Kingdom obtained recognition by Rome and the Byzantine Empire in 1217, in the early 19th century, the Serbian Revolution established the nation-state as the regions first constitutional monarchy, which subsequently expanded its territory. During the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbia formed a union with Montenegro which dissolved peacefully in 2006, in 2008 the parliament of the province of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence, with mixed responses from the international community.
Serbia is a member of organizations such as the UN, CoE, OSCE, PfP, BSEC. An EU membership candidate since 2012, Serbia has been negotiating its EU accession since January 2014, the country is acceding to the WTO and is a militarily neutral state. Serbia is an income economy with dominant service sector, followed by the industrial sector. The country ranks high on the Social Progress Index as well as the Global Peace Index, relatively high on the Human Development Index, located at the crossroads between Central and Southern Europe, Serbia is found in the Balkan peninsula and the Pannonian Plain. Serbia lies between latitudes 41° and 47° N, and longitudes 18° and 23° E. The country covers a total of 88,361 km2, which places it at 113th place in the world, with Kosovo excluded, the area is 77,474 km2. Its total border length amounts to 2,027 km, all of Kosovos border with Albania and Montenegro are under control of the Kosovo border police. The Pannonian Plain covers the third of the country while the easternmost tip of Serbia extends into the Wallachian Plain.
The terrain of the part of the country, with the region of Šumadija at its heart. Mountains dominate the third of Serbia. Dinaric Alps stretch in the west and the southwest, following the flow of the rivers Drina, the Carpathian Mountains and Balkan Mountains stretch in a north–south direction in eastern Serbia. Ancient mountains in the southeast corner of the country belong to the Rilo-Rhodope Mountain system, elevation ranges from the Midžor peak of the Balkan Mountains at 2,169 metres to the lowest point of just 17 metres near the Danube river at Prahovo. The largest lake is Đerdap Lake and the longest river passing through Serbia is the Danube, the climate of Serbia is under the influences of the landmass of Eurasia and the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea