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  • Stephen Constantine Resigns As Coach Of Indian Football Team

    3 days ago
    Indian football team head coach Stephen Constantine stepped down after the team’s shock 0-1 defeat to Bahrain which led to its exit from the Asian Cup. The Anglo-Cypriot coach took over the reins of the team in 2015 for a 2-year tenure. He was given one-year contract extension twice

    Indias first CWG Boxing Gold-Medallist Mohammed Ali Qamar Appointed Womens Team Coach

    3 days ago
    Mohammed Ali Qamar, the man who won India’s first Commonwealth Games gold medal in boxing, has taken over as the chief coach for the country’s female boxers. He has replaced veteran Shiv Singh. Qamar, who is set to turn 38, is also the youngest person to land the job.

    Deep and Mulik won gold medal 43rd Bombay YMCA State level annual athletics

    15 January 2019
    Uran Gymkhana’s Deep Patil and Shree Sidheshwar Sports Club’s Shreya Mulik won the under-18 boys and girls’ 100m gold medal in the 43rd Bombay YMCA State-level annual athletics meet at the University Pavilion, Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra. The results: U-18: 100m: 1.Deep Patil (Uran Gymkhana) 11.3; 2.Mohit Gawade (Somaiya Sports Academy, Vidyavihar) 11.6; 3.Aryan Somale (J.S. Sports Club, Mira Road) 11.7.  U-18: 100m: 1.Shreya Mulik (Shree Sidheshwar SC) 12.6; 2.Michelle Fernandes (Holy Cross, Kurla) 12.8; 3.Siya Dawoor (Sprinters SC) 13.3.

    Taslim Mir won U 17 badminton title at KIYG 2019

    14 January 2019
    Taslim Mir clinched the girls’ U-17 badminton title at the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2019. Taslim Mir defeated Manasi Singh and secured 23-21, 21-16 win at the Balewadi stadium, Maharashtra.  Gujarat’s medal tally went up due to Taslim’s slick movement and controlled stroke play. KIYG almost seemed child’s play for the 13-year-old. The results (all finals): Girls: ♦ U-15: Taslim Mir (Guj) bt Manasi Singh (UP) 23-21, 21-16 ♦ Doubles: Aarya Deshpande & Ananya Shirke (Mah) bt Sakshi Asrani & Anushka Mehta (Raj) 21-16, 21-13 ♦ U-21: Aakarshi Kashyap (Chd) bt Malvika Bansod (Mah) 21-11, 21-16 Boys: ♦ U-17: Gandham Rao (TS) bt Ravi (Har) 15-21, 21-18, 21-11 ♦ Doubles: Nikunj Pandey & Shubham Patel (Raj) bt C.S. Koushtik & R. Vikash Prabhu (TN) 21-15, 22-20 ♦ U-21: Sanjay Aman (Mah) bt Rahul Bharadwaj (Kar) 21-17, 23-21

    Mohamed Salah Named African Footballer Of The Year

    13 January 2019
    Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah named as the 2018 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year. For the second consecutive year he has won the award. Egypt forward Salah, 26, beat Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the title. He received the award at a ceremony in Senegal.
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    Egypt to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

    13 January 2019
    Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations between June 15 and July 13, Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad announced in Dakar. It will be the fifth time Egypt stage the biennial showpiece of African football after 1959, when the country was called the United Arab Republic, 1974, 1986 and 2006. The CAF executive committee preferred Egypt to South Africa as replacements for original hosts Cameroon, who were dropped due to delays in preparations and concerns over security.

    Ranji Trophy : Bihar spinner Ashutosh Aman breaks Bishan Bedis 44-year old record

    12 January 2019
     Bihar left-arm spinner Ashutosh Aman etched his name in record books, surpassing the great Bishan Singh Bedi as the highest wicket-taker in a Ranji Trophy season after claiming his 65th scalp in Moun-ul-Haq stadium Patna, Bihar. Ashutosh Aman hails from Gaya, Bihar and he is also an employee in Indian Air Force.  

    Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named top seeds for Australian Open

    11 January 2019
    The Serbian tennis player, Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep, the Romanian tennis player, were named top seeds for next week’s Australian Open.  Djokovic heads Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer. Halep takes the top seeding among the women courtesy of her world number one ranking, but she enters the tournament with only one match in four months under her belt after an injury lay-off

    India's Mary Kom becomes world's top woman boxer

    11 January 2019
    Mary Kom, who had become the first ever woman boxer to win six world championship titles in November last year, has been ranked number one by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) in the light fly (45-48kg) category. The 35-year-old tops her weight division with 1700 points. Ukraine's 22-year-old boxer Hanna Okhota is ranked second, with 1100 points.

    USA Cricket becomes ICC's 105th member

    10 January 2019
    The International Cricket Council (ICC) approved USA Cricket as its 105th member, which is expected to open the door for T20 Internationals to be played in Florida, which has a large base of West Indies supporters. The USA Cricket Association had previously been an associate member of the ICC, but was suspended over governance issues for a third time in 2015 before being expelled in June 2017.

    Sydney and Brisbane chosen to host $15 million 24 team ATP Cup in 2020

    10 January 2019
    Australian cities Sydney and Brisbane have been announced as the first two host locations for the newest team event in men’s tennis for the multi-million dollar ATP Cup from 2020. The third Australian city for the tournament is yet to be determined.

    Jasprit Bumrah finishes 2018 as the highest wicket-taker across all formats

    8 January 2019
    Twenty-Five years old Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah finishes 2018 as the highest international wicket-taker of 2018 with 78 wickets after taking 9 wickets in the 3rd Test Match against Australia held in Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia. South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada ranked 2nd in the list of Highest International wicket taker of 2018 with 77 wickets.

    India's Arunima world's 1st woman amputee to scale Antarctic peak

    7 January 2019
    Indian mountaineer Arunima Sinha has now become the World's first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica. In 2013, Sinha had broken the world record by becoming the first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest. A former national level volleyball player, Arunima had lost her left leg after being thrown off a moving train and getting hit by another in 2011. Padma Shri awardee Sinha has already scaled five peaks - Mt Everest, Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Ebrus, Mt Kosciuszko and Mt Aconcagua.

    India win first-ever cricket Test series in Australia

    7 January 2019
    India won the four-match Test series against Australia 2-1 as the Sydney Test ended in a draw after the fifth day's play was washed out due to rain. This is the first time ever that India have won a Test series in Australia. Before this, India had played 11 Test series in Australia since 1947, losing eight and drawing three. Cheteshwar Pujara, who made 193 runs in the Sydney Test, was the Man of the Match, while Man of the Series also got the award.

    Hopman Cup: Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic retain title for Switzerland

    7 January 2019
    Hopman Cup, an annual international eight-team indoor hardcourt tennis tournament was held in Perth, Western Australia. It is a mixed competition in which male and female players are on combined teams and represent their countries. The Event was concluded on 5th January 2019. This year Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic secured a 2-1 victory over Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev to win the Hopman Cup for the second year in a row. It was Switzerland’s fourth title overall, behind only the United States with six. This year’s tournament is the 31st edition of the Hopman Cup and potentially be the final edition of the tournament as it will be replaced by an ATP tournament from next year.

    Pujara faces 1258 balls in Australia series, breaks Dravids record

    5 January 2019
    30 years old Indian Batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara faced 1258 balls in the ongoing test series so far against Australia to become the batsman who had faced highest deliveries in a test series in Australia beating India’s Former Captain, Rahul Dravid’s record of 1203 balls.

    Rishabh Pant 1st ever Indian wicketkeeper to slam Test ton in Australia

    5 January 2019
    India’s wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant became the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to score a century in Test against Australia on Australian soil after hitting 159 runs on the 2nd day of 4th Test Match at Sydney, Australia. Rishabh pant broke Farokh Engineer’s record of highest Test runs against Australia on Australian soil. Farokh Engineer scored 89 runs in 1967.

    National Boxing Championships: Lovlina Borgohain moves into quarter-finals

    5 January 2019
    In the Women's National Boxing Championships, Lovlina Borgohain entered the quarter-finals owing to a walkover as pugilists from Haryana and Kerala impressed in Vijayanagara. Four of Kerala boxers Divya Ganesh (69 kg), Indira KA (75kg), Anaswara PM (81kg), and Fousiya AT (81kg) entered the quarter-finals along with four boxers from Haryana.   

    Smriti Mandhana wins ICC women's cricketer of the year award

    2 January 2019
    India’s opening batter Smriti Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for best cricketer of the year and the ICC ODI player of the year award. Mandhana has helped India win an ODI series against England and T20 and ODI series against Sri Lanka and South Africa this year. She finished as the highest scorer in ODIs in 2018 with 669 runs in 12 matches at an average of 66.90. New Zealand’s Sophie Devine was the runner-up for the ODI Player of the Year, while Pakistan bowler Sana Mir was third in the race. India's T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur was named the captain of the ICC women's T20I team of the year. Meanwhile, New Zealand's Suzie Bates was named the captain of the ICC women's ODI team of the year.

    Virat Kohli equals Gangulys record with 11th away test win as captain

    2 January 2019
    Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli equaled Former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly’s record with 11th away test win as a captain after defeating Australia in the 3rd Test Match held in Melbourne, Australia. Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy on Australian soil. India is leading the series with 2-1.  

    Rishabh Pant first Indian wicket-keeper to claim 20 catches in Test series

    1 January 2019
    Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant became the country's first keeper to complete twenty catches in a Test series, during the final day of the 'Boxing Day Test'. Pant surpassed former cricketers Naren Tamhane and Syed Kirmani who had recorded nineteen dismissals in 1954-55 and 1979-80 respectively. Australia's Brad Haddin holds the record for taking most catches in a Test series (29).

    India won 2 Tests in a series in Australia for 1st time after 40 years

    31 December 2018
    India defeated Australia by 137 runs in the third Test at Melbourne to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. This is the first time since 1977-1978 that India have won two matches in a Test series in Australia. Further, the victory was India's 26th in 45 Test matches under Virat Kohli's captaincy.

    ICC Test Rankings: New Zealand Overtake South Africa to Third Spot

    31 December 2018
    New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 423 runs to claim the Test series and jump above South Africa into the third spot in the ICC Test team rankings. India, who lead 2-1 after three Tests in Australia, are at the top of the rankings with 116 points. England are second with 108 points and Australia fifth on 102 points.

    Bumrah becomes top wicket-taker in international cricket in 2018

    31 December 2018
    India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has become the highest wicket-taker in international cricket in 2018 after picking up 9 wickets in the Melbourne Test against Australia. The 25-year-old has taken 78 wickets this year, overtaking South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada, who has taken 77 wickets. Bumrah took 48 wickets in Tests, 22 in ODIs and 8 in T20Is in 2018.

    Sports Ministry embarks Rs 100 cr for funding athletes under TOPS

    31 December 2018
    The Sports Ministry has earmarked Rs 100 crore for the funding of athletes under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for their preparations for 2020 Olympics, according to Sports Authority of India Director General Neelam Kapur. The TOPS, which was launched in September 2014, is a flagship programme of the sports ministry to provide financial assistance to potential Olympic medal winners. Athletes have also been given financial assistance to prepare for Commonwealth Games and Asian Games under the TOPS.

    Archie Schiller, the seven-year-old was named as the co-captain of the Australian team

    31 December 2018
    Cricket Australia have added seven-year-old Archie Schiller in the 15-member squad for the third Test of the series against India, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Boxing Day, December 26. He was co-captain alongside Tim Paine. Archie Schiller, who has endured 13 heart operations and spent half of his life in hospital after being diagnosed with a life-threatening congenital disease, had the dream of captaining the Australian cricket team. Make a Wish Australia and Cricket Australia, worked together to make Archie’s cricket dreams come true.

    Women's National Boxing Championship to begin from 31 Dec in Karnataka

    30 December 2018
    The tournament will be held at the JSW Sports' Inspire Institute of Sports, which was recently inaugurated by Olympic gold-medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra. The championship will feature more the 300 of the nation's best female boxers, aged between 19 and 40, across 10 weight categories.

    Modric beats Djokovic to win Balkan athlete of the year award

    29 December 2018
    Croatia’s captain and Spanish club Real Madrid’s midfielder Luka Modric was named the Balkan Athlete of the year beating Men’s tennis world number one player Novak Djokovic. The poll to name Balkan Athlete of the year was organized by the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA). Serbian player Novak Djokovic got the second position whereas women’s number one tennis Romania’s Simona Halep got the third position in the Balkan’s poll. Luka Modric leads Croatia to the FIFA World cup final and bagged player of the tournament for the FIFA 2018 organized in Russia.

    Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

    27 December 2018
    Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting became the 25th Australian cricketer to be officially inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). A three-time World Cup winner (including two World Cups as captain in 2003 and 2007), Ponting did a lap of honor as part of his induction during the tea break on Day-1 of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia at MCG. In February 2018, he was also inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. Ponting is the highest run scorer for Australia in both Tests and ODIs, with 13,378 runs in the longest format and 13,704 runs in the 50-over format.

    Belgium ends the year as No. 1 in FIFA global rankings

    26 December 2018
    Belgium will end the year as No. 1 ahead of world champions France in the global rankings released by FIFA recently. Belgium have 1,727 points by FIFA's calculations to 1,726 for France. Brazil are third on 1,676. FIFA rankings 2018: 1. Belgium, 2. France, 3. Brazil, 4. Croatia, 5. England, 6. Portugal, 7. Uruguay, 8. Switzerland, 9. Spain, 10. Denmark

    Mithali, Harmanpreet retained as India captains for New Zealand tour

    26 December 2018
    Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur were named as Indian women's ODI and T20I captains respectively for the tour of New Zealand. India will play three ODIs in New Zealand beginning January 24 as part of the ICC Women’s Championship before playing three T20 Internationals.

    Tokyo 2020 unveiled new budget, spending unchanged at USD 12bn

    26 December 2018
    The new budget has kept the estimate unchanged at 1.35 trillion yen ($12.1 billion) from last year. The city government will provide a further 600 billion yen and the national government 150 billion yen, both unchanged from the previous version. Tokyo 2020 CEO - Toshiro Muto.

    Seven day 37th Senior National Rowing Championship held in Pune

    25 December 2018
    The seven days 37th Senior National Rowing Championship concluded at Army Rowing Node, College of Military Engineering in Pune. The competition consisted of categories of: 2000 meters and 500 meters. It was inaugurated by Lt General Michael Mathews. The Army Team emerged as the champions in 2018 and was followed by the Services team that came in second. This year, 498 rowers from 24 teams of various States (except West Bengal) and Associations competed in approximately 200 races over last four days.

    ICC asks BCCI to pay Rs 161 crore compensation or lose rights to host 2023 World Cup

    25 December 2018
    The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been involved in some legal battles of late. International Cricket Council (ICC) asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to either pay $23 million (Rs 161 crore) by the end of this year as compensation for the tax deductions incurred in hosting the 2016 World T20 or end up losing the World Cup 2023 rights. India is supposed to host the 2021 Champions Trophy and the 2023 World Cup, which again would come under jeopardy if BCCI fails to meet ICC's demands.

    India's Vedangi Kulkarni becomes fastest Asian to cycle the globe

    24 December 2018
    Vedangi Kulkarni, a 20-year-old cyclist from Maharashtra's Pune, achieved the feat by completing the 29,000-km distance required to qualify as bicycling across the globe in 159 days. She reached Kolkata on December 23 after pedalling up to 300 km a day in 14 countries across the 159 days. British adventurer Jenny Graham (38) is the fastest woman to have cycled the globe in 124 days in 2018, which was three weeks faster than the previous record.

    Kabaddi World Cup Winning Captain Anup Kumar announced retirement

    22 December 2018
    In his 15-year iconic career, Anup Kumar was part of the national team that won gold medals in 2010 and 2014. He won the Arjuna Award in 2012. He began his international career in 2006 at the South Asian Games in Sri Lanka and was the captain of the national team in 2014.

    WV Raman appointed as the new coach of the India women's cricket team

    21 December 2018
    Ex-Indian men's cricket team opener WV Raman has been appointed as the coach of the Indian women's cricket team despite India's 2011 men's World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten being the first choice. Raman, who played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs, is now one of the most qualified coaches in the country. Raman is currently a batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. From his cricketing days, Raman is best remembered for being the first Indian to score a century in South Africa during the 1992-93 tour.

    IPL 2019 Auction: 16-Year-Old Prayas Becomes Youngest Ever Crorepati in History

    20 December 2018
    Royal Challengers Bangalore roped in the youngster Prayas Ray Barman for Rs 1.5 Cr from a base price Rs 20 lakh. Bengal's 16-year-old leg-spinner Prayas Barman made his professional cricket debut for Bengal in September, taking 11 wickets in nine Vijay Hazare Trophy matches at an economy rate of 4.45.

    Marathon runner Apoorva Chaudhary sets a national record

    19 December 2018
    Apoorva Chaudhary, the 28-year old ultra runner from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, created a national record by completing 176.8 km in the women’s 24-hour event at the NEB 24 Hour Stadium Run held at New Delhi under the aegis of Athletics Federation of India. The previous record of 175.4 km was set by Meenal Kotak. Apoorva became the fourth Indian woman to run more than 100 miles (160 km) in 24 hours after Meenal, Hema Saini (172.3 km) and Aparna Choudhary (169.2 km). In the men’s 24-hour run held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at New Delhi, Pranaya Mohanty from Bengaluru completed 206.8, becoming the third Indian to have crossed the 200 km distance and the first to have achieved it in a stadium race held in India.

    Drone delivers vaccines in for the first time in Vanuatu

    19 December 2018
    For the first time ever, the vaccine was delivered commercially by drone to a one-month-old Joy Nowai in a remote island in the South Pacific country of Vanuatu. The vaccine delivery covered almost 40 kilometers of rugged mountainous terrain from Dillon’s Bay on the west side of the island to the east landing in remote Cook’s Bay, where 13 children and five pregnant women were vaccinated by Miriam Nampil, a registered nurse. Cook’s Bay, a small, scattered community that does not have a health centre or electricity, is only accessible by foot or small local boats. The small flight by the drone is a big leap for global health. With the world still struggling to immunize the hardest to reach children, drone technologies can be a game changer for bridging that last mile to reach every child.

    IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 players

    19 December 2018
    A total of 60 players were sold out of the 351, where 40 were Indians (Capped and Uncapped) and a total of 20 overseas players were sold. Kings XI Punjab spent ₹32.5 crore and bought the most number of players (13) in the auction, while Chennai Super Kings spent ₹5.2 crore to fill their two available slots. IPL 2019 Eight Teams: 1) Royal Challengers Bangalore 2) Delhi Capitals (Delhi Daredevils) 3) Kolkata Knight Riders 4) Mumbai Indians 5) Kings XI Punjab 6) Rajasthan Royals 7) Chennai Super Kings 8) Sunrisers Hyderabad

    PV Sindhu 1st Indian to win gold at BWF World Tour Finals

    17 December 2018
    PV Sindhu defeated world number five Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to record her 300th career match victory across categories and clinch the BWF World Tour Finals women's singles title. Sindhu, who is ranked sixth worldwide, won the final with scoreline of 21-19, 21-17. It was the 23-year-old shuttler's first title victory in 2018, after having lost five finals this year.

    Belgium beat Netherlands to win men's Hockey World Cup for 1st time

    17 December 2018
    Belgium defeated Netherlands in the final at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar to clinch the men's Hockey World Cup for the first time. This is the second consecutive time that Netherlands finished second in the tournament. Australia crushed England 8-1 to win Bronze medal in Odisha World Cup 2018.

    Virat Kohli breaks another record; now second fastest to score 25 Test Centuries after Sir Don Bradman

    17 December 2018
    Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli became the second fastest player to score 25 Test Centuries after scoring 123 runs on the third day of Second Test against Australia at Perth. He is only behind of former Australian captain and cricketing legend Sir Don Bradman.

    Sindhu, Verma qualify for BWF Tour Finals' semi-finals

    16 December 2018
    Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma progressed to the semi-finals stage of the BWF Tour Finals. Sindhu and Sameer are the only Indians at the BWF Tour Finals this year. Sindhu, who won all of her group matches, reached the semi-finals stage by beating USA's Beiwen Zhang 21-9, 21-15 in the women's singles. Sameer Verma too is on the verge of securing a semi-final berth after his 21-9, 21-18 win over Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand in the men's singles.

    Djokovic and Halep wins 2018 ITF world champions

    15 December 2018
    Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep have been named as the 2018 International Tennis Federation (ITF) world champions by the governing body of global tennis. World number one Djokovic receives the honour from the ITF for the sixth time, while it is the first year that Romania's top-ranked Halep has been recognized. Djokovic had a maximum speed of 36.02kph, better than anyone else but was second to Andy Murray in terms of average speed, the Brit scoring 15.89 kph as compared to Djokovic’s 14.89 kph. Halep, the former French Open finalist, had a maximum speed with 23.04 kph while World No. 1 Angelique Kerber’s average speed at 14.27 was the highest.

    SAIL Hockey Academy Wins Aga Khan Gold Cup Tournament

    14 December 2018
    Steel Authority of India’s Hockey Academy beat Army XI Danapur to clinch the 115th All India Aga Khan Gold Cup hockey tournament held at Major Dhyan Chand hockey stadium in New Delhi. Jay Prakash Patel scored the match-winning goal for the SAIL Hockey Academy (SHA) in the final match.

    International Cricket Council ropes in Royal Stag as official sponsor for next five years

    14 December 2018
    International Cricket Council (ICC) signed a contract with Pernod Ricard India Pvt Ltd, the makers of whiskey brand Royal Stag for a five-year global partnership as an official sponsor. The size of Royal Stag’s sponsorship deal is estimated to be $5-6 million per year. The partnership which will last until 2023 would allow Royal Stag a comprehensive presence across broadcast, digital and on-ground activations of all ICC global tournaments, including the 2019 World Cup, T20 World Cup, World Test Championship and U19 World Cup and Women’s World Cup.

    Golden State Warriors Named Sports Illustrateds 2018 Sportsperson of the Year

    12 December 2018
    NBA champion Golden State Warriors have been named the 2018 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year.  The team will be honored at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards Show in Los Angeles on December 11 2018.

    Sascha Bajin, Naomi Osakas coach became first ever WTA Coach of the Year

    12 December 2018
    Sascha Bajin, coach of the world number five Naomi Osaka, became the first-ever recipient of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Coach of the Year Award. Under his guidance, Osaka won her career first WTA title at the Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and claimed her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open after defeating American tennis ace Serena Williams.

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