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Insight into the life of tennis superstar Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka’s self-titled Netflix docuseries portrays an interesting insight into the life of a four-time grand slam champion. Unlike other athlete documentaries, this one isn’t all about the star’s rise to fame and success. While it does follow her journey over the past two years, starting from her win at the 2018 U.S. Open over Serena Williams, its main focus is on the mental state Naomi was in throughout this time of her life. It brings to light the self-doubt and contemplation an athlete often goes through. “To anyone that would know, they know me for being a tennis player,” she explains in the series. “So what if I’m not a good tennis player?” Champion athletes are often known for their proud and confident image in the media, however, Naomi Osaka is a look into what goes on beyond the court. Here are some of our key takeaways from the…

    Emma Raducanu – Britain’s news Tennis Champion

    You may not have known her name just a few months ago, but at just 18 years old, Emma Raducanu has made history by being the first Briton to win a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade in 1977. Raducanu was born in Toronto and brought up in London. She made her WTA debut in June 2021. It was only two months later when she became the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam singles title, beating Leyla Fernandez in the final. She claimed a £1.8 million cheque after her big win, and also boosted up her ranking from 150 to 22. “I’m still just so shocked, still in the moment,’ says Raducanu. “I can’t believe I came through the last service game. It honestly means absolutely everything to hold this trophy. I just don’t want to let go.” Raducanu was met with praise from many famous British figures, including…

      Olympic 2020 Highlights: Moments we won’t forget

      It’s been almost a week since the Tokyo Olympics ended, and it was truly like no other. It may have seemed impossible to organise amidst the pandemic, however, the Olympic Committee did an incredible job of pulling everything off. People around the world were gripped to their TV’s, excited to have something to look forward to during uncertain times. There were many highs and plenty of memorable moments that will go down in Olympic history. It’s been a week since the closing ceremony, but we want to relive some of the biggest achievements from the Games. Here are just some of the moments that captured our hearts. India gets their first Hockey medal in 41 years India defeated Germany to win a bronze medal in the men’s field hockey. It was the country’s first medal in hockey since 1980 – a decade before any of the current players were even…

        Recapping the first week of the Tokyo Olympics

        It has been an epic first week at the Tokyo Olympics! From Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui’s shocking win, to the Philippines earning their first-ever Olympic gold medal in the women’s weightlifting – we’ve had our fair share of iconic moments. We can’t wait to see what’s to come next week! Here are some stand-out results in swimming and gymnastics this week. Women’s 1500m Freestyle: Katie Ledecky wins Gold 24-year-old Katie Ledecky bagged a Gold medal in the 1500m women’s freestyle in swimming. The event joined the women’s Olympic program for the first time ever, though the men have competed in it since 1904. As impressive as her win was, it wasn’t just the fact that she had won Gold. What stood out was how she managed to do it after an exhausting 48-hour period in which she swam 4,000 meters over six races! Men’s Artistic Gymnastics: Japan comes out on…

          Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui shocked by his Olympic gold win

          Dreams really do come true. Well that’s certainly the case for Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui. He couldn’t believe he won gold in Sunday’s men’s 400m freestyle final. The 18-year-old had swam the slowest time to qualify in the semi-final heats just the day before, so he wasn’t expected to be a strong contender for a medal. Hafnaoui won the Gold medal by just 0.16 seconds ahead of Australia’s Jack McLoughlin who won Silver, and Bronze medalist Kieran Smith from the U.S. “I was surprised myself. It’s unbelievable. I just can’t believe it,” said Hafnaoui, who won with a time of 3 minutes 43.36 seconds. “I dedicate (the gold) to all my family, my mum, my dad, my sisters, I wish they are proud of me.” His family’s reaction to his win is priceless. Check out the video below. https://twitter.com/JoySportsGH/status/1419300094780784640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1419300094780784640%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sbnation.com%2F2021%2F7%2F26%2F22594593%2Fahmed-hafnaoui-family-gold-tokyo-olympics He was lined up in Lane 8 – the outer lane,…

            Tokyo Olympics: Highlights of the Opening Ceremony

            The Tokyo Olympics have officially begun! After a long year of delays and uncertainty, the Olympic torch has finally been lit to kick the Games off. The Opening Ceremony was held on Friday and looked slightly different from what we’re used to. Due to Covid-19, there were no spectators allowed in the stands, forcing the athletes to wave to TV cameras rather than a stadium full of fans. However, the mood was optimistic and hopeful with the International Olympic Committee thanking Japan for embracing the Games, while also paying tribute to the country’s healthcare workers who continue to battle the pandemic. There was an impressive lineup of performances, including Japanese singer MISI who performed the national anthem, as well as John Legend and Keith Urban who sang John Lennon’s “imagine”. For many, one of the most iconic moments was when tennis superstar Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic Cauldron. Here are…

              Using Video Analysis to Improve your Tennis Game

              Looking to improve your tennis game? Video analysis and artificial intelligence (AI) can help you do just that. It’s widely used for many sports, helping coaches and athletes analyze performance, identify where they can improve and also prevent future injuries. It has started to become a crucial tool used by tennis professionals to review technique and understand a player’s movements. It’s also used to dissect opponents’ tactic patterns to equip themselves with fitting strategies. One of the first tennis coaches to embrace video analysis in tennis was Australian coach Darren Cahill when he was coaching Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt in the early 2000s. His inspiration came from his father, who was a coach for the Australian Football League and used video analysis as a coaching tool. Cahill found it extremely helpful when coaching Andre Agassi. “I used it a lot. For me to be able to deliver a message…

                Comparing Sprongo to other Video Analysis Platforms

                Coaches and athletes have embraced Sprongo as their leading video analysis platform. While other platforms offer a similar service, Sprongo provides a unique experience that combines cloud-based, mobile app and artificial intelligence capabilities. With these features in play, Sprongo allows for easy video analysis anywhere, anytime. Unlike other platforms, Sprongo’s software is completely web-based. We’ve removed the need to install, download or upgrade our software to make life easier for our users. All you need is an internet connection and an account and you’re good to go. The Sprongo platform also has integrated AI capabilities that provides automated analysis of angles and movement. It carefully analyzes the angular measurements of an athlete’s legs, hips, shoulders and arms within a video clip. This allows you to spend more time analyzing rather than manually noting each measurement frame-by-frame. You can analyze more than one frame in your videos and create datasets for…

                  How to Master Strength Training for Sport

                  Strength training is a great way to build muscle and endurance in sport. It usually takes a few weeks to start seeing results, but following a consistent plan can help increase bone density and muscle mass and even alleviate symptoms of depression. However, performing strength training exercises incorrectly can do more harm than good. Here are a few common mistakes you’ll want to avoid during your next training session. Not having a proper strength training regime Just like any sort of training, it’s important to understand what your objectives are and what routines are going to benefit you the most. Consult with your coach and fitness trainer to determine what training programmes would work best for you and your needs. They will consider all the factors contributing to your performance and help you create a customised plan to suit your health and fitness objectives. You only do strength training during…

                    How to avoid “catching a crab” in rowing

                    “Catching a crab” is a common fear for many rowers. The term refers to when a rower loses control of their oar. The blade then gets trapped in the water by the momentum of the shell, and the oar handle swings backwards, often going over the rower’s head. In extreme cases, the rower may even be thrown overboard. It’s a setback that can effectively take you out of the competition. However, there are ways to overcome the crab and deal with it safely. Don’t resist it Most of the time, rowers fight against the handle when it becomes trapped in the water. Doing this is what risks you stopping the boat, or worse, getting thrown overboard. Instead, don’t resist it. If you leave the oar to itself, it will come to rest parallel to the boat and leave it trailing in the water. This method allows the boat to lose…

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