I’m a practice world champion now and that’s not who I want to be: Roger Federer

first_imgEighteen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has committed to a full schedule in the second half of the season, saying that he’s had enough of practice and is hoping to quickly recapture his stunning early-season form.Federer, fresh off a two-month break to rest his 35-year-old body, will begin his grass-court campaign and bid for an eighth Wimbledon crown at Stuttgart on Wednesday.”There are no more breaks now,” Federer told the ATP website.”I’ve had enough breaks. I’m a practice world champion now and that’s not who I want to be. I want to be a champ on the match courts. So I’m going to be playing a regular schedule for the second part of the season… And this is the beginning here at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart,” he added.The Swiss maestro has taken the last two months off after what he described as a surprisingly successful start to the year that resulted in victory at the Australian Open and then the Indian Wells- Miami Masters double.”I was terribly surprised to win the Australian Open and to back it up and win the sunshine double in Indian Wells and Miami was a complete surprise to me,” Federer said.The 35-year-old further insisted that Rafael Nadal’s return to clay-court dominance was not unexpected.”I think Rafa winning the French Open is less of a surprise because he’d done it nine times before… I was hoping he was going to dominate the clay-court season like the olden days,” said Federer.advertisementThe Swiss also admitted that Nadal is a hot favourite to finish No. 1 for the fourth time.”Obviously Rafa is in great position to finish World No. 1. For him it’s going to be all about staying injury free. For me it’s about getting back to winning ways, where I left off in Miami,” he said.He, however, insisted that the second half of 2017 season will be much more competitive.”I’m sure a lot of guys are going to start playing their best in the second half of the season, like Murray, Djokovic, Nishikori, Raonic, Zverev, Kyrgios, Stan. We’ll all be playing our best tennis. It’s going to be an epic finish to the end of the season. Quite exciting actually for the ATP Tour,” he added.Federer will begin his Stuttgart Open campaign against the winner of Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert and German veteran Tommy Haas.last_img read more

Tourism then and now

first_imgThe program started with Ganesh Vandana and was followed by lighting of the inaugural lamp by Ramesh Tiwari, MD and CEO, DTTDC along with Ravi Dadhich, GM, DTTDC. In the year 1975, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) was brought into being and now it has turned 39. All these years have been full of activities, events and ambitious projects to transform Delhi into a spectacular tourist friendly destination.Delhi Tourism has always been striving to make Delhi a city of never-ending delights, and all efforts have paid in terms of endowing it a unique identity at local as well as international platforms. Winning various accolades as a favourite destination for travelers, Delhi is a vibrant place for an animated and comfortable travel experience. In a bid to celebrate the 39 memorable years of sublime achievement, various cultural programs were organised to entertain the employees of the organisation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These presentations included special bhangra performance, mind boggling magic show, Tanura dance, patriotic songs along with other captivating events. Tanura, an Egyptians folk dance, not only dazzled the audience but the bright outfits of the performers was a major attraction. A special time slot was also kept for the employees of DTTDC to showcase their skills and nearly 6 of them presented melodious compositions along with lively dance acts. Chakradhari, a special wheel balancing act was also performed which held everyone’s attention. Kids of Boogie Woogie fame took part in the occasion and showcased their unique dance acts.Since its inception, Delhi Tourism has been instrumental in promoting tourism in and around Delhi through various activities and projects.last_img read more

Aboard the Friendship bandwagon

first_img“When you’re alone you don’t do much laughing.” – PG Wodehouse“Did you know,” said my friend the other day, while stuffing her face with food, “that Winnie the Pooh is the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations?” She then, proceeded to wash the burgers down with a Coke and started chomping on her fresh order of fries. I said I did not, and watched her suck the salt off a French fry with amusement as I reminisced happy memories from our past of similar nature.There is no telling what makes a person tick when it comes to choosing chums for life, I concluded, after having trifled away another invaluable hour of my life, watching my amiable friend gobble and guzzle. Awash in the friendship day fever, my peer rambled on about her forthcoming merry-making and I was forced to resign myself to a silent expression of disapproval not much unlike Aristotle and Cicero, who too, would have sunk into chairs, profoundly dejected by the redefined, abysmal notions of friendship espoused by the masses today.The emergence of social media, like a siren’s song, has lured multitudes into the sea of virtual reality where human contact has been replaced by electronic forms of interaction. The spirit of friendship, akin to a flower uncared for, is wilting away. Cyberspace, by a sustained blitzkrieg of discombobulation, has lulled masses into a false sense of security wherein they refuse to exercise judgment when it comes to revealing intimate details of their lives to complete strangers disguised as friends. So deeply enmeshed it has become with the lives of individuals that the mere thought of disengaging themselves from it, is distressing enough to make them clutch their brows and break into fits of hysteria. Face-to-face conversations have now become part of a dying institution. People today, have many acquaintances in the digital realm, but few friends outside of it. True friendships, are results of deliciously inexplicable happenings, built and nurtured on moments of shared excitement, passion, uncertainty and fierce camaraderie. The human ability to forge bonds of friendship is a characteristic trait, as is the innate desire for cooperation and companionship. To say, that one does not desire occasionally, to break free from the mundane task of being one’s self and pretend to be somebody else entirely, would be paltering with the truth. But on occasions, when a fellow needs a friend, I find the prospect of dropping down into a cozy sofa with a friend and watching her demolish several plates of food oddly comforting.last_img read more

Snapchat Acquires 3D Photo StartUp

first_imgJune 6, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Snapchat in 3-D? The popular social network has reportedly acquired 3-D photo app service Seene.According to TechCrunch, the low-priced purchase was made “a couple of months ago,” though neither company has officially confirmed the deal.Seene makes “computer vision technology” for mobile devices, including 3-D scene reconstruction, object tracking, augmented reality and 3-D face capture — the latter of which is a very Snapchat-friendly quality. The system (see video below) launched in September within the Seene app, and promises real-time, high-resolution 3-D facial capture on iOS and Android.Neither Snapchat nor Seene immediately responded to PCMag’s request for comment. The startup’s website shows no signs of a change, still listing San Francisco and London as its shared home; TechCrunch says the team will relocate to Los Angeles.In April, Snapchat added the ability to face swap with photos from your phone’s camera roll. Ever wonder what you’d look like as your cat? Or with your best friend’s flawless skin? Hold the screen over your face to launch the app’s selfie features, then swipe to the “Face-Swap From Camera Roll” lens. The program automatically scans your photos for faces, surfacing all applicable options.It’s functions like that which attract an estimated 150 million people every day to the application, which recently bested Twitter’s estimated 140 million daily users. The micro-blogging site — once the number-two social network behind Facebook — has also been eclipsed by Instagram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more