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Wimbledon: Indian tennis ace Leander Paes with his Swiss partner Martina Hingis won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon here on Sunday.

The seventh seeds needed just 40 minutes to beat the Austrian-Hungarian pair of Alexander Peya and Timea Babos 6-1, 6-1 in the final at Centre Court of the All England Club.

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Hindu American Olympic Medal Winner Rajeev Ram says Hinduism taught him control on the court

Rajeev attributes his success to his parents who taught him the Hindu values that translated onto the tennis court

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Representative set of the Olympic medals. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
  • Rajeev attributes his success to his parents who taught him the Hindu values that translated onto the tennis court
  • His parents, who are involved in the local Hindu community didn’t care whether he won or lost his tennis matches as a child but ensured that he controlled his temper
  • In time, he found out that keeping calm could not only make him morally better but could also improve his scores

August 23, 2016: When people from a tiny community that exist in a massive land distinguish themselves and reach the zenith of success, they become role models, symbols of hope to all those who aspire to make history. A small Hindu community of the US has brought out prodigies in every field, creating a name for themselves. The Hindu Americans have produced successful entrepreneurs, and scholars and also those who excel in the professional realms of sports.

There have been many Hindu Americans who have represented the US and become Olympic champions. Mohini Bhardwaj, the silver medal winner gymnast in 2004, and Raj Bhavsar who won bronze in 2008 in the same field are a few to name. When Rajeev Ram stood on the Olympic podium to receive his silver medal in tennis doubles in Rio 2016, not only did he become a new role model for the Hindu American children, but he also became the new face of a local Hindu community he belongs to, mentioned the Washington Post.

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Rajeev attributes his success to his parents who taught him the Hindu values that translated onto the tennis court. The Washington Post quotes Ram, “Part of the Hindu religion teaches- more so than anything else, your control of your mind — your self-control, basically. Obviously, your body’s going to do what your mind tells it to do. If you can have that inner control, a sense of peace, your body’s going to follow.” This self-control generally refers to one’s mastery over his moral and ethical choices. Ram has taken his practice to the next level by achieving mastery of his body.

Rajeev Ram, Image source: Twitter
Rajeev Ram, Image source: Twitter

Rajeev’s parents, who are involved in the local Hindu community didn’t care whether he won or lost his tennis matches as a child but ensured that he controlled his temper. In time, he found out that keeping calm could not only make him morally better but could also improve his scores.

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So when the people abroad are able to inculcate the principles of Hinduism and transform themselves into amazing personalities, it is sad that back home in India which is the motherland of Hinduism, people are unable to harness the best athletes and send them to the Olympic Games.

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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Sania-Martina magic in WTA Finals

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Singapore: Indo-Swiss tennis combine of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis struck gold one more time this year by clinching the women’s doubles title in the WTA Finals on Sunday.

The top seeds beat Spanish eighth seeds Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-3 in an hour and seven minutes on the hard courts of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The WTA Finals is an annual event played by the top-8 players/pairs of the year who are divided into two round robin groups — red and white. The top two of each group progress to the semi-finals and the winners to the finals.

The championship is generally considered the fifth most prestigious event on the women’s tour after the four Grand Slam tournaments. It also has the largest prize money and ranking points after the Grand Slams.

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Leander might retire after Rio Olympics, says father

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New Delhi:Leander Paes, one of the greatest tennis players India has produced, might retire after the 2016 Rio Olympics if he does not perform well.

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Leander’s father Vece Paes said that the tennis star is quite focussed on qualifying and playing the Olympics next year and his future will depend on his performance at the mega sporting event.

“If he does well at the Olympics then there would be reason for him to play longer. If he does not do too well at the Olympics, then the chances are that he would probably retire,” the elder Paes told in an interview.

“But that is his choice! We have not really discussed it. He is working on his game this year and then we go to next year and then we will see what happens.”

Vece, who was a hockey player and was also part of the bronze medal winning Indian team at the 1972 Munich Olympics, said that his son wants to play in both men’s and mixed doubles in the Brazilian metropolis in 2016.

“He hopes to play in the 2016 Rio Olympics with Rohan Bopanna in men’s doubles and with Sania Mirza in mixed doubles. That’s the plan so far,” said Vece.

If Leander plays in Rio de Janeiro, it would be his seventh Olympics since playing for the first time at the 1992 Barcelona Games. The 42-year-old is the only Indian to win an Olympic medal in tennis — a men’s singles bronze from the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Last time at the 2012 London Olympics, Leander partnered Vishnu Vardhan in men’s doubles and Sania in mixed.

“Basically he has got to see out this year and then he has got another four or five tournaments because he is short of ranking points in men’s doubles. So that will take him to the end of the year,” said Vece.

“Then he has got the IPTL (International Premier Tennis League) at the end of the year. From January to August he will be focussing on picking up points to qualify for the Olympics.”

2015 has been a great year for the Indian tennis legend. He won three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles — Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open — all with Swiss great Martina Hingis.

(Sandip Sikdar, IANS)