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Mercedes to run one-off livery for German Grand Prix

It is Mercedes AMG team’s second home race in a row when they depart their UK base at Brackley to head to the Hockenheim, not far from Mercedes-Benz’s global home in Stuttgart, for the German Grand Prix.

This week marks the 125th anniversary of the world’s very first motor race, that was held between Paris & Rouen in 1894. Moreover, with a ‘Benz’ taking part in the race, it also marks the origins of the involvement in motorsport of Mercedes and Wolff, the Mercedes boss, has confirmed that the dominant 2019 F1 team will mark this anniversary: “The world’s first car race was held from Paris to Rouen in 1894, and the winning machine had an engine manufactured to the design of Gottlieb Daimler at its heart. It’s the start of a great motorsport tradition which continues to this day and we are incredibly proud of writing the next chapter in this legacy. We’ll run a commemorative livery to pay tribute to our heritage.”

Though the team has tweeted out a picture of an old brand logo in order to mark the anniversary week, there have no details of what this livery might entail.

Wolff continued, “2019’s race is a very special event as we are the title sponsor of the Mercedes-Benz Großer Preis von Deutschland and it will also mark the 200th start for Mercedes in F1.”.

While having claimed a dominant 1-2 last time out at Silverstone, Wolff praised his team for their fair and dramatic fight in the British Grand Prix’s opening laps: “It’s a spectacular race and also a great showcase for our sport. It is great to see our team battle on track in the opening stint; our drivers fought hard but always fair. It was good to bounce back from the poor performance in Austria with a strong finish. ”

He added that although the weather forecast predicts high temperatures and Hockenheim is also a relatively short circuit, they will stay humble and work hard to achieve the best result.

Federer beats Nadal to reach Wimbledon 2019 final

The Swiss superstar Roger Federer booked a place at The Championships final and will attempt to lift a record-extending ninth trophy after a masterclass against World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, a two-time former titlist, on last Friday at Wimbledon.

Federer played at his best on return of serve and in long rallies to beat Nadal 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in their three hours and two minutes semi-final on Centre Court, seizing the momentum in his 40th FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting against his long-time rival Nadal with a break of serve at 3-1 in the third set and, despite an early break in the fourth set, kept Nadal at bay before converting his fifth match point chance. This was the first grass-court clash of the two superstars since their legendary Wimbledon final in 2008 when Nadal won 9-7 in the fifth set.

Roger Federer (37 years old) becomes the Open Era’s third oldest man to reach a Grand Slam championship final and is going to challenge World No. 1, the defending champion and four-time winner, Novak Djokovic, on Sunday at the All England Club. Serbian tennis superstar Djokovic, who beat No. 23 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi-finals earlier on last Friday, leads Federer 25-22 in their career history, including his victories in the Wimbledon finals of 2014 and 2015.

World No. 3 Federer, having registered his 100th Wimbledon match win over Kei Nishikori from Japan in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, is now attempting to capture the 21st major championship crown in his 31st final. He won the Wimbledon title in 2003-07, 2009, 2012, and 2017.

The 33-year-old tennis player Nadal, having captured his 12th Roland Garros trophy last month, is now 37-6 on this year, also including a ninth title of Internazionali BNL d’Italia. He had been trying his best to win his third Wimbledon/Roland Garros title double this fortnight (also 2008, 2010). He is also the first player to qualify for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, which is going to be held at The O2 in London from 10-17 November.

The list of Wimbledon Championships 2019 Seeds

Wimbledon Championships 2019 gentlemen and ladies seeds were unveiled after Roger Federer, the Swiss World Number three, earned his second seed badge in Halle on June 23 after defeating David Goffin in the finals and after Ashleigh Barty became World Number one by getting the Nature Valley Classic title in Birmingham.

Wimbledon Championships 2019 Seeds: Gentlemen’s Singles

Novak Djokovic, 2018’s 12th seed and the reigning champion of the grass-court major, will be top-seeded for the 6th time at Wimbledon and this year, he was also top-seeded at the other majors.

Federer will not play the number one, Djokovic before the finals. Rafael Nadal, the semifinalist of 2018 and the two-time Wimbledon champion, is seeded after Federer and Djokovic.

The World Number three, Nadal adds 855 points (determined from his performance at Wimbledon in the last two years) to his ATP Ranking points, summing his total point up to be 8,800 while the Federer’s tally aggregates to 8,980 points.

Besides the three biggest ones, Kevin Anderson, World Number eight and Wimbledon 2018 finalist, is seeded fourth.

  1. Novak Djokovic
  2. Roger Federer
  3. Rafael Nadal
  4. Kevin Anderson
  5. Dominic Thiem
  6. Alexander Zverev
  7. Stefanos Tsitsipas
  8. Kei Nishikori
  9. John Isner
  10. Karen Khachanov
  11. Daniil Medvedev
  12. Fabio Fognini
  13. Marin Cilic
  14. Borna Coric
  15. Milos Raonic
  16. Gael Monfils

Wimbledon Championships 2019 Seeds: Ladies’ Singles

Ashleigh Barty, the new World Number one on the WTA record, reserved her top-seeded spot for this year’s Wimbledon Championships after her victory in Birmingham on June 23. She replaced Naomi Osaka and the Japanese will be the second seed at Wimbledon 2019. Angelique Kerber, the reigning champion, takes the fifth spot and Serena Williams, the seven-time champion and the reigning finalist, is seeded 11th.

  1. Ashleigh Barty
  2. Naomi Osaka
  3. Karolina Plisokva
  4. Kiki Bertens
  5. Angelique Kerber
  6. Petra Kvitova
  7. Simona Halep
  8. Elina Svitolina
  9. Sloane Stephens
  10. Aryna Sabalenka
  11. Serena Williams 
  12. Anastasija Sevastova
  13. Belinda Bencic
  14. Caroline Wozniacki
  15. Wang Qiang
  16. Marketa Vondrousova

Everything you need to know about the Copa America 2019

This summer, the South American grass fields will be exciting with fire matches and the pinnacle of the Copa America 2019. Let’s have a look at the interesting things of this tournament.

What is the Copa America 2019?

Copa America, also known as the South American Football Championship, is the official international football tournament for national teams in South America. The tournament is held every 4 years on odd years and this year 2019 is the 46th tournament to be held.

Where will the Copa America 2019 take place?

Brazil is the host country of the Copa America 2019. This will be the 5th time of this country to have had the honor to be chosen as the host of Copa America, previously in 1919, 1922, 1949, and 1989.

There will be 6 stadiums in five cities of Brazil organizing the 2019 Copa America matches:

  • Rio de Janeiro – Estádio do Maracanã
  • Belo Horizonte – Estádio Mineirão
  • Sao Paulo – Estádio do Morumbi
  • Sao Paulo – Arena Corinthians
  • Porto Alegre – Arena do Grêmio
  • Salvador – Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova

When will the Copa America 2019 take place?

According to the 2019 Copa America schedule, the tournament will start on June 14, 2019 and the final will take place on July 7, 2019.

Which teams will be taking part in the Copa America 2019?

The ten nations including Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Chile, which form the South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) plus Qatar and Japan from Asia. The last two have been invited by CONMEBOL to be the guest teams as a tradition since 1993.

When is the next tournament organized?

2019 will be the last time that this tournament will be held in odd years. From 2020 onwards, the Copa America will be held on the same year as the UEFA Euro Championship.

The Copa America 2020 is planned to be held in Argentina and Colombia between June 12 and July 12, 2020.

Florida’s Best 18 Golf Holes (part 2)

 

  1. Ocean Links at Amelia Island Plantation

While almost these Bobby Weed-designed course holes look like typical Lowcountry golf, stately live oaks and skirting wild marshes, Ocean Links and four others border the broad Atlantic beachfront. Club selection on this hole is always tricky, open to the breezes.

  1. Championship course, Bay Hill Club and Lodge

Championship course in Bay Hill Club and Lodge is always considered as a highlight hole during the annual stop of PGA Tour on Arnie’s home course, with the long, narrow fairway wrapping around a lake from tee to green. Players here have to decide how much water to cut off for twice.

  1. Blue Monster at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa 

Palm Trees at this dogleg’s right-hand corner left block out drives right or through the fairway which ends up behind them. It is best to play a draw from the tee. The position of the fairway bunkers provides more room for average golfers to drive the ball while the left-fairway bunker with steeper lip is more intimidating for PGA TOUR ones. The left side of the Green slopes down to the left into a chipping area.

  1. Rolling Oaks course at World Woods

If Tom Fazio designed the Pine Barrens golf course to resemble Pine Valley, it is said that he has had Augusta National in his mind at Rolling Oaks. This devilish hole resembles the well-known No. 12 of Augusta – with swirling winds, over water to a narrow green.

  1. Ocean Course at Hammock Resort

Ocean Course is a fairly new course with high profile: Jack Nicklaus designed it as well as the ninth and eighteenth holes all run parallel to the Atlantic Ocean beach. Usually, at the mercy of the wind, this golf hole is extra-tough and requires two hearty blows to get to the sand-protected green.

 

 

Florida’s Best 18 Golf Holes (part 1)

 

Florida has more than 1,000 golf courses and picking the best 18 golf holes is no easy task. And playing them might be even harder!

It is not difficult to construct a course with 18 longest holes in Florida, however, a good golf course must have a balance between good long and short holes – those with tricky doglegs or deep bunkers and those with lots of water. There is the list of Florida’s Best 18 Golf Holes in my opinion.

  1. New Course, Grand Cypress Resort

Jack Nicklaus designed this resort to the famed Old Course of Scotland at St. Andrews. Although it’s difficult to recreate North Sea conditions in the center of Florida, this first hole is a faithful rendition. Wide and short open, it’s the second shot across Swilcan Burn’s local variation which calls for precision.

  1. Belleview Biltmore Golf Club

Designed by Donald Ross, this jewel of a course is a centerpiece of the historic resort. This second hole, narrow, long, and tightly guarded by ponds and trees, set the tone. The tiny crowned green will repel all but the best accurate approach shots.

  1. Wanamaker course at PGA Village

The PGA of America’s excellent golf facility boasts up to three Championship courses by Pete Dye and Tom Fazio at PGA Golf Club. It has a six-hole short course, the PGA Museum of Golf, and the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance. Wanamaker course is a classic layout of Florida: rolling terrain with a lot of palms, palmettos, and wetlands. This third hole calls for carrying over water from the tee to a heavily bunkered, rolling green and divided fairway.

  1. Pine Barrens at World Woods

Pine Barrens at World Woods is a great design of Tom Fazio. It utilizes scrubby, sandy waste areas like Pine Valley of New Jersey. This par-five allows a safe route, but golf players who would like to challenge the sandy wasteland can get home in two for an eagle with 2 strong shots.