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Andy Roddick’s prediction about the winner of the French Open men’s singles title went completely wrong.
The former American player was backing the Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic to get better of the Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the final at Roland Garros, but, that didn’t happen. It’s actually Nadal who emerged out victorious.
Talking to the reporters on the eve of the final, Roddick had said, “Look, I have got a huge amount of respect for Rafa in my heart. He has won a number of titles here at Roland Garros in the past and thus, it’s very difficult to pick somebody else as favourite for the title, but, I would still put my money on Novak just because of the fact that he has been in far better form than Rafa on clay of late.”
“The previous French Open semi final has been the only occasion in the last 12 months when Rafa has beaten Novak on clay. In all the other matches, Novak seems to have played better than him. So, I strongly believe this is Novak’s year and he should be able to pull it off.”
“I won’t mind to be proven wrong to be honest, but, on the basis of Novak’s recent form, I have got to pick him.”
Roddick has always been known as one of those people who don’t hesitate in saying what they feel. But, this is a real bold prediction by him. It would be interesting to see if he proves to be right or he would have to eat his words at the end. Whoever wins though, the fans can expect a tight final as both Nadal and Djokovic would give it their all at the court. This final means a lot for both of them.
Around 20 cyclists in Enfield Borough spent hundreds of pounds to quash rumours that shops will face problems if parking sports outside their stores were replaced with cycle-friendly paths. Under a £100 million initiative –Mini Holland– taken by the Mayor of
London, Council of Enfield Borough had successfully bid to build biking paths for £30 million in order to encourage more and more people to resort to biking in the city. The authority, as part of the bidding, had proposed to make the process of cycling much safer and more attractive for people by making cycling paths along the Hertford Road and Green Lanes. The council had also proposed to change traffic routing at Enfield Town for creating a hub for cycling.
However, traders in that area raised issues saying they mainly relied on people coming by car and the scheme would give that space to cyclists. On Sunday, riders in the area formed a cash mob by expending money in stores in the area to give an assurance to shopkeepers that instead of the cycle-friendly path, their trade would continue to do well. Adrian Lauchlan, a member of the Southgate Cycling Club member and who organized the cash mob, said people had panicked when they came to know the authority could remove parking spaces.
However, he said the mob wanted to show people were there to spend money and buy things.
He said cyclists would not just go out just for a ride but would actually come to the stores and shop if the plan with building the space goes ahead. A discussion on ways to improve biking in the area would be launched in the next season. Till then, the cyclists were keen on highlighting the positive aspects of the benefits of cycling to everybody in the area.