ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP): Jo-Wilfried Tsonga clinched his 13th career title yesterday, rallying from a set down to beat David Goffin of Belgium 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the World Tennis Tournament. The sixth-seeded Frenchman hit 10 aces and, although he dropped his serve twice, he broke the third-seeded Goffin’s serve four times. Tsonga, ranked 14, lost the final here in Rotterdam six years ago. His previous title also came on indoor hard courts in Metz, France, two years ago. “I’m really happy. The last couple of months, I put in a lot of effort to come back to this level,” Tsonga said. “It’s a huge reward for me and it gives me new expectations for the rest of the year.” The powerful Tsonga changed his approach to play more to his strengths and dictate points more. “I changed my serve and worked a lot on my backhand and my returns. I also changed my strings. There were many things to improve my game,” he said. “In the second set, I showed a different mentality on court. I was more aggressive and it made the difference.” He improved to 4-2 overall in career meetings against the 11th-ranked Goffin, who won both of his career titles in 2014. The 31-year-old Tsonga reached the milestone of 400 career wins this week, and victory in the final was his 401st. Goffin, meanwhile, will become the first Belgian man to break into the top 10 when the rankings are published on Monday. “I was a bit tired. I started the final really well, but in the end Jo played better than me,” the 26-year-old Goffin said. “Of course I’m disappointed, but I played some good tennis.”
…spends time with children from Shaheed’s OrphanageBy Romario SamarooMembers of the Guyana Amazon Warriors team continued to spread joy across Guyana when they teamed up with Busta drinks to spend quality time with the children of the Shaheed’s Boys and Girls Orphanage on Monday.The initiative was hosted at the Providence Stadium where the children got the chance to interact with members of the home team.Secretary to the Orphanage Board, Hakeen Khan, took the time to thank the organisers for the efforts they made to put smiles on the faces of these children.“We are very happy for something like this, because we try as much as we can to get these children in a society where they can feel as normal as any other child out there.” Khan said. “We are very grateful to the Guyana Beverage Company and the Amazon Warriors for giving these children this opportunity and to know that there are people out there who value these children.”Members of the Guyana Amazon Warriors with the children at the National Stadium on MondayThe children all got to take photographs and converse with the likes of Chris Lynn, Veerasammy Permaul, Steven Jacobs, Rayyad Emrit and Muhammad Ali Khan.Some of the players also utilised their time with the children to lift their spirits after coming so close to victory against Trinbago Knight Riders on Sunday.Speaking to Guyana Times, star batsman Chris Lynn was touched by the opportunity for him and his team to actually spend time with the children who are as passionate about cricket as much as anyone.The Shaheed’s Orphanage houses both boys and girls and is one of the oldest orphanages in the country, having been in existence for over 50 years.Every year since the inception of the Hero Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament in 2013, Busta Soft Drinks has brought the flavour and colour to the crowds, harnessing and amplifying the full energetic vibrancy of the Caribbean and its people.Busta has even more going on in between games, giving our fans the opportunity to interact with their favourite players in venues across the Caribbean by taking part in our Busta Reach activities. Additionally, on the radio and on Facebook, fans can win match tickets courtesy of Busta. You can also enter to win the Busta Grand Prize of two tickets to the Hero CPL T20 Finals, by showing your skills with the bat in “The Busta Keep-Up the Ball Challenge” on the Busta Soft Drinks Facebook Page.Last week, the team spent time with the students of the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre. Children, parents and teachers all enjoyed an interactive session with the players as part of the collaboration with Caribbean Premier League sponsor Digicel (Guyana), which organised the event.
Leicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed he is confident they will keep Harry Maguire, despite intense interest from Manchester United.The Foxes centre-back had a superb World Cup with England after impressing at the King Power Stadium. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 3 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 3 latest silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won ALTERED And Puel insisted selling Maguire would leave the club unable to sign a new centre-back before the deadline next week.“If we lose a player just a few days before the beginning of the season without the ability to replace him… To change the scene before the start of the season is not possible,” the Frenchman added.“He can continue to perform with Leicester and improve and that is the important thing always with a young player.” Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? predicted smart causal SORRY Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire is wanted by Manchester United. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade revealed Getty BIG PRESENTS UP TOP “I was not surprised about his performance during this World Cup. We saw his progress during the second half of the season.“He was great and played very well. It was not a surprise to see him perform well at this level in the international game.“Of course for us he is a very good player – I wait for him with impatience because we need Harry and we need also Jamie [Vardy] because they are Leicester. changes Most Popular Premier League News Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the player, 25, with Leicester City reportedly demanding £75million for Maguire.But now the 2015/16 Premier League title winners are set to offer him a £95,000 a week deal as they attempt to retain his services.And Puel isn’t overly concerned about him quitting for their Premier League rivals.“I am confident about the presence of Harry [Maguire] for this season. He is a very good player for us,” Puel told Sky Sports News. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Harry Maguire is set to be offered a big pay rise at the King Power Stadium. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Leicester City star Harry Maguire earned rave reviews for his performances at World Cup 2018 with England. gameday cracker The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 3 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT