Nadal pulls out of French Open

first_imgPARIS, France (AP):For a decade, Rafael Nadal ruled Roland Garros the way no other man has dominated any Grand Slam site.Yesterday, his powerful left wrist wrapped in a blue brace, Nadal delivered the surprising news that he was withdrawing before his third-round match at the French Open because of an injury that would prevent him from delivering the whiplike, spin-heavy forehand that carried him to a record nine championships and a 72-2 record on the tournament’s red clay.”To win the tournament, I need five more matches,” Nadal said, his face expressionless, his arms crossed in front of him. “And the doctor says that’s 100 per cent impossible.”His announcement, at what he called “one of the toughest press conferences in my career”, overshadowed everything else going on around the grounds on Day 6 of the French Open, from the straight-set victories by defending champion Stan Wawrinka and No. 2-seeded Andy Murray, to the out-of-nowhere 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0 upset of two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova by 108th-ranked Shelby Rogers, a 23-year-old American.Nadal’s withdrawal robbed the event of more star power, coming a week after 17-time major champion Roger Federer pulled out because of lingering back problems.AIMING FOR FOURTH TITLEIt cleared one potential obstacle from the path of No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who is attempting to win a fourth consecutive major title and his first in Paris – and could have faced Nadal in the semi-finals.Fourth-rounders established Friday included No. 3 Wawrinka against No. 22 Viktor Troicki, No. 5 Kei Nishikori against No. 9 Richard Gasquet, and No. 8 Milos Raonic against unseeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas.Women’s fourth-round matches will be Rogers against No. 25 Irina-Camelia Begu, No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova, No. 4 Garbine Muguruza against No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and No. 6 Simona Halep against No. 21 Sam Stosur.last_img read more

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RACKHOUSE PILFER SET TO ROCK VOODOO VINTAGE TONIGHT

first_imgA fiery exciting six-piece Sligo band who have been getting rave reviews with their rootsy blend of Americana, Irish and country, Rackhouse Pilfer racked up the miles and are joining us in Vintage tonight..They sold out gigs around the country and performed with the biggest names in the music industry including Imelda May and Tom Jones.The Arty Country Band had the privilege of showcasing their musical talents by performing their most recent single “Bright Lights” in the closing of RTE’S The Ray D’Arcy Show last week. They were named Live Band of the Year by Hot Press and Jagermeister. They also recorded in Nashville and took on their first headlining nationwide tour of Ireland, where they even got to perform for President Michael D. Higgins in the gardens of Aras An Uachtarain.One of the many highlights of the last 18 months is playing two of the biggest Bluegrass festivals in Europe, including the La Roche Bluegrass Festival in France, where they performed just last week.Don’t miss this band’s fantastic harmonies and amazing musicality in the glamorous surrounding of Voodoo Vintage tonight January 9th at 10.30pm..To reserve your table PM Voodoo Venue Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkennyOR Email: emermcglynn@hotmail.com RACKHOUSE PILFER SET TO ROCK VOODOO VINTAGE TONIGHT was last modified: January 9th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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SpaceX Will Lay Off 10 Percent of Its Staff to Fund Projects

first_img It said it wants to become a leaner company to prepare for the ‘difficult challenges ahead.’ January 14, 2019 Mariella Moon Add to Queue SpaceX Apply Now » 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on Engadget 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List SpaceX Will Lay Off 10 Percent of Its Staff to Fund Projects SpaceX is letting around 10 percent of its 6,000-plus employees go, according to Reuters and Ars Technica. The private space corporation has previously said it’s been profitable for years, thanks to lucrative contracts from clients that include NASA and the US Air Force. But it looks like the company is tightening its belt to ensure it has the money for its biggest projects, namely the development of interplanetary rockets and a space-based internet meant to cover the entire planet.In a statement SpaceX provided to the media, it announce that it’s taking steps to become a leaner company, since costly endeavors similar to those two had bankrupted other organizations in the past:”To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company. Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organizations. This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team. We are grateful for everything they have accomplished and their commitment to SpaceX’s mission. This action is taken only due to the extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead and would not otherwise be necessary.”According to Ars, one industry source suggested that this might also be a way for SpaceX chief Elon Musk to let some of the company’s lower performing employees go. In addition, a Seeking Alpha report from late 2018 suggested that SpaceX might not be as profitable as it looked, despite Falcon 9 being a hit with clients to the point that rivals had to lower their asking prices to be able to compete. Whatever the company’s motivations are, the layoffs could provide the extra funds it needs in the next few years, seeing as it will take a while before Starship and Starlink can start making money. –shares Image credit: Mike Blake/Reuters via engadget Next Article last_img read more

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