5 Mind-Blowing Travel Destinations For Roger Federer & Family

Rohan Singh Updated: 22 August, 2019, 10:41 AM IST

There are three types of people in this world. Those who are trying to be successful. Those who are successful. Then comes the limited few who are above it all. You can call them maestros! They are those individuals who have struck the perfect balance between professional and private life and have found success in both of them. They are not people with tunnel vision. Our Swiss Maestro Roger Federer is one such individual.

The last Grand Slam of this Calendar Year, the 139th US Open, begins from 26th August. The entire tennis fraternity is focussing on the tournament. All but Roger Federer. He would not only be focussing on the US Open, but he would also have his family at the back of his mind. Now, due to his job which makes him travel to all parts of the world it, gives him much less time to spend with his family. This is why he often prefers to go to places which provide him some solitude. In his recent interview, he spoke about his love for the beaches. He stated the Maldives as his favourite destination.

Now, Maldives 'is' an awesome place to be. It has an aura of its own. That said, there are other beaches on earth which are spectacularly beautiful and provide lots of solitude as well. So, here are some seaside destinations which Roger Federer would love to visit along with his wife Mirka and their four kids -

1. Bora Bora – Located in the Pacific Ocean, this island is often described as a jewel of the Pacific Ocean. The turquoise waters surrounding the island, it's green cover and the dormant volcano in the middle of it makes this place a paradise on earth. While over here Fedex and family can go for trekking, jeep safaris, boat rides, snorkeling or just chill and play on the white sandy beaches. They can do this while staying in a cottage perched on stilts above the ocean!

2. U.S. Virgin Islands – Located in the Caribbean Sea the U.S. Virgin Islands consist of 3 major islands—St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. These islands have a history of slavery and piracy and were ruled by the Danish until 1917 when the U.S. took over. These islands are popular for historical monuments related to the slavery era and the Danish period. The crystal blue waters and the beaches are also popular. The beaches in St John would be of special interest to Roger, Mirka and the kids as they are pretty secluded. The rum of St Thomas island is also pretty famous.

3. Swaraj Island ( formerly Havelock Island) – This gem of an island located in the Bay of Bengal. Surrounded by aquamarine waters and warm sandy beaches this island is an excellent destination for Roger, Mirka, and their kids. They can relax on one of the many beaches on the island like Radhanagar, Kala Patthar or the rocky Vijaynagar Beach! They can explore the corals around the island through glass-bottomed boats. Swaraj Island offers plenty of bird watching, jungle trekking, and camping oppurtunities. This is something which Roger and his family would enjoy knowing how much they like to trek!

4. Madeira – Located in the middle of the Atlantic the wine of this island is world-famous. Madeira isn't a quintessential beach destination even though it offers azure waters, boat riding, and snorkeling oppurtunities. There is a very specific reason for me to choose this destination. I think this destination should appeal to the adventurous streak of Roger and Mirka Federer! Calheta Beach is a famous sandy beach here. What makes this island incredible is its soaring cliffs and rugged mountains. Eastern Madeira with peaks like Pico de Areiro provides excellent trekking oppurtunities! This destination has the power to show the Federer kids how large and diverse the world is!

5. Ko Samui – Considered to be one of the most gorgeous islands in the world Koh Samui is a destination that Federer family would not like to miss. The soft sandy beaches, the lush green islands make this island a delight to be in. True, the island is pretty touristy in nature with markets and all but everything over here is so Thai in flavour. While over here they can visit the Chaweng or Lamai beaches, Fisherman's village, Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks, etc Koh Samui is a beautiful island with plenty on offer!

Our world is full of wonders. So, while we are entitled to have our choices they should not come in our way to explore the world further! Traveling and exploring with our families is the best way to bond. It also makes our kids understand the vastness of our planet and how small we are on the face of it. Somebody said it so appropriately, travel makes you humble and makes you realise how ephemeral our problems are!

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Danielle Wyatt reacts to Arjun Tendulkar's senior debut for Mumbai

Vedant Yadav Updated: 16 January, 2021, 5:20 PM IST

Arjun Tendulkar, the son of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, finally made his senior debut as he donned the Mumbai jersey during an Elite Group E fixture of the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020/21.

After missing the first two games, Arjun played his first game during Mumbai's third game of the tournament. However, the pacer didn't have the best of outings as he finished his spell at 3-0-34-1.

Arjun had conceded 15 runs in his first over before returning to take the wicket of Haryana opener, Chaitanya Bishnoi. However, Mumbai ended up losing the game by 8 wickets, and thus, crashed out of the tournament with two games still to play.

The 21-year-old is expected to be retained in the line-up for the remaining games. After the all-rounder bagged his first wicket, he became one of the top trends on social media. England women's team batter Danielle Wyatt also reacted to the southpaw's debut.

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Wyatt, who is known to be a close friend of Arjun, lauded and congratulated the youngster for bagging a wicket on his debut. "Congratulations Arjun! Great start," the World Cup winner wrote on Twitter.

During an interaction with Cricket.com, Wyatt, who has after faced Arjun in the nets, said the youngster is getting quicker.

“Since then whenever I bump into Sachin or Arjun or whenever they come to Lord’s to train, I go to the nets and ask him (Arjun) to bowl with the new ball to me. But he is getting very quick now. He always says I will bounce you and knock your head off so I don’t like him bowling to me anymore. He is getting too dangerous to face,” Wyatt had said in June 2020.

Having finally made his senior debut, Arjun could be in action in IPL 2021 as he is now eligible to register for the auction. As per the norms, unless a franchise recommends someone, a player has to play at least one domestic game to enter the IPL auction.

He laughed about it: Shane Warne clears air with Marnus Labuschagne

Vedant Yadav Updated: 16 January, 2021, 4:45 PM IST

Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne cleared up the comments he made about Marnus Labuschagne that earned him a fair bit of flak from the Australian fans. However, Warne on Saturday cleared up the comments he made about Labuschagne.

Warne was blasted by the Australian cricket fraternity after Labuschagne scored a ton on Day 1 of the fourth Test against India at Gabba. During the third Test, Warne, alongside former teammate and all-rounder Andrew Symonds, was reportedly heard using an 'expletive' while commentating on Marnus' batting.

"Jeez it's annoying. 'No!!!' Just f---ing bat properly," he had said according to World Wide of Sports.

Warne said he's a huge fan of Labuschagne's batting and added that the had already cleared the air with 26-year-old. The 51-year-old instead revealed that Marnus was 'ok' with it and the pair had a laugh regarding the same.

“I just want to clear something up,” Warne said on Fox Cricket.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Marnus. I’ve read a few reports saying ‘cop that Shane!’ about what you said about [him]. What I said about Marnus Labuschagne was ‘bat properly’. And what that means is none of that silly stuff of ‘wait on!’ and all of that carry on," he added

“Just bat, because you’re such a good player and yesterday I thought he didn’t do any of that stuff and he made a brilliant hundred.

It is something I won't regret: Rohit Sharma on first innings dismissal

Vedant Yadav Updated: 16 January, 2021, 3:54 PM IST

Indian team vice-captain Rohit Sharma has been facing a lot of criticism for playing an aerial shot off the bowling of Nathan Lyon, which led to his dismissal on Day 2 of the ongoing fourth Test in Brisbane.

However, Rohit, who played a knock of 44, said he does not regret playing the aerial shot, despite gifting his wicket to Lyon, who is making his 100th Test appearance for Australia. Instead, Rohit said that he didn't connect his shot properly.

"I reached where I wanted to reach, just that I did not connect with where I wanted to hit the ball. I was trying to pierce that long-on and deep square-leg fielder, I just did not connect with the way I would have loved to," Rohit said during a virtual press conference

"I actually liked what I did today, before coming here, we knew it would be a good pitch to bat, of course, there would be bounce and carry to the keeper, but this is what I enjoy," the 33-year-old added.

"Once I was in and I had played a few overs, I realised there was not much swing so I did little adjustment there, after that, it was an unfortunate dismissal, it is something I won't regret. I like to put pressure on the bowler once I am in," he further stated.

"That is my role in this team to keep putting pressure on the bowlers. The run-scoring has been slightly difficult for both the teams so someone needs to put their hand up and think about how to put pressure on the bowlers," he concluded.

India will resume day 3 at 62/2 after rain forced early stumps on day 2 at the Gabba. The visitors are trailing the hosts by 307 runs. The series is currently tied at 1-1 after the Sydney Test ended in a stalemate.

I was not allowed to carry anti-racism banners inside SCG: Indian Fan

Vedant Yadav Updated: 16 January, 2021, 3:03 PM IST

Amidst all the chaos regarding Indian players facing racism at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) during the third Test in Sydney, An Indian-Australian fan from Sydney has made shocking revelations regarding the same.

Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj were allegedly abused by a section of the crowd at the SCG on Day 3 of the third Test before Team India had lodged a formal complaint with the officials.

Now, a fan has revealed that he was left feeling 'stripped and naked' after encountering racism at the venue. An Indian fan from Sydney -- Krishna Kumar -- has revealed he was stopped from entering the stadium with anti-racism banners on Day 5 of the Sydney Test.

Kumar said he was stopped by the security guards at the SCG and one of them even asked him 'to go back to where he belongs' for carrying the banners. He also revealed the Indian players on the ground were being continuously addressed as 'curry munchers'.

"Rivalry is good, racism is not", "No racism mate", "Brown inclusion matters" and "Cricket Australia - more diversity please" - were the four banners he was stopped from taking inside the stadium.

"He (security guard) told me, 'If you need to address this matter, go back to where you belong,' " Kumar was quoted as saying the Sydney Morning Herald.

"It was a very small banner. I made it out of my kids' paper roll. I want justice. I want accountability. I was feeling stripped, feeling watched and I went there to fight racism," he added.

"Why should I be stopped from addressing racism, especially at a ground where it was debatable whether it was happening or not? " he further stated.

"There were chants of 'curry munchers'. I was called a 'curry muncher'. The Indian team were called 'curry munchers'. That was going on loud and repeatedly," he concluded.

Kumar on Thursday filed an official complaint in the matter after meeting the NSW legal personnel. Meanwhile, ICC and Cricket Australia are also running a separate investigation on the same.

At least you’ll play one game: Nathan Lyon recalls his father’s funny reaction on his Test debut

Vedant Yadav Updated: 16 January, 2021, 2:26 PM IST

Nathan Lyon on Friday became the 13th Australian player to play 100 Tests in the 'baggy green' as he lined-up on Day 1 of the ongoing fourth and final Test in Brisbane. He marked his debut with the wicket of Rohit Sharma.

It has been some journey for Nathan Lyon, having made his Test debut in 2011 against Sri Lanka at Galle. As called by his teammates, 'Garry' has enjoyed a decade of success and will now unarguably qualify as one of the greatest bowlers to have ever graced the game.

Lyon is already the third-highest wicket-taker for the Aussies with 397 wickets to his name. And, considering the fact that he started his journey as a pitch curator at the Adelaide Oval, Lyon's story is nothing short of a fairytale.

In the same light, Lyon has now recalled the humorous interaction that he had with his father before putting on the Australian Baggy Green Cap for the first time. Lyon revealed that his father was happy that he would at least play a single Test match for Australia.

“I called Mum and Dad, I think Dad was out the back of Temora (NSW town) somewhere working. I said, ‘Dad, you won’t believe this,’ and he said, ‘What?’ I said, ‘I’m making my debut.’ He goes, ‘That’s all right, at least you’ll play one game,’ and he hung up,” said Lyon in a chat with Mark Howard on Fox Cricket.

Lyon said that his father got too emotional and hung up early to avoid a conversation. He also recalled that both his mother as well as his grandmother were crying and also added that his brother was totally speechless.

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“I’ve since found out that he was probably too emotional to talk. Then I called my brother, and he was speechless. Mum started crying… I called my grandmother and she started crying,” the off-spinner added.

Lyon would savour every moment he is spending at The Gabba as the match will determine the outcome of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which is currently tied at 1-1- after India salvaged a draw in Sydney.