Jinder Mahal: WWE built character for India or a short-lived fairytale of Canadian Sikh wrestler?

Jinder Mahal's ascent has been followed by a barrage of abuse from a rabid fanbase and criticism from the industry’s ‘insiders’, coupled with fleeting adulation from India and Canada for the Calgary-born Sikh. The meteoric rise has been termed both a billion dollar empire’s latest marketing stunt and an underdog’s tale of redemption. Perhaps the reality lies somewhere in between.

Partners In Crime

Yin and yang. Chinese philosophy describes how two seemingly opposing forces are complementary and interdependent. Is there a more apt way to describe the relationship between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal? The righty versus the lefty. Federer’s free-flowing shot-making and point construction, a remnant of tennis’s classical era versus Nadal’s brutish ground-strokes and untiring legs, a template for today’s baseline slug-fests.

Drona Without Award: Two Khel Ratnas Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt is not equal to Dronacharya for Vladimer Mestvirishvili

It was in 2008 that Sushil Kumar won a bronze in Beijing, the first Olympic medal by an Indian wrestler since KD Jadhav at Helsinki 1952. Due recognition followed soon enough — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award was bestowed upon Sushil just a year later. But while many coaches have taken – and, indeed, been given — credit for the grappler’s success in the form of Dronacharya Awards, one man has flown under the radar of the powers that be.

Tennis’ anti-ageing cream: For the first time, ATP rankings topped by five men in their 30s

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first — this has been the golden generation in men’s tennis. The players currently ranked in the top five have accounted for 50 of the last 55 Grand Slam singles titles. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are strong G.O.A.T. contenders while Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka have multiple Grand Slam titles to their name and could have had many more had they played in another era. As a result, for the first time in the sport’s history, the ATP rankings

It’s very easy for me to watch a film and cry: Sania Mirza

You can’t use the ‘F’ word in tennis ace Sania Mirza’s hearing unless you’re begging for an icy comeback. I learned that when I began to ask her if she’s a feminist and got cut off midway through my question. “The fact that ‘feminist’ is a word means we live in a man’s world,” says Mirza. “Why do we need that word? I don’t think I am a feminist. I am a person who thinks the normal way about equality. It’s about having equal opportunities and rights. All basic things and I don’t get why I need to be a feminist to say these things.”