Tokyo 2020 has today celebrated one year to go until the Olympics by unveiling the Olympics medals.
The design of the gold, silver and bronze medals has been conceived to appear as rough stones that have been polished. The medals are manufactured using the precious metal extracted from small electronic devices donated by people all over Japan.

“The medals collect and reflect myriad patterns of light, symbolising the energy of the athletes and those who support them; their design is intended to symbolise diversity and represent a world where people who compete in sports and work hard are honoured”

The ribbon is designed to be a reflection of Japan itself and of the way the country demonstrates “Unity in Diversity”. 

The design of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic medal case is inspired by the Tokyo 2020 Games emblem. Each medal case is distinct and has its own wood fibre pattern subtly infused into the design.

Source: Tokyo 2020

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John Isner wins 4th Newport title

John Isner defeated Alexander Bublik to become the first player to win four Hall of Fame Open titles.
Playing in just his second tournament since April, Isner battled his way through three-consecutive three-set marathon matches to reach the final, firing off an impressive 64 aces in victories over Kamil Majchrzak, Matt Ebden and Ugo Humbert. The World number 15 would add five more aces en route to closing out Bublik in the final.

“My very first ATP Tour event was here in 2007 and I didn’t enjoy the courts that much back then because I didn’t know how to play on them,” said Isner. “To say that I’ve won this event four times isn’t something I thought would be possible.”

22-year-old Bublik defeated Alex Bolt, Viktor Troicki, Tennys Sandgren and Marcel Granollers en route to his first ATP final:

“It’s my first final and I’m going to remember this day forever,” said Bublik. “John’s a great player and he showed me how to play in the important tournaments.”

With this result, he will make his entry to the top 75 for the first time.
In the doubles draw,  Marcel Granollers and Sergiy Stakhovsky, playing for the first time together, clinched the title, defeating  Marcelo Arevalo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 6-7 6-4 13-11.

adidas biofabric tennis dress

Last January, adidas unveiled their Australian Open collection, made from upcycled plastic waste. As the brand keeps working towards a more sustainable future for fashion and sport, adidas by Stella McCartney recently unveiled two prototypes:
– a 100% recyclable hoodie that can be reused again and again to be remade into high-performance product.
– a tennis dress created with cellulose blended yarn and Microsilk, a protein-based material that is made with renewable ingredients, like water, sugar, and yeast and has the ability to fully biodegrade at the end of its life.

Stella McCartney: “Fashion is one of the most harmful industries to the environment. We can’t wait any longer to search for answers and alternatives. By creating a truly open approach to solving the problem of textile waste, we can help empower the industry at large to bring more sustainable practices into reality. With adidas by Stella McCartney we’re creating high performance products that also safeguard the future of the planet.”

The unveiling of the Infinite Hoodie and Biofabric Tennis Dress coincide with the launch of the adidas by Stella McCartney Fall/Winter 2019 collection which features innovative fabrics, created in more sustainable ways without compromising performance or style.

Alison Riske and Ashleigh Barty, Wimbledon 2019

All fourth round matches are traditionally played on the second Monday of the tournament, called Manic Monday. And as often in the women’s draw, upsets followed upsets as the three highest seeds left lost.

First, world number one Ashleigh Barty fell to Alison Riske. The unseeded American who’s enjoying a superb grass court season (wins in Surbiton and ‘S-Hertogenbosch) rallied from a set down to win 3-6 6-2 6-3. Barty had won her last 15 matches.

Then, Karolina Pliskova, winner in Eastbourne, lost to Karolina Muchova after a marathon match 6-4 5-7 11-13.

And finally, Johanna Konta prevailed over two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 4-6 6-2 6-4. She will face Barbora Strycova for a place in the semi-finals.

Simona Halep who ended Cori Gauff’s fantastic run in straight sets will face Shuai Zhang who had never won a match in her previous 5 appearances in London. This year she defeated Caroline Garcia and Caroline Wozniacki on her way to the quarter-finals.

Elina Svitolina and Serena Williams made a quick work of Petra Martic and Carla Suarez Navarro.

Ladies quarter-finals:
Alison Riske vs Serena Williams (11)
Barbora Strycova vs Johanna Konta (19)
Elina Svitolina (8) vs Karolina Muchova
Simona Halep (7) vs Shuai Zhang

Djokovic and Nadal made their way to the quarters dispatching Ugo Humbert and Joao Sousa respectively.
No problem either for Federer who ousted Matteo Berrettini, recent winner in Stuttgart, 6-1 6-2 6-2.

Kei Nishikori booked his place in the last eight with a four-set win over Kukushkin 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Mens quarter-finals:
Novak Djokovic (1) vs David Goffin (21)
Guillermo Pella (26) vs Roberto Bautista Agut (23)
Sam Querrey vs Rafael Nadal (3)
Kei Nishikori (8) vs Roger Federer (2)

More to follow…

Ugo Humbert, Wimbledon 2019

He had never won a grass-court match before the first round of Antalya two weeks ago. Today Ugo Humbert dispatched Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 7-5 6-3 to seal a Wimbledon fourth round spot. Next stop? Novak Djokovic.

“It’s a dream. It’s maybe the best match of my career, for sure,” Humbert said. “I would like to enjoy this night, this victory, and I will prepare my match against Djokovic with my coach.”

Another Frenchman is through to the fourth round: Benoît Paire who defeated Jiri Vesely in fourth sets. He’ll next face Roberto Bautista Agust who sent number 10 seed Karen Khachanov packing.

Two French players will huge tasks in the third round: Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal respectively.