Cavendish to miss RideLondon


Mark Cavendish is in a troubling phase of late- After he was forced to withdraw from Tour France given injury issues in the first stage, he would be missing out on RideLondon as well.

The rider is naturally disappointed given his failure to participate in the esteemed race which he was so eager to contest.

The famous Omega Pharma rider suffered a serious crash in 2014 Tour France first stage at Harrogate which left him with damaged ligaments around AC joint – his shoulder to got dislocated whilst colliding with Gerrans (Simon). The tragic accident called for a crucial surgery and Manx Missile is now having his days waiting for a quick recovery. As per his doctors, the 29 year old is till in a vulnerable situation which nullified his participation in RideLondon.

It is said that Mark was all geared up to compete in the race for his team but it was the Omega Pharma management that directed him to rest.

“Unfortunately, I’m not able to take part in Ride London which is a truly amazing race”, said the sad rider.

“I am wishing great luck to every contestant in the race”, mark added in. “I hope it would be really wonderful courtesy huge support for UK cycling today.

“I was really proud to witness such an enormous support from public in the France 2014 opening stage & I really wish if I could ride there before my Brit supporters”, continued Mark. “I will try my level best to compete here next year.”

In the words of Ride-London race director Mick Bennett – “Mark has suggested that his present condition is too vulnerable to allow him to race this time. He feels that his still-to-recover shoulder won’t allow him to do full justice at this prestigious race.”


Jankovic To Take Part In Tianjin Open


It’s confirmed now that Jelena Jankovic is one of the players who are going to take part in the first edition of the Tianjin Open.

Tianjin Open will take place in China in the coming October. Quite a few overseas players have already signed up for that and now, the news of Jankovic signing up is going to add more spice to the event.

Some former players would also be seen featuring in Tianjin Open namely the Swiss legend Martina Hingis and the Slovakian great Daniela Hantuchova.

Speaking to the press, Jankovic said, “I feel excited whenever I get the opportunity to play in a new event because I like visiting new places. I have been to China a few times and I have done well playing there. I hope it’s the same this time around as well.”

The chairman of the organizing committee of the Tianjin Open, who made the announcement of Jankovic signing up, also looked quite delighted and optimistic too about the success of the event. He said, “We wanted to convince a high ranked overseas player to participate in the tournament and we succeeded in that as Jelena Jankovic, the world no. 8, has agreed to come here. She is a player who is widely liked in China and I believe she would prove to be a crowd puller.”

Jankovic’s form of late hasn’t been too bad. She played well in the clay court tournaments, reaching the quarter finals in Charleston, while, the final in Bogota. She would be eyeing to make a mark in the hard court season now which is coming up shortly.

As far as Tianjin Open is concerned, the matches of that event would be played over a period of 7 days from 6th to 12th of October.