Federer to open against Bedene

Federer to open against Bedene

Melbourne : Roger Federer will open his Australian Open title defence against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene next week, while top seed Rafa Nadal, the losing finalist last year, was paired with Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos at the draw yesterday.

Women’s top seed Simona Halep of Romania faces Australian wildcard Destanee Aiava in the first round, with second seed Caroline Wozniacki starting out against Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Serena Williams will not defend the women’s title having had her first child last year but 2008 champion Maria Sharapova, who failed a drugs test at the tournament in 2016, is back unseeded after a ban and will face Tatjana Maria.

Men’s third seed Grigor Dimitrov will face a qualifier with Alexander Zverev, ranked fourth, playing Italian Thomas Fabbiano but with 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, returning after a spell sidelines after surgery, in his section of the draw.

Six-times Melbourne Park champion Novak Djokovic, seeded 14th after missing the back end of last season with an elbow injury, will take on American lefthander Donald Young with a potential tie against Wawrinka or Zverev in the quarter-final. 




Performance lab open for football players

Performance lab open for football players

The Bahrain Olympic Committee’s (BOC) Athletic Performance Lab started providing a set of medical services for all Bahrain national team athletes.BOC Projects director Lounes Madene said that the performance laboratory is managed by sports specialist Dr. Vladimir Su

Thomas De Gendt wins Romandie stage two

Thomas De Gendt wins Romandie stage two

Zurich : Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) added to his portfolio of breakaway wins on stage 2 of the Tour de Romandie, going clear in the opening kilometres with four others before dropping them all in turn to celebrate a solo victory

Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback

Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback

Stockholm : Ending weeks of speculation, the Swedish football federation announced yesterday that star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who quit the national squad in 2016, will not make a comeback for the World Cup in Russia.


First man to open Venice Film Festival

First man to open Venice Film Festival

Los Angeles : Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelles space race drama “First Man” will open the 75th annual Venice International Film Festival on August 29. This will mark the second opening-night Venice bow for Chazelle. His previous film, “La La Land,” kicked

AirAsia announces $30bn deal for 100 Airbus planes

AirAsia announces $30bn deal for 100 Airbus planes

Sepang : Malaysian budget airline AirAsia announced a $30 billion order for 100 Airbus A330neo long-haul planes on Thursday as it sets its sights on European routes.  The first delivery of the passenger jets will arrive towards the end of 2019 and will allo

Women fly against cockpit prejudices

Women fly against cockpit prejudices

Farnborough : When a stricken Southwest Airlines jet was expertly landed after an emergency descent in April, saving 148 lives, it was a surprise to some that a woman was at the controls. Role models remain f

Alphabet to deploy balloon Internet in Kenya

Alphabet to deploy balloon Internet in Kenya

Nairobi : Alphabet Inc’s Loon said yesterday it would deploy its system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access with Telkom Kenya from next year to cover rural and suburban populations, marking its first commercial deal in Africa. Known as Project Loon,

Trump slams record EU fine against Google

Trump slams record EU fine against Google

Washington : President Donald Trump lashed out yesterday after Brussels hit US tech giant Google with a record fine, and warned he would no longer allow Europe to take “advantage” of the United States. “I told you so! The European Union just slapped

Promoting Islamic way of life, Al Zayani style

Promoting Islamic way of life, Al Zayani style

Yousif Al Zayani, a social activist and the custodian of Yousif Sami AlZayani Mosque in Hamala, has embarked on a mission to encourage Muslim foreign workers to adopt Islamic way of life, offering attractive rewards. Al Zayani told Tribune yesterday that he organises numerous programmes t

Mangroves tours to Tubli Bay launched

Mangroves tours to Tubli Bay launched

Public can now visit and enjoy a view of the mangrove forest and marine biotope at Tubli Bay as Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) has launched tours to the eco-tourism spot. BTEA in collaboration with the Supreme Council for Environment, announced the launch of mangrove tours to Tu

Paycheck impact on govt expenses dropped slightly

Paycheck impact on govt expenses dropped slightly

While salaries continue to dominate the actual expenditures of government entities in the Kingdom, a Civil Service Bureau report has said it has recorded a 3.5 per cent decline in this regard from 2016. The report, based on inputs from 47 government entities during the last two years, sai

Factory selling expired chocolates shut-down

Factory selling expired chocolates shut-down

A private chocolate factory has been shut down for using expired ingredients in its product line, said the Public Prosecution in a statement. The move followed a complaint received by the police following which the Public Prosecution notified the Public Health Department to inspect and se

Man Jailed for forging medical certificate

Man Jailed for forging medical certificate

Frustration over a 13-day waiting period to obtain a medical certificate has landed a Bahraini man in jail for three years, as he instead resorted to creating a fake certificate. The 30-year-old man, according to court files, decided to go for fake certificates as he grew impatient over t

Jailed for attacking Jau prison guards

Jailed for attacking Jau prison guards

The High Criminal Court handed down a man a jail term of one-year for attacking two prison guards in the Jau Prison. The suspect, during a hearing, told the court that he got provoked when the guards denied him entry into his cell as wanted to pray. The incident, accordi