Martin Keown rates Arsenal’s chances of signing ‘incredible’ Chelsea star Willian Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 May 2020 9:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Comment Martin Keown doubts Arsenal will sign Chelsea star Willian this summer (Picture: BBC)Martin Keown doubts Arsenal will sign ‘incredible talent’ Willian this summer and believes the Chelsea star will instead be looking to join Barcelona or Real Madrid.Brazilian winger Willian, who has won two Premier League titles and the Europa League at Chelsea, is set to leave Stamford Bridge and will be available to sign on a free transfer.Arsenal have expressed interest in signing the 31-year-old, with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta keen to bolster his squad at the Emirates.But former Arsenal and England defender Keown cannot see Willian signing for the Gunners and believes Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will make a late intervention to try and make the Brazilian stay.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t see him going to Arsenal,’ Keown told talkSPORT. ‘I think he’s aiming for Barcelona or Real Madrid.‘He’s an incredible talent. Chelsea will be weaker if he goes but Frank Lampard knows what he’s doing. I’m sure he wants to keep him.’Willian has made more than 300 appearances for Chelsea since signing from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 but will be out of contract in a few months time. Advertisement Willian looks set to leave Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)Speaking earlier this week, he admitted he could leave Stamford Bridge this summer and said he would be ‘fine’ joining London rivals Arsenal or Tottenham.‘It really is a hard decision,’ said the winger. ‘I identified myself a lot at Chelsea, I have a lot of love for everyone at the club, and the fans.‘However, it is like I said before, if I leave Chelsea with no trouble and leaving the doors open, it would be fine to move to a rival club.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Good strikers will click immediately with Chelsea signing ZiyechMORE: Timo Werner sends transfer message to Chelsea and Liverpool Advertisement
3602/1 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach. 3602/1 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach. What a view! 3602/1 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach sold for $2.08 million.A STUNNING Gold Coast skyhome has sold for $2.08 million.Located on the 36th floor of the eastern tower in the Oracle building, the north-facing property features floor to ceiling windows revealing a spectacular ocean panorama.Lucy Cole Prestige Properties agent Belinda Bellingham handled the sale — it was marketed with a “huge price reduction”.“Superb quality finishes are offered throughout from the designer open plan kitchen to the three sizeable bedrooms,” the listing states.“The owner’s business commitments demand a sale and you wont find better.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoIt is the first time the property has changed hands since it was bought off the plan for $2.37 million in 2007. 3602/1 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach.A large terrace can be accessed from all the bedrooms and living areas with a large area overlooking the beach dedicated to alfresco entertaining.Back inside, and attention to detail is evident throughout the 217sq m apartment.Oracle amenities include a residents’ lounge with individual wine storage cabinets, cinema, gym, steam room, indoor and outdoor pools, and barbecue areas.
“Practically speaking, items on the public agenda often come to an abrupt halt over the summer months, but we cannot afford to let this happen.” Irish policymakers should “not to take their foot off the gas” regarding pension system reforms to ensure the country does not fall further behind its targets, the head of the country’s pension fund trade body has said.The government has met just six of 35 target deadlines it set out last year in its ambitious “roadmap” for reform Ireland’s pension system, according to the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF). Among its planned reforms are the introduction of a national auto-enrolment regime for pension funds, and the implementation of the EU’s IORP II directive.Addressing a conference in Dublin yesterday, Eunice Dreelan, chair of the IAPF, said: “I believe it is fair to say that the mood of optimism that was felt at the launch of the roadmap last year has changed to one of frustration. We are asking government to continue its consultation, to ensure the aspirations of full pension coverage for workers in Ireland is effectively achieved.“All stakeholders should be looking at this through the prism of the pension timebomb that is ever present in Ireland today. This is a can that we cannot afford to kick down the road. We need to keep momentum going if we are going to get the policies that are needed across the line. The government simply cannot take their foot off the gas. Eunice Dreelan, chair, IAPFEarlier this year the IAPF warned there had been little action from the government on its pension reform targets, and lamented a lack of communication from policymakers.IORP IIThe government has yet to publish its finalised framework for an auto-enrolment regime, and has not yet implemented the IORP II directive. The EU’s deadline for implementation was January.IORP II was “one of the most urgent matters” for ministers to address, the IAPF said, as it was set to introduce demanding new governance and disclosure requirements for Irish pension schemes.The uncertainty is of particular concern to Ireland’s smallest pension schemes, which could be hit with a wave of new requirements from the directive. The EU allows for schemes with fewer than 100 members to be made exempt from the directive, but the Irish government has indicated that it does not intend to invoke this exemption. “While the government has indicated that it does not intend to avail of the derogation, we do not think that this is the most appropriate course of action at this time,” Dreelan said.“Adding onerous and costly regulatory requirements to smaller schemes throughout the country at this time will result in employers opting to simply discontinue these schemes, without putting any alternatives in place, instead favouring to wait until the auto-enrolment initiative is rolled out – which at the earliest will be three years from now.”Regina Doherty, minister for employment affairs and social protection, told a separate industry conference this week that Ireland was at an “advanced stage” of drafting legislation to implement IORP II.Dreelan, director of strategy and change at Irish Life Financial Services, took over as chair of the IAPF from Peter Fahy this month.
SIMEC Atlantis Energy has been awarded a £1.5 million grant from the Scottish Government’s Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund to develop a subsea tidal turbine connection hub for the next phase of development of the MeyGen tidal power array.The Saltire Tidal Energy Fund is a £10-million fund supporting the commercial deployment of tidal energy generation in Scottish waters through driving innovation and a reduction in the cost of electricity generation.The awarded funding will be used to design, procure, install, connect and commission the subsea hub and associated subsea connection infrastructure, which is a key enabler for future array phases, as it will deliver cost reductions in power production by connecting multiple turbines to a single export cable.The technology leverages the innovative design of the Atlantis turbine wet mate connection system, which enables rapid and automatic connection and disconnection of power and communication infrastructure offshore without any intervention.This grant award will prove the application and benefits of subsea hub for the global tidal power industry. Once proven, the hub will be made available to project developers to help to achieve cost-competitive commercial deployment across the sector, Atlantis said.As a result of the grant award, the Atlantis’ Turbine and Engineering Services Division (ATES) will be awarded a £2.4 million engineering, procurement and construction contract (EPC) for delivery and installation of the subsea hub by the MeyGen project company on the MeyGen project site in the Pentland Firth, Scotland.The subsea hub, which will be assembled and tested in Scotland, will be installed later this year.Tim Cornelius, CEO of Atlantis, said:“We are very grateful and appreciative of the Scottish Government’s continued support for tidal stream energy by awarding this grant to help fund MeyGen’s ongoing expansion. The first of its kind globally, the new subsea hub represents a significant milestone in the cost reduction path that tidal power is currently on and also has exciting application in the floating offshore wind market.“The subsea hub we have designed and developed is a key part of our overall cost reduction strategy for tidal power generation. This hub will also have direct application for other forms of marine energy such as floating offshore wind and wave energy. We are very proud to be taking the lead in realising the full potential of our oceans’ energy, delivering a cleaner energy future.“The next phase of MeyGen, which will supply ocean energy to a large data centre to be built in Scotland, requires us to deliver cost competitive energy to our future customers and the use of subsea hubs to reduce the number of export cables required to deliver this power from the 40 x 2MW turbines we plan to install is central to our plans. This is a wonderful development for the MeyGen project, our ATES division and the tidal power sector in the UK.”
Eligible 2019 Stock Car track champions are: And eligible 2019 Modified track champions include: Eligible 2019 Northern SportMod track champions include: The Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds, Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars, Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks and BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 at Boone Speedway. Tyler Andreasen, Adam Armstrong, Brett Berry, Jeremy Birch, Adam Birck, Jorddon Braaten, Ben Chapman, Steve Clancy, Scott Clay, Danny Concelman, Todd Cooper, Vince Engebregtsen, Thomas Froggatt, Jacob Hagemann, Cole Hanshew, Mark Harrison, Rex Higgins, Jim Horejsi, Tyler Inman, Kevin Johnson, Luke Johnson, Michael Johnson, Phillip Keller, Jamey Kennicutt, Ethan Killingsworth, Michael Kramer, Eric Larson, Erik Laudenschlager, Richard Longacre, Hunter Longnecker, Matt Looft, Cody Malcom, Darren Medler, Cameron Meyer, Matt Micheli, Adam Morris, Miles Morris, Jarrod Mounce, Thomas Nelson Jr., George Nordman, Zecheriah Norgaard, Kyle Olson, Eric Paul, Robby Rosselli, Fred Ryland, Jared Schaller, David Schmidt, Jayden Schmidt, Eric Sloan, Nate Smith, Tyler Soppe, Camron Spangler, Luke Stallbaumer, Justin Svoboda, Robbie Thome, Cody Thompson, Chris VanMil, Andy Wagner, Adam Weber, Andy Welch, Don West, Skyler Winebarger, Brian Wortman, Chris Wright, Jason Wright and Sean Wyett. Chris Abelson, Mark Adams, Drew Armstrong, Casey Arneson, Lance Arneson, Brandon Beckendorf, Tom Berry Jr., Austin Burke, Jamie Campbell, Jarrett Carter, Kellen Chadwick, Rick Chorniak, Chad Clancy, Cory Davis, Shane DeMey, Zane DeVilbiss, Brenten DeYoung, Jake Donnelly, Brandon Durbin, Justin Elmer, Tyson Evans, Steve Fairbanks, Zach Fettinger, John Flory, Neal Flowers, Kelsie Foley, Troy Foulger, Jeremy Frenier, Bryce Garnhart, Tripp Gaylord, Jason George, Josh Gilman, John Gober, David Goode Jr., Josh Goodwin, Dylan Goplen, Daniel Gottschalk, William Gould, Jordan Grabouski, Scott Gray, Kevin Green, Justin Gregg, Jimmy Gustin, Richie Gustin, Travis Hagen, Clay Hale, Joe Haresky, Bryan Harkness, Jerad Herring, Glen Hibbard, Matthew Hicks, Coltin Jackman, Bricen James, Aaron Johnson, Rory Jordan, Shane Kelley, Eddie Kirchoff, Doug Lockwood, Josh Long, Wade Lumsden, Josh McGaha, Mitch Machado, Zachary Madrid, Jake Mayden, Jeremy Meirhofer, Dan Menk, Chris Mills, Jeremy Mills, Clay Money, Bob Moore, Danny Morrison, David Murray Jr., Brent Nielsen, Chris Nieman, John Oliver Jr., Duane Orsburn, Chris Palsrok, Travis Panko, Jack Parker, Joey Price, Paul Reeder, Craig Reetz, Ryan Roath, Jesse Rogotzke, Anthony Roth, Joel Rust, Cory Sample, Robby Sawyer, Bradley Schmidt, Mark Schulte, Clay Sellard, Jeff Sheppard Jr., Kelly Shryock, Jesse Skalicky, Brandon Smith, Jeff Stephens, Tyler Stoddard, Andy Straight, Matt Szecsodi, Regan Tafoya, James Thompson, Ricky Thornton Jr., Myles Tomlinson, Rob VanMil, Tim Ward, Johnny Whitman, Ashton Wilkey, Austin Wonch and Chris Zogg. 2019 track champions who have moved up a division (i.e. Northern SportMod to Modified or Sprint Car, or Hobby Stock to Stock Car) will not be eligible to qualify for the RoC in their former division. Jeffrey Abbey, Westin Abbey, Jason Adcock, Jeremy Andrews, Travis Baird, D.J. Banks, Travis Barker, Joren Boyce, Jerrett Bransom, Austin Brauner, Jacob Bruns, Troy Burkhart, Darryl Campbell, Cody Center, Jeremy Christians, Kyle Clough, Michael Cole, James Comins, Bill Crimmins, Scott Davis, Tom Gallagher, Sean Gentry, Jordan Grabouski, Derek Green, Mike Hagen, Ryan Harris, Ed Henderson, Austin Jahnz, Chad Johnson, Chad Kohle, Brian Lessig, Dan Mackenthun, Cole Mather, Steve Meyer, Jeff Mroczkowski, Angel Munoz, Mike Nichols, John Oliver Jr., Brad Ostler, Blake Peeler, Kyle Pfeifer, Brandon Pruitt, Jeremy Pundt, Irvin Kevin Roberts, Mich Ross, Jay Schmidt, Chad Schroeder, Bryan Schutte, David Smith, Donavon Smith, Jake Smith, Aaron Spangler, Johnny Spaw, Matt Speckman, Shane Stutzman, Ricky Thornton Jr., Tyler Tipton, Duane Toyne, Travis Van Straten, Rob VanMil, Jarod Weepie, Cary White, Gary Williams and Casey Woken. 2019 track champions, as well as 2020 champions or current point leaders, along with former RoC winners, Super Nationals, national and regional champions, will be eligible to qualify. Tim Anderson, Zach Ankrum, Roy Armstrong, Layne Bellm, Brady Bencke, Andrew Bertsch, Tanner Clough, Joshua Cordova, Austin Davis, Jason Duggins, Jason Fusselman, Tim Gonska, Chad Heater, Don Holman, Timothy Huseby, Klayson Jager, Dave Johnson, Brad King, Dylan Lister, Marc Minutolo, Cody Nielsen, Tyler Ollendieck, Zach Olmstead, Matt Olson, Brad Orvedahl, Stacee Payne, Joe Peterson, Cory Probst, Dalton Ronnebaum, Jason Ruby, Aaron Rudolph, Leevi Runge, Reagan Sellard, Aaron Shearn, Kyle Shutt, Tony Slothower, Bryce Sommerfeld, Dave Taylor, Kile Vohringer, Justin Wacha, Jeff Ware, Daniel Wauters and Cody Williams. Eligible 2019 Hobby Stock track champions are: “There was a need to adjust eligibility because of the situation a number of tracks have experienced in 2020,” explained IMCA President Brett Root. “We expanded eligibility to include these deserving drivers due to the restricted schedules at these facilities resulting from the pandemic.” Twelve cars will qualify for and run 12 laps in each of those events. The list of 2020 track champions and point leaders will be announced on Aug. 31; no driver who is not on any of the pre-announced lists of eligible drivers will be allowed to qualify. BOONE, Iowa – IMCA officials have announced that more drivers will be eligible to qualify for the race of champions in their respective divisions at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.
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New Delhi: Liverpool was facing an uphill battle against FC Barcelona after having lost the first leg at Nou Camp 0-3. Lionel Messi was on top of his game and Barcelona had won their eighth La Liga title in 11 years. To make matters worse for Liverpool, they were missing their two star players in Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. However, in a stunning comeback, Jurgen Klopp’s side managed to overcome the odds and beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to secure their spot in the UEFA Champions League final for the second straight year. A brace each from Divock Origi and substitute Georginio Wijnaldum ensured Liverpool completed a dramatic comeback.The effort by Liverpool and the collapse by Barcelona continued a peculiar trend in the UEFA Champions League. In 2005, Liverpool overcame a 3-0 deficit against AC Milan in the final of the tournament at Istanbul and they went on to win the title. For Barcelona, they had suffered a similar slump in the last edition when they blew a 4-1 lead to lose in the quarterfinals to AS Roma. Liverpool lost the first leg 3-0 against Barcelona at Nou Camp.Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice for Liverpool.Barcelona had lost to Roma in the previous UEFA Champions League edition after leading 4-1. highlights Liverpool will now face the winner of the second semifinal between Dutch side Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur. In addition to Liverpool gunning for UEFA Champions League glory, they are also bidding to win the Premier League title for the first time since 1990 but they are facing a tough battle against Manchester City who has won 12 consecutive games.“We know this club is the mix of atmosphere, emotion, desire and football quality. You cut off one and it doesn’t work, we know that. This club has a big heart. The heart was pounding like crazy, you could hear it and feel it all over the world. I am so happy we could give the people this experience,” an elated Klopp said after the end of the match.For Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, the defeat will result in some nasty days ahead for the club. “The most hurtful thing is to repeat it. When you have a collapse of this nature we will have a few horrible days ahead,” Valverde said. The defeat might make things difficult for Valverde, who might struggle to come back into a coaching position for Barcelona despite winning the La Liga title. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Wednesday to manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks such as Four Loko about the dangers of added caffeine, but USC students say it’s the low price that makes these drinks so popular.The FDA warning said the combination of caffeine and alcohol is dangerous and told manufacturers they must take action to reduce risks to those consuming the drinks.“[Four Loko] is probably the most popular drink this semester,” said Charlie Scully, a senior majoring in business administration. “I’m not for it being banned, but I understand why.”A 23.5-ounce can of Four Loko typically sells for less than $3, and one can is equivalent to about four 12-ounce beers.Students such as Scully and Ari Jakobson, also a senior majoring in business administration, said most of their peers drink Four Loko because of its low price.“It’s definitely a popular drink among my friends, partly because it’s so low-priced for the amount of alcohol it contains,” Jakobson said. “I think the negative publicity surrounding it recently also gives it a positive effect for college students who are looking to be a little crazier and rebel a little bit.”“Drink one of those and you’re set for a while, and two of those you can go crazy,” Scully added. “People like that feeling.”Health experts say the combination of caffeine and alcohol often results in students becoming unaware of how drunk they are, because of the masking effect of caffeine.Four Loko contains 135 mg of caffeine in one can. When the caffeine wears off, drinkers feel the full effects of the alcohol.“Four Loko is dangerous because it causes students to get drunk without even knowing it, causing impaired judgment and health issues,” said Jennifer Unger, a USC professor of preventative medicine.Before the FDA warning, however, the maker of Four Loko, Phusion Projects Inc., already said it was removing the caffeine content from its drinks.Four Loko has become popular among college students around the nation for several months, but it entered the national spotlight when nine students from Central Washington University were taken to the hospital after consuming the drink.“It is likely that Four Loko is chugged, producing the effect of downing a half-pint of vodka,” said Steven Sussman, a professor at the Keck School of Medicine.Four states — Washington, Michigan, Utah and Oklahoma — have already banned alcoholic energy drinks, but federal regulators have not confirmed that a national ban is imminent.“Alcohol toxicity is a real issue here; students who down a can will get drunk unless they are heavy drinkers,” Sussman said. “What is needed is a large social climate change regarding what the rights of passage and entertainment in college might best be.”Keely Flanagan, a junior majoring in screenwriting, said the effects of Four Loko aren’t always pleasant.“When you finally sober up, you feel dizzy and really sick to your stomach. It’s like you’re hung over, but wired and wide awake so you can’t sleep it off,” she said. “I think it’s popular because of the mythology of it. It’s the drink of our generation — part energy drink, part alcohol. It’s like liquid nitrogen that won’t necessarily kill you.”Dara Weinraub and Suji Pyun contributed to this report.
Senior forward Jasmine Giles scored the Badgers\’ final goal in this weekend\’s 6-0 home finale victory against Minnesota State.[/media-credit]Wisconsin finished out its regular season home slate in style, sending its seniors out with a perfect farewell in the form of a 6-0 shutout over the Minnesota State Mavericks.After a rough start Friday, the Badgers suffered their first loss to the Mavericks in program history in a 5-3 contest. Wisconsin was not, however, going to let Minnesota State leave the Kohl Center with a series sweep, especially on senior day.With emotions already running high, freshman defenseman Alev Kelter got things off to a quick start.Capitalizing on UW’s first power play of the game, junior forward Kelly Nash fed the puck from the corner to Kelter where she knocked it past MSU goalie Alli Altmann for her first career goal and what eventually was the game-winner at the 2:45 mark in the first period.Afterward, Kelter could only describe her goal as “awesome.”“I did it for [the seniors],” Kelter said. “I think everyone worked extra hard today just to make this experience unforgettable.”From there, the game just got more exciting for the Badgers.Senior forwards Jasmine Giles and Kyla Sanders both tallied goals on the game. Giles shot a rocket into the net 11 minutes into the third period, getting her second and, fittingly, what would be the final goal of the game.Giles noted the seniors’ determination to give their best effort in what could be their final game at the Kohl center.“I guess us seniors wanted to come out and play our best,” she said. “It’s kind of emotional, but at the same time, today you kind of remember everything that did happen here — a lot of great memories. We just went out, and luckily we got a couple.”While Giles and Sanders were rewarded for all their work on offense, senior goalie Alannah McCready got her fifth career shutout in the seniors’ last home stand.McCready only faced 14 shots on goal in the game, but some were close calls and she credits the strong Badger defense for helping with the shutout.“[The defense] makes it a little easier. They were really solid today,” McCready said. “We had really good breakouts, and if I had a rebound they were playing it out right away. That always helps a lot.”With only three other six-goal games this season — one of which was at MSU — interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser was pleased to see all the hard work finally paying off for UW.“Six is a lot of goals. We’ve only done that I think three times this year,” she said. “We’ve been close so many times to having these breakout, explosive games — just a lot of shots on net — but scoring chances and scoring goals are two very different things, and it was nice to see us scoring goals and being rewarded for the chances.”While Sunday was a day for great celebration, Friday was the complete opposite. In an upsetting 5-3 loss, Wisconsin felt almost nothing but frustration.After putting up only three shots on goal, the Mavericks were already ahead 3-0 in the first period after about 12 minutes of play. The Badgers were forced into an uphill battle for the rest of the game, and while they put up a fight, they fell short.“It’s hard when you’re three goals down against a team when we’ve lost one-nothing and two-nothing throughout the year. Three was definitely going to be an uphill battle for us,” DeKeyser said. “We didn’t give up. There was excitement — Stefanie McKeough got her first goal with the [team’s second] goal. When you’re down three, that’s a hard deficit to come back from.”While the first period was eventful for the Mavericks, the Badgers fought back hard in the third, which included the goal by McKeough, a freshman defenseman.McKeough was happy to finally find the back of the net on her own, but would have preferred if it could have led to a win.“Yeah it was awesome,” she said. “I was trying to think of a good celebration to do, but I just got too excited so I slammed my stick on the ice. It was awesome, but I would have liked to seal it with a win.”Although Wisconsin outshot the Mavericks 51-17, the squad struggled to get the puck in the net Friday night. With 20 shots to MSU’s two in the third period alone, the Badgers were looking for a comeback, but Altmann was not making it easy for the squad.“I think we did [fight] towards the end of the second period and all of the third period. I think we battled pretty hard and tried to come back,” McCready said. “We did a little bit and their goalie played amazing — 50 shots and only three goals — we just didn’t put it in the net.”Despite the frustration the team is certain it has the talent to succeed, it just has not consistently found it or shown it.McKeough readily admits how difficult it can be.“It does get frustrating. No one can lie about that, but we’re just waiting for our time when we will … score eight goals on 50 shots. We know we can do it, and we have the talent to do it, so we’re just waiting for our time.”Their time came on Sunday in what DeKeyser describes as a “textbook day for senior day.”Sanders put it simply.“Coming out with a win is just as good as it gets.”
Ricardo Martin is no ordinary tennis player. A sophomore on the University of Wisconsin’s men’s tennis team, Martin was the No. 1 player in Colombia for his age group between the ages of 12-14, and then again between the ages 16-18.After picking up tennis at age nine, Martin decided he wanted to pursue a career in professional tennis at 13. By age 14, Martin won the 14 and under International Tennis Federation (ITF) juniors title at the Yucatan Open, one of the largest juniors tournaments in the world.“I have played in South America, Europe and the U.S.,” Martin said. “I’ve played everywhere.”But after experiencing such a thrilling past, how did Martin settle on Wisconsin as the final stepping-stone before launching into his professional career?Martin’s response was blunt: “My coach convinced me.”After playing in 38 grand slam events in 11 years with the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), head coach Greg Van Emburgh has made his share of tennis contacts around the world.“If he needs a player from a foreign country, he can just call his buddies up and they can help him out,” team captain Marek Michalicka said. “He says that everybody knows him.”Van Emburgh was a friend of Martin’s ex-coach from their playing days together, and immediately recognized Martin’s potential.“Ricardo is a top 200 ITF Junior player,” Van Emburgh said. “He has played all over the world, and he has played at the highest level of junior international tennis. I think he’s well rounded and has the experience and the knowledge, more so than some of the national players that we come across and recruit.”While Martin was able to win his first three matches after joining the Badgers January of 2010, inconsistency in play resulted in only a 7-9 singles record and 3-4 doubles record last year.Michalicka said he believes Martin can overcome these inconsistencies and reach his potential with proper discipline.“If he wants to play and he wants to win, he can play really, really well,” Michalicka said. “He can play really good tennis if he wants. If he doesn’t want to play, then I feel like he doesn’t care that much. But I have the feeling that he is a good tennis player when he’s focused.”Michalicka said Martin could have done better than he actually performed last year, but coming from the Czech Republic himself, Michalicka admits it can be a difficult adjustment to come to Wisconsin from a foreign country, to which Van Emburgh agrees.“When he first came in here, he was really shy and he was getting adjusted to life in the U.S. and college life,” Van Emburgh said. “I think now his personality is starting to come out, and he’s much more vocal and he feels much more at ease being here. I think he’s going to have a good year this year.”Van Emburgh agreed that Martin can lack focus on the court at times, but noted that Martin has won five out of six tournament matches this year and is starting to concentrate more throughout matches.Van Emburgh added that if the players on the team were perfect, they wouldn’t be here in college; they would be on the pro tour. Each player has something to improve, and it just so happens that Martin has to improve his concentration on the court, but that shouldn’t take away all of his other potential and talent.Although the Badgers feature three players from foreign countries, Van Emburgh said his international recruiting practices have not caused a communication barrier for the team.“I think it’s a great mix for our guys,” Van Emburgh said. “The Americans and the internationals have one thing in common: they are a team…and they have the same mission in mind. They want to be successful, they want to do it together and it’s been great to see the guys really bond.”With such a large network of professional tennis players from around the world on hand, it comes as no surprise that Van Emburgh’s team is so diverse. However, Van Emburgh said an international roster is nothing new in collegiate tennis.“You just don’t really notice it until you start looking at rosters,” Van Emburgh said, “but I think over the past eight to 10 years, I think it has gotten more popular with the college tennis team and college system, both men and women.”According to Van Emburgh, every program in the country ranked in the top 75 now has at least three, and maybe four, international players on the team. Van Emburgh said having international players definitely adds to any program and has yielded a lot of success because of it.“I think doing international recruiting is like doing national recruiting; it goes hand in hand,” Van Emburgh said.Some minor editing errors in the original copy were corrected.