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Novak Djokovic to regain tennis world No. 1 ranking after Nadal withdraws in Paris

Staff writers, November 1, 2018 8:23AM News Corp Australia Network

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action. Picture: AFP media_cameraSerbia's Novak Djokovic in action. Picture: AFP

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TENNIS: Novak Djokovic will return to the world No. 1 ranking on Monday, after an injured Rafael Nadal was forced to withdraw* from the Paris Masters.

Djokovic has made a remarkable comeback from elbow injuries, winning both Wimbledon and the US Open Grand Slams this year.

Djokovic was ranked 21st ahead of Wimbledon, with his return to top spot the first time since Marat Safin in 2000 that a player ranked outside the top 20 has reached number one in the same season.

Djokovic was last No. 1 in November 2016.

Usman Qadir and captain George Bailey. Picture: Kym Smith media_cameraUsman Qadir and captain George Bailey. Picture: Kym Smith

CRICKET: Usman Qadir has set his sights on representing Australia at the next World Twenty20 tournament in 2020 as he pursues his eligibility* for the country.

Qadir, the son of Pakistan leg spinner Abdul, played his first game in Australian colours on Wednesday — claiming 3-28 in the Prime Minister’s XI’s shock win over a near full-strength South Africa.

Having first played grade cricket in Adelaide in 2013, Qadir was spotted and invited to Perth’s Big Bash training by now-Australian coach Justin Langer when he took 36 wickets in six Sydney grade games last summer.

The 25-year-old was signed by the Scorchers this season, and made his Sheffield Shield debut for Western Australia this summer having previously played eight first-class matches.

Qadir is not yet allowed to play for Australia but will soon apply for a distinguished talent visa* to stay in the country before he aims to earn citizenship and permanent residency* in coming years.

“My goal is to play for Australia in 2020 in the T20 World Cup,” he said.

The Diamonds will stick with this winning Constellation Cup side. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraThe Diamonds will stick with this winning Constellation Cup side. Picture: Getty Images

NETBALL: Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander has stuck with a winning combination* to defend Australia’s World Cup title in the UK next year.

Alexander and selectors have opted to go with the same squad which won the recent Constellation Cup against New Zealand 3-1 for the next — and last — international series before the netball World Cup in Liverpool in July, 2019.

“I was very impressed with how we performed in both the recent Quad Series and Constellation Cup so I’m looking forward to January where we’ll again be competing on the world stage, further developing our game plans and starting to really build towards our 2019 World Cup campaign,” Alexander said.

GLOSSARY

withdraw: pull out

eligibility: right to do something under the rules

distinguished talent visa: allows entry to Australia for people who are internationally recognised for exceptional and outstanding achievement in one of the following; a profession. the arts. sport, research or academia

permanent residency: allowed to live in Australia forever

combination: mix

QUICK QUIZ

1. When was Novak Djokovic last world No. 1?

2. What sort of visa is Usman Qadir hoping to get?

3. Which country did Qadir’s father play for?

4. When and where will the next Netball World Cup be held?

VCOP ACTIVITY

After reading the article, with a partner, highlight all the openers you can find in blue. Discuss if they are powerful and varied openers or not. Why do you think the journalists has used a mix of simple and power openers? Would you change any, and why?

HAVE YOUR SAY: Who do you think is the better all-time tennis player — Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer?

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