Morris Inn recognized with Four Diamond rating

first_imgThe Morris Inn became the 10th hotel in the state of Indiana to receive the AAA Four Diamond award, the University stated in a press release on Oct. 9. According to the release, AAA is an organization that independently ranks and rates hotels based on condition, cleanliness, management, staff, grounds, exterior, public areas and décor.  The award comes after a more than $30 million renovation if the hotel, Joe Kurth, Morris Inn’s general manager, said, Thanks to a generous donation from Ernesto Raclin, the hotel was able to redesign and revamp its facilities. In a mere 10 months, the hotel was transformed, earning it a new four-diamond rating by the AAA.   Kurth said although it is uncommon for a hotel to receive a four-diamond rating so soon after reopening, the Morris Inn strives to maintain its position as “the living room of the University.” According to the AAA’s website, a Four-Diamond hotel is “refined, stylish with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.”   The AAA website goes on to say that the Four-Diamond rating is a high achievement that is only met by 5% of the 30,000 plus lodgings that the AAA has reviewed in the past 77 years.   “The new Four-Diamond ranking shows guests that they will have an experience that is unique and only available at a select number of hotels,” Kurth said.  According to its website, the Morris Inn has been an integral part of the Notre Dame community, providing visitors a place, hosting weddings and conferences and even serving food at one of its three eating establishments since April 21, 1952.  “The Morris Inn is proud to be a choice location for weddings, academic conferences, and alumni and family visiting the University,” Kurth said. “We are proud to be in the heart of Notre Dame’s beautiful campus. In fact, in the AAA’s categories of review, the Morris Inn scored five diamonds for the exterior and campus grounds.” Contact Jessica Merdes at [email protected]last_img read more

Mrs. Geraldine (Lock) Banta

first_imgMrs. Geraldine (Lock) Banta, age 86, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on July 27, 1933 in Switzerland County, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late Ernie and Dorothy Marcella (Roeder) Lock. Geraldine was raised all over Indiana because her father was a teacher and attended the Vevay High School. She was a member of the Long Run Baptist Church. Geraldine was united in marriage on November 10, 1949 to the late Everett Ray “Dutch” Banta in Carrollton, Kentucky. This happy union was blessed with a daughter, Sharon. Geraldine and Everett shared nearly 59 years of marriage together until he passed away on April 20, 2008. Geraldine was formerly employed for 23 years for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana until 1974, 1 year for the Versailles Extension Office, 3 years for the Census Bureau and then started farming with her husband. She was a former member of the Moorefield Homemakers Club and served on the Farm Bureau Board for several years. Geraldine enjoyed mowing her lawn, crafting and gardening. Geraldine will be remembered for her raspberry jelly, “the best you ever ate.” Geraldine passed away at 4:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at the Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.Geraldine will be missed by her daughter, Sharon Kay Ketenbrink and her husband, Earl of Rising Sun, IN; her grandchildren, Andrea Jo Ketenbrink, Heather Thomas and her husband, Dan and John Ketenbrink and his wife, Andrea; her great-grandchildren, Hannah, Mallory, Noah, Haley, Rachel and Logan and her sister, Joann Arnett and her husband, David of Rockford, TN.She was preceded in death by her father, Ernie Lock, died September 26, 1969; her mother, Dorothy Marcella (Roeder) Lock, died December 24, 1988; her husband, Everett Ray “Dutch” Banta, died April 20, 2008.Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., by Rev. Tom Rogers at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 3, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Long Run Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Ambode Rewards CHAN Eagles with N20m

first_imgMaking this disclosure yesterday, the Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Kweku Adedayo Tandoh stated that the official presentation of the cheque to the CHAN Eagles will take place soon.Tandoh said that this commendable gesture by the sports loving governor has once again demonstrated his passion and unwavering commitment to sports development not only in Lagos State but in Nigeria as a whole.Last year, Ambode supported the Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) Football Club of Lagos for their 2018 CAF Champions League campaign with a donation of N50million and also approved the remodeling and modification of the Agege Stadium to meet the Confederation of African Football (CAF) standards.Governor Ambode also financially supported the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in hosting the FIFA Executive Football Summit which was held in February 2018 along with the 1st NFF Football Awards, in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kunle AdewaleLagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the release of the N20million to the Super Eagles Team B (CHAN Eagles) who were runners-up at the 2018 African Nations Championships held in Morocco.The governor who was in Morocco to watch the final match had pledged to reward the team for their exemplary performance in reaching the finals despite all odds.last_img read more

Man of the match Wokorach leaves Simbas bedazzled

first_imgWhich one was more more mind stopping is a question of serious debate. The second one though was unbelievable. Cranes were trailing, legs were tired, fatigue had set in.He picked a ball, sidestepped once, dummied, then span – in full flight – to beat an army of Kenyan adversaries. He’s got height advantage, so he didn’t even get to the touchline; he simply stretched his arm as the last man managed to get his legs, and touched down! Incredible stuff!Against Namibia at home, he was a tale. Reports indicate they still talk about him. His first try: he kicked high up, chased and caught the ball, and sprinted to the touchline. Namibians were so awed they just looked on as he charged for a try.The second one he intercepted a pass, ‘danced’ around and bust for the touchline. It’s like Namibia had already given up on him.Wokos is a tag rugby graduate; he’s been to the UK for an invitational rugby development stint. He’s one of the most successful tag rugby trust graduates world over.His fetes are incredible; he’s already had two horrific injuries in his young career. His right femur snapped during a league game with then G4S Pirates. The second injury was in the UK during a rugby development stint with Esher Rugby Club. But not even those setbacks will stop him.Share on: WhatsApp Kenya Simbas and Rugby Cranes during a scrum Saturday evening at RFUEA grounds in Nairobi. Photo via @ntvugandaThat he was named man of the match on such a charged evening of rugby is no simple fete. In all honesty, Rugby Cranes fullback Phillip Wokorach left fans, Ugandans and Kenyans alike, bedazzled!These are things you see in NBA championships; but the lanky 24-year old displays in rugby. He is lithe, like a snake; he doesn’t just sidestep: he weaves, dances, and sprints. One of the commentators described him as “breaking tackles like knife through butter”.You wouldn’t even tell he’s broken a tackle, because it’s like he’s never challenged! It’s a wonder he’s debuted for the Cranes: he should have been here already, but for horrific injuries and long spells of recovery.Kenya beat uganda 45-24, but on the evening he made two tries; the first left the RFUEA fully packed stadium in awe, the second in disbelief!Kudos Uganda cranes for a good game. @WokorachPhillip‘s talent is undeniable. See you next time! #ElgonCup— Kenya Rugby 24/7 (@KenyaRugby247) July 30, 2016last_img read more

Dog park gets a Charlie Brown Christmas

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champDog owners, in a contagious rush of spontaneous good cheer, began carting ornaments, garland, ribbons and other decorations from home to “adopt” a tree at the park, leaving behind rows of little Charlie Brown-style Christmas trees. Somehow, the trees now all look bigger, fuller than they did before. And in a spirit of gratitude – always appropriate for this time of year – one dog owner made up a large handmade sign to hang on the fence, thanking the port for its provision of the park. The sign is now crowded with “amen” signatures added by dozens of others. So take a few moments this season to enjoy the lights, count your blessings, all of them, big and small, and pass along forgiveness, peace and love – good tidings of great joy. Merry Christmas, San Pedro. On my nightly dog walks through my San Pedro neighborhood, I pass by a few beautiful two-story wonders, all aglow and decked out with lighted reindeer on the lawn. Others are more modest, but so charming in their simplicity. They’re my favorites: a small Spanish stucco, with an understated trim of white icicle lights; the classic California bungalow trimmed with old-fashioned, multicolored lights and the words “Merry Christmas” spelled out in green above the porch. One of the most whimsical decorating efforts that sprang up unexpectedly this Christmas can be seen at the new dog park on Front Street on land provided (at least temporarily) by the Port of Los Angeles. One by one, the spindly saplings planted throughout the park began to be transformed a few weeks ago. Donna Littlejohn is a reporter at the Daily Breeze and can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Are there reasons to be optimistic for corn prices?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThe last USDA report lowered export demand by 75 million bushels, most likely due to the anticipated large corn crops in South America and Ukraine. Unlike the U.S. though, these countries lack adequate storage, which means their corn is priced to move when it is harvested and it will compete with U.S. supply.The USDA also reduced the ethanol grind by 25 million. The recent price set-back, could help ethanol plants’ margins and allow for the grind to remain steady going forward.On a positive note, feed usage wasn’t reduced any further in this report. Some say the long cold winter is causing lower feed efficiency, so some expect feed demand to be adjusted higher down the road. While others in the trade think the much lower wheat prices will encourage end users to replace corn with more wheat in the rations. I’m not sure this will happen though, given wheat’s relatively good carry and strong basis most of the year will keep much of the wheat out of feed.Another positive note from the USDA report was world stock levels for corn were slightly lower. It’s probably not enough to move the market, but at least it wasn’t more negative news.Farmers seem to be tired of talking about the markets. The 3-month sideways market was boring to watch, and the recent 22-cent drop in the last 2 weeks has caused many farmers to just stop watching the market and tune everything out. Many farmers are waiting, hoping a solution eventually presents itself. I too am frustrated and wish I had more sold.Current prices are inconsistent with last year. One year ago, July corn was trading $4, despite a potential 2-billion-bushel carryout. This year with a now 1.8 billion carryout, July futures are trading $3.73. Maybe the market was a little too high last year, and now it may be a little too low.The continued lack of a trade deal is frustrating. Many farmers thought the trade war would be over by now, but there is a sense it could take a long time, maybe until Christmas for a deal to be made. Some say it’s just a matter of time before a deal is made, but no one really knows. That uncertainty is putting downward pressure on prices as some traders are worried about the world economy as the trade deal wears on.While futures prices have dropped below the recent tight range, corn basis has rallied 8 to 10 cents at most end users across the country. This signifies farmers are generally not selling at these lower futures values. While this doesn’t mean a guaranteed rally, it does mean farmers are likely waiting for better prices or at least until more is known about the ’19 crop before they sell the rest of their ’18 crop. Without a futures rally the basis is likely to continue to work higher.There are certainly a lot of unknowns in the corn market right now. Some may have a bigger effect on futures prices than others, but all have the potential to impact prices either higher or lower. Here are just a few of them:Trade with or without China will remain a huge topicSpring weather and if the crop is planted on timeSummer weather and if the crop will be at or above trendline yieldThe number of acres of corn planted by the U.S. farmer this yearAsian Swine Flu or some other disease slowing world feed demandThe world economy and the value of the dollar.Right now, I’m sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what we know in another month. Please email [email protected] with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.last_img read more

21st Sletba Open starts; victorious paralympic team cited

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sletba president Engr. Mar Lualhati (right) with members of the Philippine bowling paralympic team which won 7 medals in the recently held tenpin bowling paralympic games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. LATEST STORIES In his remarks, Lualhati thanked the sponsors and the PBC and the associations for supporting this year’s premier event of Sletba. He also presented and cited the exploits of the Philippine bowling paralympic team which bagged seven medals in the recently held bowling paralympic games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Lualhati, in turn, received a plaque of appreciation from paralympic team coach Benshir Layoso for his support for the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPlayers from the national team and from various associations are expected to join the annual tournament and vie for cash prizes worth over P400,000 spread over three groups.Qualifying games started right after the opening rites Saturday and will be held daily from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Oct. 14. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Mavericks guard Curry out with left leg injury Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Sletba officials led by its president Engr. Mar Lualhati (2nd from left) and secretary Atty. Boy de Leon (right) prepare to roll the ceremonial ball to start the 21st Sletba Open at the Sta. Lucia Mall Bowling Center in Cainta. With them are (from left) Benny Dytoc of PTBA, Benshir Layoso, national team member and coach of the national paralympic team, Gerry Mallilin, president of Philippine Bowling Congress, and Lilian Teano, president of the Tiger City (Mandaluyong) Bowling Association.The 21st Sta. Lucia East Tenpin Bowling Association-Rizal (Sletba) Open Championships rolled off Saturday at the Sta. Lucia Bowling Center in Cainta, Rizal.Engr. Mar Lualhati, president of Sletba, led the simple opening rites graced by the presence of officials of the Philippine Bowling Congress and other associations based in Metro Manila and in the provinces.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Nextlast_img read more

Lakers win gives Ball last word on Wizards’ Wall

first_imgLATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, defends Washington Wizards guard John Wall during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers had the last word on John Wall and visiting Washington after days of NBA trash talk, prevailing 102-99 in overtime Wednesday.Brandon Ingram scored 19 points, Larry Nance Jnr added 18 and each grabbed 10 rebounds while teen rookie guard Ball had six points, eight rebounds and 10 assists to spark the Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Springer’s HR in 11th gives Astros 7-6 win, ties Series 1-1 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Wall vowed “no mercy” to the Washington Post and added, “His dad has been talking… that makes me want to go out there and lead my team and play the best I can play.”It didn’t work out that way. Wall had 18 points on 7-of-22 shooting with nine assists, missed a tying 3-point attempt at the final buzzer and lost the ball out of bounds on a drive to the hoop late in overtime, his appeal for a foul unrewarded.“A lot of contact. I thought I got fouled,” Wall said. “We’ve got to learn how to close them out. We had the game in our hand.”LaVar Ball praised his son’s performance despite Wall producing more points.“When he goes off, people get stuck on them points,” the elder Ball said. “He does a lot more things than score points all the time to get the team to win. He’s versatile.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The Wizards missed out on their first 4-0 season start since 1978.“We were a half-step slow all night,” said Wizards coach Scott Brooks. “The fourth quarter we were just standing around. They played better than us down the stretch. They made big shots. They deserved to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLavar Ball, Lonzo’s famously outspoken father, began the verbal fireworks after a Sunday loss to New Orleans, saying of the Wizards, “They better beware. Because Lonzo ain’t losing again. Not in the same week.”Wizards center Marcin Gortat tweeted in response that “JohnWall will torture (Ball) for 48 minutes.” View comments Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

‘THE CELEBRITIES’ vs ‘THE FISHBOWL FAVOURITES’

first_imgA new initiative was tested out this grand final day at the 2005 National 18’s Champs, as Tony Eltakchi donned a microphone headset, pulled up his referee socks and our celebrities faced the `Fishbowl Favourites’ in the 2005 Celebrity Challenge. The result???…hilarity all around. The grandstand was packed and in for a treat as a lucky 13 players were chosen from teams who had not made the top eight sides. These were players that had stood out to the men in `The Fishbowl’ (tournament control tower) ether through their skill, appearance or just general fantastic qualities. We called them the `Fishbowl Favourites’ and they were coached by Aussie Mixed Open coach Gary Madders. It was no doubt an experience for these young players, a chance to play in front of a packed grandstand and create history for TFA…perhaps even start a tradition??!! Designed to build crowd excitement and prepare everyone for the grand finals, the group had the crowd in stitches. We had celebrity referee Tony `Tash’ Eltakchi being wheeled out in a garbage bin, to sin binning Peter Topp (TFA Game Development Officer) for allegedly being offside, to Kane Weeks bolting down from the Fishbowl to push his way past the opposition to score and being gang tackled by Natasha Stergi from the ACT, Kyle from CIS and then Baartz, the youngest (and littlest) player at the tournament. The referees were cheering for their panel member Kathy, while they accepted Tash’s slightly over the top refereeing (and maybe on occasions just plain wrong) with good humour. Doctor Bruce was a hit in his Jamaican wig…who ever knew the doctor was so talented? While NRL Rabbitoh and former Touchie Joe Williams showed he still has what it takes when it comes to that step. Renee Randall and Maree Curran proved the Aussie Womens 30’s side will be a force to be reckoned with come All Nations, while Renee’s brilliant intercept and potential length of the field touchdown was halted by Tash’s whistle…and the reason you ask??? “Penalty for being too good,” were the words from the referee’s mouth. Phil Gyemore and Shelley Matcham (Aussie Open representatives) proved to the kids that Aussie selection is an honour and worth aiming for as they played against and encouraged the `Fishbowl Favourites’. Shae Moran from the Northern Eagles was an absolute hit with the crowd, he even stepped Joey Williams (claim to fame no doubt) and he dived across the line for two touchdowns. It was a great break from the competition, a light hearted break that all seemed to enjoy. Let’s hope we see it again next year!! The teams: FISHBOWL FAVOURITES Natasha Sergi (ACT) Andrew Baartz (CQ) Dylan Jones (SC) Andrew McCabe (SWQ) Kristen Noack (SUNS) Emily Hudson (TAS) Sharon Wong (WA) Candice Fuller (Rebels) Kyle Hiscox (CIS) Trystan Graham (Scorpions) Thomas Ainsle (Crusaders) Shaye Moran (Eagles) Jack Benson (NT) Jim Proust (Hornets) Australian Coach: Gary Madders All STARS TEAM Joe Williams (NRL South Sydney) Phil Gyemore (Aussie Mens Open) Shelley Matcham (Aussie Womens Open) Maree Curran (Aussie Womens 30’s) Renee Randall (Aussie Womens 30’s) Kathy Sweeney (Referees Panel) Russell (Groundsman) Dean Lannan (Selector) Peter Topp (Staff TFA) Jackson Goman (Tournament Staff) John Singh (Aussie Coach) Doctor Bruce Watts By Rachel Moylelast_img

Rafael Nadal Is Playing Mind Games With You

It’s a smart and subtle way to serve in the situation, and his success rate suggests that his opponent, potentially predisposed to Nadal’s T serve, does not see it coming.Granted, it’s also a bit of a “tell” for anyone lucky enough to find himself with a pair of break points against Nadal — those guys should look for the out wide serve. But more than that, it reveals a mental game-within-the-game orchestrated by Nadal.He turns balls hit to his backhand side into forehand winnersNadal’s forehand is his biggest weapon. Opponents try to dodge it at all costs, which means avoiding hitting the ball to the ad court as much as possible against the southpaw. A good way to understand the baseline is to divide it into four vertical zones — two in the deuce court and two in the ad court. In tennis, these zones are sometimes labeled A, B, C and D, with A being the out wide in the deuce court, all the way to the D zone, which is the out wide in the ad court.If you’re Nadal’s opponent and you’re trying to avoid his forehand, you would hit to zones A and B (the ad court). And that’s where he gets you.The King of Clay is also the King of Running Around His Backhand to Hit Forehand. He’s an expert at it. Indeed, he loves to run around his backhand to hit forehand so much that in some matches, he has hit about the same number of winners from what would be his natural backhand side of the court — zones A and B — than from his normal, left-handed forehand side of the court — zones C and D. Through five rounds at this year’s French Open, 54 percent of Nadal’s forehand winners (46/85) have been hit as run-around forehands from zones A and B, according to officially recorded statistics from Roland Garros.By comparison, consider the right-handed Djokovic, the number one player in the world. Through the first four rounds at Roland Garros this year, 42 percent of Djokovic’s forehand winners have been run-around forehands (14/33).Nadal is like a spider looking to snare a rally ball, and players would be ill-advised to hit toward Nadal’s backhand unless they can be sure he’ll only be able to use his backhand. At the same time, better not hit too far out wide or the errors will flow.Just when you think you know Nadal, think again. He will bend your mind more than he bends the ball. When you think of Rafael Nadal, you might think of a player who hits balls with hellacious topspin and grinds out points on clay. His RPMs and his sweat grab the glory. But the 11-time French Open champion uses a few insidious tricks that go beyond the obvious strokes and traditional tactics.All of Rafa’s ways and means traveled to Roland Garros in 2019 — the energy, the rituals, the patterns of play — it’s all been put to use in another run to the semifinals, this time at age 33. He’ll need every tactic at his disposal, the conspicuous and the cunning, as he takes on Roger Federer and potentially Novak Djokovic after that.Here are three examples of the subtle mental maneuvers that Nadal makes against his opponents.He makes them waitStrictly from a length-of-match standpoint, Nadal is one of the slowest tennis players of this era. And there are a host of things Nadal does to extend matches — and possibly distract and annoy his opponents in the process.The ultimate creature of habit, Nadal starts managing time with his first step on court. When the chair umpire prepares to toss the coin and the presence of both players is required in the middle of the court before the start of the match, Nadal is typically the second to arrive — after a delay of several seconds while he goes through his routines with water bottles.Once the match is underway, Nadal’s pre-point rituals have been fodder for everything from complaints to comedy routines. Even the typically chilled-out Roger Federer has been critical of the time that Nadal takes between points. By rule, players are limited to 25 seconds between points. Beginning this year at most events, the sport put in formal, visible shot clocks in an attempt to keep servers from abusing the rule.According to an analysis by Melbourne, Australia-based Data Driven Sports Analytics of more than 140 matches each for Nadal, Federer and Djokovic from 2008 through this year, Rafa averaged 26.1 seconds between points when serving — the longest of the so-called “Big 3.”1Djokovic averaged 25.2 seconds, while Federer averaged 18.6. Nadal’s average time between points is over the limit — and that’s just an average, which means that he regularly serves beyond the 25-second rule. Chair umpires can use their discretion in starting the clock, so, clearly, Nadal is getting some wiggle room.Nadal finds a way to play on Rafa time when he’s returning as well, going through a catalog of rituals and often turning his back on the server or lifting his racquet until he’s ready to receive.The overall effect is that Nadal asserts his own pace of play, which can be legitimately discomfiting for opponents.He conditions them like PavlovOne of the hardest things to do in professional tennis is return serves. Speeds regularly top 125 mph, and then there’s the spin. Professional tennis players also excel at “spot serving” — landing serves in precise locations. They most often hit close to the lines of the service box, placing the serve at angles to inflict the most damage. Those most-visited, go-to spots are either up the T, which is the middle of the court, or out wide, which is on the outer edge of the service box. Servers work hard to place their serves effectively on both the deuce side (serving from the right side to the servers’ left and returners’ right), when the game score is usually tied, and on the ad side, when one player is always ahead.Nadal has a curious modus operandi when serving on the deuce side. The effect is Pavlovian: It conditions his opponents for one thing and then kills them with another.Because Nadal is a left-handed server, the natural play for him in this situation is to serve up the T. The ATP Tour has collected serve placement data from 2011 to 2019 for Masters 1000 events, which are just beneath Grand Slams and the Tour Finals in terms of stature, ranking points and prize money. According to that data set, on clay, Nadal’s first serve has been up the T 56.4 percent of the time on the deuce side. His success rate for this location — meaning how often he wins the point — is a healthy 68.5 percent. Much less often — 27 percent of the time — Nadal takes his first serve out wide from the deuce court on clay. And in that spot, his success rate is eye-popping, 74.8 percent. In 2019 alone, it’s up to 79.2 percent.Why would Nadal use a serve that is statistically so successful for him so infrequently? It’s possible that the tactic is about mentally conditioning the returner, greasing the tracks as it were, and then flipping his pattern when he really needs it.Indeed, data from that same set of ATP Masters tournaments reveals this morsel about Nadal on clay: He habitually hits his first serve from the deuce court up the T on nearly all scores. The most notable exception: when he’s down 15-40. When Nadal faces two break points against him, his primary service pattern switches to his secondary, “money” spot — the out wide. At 15-40, he goes T only 39.7 percent of the time, and his primary pattern becomes out-wide, at 44.9 percent.How does the King of Clay perform with that deuce court, out-wide serve down two break points? Put simply, he crushes: 82.9 percent of the time he wins the point. read more