Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian Open

first_imgIvo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian OpenIvo Karlovic fired 39 aces to battle past Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-7 7-6 7-6 7-6 in the first round of the Australian Open.advertisement Next Reuters MelbourneJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 14:30 IST Ivo Karlovic, 39, said he had no intention of winding down while still fit enough to compete (Photo tweeted by @AustralianOpen)HIGHLIGHTSIvo Karlovic beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-7 7-6 7-6 7-6 in the first round of the Australian OpenKarlovic, who is world No.73, fired 39 aces to match his ageKarlovic also became the oldest winner at any Grand Slam since a 40-year-old Jimmy Connors in 1992Bashing 39 aces to match his age, Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the Australian Open in over 40 years as he felled Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, a man 18 years his junior, to reach the second round on Tuesday.On a sweltering day at Melbourne Park, the towering Croat’s 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 7-6(5) win on Court 19 made him the oldest victor at the tournament since Australian icon Ken Rosewall reached the third round of the 1978 tournament at the age of 44.World number 73 Karlovic also became the oldest winner at any Grand Slam since a 40-year-old Jimmy Connors beat Jaime Oncins to reach the second round of the 1992 US Open.Karlovic, whose birthday falls on February 28, will be officially middle-aged next month but said he had no intention of winding down while still fit enough to compete.”I think I’m healthy so hopefully there will be no injuries,” the 6-ft 11-in (2.11 metres) Zagreb man told Reuters at Melbourne Park.”As long as my ranking is up and I get in to all these tournaments, I don’t see any reason I should stop.”The oldest man in the men’s singles ahead of 37-year-old double defending champion Roger Federer, Karlovic advanced a day after 31-year-old Andy Murray played possibly his last match at Melbourne Park on Monday.The former world number one Briton has been suffering severe pain in his right hip and said before the tournament that he might have to retire.Where Murray’s all-court, scrambling, defensive game has undoubtedly taken its toll, Karlovic’s longevity may be explained in part by his commitment to the now rarely seen art of serve-volley.advertisementBoasting a monster serve and an arm-span that can seem as wide as the court, the Croat keeps points short and sharp.The style can be picked apart by good passers and the power of modern baseline pounders but it has served former world number 14 Karlovic well in a very respectable career of eight titles.No rally against Hurkacz exceeded four points and the silver-haired Karlovic sealed the match when the Pole sent an attempted passing shot into the tramlines.He raised his long arms into the air in triumph as a rowdy smattering of Croatian fans chanted, “Ivo! Ivo! Ivo!”Why would he want to leave all this, he asked.”This range of emotions from winning to losing, it’s, I don’t know, it’s different,” he said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Ivo KarlovicFollow Hubert HurkaczFollow Australian Openlast_img read more

Church attacks Home Office for saying Christianity not peaceful to reject asylum

He added that the department needs a “radical” change in its understanding of all religious beliefs.Referencing Matthew, Chapter 10, the Home Office said that Jesus states: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send [or bring] peace, but a sword.” The Home Office has been criticised by the Church of England for quoting Bible passages to reject an asylum seeker's application A Home Office spokesman said: “This letter is not in accordance with our policy approach to claims based on religious persecution, including conversions to a particular faith.“We continue to work closely with key partners, including the APPG on International Freedom of Religion and a range of faith groups, to improve our policy guidance and training provided to asylum decision-makers so that we approach claims involving religious conversion in the appropriate way.” The Home Office has been criticised by the Church of England for quoting Bible passages to reject an asylum seeker’s applicationCredit: Yui Mok/PA However the late esteemed New Testament scholar, R.T. France famously explained that the sword which Jesus is referring to in the controversial passage is not to bring is not military conflict, but a “sharp social division which severs the closest family ties […] Jesus speaks here, as in the preceding and following verses, more of a division in men’s personal response to him.”Officials appear to have lifted passages from the Bible Gateway website, an online searchable Bible which is one of the world’s most popular Christian websites. The refusal letter also quotes parts of The Book of Leviticus from the old testament.However it was not just religious and legal organisations expressing condemnation of the letter.­Stephen Evans, CEO of the National Secular Society, said: “It is wholly inappropriate for the Home Office to use theological justifications for refusing asylum applications.“Decisions on the merits of an asylum appeal should be based on an assessment of the facts at hand – and not on the state’s interpretation of any given religion. It’s not the role of the Home Office to play theologian.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He said that his client will be appealing the decision and he will be complaining to the Home Office.However, the Church of England has since waded into the debate after the government even allegedly misquoted Jesus.The Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, who leads for the Bishops in the House of Lords on matters relating to immigration, asylum and refugees, likened the refusal letter to a government report on climate change advocating global warming.“I am extremely concerned that a Government department could determine the future of another human being based on such a profound misunderstanding of the texts and practices of faith communities,” he said.“To use extracts from the Book of Revelation to argue that Christianity is a violent religion is like arguing that a Government report on the impact of Climate Change is advocating drought and flooding.“It is good that the Home Office has recognised that this decision is inconsistent with its policies and that its staff need better training, but the fact that these comments were made at all suggests that the problem goes deeper than a lack of religious literacy among individual civil servants and indicates that the management structures and ethos of the Home Office, when dealing with cases with a religious dimension, need serious overhaul.” Nathan Stevens, the immigration caseworker at Fadiga & Co Solicitors dealing with the Iranian man’s case, posted excerpts of the Home Office letter on Twitter earlier this week saying he was “genuinely shocked” to read such an “unbelievably offensive diatribe”. It has since been shared hundreds of times.Mr Stevens, from London, added: “Whatever your views on faith, how can a government official arbitrarily pick bits out of a holy book and then use them to trash someone’s heartfelt reason for coming to a personal decision to follow another faith.” The Church of Englandhas attacked the Home Office for using Bible quotes to argue that Christianity is not a peaceful religion in a bid to reject an asylum seeker.The Iranian national, who has not been identified, claimed asylum in 2016 but his application was rejected after government officials said his conversion from Islam was “inconsistent” with his claim that Christianity is a peaceful religion.In order to reiterate the point, the Home Office wrote a lengthy and “unbelievably offensive” refusal letter referencing six Bible passages and claiming that the book of Revelation is filled with “images of revenge, destruction, death and violence”.The Home Office rejection, below the quoted verses concludes: “These examples are inconsistent with your claim that you converted to Christianity after discovering it is a ‘peaceful’ religion, as opposed to Islam which contains violence, rage and revenge.” read more