Kokkinakis, Kyrgios Aussie Hopes

first_imgDARWIN, Australia — Teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis will open the Davis Cup quarterfinal for a controversy-hit Australia team on July 17 against Kazakhstan No. 1 Mikhail Kukushkin.Following the July 16 draw, Australian No.1 Nick Kyrgios plays Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the second opening singles on outdoor grass courts.Sam Groth and veteran Lleyton Hewitt are scheduled to play doubles for Australia on July 18 against Nedovyesov and Andrey Gulubev.On July 19 in reverse singles, Krygios is set to play Kukushkin and Kokkinakis would play Nedovyesov.The Australian team has been affected by recent infighting between players and officials. Kyrgios was criticized for his on-court demeanor at Wimbledon, where he was fined for swearing and racket abuse, and Bernard Tomic was suspended from the team for making critical comments about Tennis Australia and its Performance Director, former Grand Slam winner Pat Rafter.The countries have never met in the Davis Cup. Players from Kazakhstan competed for the Soviet Union before 1995.If 28-time champion Australia wins, it will host France or travel to Britain for September’s semifinals.Britain is playing France on grass at London’s Queen’s Club, the 21st meeting between the countries but the first since 1992.In the other quarterfinals, Argentina hosts Serbia on indoor clay at Buenos Aires while Canada travels to Belgium to play on outdoor clay. The winners of those ties will play each other in the semifinals, with venues to be determined.Australia is bidding to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2006.Kazakhstan has reached the quarterfinals — but never beyond — four of the past five years despite having only one player inside the top 100: Kukushkin at No. 63. Nedovyesov (115th) and Golubev (155th) are the other main team members.“That is extraordinary,” Australia captain Wally Masur said of Kazakhstan’s record. “It just points to the focus they have, and intensity and passion.”Masur said the 20-year-old Kyrgios, who has won both his Davis Cup matches on grass, sustained a right thigh strain in training this week, but has recovered.“He’s fine,” Masur said. “He played over three hours of tennis yesterday. He played a bit of basketball this morning. He’s got an opportunity to get on that match court tomorrow. No dramas there.”None of Kazakhstan’s team has played a Davis Cup match on grass.Australia beat the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan defeated Italy in the first round, both by 3-2 scores.Kokkinakis came from two sets down to beat No.46-ranked Lukas Rosol in Australia’s win over the Czechs, and he said that experience has given him confidence ahead of the July 17 opener in Darwin.“Having that experience in Czech was really good for me — showing I can do it even when things aren’t going my way,” Kokkinakis said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Oppo gives away 625 units of the Oppo F9 Pro for free

first_imgOppo recently conducted a special campaign for Indian cricket fans on the sidelines of the recent India – Pakistan match. The campaign, ‘Big Game, Big Cashback’ offered participants a chance to win 100 per cent cashback on the Oppo F9 Pro. By the end of it, there were a total of 38,790 participants, of which 625 consumers won the full cashback. This means Oppo offered a total of Rs 1,49,93,750 in cashback for the campaign.Commenting on this campaign, Will Yang, Brand Director, OPPO India said, “We know the love young Indian consumers share for Cricket as a sport and hence believed that this was the perfect opportunity to connect with them. With the cashback offer we wanted to share their excitement for the ongoing tournament and offer a smartphone that enhances their overall experience. It is great to see how the consumers resonate with OPPO when it comes to cricket, clearly making OPPO’s association with the Indian Cricket team, a lot more fruitful.”The Oppo F9 Pro was launched in India in September at Rs 23,990. The phone brings a unique waterdrop display and a gradient colour scheme on the back. It sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and over 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The F9 Pro is powered by a Helio P60 chipset with 6GB of RAM. The device runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Oppo’s custom Color OS 5.2 on top.As for the cameras, the Oppo F9 Pro offers a 16MP + 2MP configuration on the back with f/1.8 aperture and a 25-megapixel sensor on the front with f/2.0 aperture. The device houses a 3,500mAh battery with VOOC fast charging support that will juice up the device over 50 per cent in just half an hour. In our review of the Oppo F9 Pro, we said that the device brings a stunning waterdrop display along with an appealing gradient design and an impressive battery life that’s made even better with VOOC flash charge support.advertisementALSO READ: Oppo F9 Pro review: Waterdrop notch, superfast charging makes it worth buyinglast_img read more