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Rafa to play in Brazil

Sao Paulo: Rafael Nadal has entered the Brazil Open next month, which could mark his first tennis action since Wimbledon. The Brazil Open starts on Feb. 11. He’s also entered the Mexican Open in Acapulco from February 25.Nadal hasn’t played tennis since June last year, mainly because of tendinitis in his left knee.

Tennis tourney

Calcutta: Vikash Singh created an upset in the Sunfeast Dream Cream Super Series tennis tournament, defeating fourth seed Aryan Goveas in the boys’ singles under-16 match at the South Club on Tuesday. Results U-16 pre-quarter finals: Boys: BR Niksheep bt Armaan Bhatia 6-1, 6-3; Bijay Kumar Mohanty bt Sumit Pal Singh 6-4, 6-2, Vikash Singh bt Aryan Goveas 6-3, 6-3; Sanil Jagtiani bt Nihit Rawal 6-2, 6-3; Nitin Kumar Sinha bt Sidharth Choudhury 6-0, 6-0 Girls: Gunaganti Srutakirti bt Y Sai Dedeepiya 6-0, 6-0; R. Sai Avantika bt Rashmika Rajan 6-2, 6-2; Aarja Chakraborty bt Rishika Ravi 6-0, 6-4; Mihika Yadav bt Yubarani Banerjee 6-4, 6-2; Zeel Desai bt Srishti Das 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Good show

Kuala Lumpur: RMV Gurusaidutt reached the main draw of the men’s singles of the Malaysia Super Series on Tuesday. He beat Andre Kurniawan Tedjono 21-23, 21-18, 21-14 in the first match and thrashed Yan Kit Chan of Hong Kong 21-13, 21-9.

Aleksej wins

Chennai: Aleksej Aleksandrov beat Anirudh Aiyangar in the first round of the Chennai Open International Grandmasters Chess Tournament on Tuesday.

Carlos bereaved

Calcutta: United SC midfielder Carlos Hernandez was bereaved — his father passed away — on Tuesday. The Costa Rican will return to his country on Wednesday and will miss the side’s game against Mumbai FC in Pune on Saturday. Mohammed Rafique was named as his replacement.

BHA officials

Calcutta: Mohammed Khalid Hussain, Syed Alauddin, Istiyak Ali, Subir Pan, Suravi Mitra were selected as the assistant secretaries of the Bengal Hockey Association (BHA) on Tuesday. Anish Ghosh was named as the assistant treasurer.

Paul to lead

Abu Dhabi: Ireland’s Paul McGinley has been appointed captain of Europe’s Ryder Cup team for the biennial match against the United States next year, the Players’ Committee said on Tuesday. The 46-year-old, who holed the winning putt in the 2002 match at The Belfry, edged former captain Colin Montgomerie in a vote taken by the 15-man committee in Abu Dhabi.

Golf tourney

Calcutta: Harjyoti Bindra grossed 77 to lead the Division 1 of the Ladies Golf Championship at the Tollygunge Club on Tuesday. The best nett was also achieved by Harjyoti Bindra, hitting 65. In Division 2, the best gross was by Aruna Singh, who carded 93.