Man at His Best

The Weekend Roundup: Of Might And Men

Celebrating legends and emerging heroes in sports.

BY Zul Andra | Jun 6, 2016 | Culture

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1 | Sports: Novak Djokovic wins French Open for first time
In astonishing fashion, Novak Djokovic came from behind after losing his first set against Andy Murray to win the Roland Garros, for the first-time in his career. Now, with back-to-back Grand Slam wins—Wimbledon, The US Open, The Australian Open and The French Open—Djokovic can proudly claim to be the king of the court.

2 | Sports: Muhammad Ali, “The Greatest”, dead at 74
The man and the legend. Immortalised in the hearts and mind of many, Muhammad Ali defied convention. The boxer, who refused to be drafted for the Vietnam war and who once threw his Olympic gold medal into the Ohio river after experiencing a racist attack, rose into a cultural icon in his every waking moment. Esquire pays tribute to the greatest by remembering his unforgettable moments and that powerful magazine cover.

3 | Sports: Joseph Schooling beats Michael Phelps
The 20-year-old clocked 51.58 seconds to finish ahead of Michael Phelps by 0.07 seconds. Although a huge achievement for Singapore’s biggest Olympic hopeful, Schooling mentioned that “it matters only in Rio” like the true champion he is.

4 | Sports: Skateboarding and surfing in the Olympics?
Skateboarding, surfing, karate, sports climbing, and softball/baseball for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020? That might happen earlier than we thought. The International Olympic Committee’s board will make their final decision between August 1 and 4.

5 | Sports: Zlatan Ibrahimovic finalises move to Manchester United while Jamie Vardy contemplates life in Arsenal
Manchester United’s new manager, Jose Mourinho, will be looking forward to his first signing in the footballing wizardry of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, nicknamed Ibracadabra. It has been reported that United’s Executive Vice-Chariman, Ed Woodward has met Ibrahimovic’s representatives to finalise a one-year contract. In Leicester City news, Jamie Vardy looks to leave the champions for Arsenal after being offered a four-year deal and a higher pay. The Foxes are countering the offer.