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JADA RENALES won
the women s doubles
and mixed doubles
titles at the Solo Senior
and Masters Open
"It s obviously
some added respon-
sibility in the Test
arena, but I don t
think it is something
that I can t handle, if
not I would not have
taken the job."
after being appointed
the captain of the West
Indies Test team.
(Ext: 2069, 2071,
KINGSTON---Guyanese middle order
batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has ruled
himself out of representing the Jamaica
Franchise for the 2015-16 Professional
Cricket League (PCL).
The former West Indies captain had
expressed an interest in playing for the
franchise when the second PCL season
opens on November 6.
But the chief executive officer of the
Jamaica Cricket Association, Courtney
Francis, has confirmed that Sarwan is no
longer available due to commitments in
"He [chairman of selectors Wavell Hinds]
informed me that he is in receipt of an e-
mail from Mr Sarwan expressing regret
that he is unable to attend our trial
matches and our training, based on
commitments that Mr Sarwan has in
Guyana," Francis said.
Franchise rules stipulate that squad
members are required to participate in
physical assessments and trial matches.
"That [his absence] would eliminate him
based on those criteria," said the local
If selected for Jamaica, Sarwan, 35, was
expected to be paid on a game-by-game
Fitness concerns have hampered much
of his senior career with the West Indies.
Sarwan played the last of his 87 Tests
against India in Barbados in mid-2011. CMC
Sarwan rules himself out of Jamaica franchise
NEW YORK---Novak Djokovic could
not find his keys.
Alone in a parking lot outside
Arthur Ashe Stadium at about 2 am
Monday, a handful of hours after
beating Roger Federer in the US Open
final for his third major title of 2015
and 10th overall, there stood Djokovic,
unable to unlock the car he d been
using to drive himself between the
tournament site in Queens and the
hotel near Central Park where he
stayed with his wife and their ten-
month-old son the past two weeks.
Turned out, he said, a member of
his entourage accidentally grabbed
the keys while gathering Djokovic s
bags. So Djokovic reluctantly accepted
a ride from a US Open courtesy car,
which is how most players get
around. It s just that this 28-year-
old from Serbia prefers to be in the
driver s seat, an apt metaphor for his
Grand Slam status these days.
"It gives me a little bit of time for
myself, to relax. Listening to music,
going through my thoughts. I love
driving here, because I don t get a
lot of chances to do that throughout
the year," Djokovic said Monday.
"I actually was very much looking
forward to that champion s drive from
the tennis court to the hotel," he
added with a laugh, "but it wasn t
meant to be, I guess."
Djokovic s voice was scratchy and
he coughed a few times during an
interview with The Associated Press
as he made the rounds on the morn-
ing TV talk-show circuit, where hosts
fawned over his newest silver tro-
He is gaining on Federer s record
of 17 Slam championships. Djokovic
won their past three major final
meetings; reverse those results, and
Federer s lead would be 20--7.
As it is, Djokovic stands tied for
the seventh-most major titles in his-
tory; Pete Sampras (14), Rafael Nadal
(14), Roy Emerson (12), Bjorn Borg
(11) and Rod Laver (11) are the only
others ahead of him.
aiming to maybe at least match or
surpass some guys like Pete or Nadal,
even if Nadal is still playing, obviously,
so he still has a chance to increase
his number," said Djokovic, who
clinched the year-end No 1 ranking
for the fourth time. "I want to keep
on going, and hopefully have longevi-
ty in my career, because if I continue
doing what I m doing...I have a fair
chance to win a couple more."
After watching Djokovic beat No
2 Federer 6--4, 5--7, 6--4, 6--4 on
Sunday night, Mats Wilander, who
won three major tournaments in
1988, made the point that Djokovic
can succeed on any surface, against
any style of play and against any spe-
Federer offered a similar assess-
"He s just really consistent. Seems
like there are not many guys that can
hang with him. ...He s perfected his
game on the hard courts, no doubt
about it. He was always a great clay-
court player. And because he moves
as well as he does, he s solid and
consistent now on the grass," Federer
said. "To say the least, it s very
Djokovic joined Federer (2004,
2006, 2007) and Laver (who won a
true Grand Slam in 1969) as the only
men in the Open era, which dates to
1968, to reach all four major finals
in a year.
Djokovic went 27--1 at Grand Slam
tournaments this season, the lone
loss against Stan Wawrinka in the
French Open final.
"I really feel like everything hap-
pens for a reason," Djokovic said. "If
I won that match, God knows if I
would be able to win Wimbledon.
Maybe I would be satisfied."
He paid attention to what Serena
Williams went through, arriving at
the US Open in pursuit of a calen-
dar-year Grand Slam before falling
two victories shy.
Djokovic, yet to win the French
Open, has never made it halfway to
the Grand Slam.
"There was immense pressure on
her...and you could sense that in her
semifinal match," Djokovic said. "But
that proves that she is also only
human and that it can happen, even
to her, one of the most dominant
athletes in the history of sports."
So he s thought about what it
might feel like to deal with that sort
"I would definitely not mind,"
Djokovic said, chuckling. "I hope
we ll be having a different discussion
next year, before the US Open, with
having three (majors) in the pocket.
But you need to be humble. You need
to be able to take one step at a time,
then see where it takes you."
Djokovic in driver's seat
Novak Djokovic, of
Serbia, reacts after
winning a game against
Roger Federer, of
Switzerland, in the men's
championship match of
the US Open tennis
tournament, Sunday, in
New York. AP PHOTO
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