2019 a year of upheaval – except for Nadal and Djokovic

By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) – In many ways 2019 felt like a year of upheaval with a revamped Davis Cup, a shake-up in the ATP hierarchy and new faces lighting up the women’s game, yet some things – notably the furniture at the top of men’s tennis – refuse to budge.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal dominated the Grand Slams, Djokovic beating Nadal and Roger Federer to claim the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and Nadal sealing a 12th French Open crown by beating Dominic Thiem and then fighting off young Russian Daniel Medvedev to win the U.S. Open.

Federer missed out, most notably in heartbreaking fashion in Wimbledon’s longest ever men’s singles final, failing to convert two championship points before losing in a fifth-set tiebreak triggered at 12-12 – an historic first for a Wimbledon final.

It left the 38-year-old Federer stuck on 20 Grand Slam titles and when Spaniard Nadal, 33, won the U.S. Open a few weeks later he moved to 19 – bringing the world number one closer than ever to drawing level with his Swiss rival.

With Djokovic on 16 and the golden trio refusing to move aside, their battle for supremacy will recommence in a few weeks in Melbourne where a fearless new gang led by Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, winner of the ATP Finals title, Medvedev and Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, to name just three, will believe they can usher in a new era of Grand Slam champions.

No one is holding their breath for that, but in the women’s game the future has arrived.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka, 22, beat Petra Kvitova to win the Australian Open, backing up her 2018 U.S. Open title. Ashleigh Barty, 23, became the first Australian woman to win the French Open since 1973, beating Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova in the final, and ended the year ranked as the WTA’s number one.

At the U.S. Open Serena Williams had a fourth chance to equal Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam singles titles but lost to 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu who in turn became the first Canadian to win one of the four majors.

The tennis season culminated in Madrid where the new incarnation of the 119-year-old Davis Cup was won by the Nadal-inspired home side, beating Canada in an emotional final in which Nadal’s team mate Roberto Bautista Agut won his singles match just days after the death of his father.

It was a memorable end to a long week which saw 18 nations do battle over 25 ties in the soccer World Cup-type format that replaced the old World Group format spanning almost a year.

While it was an encouraging start, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and partners Kosmos, Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique’s investment company which is bankrolling the event to the tune of $3 billion over 25 years, will need to make tweaks.

Many ties were played in front of banks of empty seats while the packed schedule meant play went on beyond midnight on most nights – one tie between Italy and the U.S. concluding at 4.04am.

“The most important thing by far is the soul of the Davis Cup,” Pique, whose partner Shakira sang before the final, said.

“I’m sure that for next year we will improve a lot because now people know what to expect from this new format.”

While the ITF wrestled with its flagship event, men’s governing body the ATP had a tumultuous year, with chief executive and chairman Chris Kermode being ousted after he failed to garner the required support from the Board.

Juggling the conflicting demands of players and tournament owners will now become the poisoned chalice of Italians Massimo Calvelli, confirmed as the new chief executive this month, and new chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Hugh Lawson)





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  1. How have you been?

    Please allow me to share some very important information that’s been spreading all over the internet regarding our future security.

    We’re coming towards a future of a one world cashless money society in which they will mandate us to have an RFID chip implanted in our body. This chip will store all of our data and we will lose our privacy because of the tracking potential.

    Even more of a concern, have you heard that this was prophesied almost two-thousand years in the past from a person named Jesus Christ? Don’t believe me? Keep reading to see… This may be the most important article you will ever read.

    • “And he(the false prophet) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads,

    that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom: Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six” (Revelation 13:16-18 KJ21)…

    Speaking of the final times, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but we are on the horizon of. Why? Because we could still buy or sell without receiving the mark of the beast among one another if physical money was still valid. It logically deduces itself to this conclusion.

    The mark could not be spiritual, because the word references two contrasting physical locations. If it was spiritual, the text would only conclude one place.

    This is where it really starts to come together. It is surprising how on target the Bible is with respect to this RFID chip. Here are the details from a man named Carl Sanders who labored with a crew of engineers to help develop the RFID microchip in the 90’s.

    Mr. Carl Sanders attended 17 New World Order conferences with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the CIA to talk about their agenda on how to bring about this one-world system. The US government commissioned Mr. Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world-a microchip that could be placed underneath the skin with a hypodermic needle(a fast, convenient process that would be progressively received by the nations).

    Mr. Sanders, with a group of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this mission and produced a RFID chip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable with the aid of the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the holy Bible (Sanders was not a follower of Christ at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars conduction research on the best and most convenient location to have the microchip placed under the skin.

    These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand(the two spots Revelation says the mark will be received) aren’t only the most convenient locations, however are additionally the only viable locations for fast, steady temperature changes inside the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is about seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the dimensions of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing many pages of data you. All your standard information, work records, crime data, health data, and financial history will be saved on this microchip.

    Mr. Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped produce, is the “beast’s mark” described in Revelation 13:16-18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” Additionally it is fascinating to note that the number 666 is a word in the original Greek. This word being “chi xi stigma,” with the end part, “stigma,” additionally meaning “to stick or prick. Carl believes this is referring to the use of a hypodermic needle being poked into the human flesh to insert the RFID microchip.”

    Carl reached out to a doctor asking what would take place if the lithium contained within the RFID chip leaked into the body. The medical doctor replied by saying a horrible sore would manifest in that spot. Here is what the scriptures of Revelation 16:2 has to say:

    “And the first went and poured out his bowl into the land— and a bad and evil sore came upon the people having the mark of the beast and the ones giving worship to his image” (Revelation 16:2 DLNT).

    The Bible tells us that we will not be able to buy or sell without receiving the mark, or the number of its name. This number is identified as 666. God’s word us to count the number 666. How do we calculate 666?

    This is where it all tops off. Calculating the number 666 has been long debated throughout the past, but has finally been revealed in these last days by God. What you will read confirms itself with the Bible the real meaning to count 666.

    Through God’s Holy word, God uses the number three as confirmation of things. Allow me to share some examples:

    “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one” (1 John 5:7 NKJV).

    “and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:4 NKJV).

    “…Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8 NKJV).

    Now what is interesting is the the mark of the beast is described in detail in three different verses (Revelation 13:16,17,18), and each verse lists 3 different characteristics of the given subject. The last three being the number six being used three times in a row. This is a key point to solving how to calculate the number 666.

    What does it mean to count? It means to add up. So how could we add up 666? Remember my prior point about God confirming in 3’s. So logically, what would be the most rational way to count the number 666? To count it equally in threes based off the number. It is not rational to count it equally as 600+60+6, this would also bring us back to the beginning. We cannot count it as 600+600+600, or 60+60+60, because there are no zeroes in between or at the end of 666. The only reasonable explanation we are left with is 6+6+6=18. What is interesting is that the verse that tells us to count the number of the beast itself is verse 18, being the third verse out of 3 verses that describe the mark. Now what is 18 divided by 3? 6. So 3×6=18, or 6+6+6=18.

    Another fascinating point is the only two other combinations (making a combined total of 3 possible combinations) for moving the “+” symbol in between the 6’s are 66+6=72, and 6+66=72. Count up both 72’s together and you get 144. Why the number 144 is interesting is because the verse following Revelation 13:18 is the first time in the scriptures where the 144,000 are being described in detail:

    “Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads…” (Revelation 14:1).

    Now if you add up all three values by counting 666 by moving the plus symbol around in all three possible combinations, it would be 72+72+18=162. What is fascinating about the number 162, is, if you divide 144,000 by 162, you get 888. The name of Jesus in Greek gematria adds up to 888. The New Testament was written in the Greek language. Revelation 14:1 not only mentions the 144,000, but also the Lamb of God who is Jesus.

    Now what is fascinating concerning the number for Jesus, 888, is that if you apply this same formula, you get 8+8+8=24. Why the number 24? Revelation chapter 4 tells us there are 24 elders seated around the throne of God. This is the same throne where Jesus sits:

    “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads” (Revelation 4:2-4).

    Now if you take 8+8+8=24, and 8+88=96, and 88+8=96, you get 24+96+96=216. Take 144,000 divided by 216 and you get 666. Remember that this was the same exact formula to get the value 162 out of counting 666 that brought about the numeral 888 when dividing 144,000 by 162. It’s perpetual.

    With utilizing the identical method of counting by including the plus symbol in between the numbers, why do all these numbers relate in such a manner?

    Another interesting point to observe is that if you add up all the numbers from 1 to 36, it totals 666. The number 36, as in three sixes? Could this be a hint that we have to add up three sixes instead of perceiving the number as six-hundred sixty six?

    So what might this mean? Well we all know in this world we’re identified by numbers in various forms. Starting from our birth certificates to our social security card, as well as our drivers license, being recognized founded on a system of ruler ship. So it is conceivable that this RFID microchip will comprise a brand new identification that has a total of 18 characters.

    Could this be the name of the beast, the number of its name? The one-world beast system that’s identified by 18 characters? This might match the scriptures that speaks of a mark that we must have to buy or sell in our right hand or forehead, and that it additionally includes the number of the beast, in the course of a future cashless money society.

    Go to: https://biblefreedom.com to see all the proof!

    The scriptures warns us in the end times that a false prophet will stand up doing miraculous signs deceiving many to acquire the beasts mark:

    “Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image” (Revelation 19:20).

    At ALL COSTS, resist the mark!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    We’re living in very prophetic times with major Biblical prophecies being fulfilled. When Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as capital of Israel in December of 2017, this was a huge step to bring forth the Third Temple prophesied within the the scriptures.

    God’s holy Word’s alerts us that the Antichrist will seat himself in this temple:

    “…and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

    In the Islamic faith, there is a person referred to as the Mahdi, known as their messiah who they are eagerly waiting to appear. There are a number of testimonies from individuals on-line who believe this man will be Barack Obama who may be the biblical Antichrist. I myself have had strange dreams about Barack Obama. He got on stage declaring himself to be a follower of Christ with no affiliation to the Muslim faith, however it was later revealed by his circle of relatives that he certainly is a devout Muslim.

    His real name is said to be Barry Soetoro, and he had his name switched to Barack Obama. Is there any significance to this?

    Jesus says, “And He said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven'” (Luke 10:18).

    In Hebrew, the name “Barack” means “lighting”, and the use of “Bama” (Strongs Hebrew phrase 1116) is used to refer to the “heights” of heaven.

    The day after the election of Barack Obama (11/04/08), the prevailing choose 3 lotto numbers in Illinois (Obama’s home state) for 11/5/08 were 666.

    Obama was a U.S. senator for the state of Illinois, and his zip code was 60606.

    Regardless, whomsoever seats himself in the Third Temple in Jerusalem, declaring himself to be God WILL BE THE ANTICHRIST. DO NOT BE LEAD ASTRAY.

    So, why do we need Jesus?

    “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 2:23).

    “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

    Our good works can’t save our souls from our sins. If we step before a judge, being responsible for committing a crime, the judge is not going to judge us by the good that we’ve done, but rather the crimes we have committed. If we as fallen humanity, created in God’s image, pose this type of moral justice, how much greater a perfect, righteous, and Holy God?

    God has introduced to us His ethical law’s by means of the ten commandments received by Moses at Mt. Siani. These laws were not given so we can be justified, however in order that we could see the need for a saviour. They are the mirror of God’s character of what He has put in each of us, with our conscious bearing witness that we all know that it is wrong to steal, lie, dishonor our mother and father, and so forth.

    We may try to follow all the ethical laws of the ten commandments, but we’ll by no means catch up to them to be justified before a Holy God. That same word of the law received by Moses became flesh over 2000 years ago within the body of Jesus Christ. He was brought forth to be our justification by perfectly fulfilling the law, living a sinless life that only God may fulfill.

    The gap between us and the law of God can by no means be reconciled by our own merit, but the arm of Jesus is stretched out by the grace and mercy of God. And if we are to grab on, by means of faith in Him, He’ll pull us up being the one to justify us. As within the court of law, if someone steps in and pays your debt, even though you’re guilty, the judge can do what is legal and just and let you go free. That is what Jesus did almost 2000 years ago on the cross. It was a legal transaction being fulfilled inside the spiritual realm by the shedding of His blood, with His final words being, “…It is finished!…” (John 19:30).

    So why did Jesus have to die for us?

    Because God is Holy and just, the wrath that belongs to us could not be brushed away. Through the perfect righteousness and justice of God’s character, it ought to be reconciled, it must be quenched and satisfied.

    For God takes no pleasure in the demise of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23). That is why in Isaiah chapter 53, where it speaks of the coming Messiah and His soul being a sacrifice for our sins, why it says it satisfied God to crush His only begotten Son.

    This is because the wrath that we deserve was justified by being poured out upon His Son. For if it were to be poured out upon us deserve it, we’d all perish and go to hell. God created a way of escape by pouring it out on His Son who’s soul could not be left in Hades, however was raised and seated on the right hand of God in power.

    So now after we put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), God no longer see’s the person who deserves His wrath, but the glorious image of His perfect Son dwelling inside of us, justifying us as if we received the wrath we deserve, making a way of escape from the curse of death.

    Now what we must do is repent and believe in the saviour, confessing and forsaking our sins. This is not just a head knowledge of believing in Jesus, howeverrather receiving His words, taking them to heart. In which we no longer live to practice sin, however turn from our sins and exercise righteousness:

    “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

    By doing so we may become transformed into the image of God by means of faith in His Son Christ Jesus Who is willing to offer the Holy Spirit to those who ask of Him:

    “Most assuredly, I(Jesus) say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ (John 3:5-6).

    “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His” (Romans 8:9).

    What are you waiting for? Our Father in heaven only desires the best for us all, restoring every little thing this world has stolen from us. That is what it means to be “holy”. To be made whole.

    He’s ready to hear from you. That God given tongue to speak language, by means of faith, pray to Him, ask Him to forgive you by confessing your sins and be willing to forsake them; that you receive the sacrifice of His Son Jesus on the cross, and that you need His Holy Spirit living inside you transforming you into a child of the living God.

    Jesus says, “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him(the Holy Spirit) will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

    Did you know that Jesus spoke more about hell than any individual else in the Bible, even more than He spoke about heaven?! For this very purpose He was brought forth to die for us, to save us from this place that we deserve.

    He describes hell as a actual place where,

    “Their worm does not die
    And the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44).

    And where,

    “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth…” (Luke 13:28).

    Jesus tells us who to fear,

    “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

    “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’

    Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’

    And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.'” (Revelation 21:1-8).

    Out of all of the world religions, how can we make certain the Bible got it right? The scientific information has established and continues to support that the universe once had a starting point wherein space, time and matter had been created. Many know this as the big bang.

    “The non-biblical religions tell us that god or god’s create within space and time that eternally exist. The Bible stands alone and says that time and space don’t exist until God creates the universe.” – Astronomer(Phd) Hugh Ross

    The Bible not only got it correct that space, time and matter all came into existence at the beginning of the universe, it also states in 7 different places that the universe is is continuing to expand thousands of years earlier than scientists discovered these facts.

    Did you already know that the real Noah’s Ark was found in the place where the scriptures instructed us it’d be with the correct dimensions? As well as proof for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the Exodus event of the Red Sea crossing?

    The Bible is by far the most translated and examine document in the history of the world, filled with predictive prophecies, matching what we discover in the book of nature. Would not you count on God’s word to be so?

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    Jesus is calling you!

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