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Uzbekistan native enjoying tennis in America

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s tennis team is full of young and energetic players from all corners of the globe. One Badger’s energy, however, stands apart from the rest and has had a positive effect on the play of his teammates throughout the course of the regular season.His name is Jakhongir Jalalov, or “Johnnie” as his teammates call him, and he is a freshman who hails from Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan. Johnnie has made certain his smile and team-first mentality did not get left behind on the 13.5-hour flight.“It’s really fun [playing with Johnnie],” fellow freshman Oskar Wikberg said, “because he is always vocal and always pumps everybody up. He brings a lot of motivation to the team and the players so that is really good.”Regardless of the score of the match, as soon as Johnnie is finished playing on his court he immediately runs to the nearest court to cheer on his teammates and give them the emotional support needed to win a tough Division I tennis match.“I think it is really important to give moral support to your guys,” Jalalov said. “We all know, and I know from my past experience, that it is important to do so no matter what the result is. We all know to be very proud of each other, regardless of what the result will be.”The moral support he gives his teammates does not go unnoticed with head coach Greg Van Emburgh. “He brings a great team morale to the table,” Van Emburgh said. “When he comes out there and is really playing with a lot of intensity, and becoming a vocal leader, it adds a lot to the team and that is an area that we have really been trying to work on.”While being a great teammate and motivator is important, it does not yield results and that is where Jalalov’s play on the court comes into the equation. Heading into the Big Ten tournament, Johnnie is 17-14 (6-3 in the fall) in singles play and 16-10 (3-2 in the fall) in doubles. At the number three court for doubles, Jalalov sports an 11-6 record where he is 10-5 with Wikberg as his partner.His success on the court was the main reason coach Van Emburgh was attracted to the 20-year-old. “He is a really competitive person,” Van Emburgh said. “He had a good junior career internationally and [has so far gotten us] a bunch of singles and doubles points. You know he is a really nice guy and he has started to work harder and harder, so it’s just been a really good fit [here at Wisconsin].”“I feel like he’s only going to continue to get better,” Van Emburgh continued, “and we are looking for him to continually step up in the years to come.”What attracted Jalalov to the Wisconsin was the good academics, coupled with a good tennis program.“It is a good mix here,” Jalalov said, “and that is exactly what I was looking for [in a school].”As one of five international players on the team, Jalalov has found his niche here in Wisconsin. “We feel really comfortable as a team,” Jalalov said as assistant coach Joe Bates spanked him jokingly with a tennis racquet. “By the end of the season we really feel like we are together as a team.”Part of that bonding experience has come away from the tennis court, where Jalalov and Wikberg are roommates.“He’s just a really good guy,” Wikberg said. “He is really fun and just an all-around good roommate and teammate.”Still, no matter how close teammates are, there is a difference between playing in Madison and playing overseas. “The main difference is now I play for my teammates, and to represent my program, and my university,” Jalalov said. “Now I am in a team environment, which is completely different than [back home] when I played for myself.”The new environment that Jalalov finds himself in seems one he was made for, and he’s thriving in it.“I think he’s adjusted great, both on and off the court, and he’s just been excited since day one to be a Badger and to wear that ‘motion W’ across his chest,” Van Emburgh said.At the end of the day, this smiling, energetic and full-of-life character from Uzbekistan is just like any other teenage boy here on campus. And if you ask Wikberg, he’s your average roommate who has his fair share of quirks.“Um, he is really flexible,” Wikberg said of Jalalov. “Like, he’s really flexible and can do things with his body that actually scare me.”The Badgers travel to Ohio Wednesday for the start of the Big Ten Tournament where they will face Purdue in the first round. Wednesday also holds another date of significance for this Badgers’ squad: it’s Jalalov’s 20th birthday.last_img read more

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188Bet shuts down UK & IRE betting presence

first_img StumbleUpon Share Annatar Limited, the holding company of online bookmaker 188BET, has announced that it will no longer service the UK and Irish online gambling markets.This morning Annatar published a full closure announcement on the 188BET.co.uk website, stating that it had ceased providing services to players located in the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands and Gibraltar.In its statement, Annatar maintains that the company is ‘solvent’ and will meet its financial/licensee obligations terminating 188BET UK/IRE services, including the ring-fencing and refunding of player accounts.Annatar details that its UK/IRE closure is a ‘commercial decision operating in a very competitive marketplace’. The betting group will cooperate with all relevant regulators as it handles its website closure and customer refunds in an orderly manner.The bookmaker confirms that it will honour all ante-post, pending, and multiple bets that have been placed on markets up to 23:59 hrs (GMT+1) on 30 June 2019. Furthermore, single-bets placed for events after 23:59 hrs (GMT+1) on 30 June 2019 will be voided and the stake returned within 48 hours.188BET has operated in the UK market since 2006, initially launched as a specialist bookmaker in in-play markets, and becoming the first online bookmaker to sponsor two Premier League football clubs’ Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic.Furthermore, the betting group has maintained one of the sector’s most diverse sports sponsorship portfolios, forming partnerships within cricket, racing, snooker and rugby league.At present, the management of Annatar and 188BET has yet to release an official statement on its market closure. EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Related Articles Peter Nolan joins Digitain as strategic consultant May 29, 2020 Share 188BET becomes official sponsor of F1 Asia January 10, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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