Djokovic behaves better in first match since US Open default

ROME — Novak Djokovic behaved better Wednesday in his first match since being defaulted from the U.S. Open.

The top-ranked Serb was mostly courteous with the chair umpire and had no interaction with the line judges during a 6-3, 6-2 win over local wild-card entry Salvatore Caruso in his opening match at the Italian Open.

Also Wednesday, nine-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal made a solid return to competition after a seven-month absence by beating U.S. Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-1.

Nadal had not played a match since winning a title in Acapulco, Mexico, in February — having decided not to play the U.S. Open over travel concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Djokovic’s performance came in sharp contrast to the scene in New York 10 days ago, when he was disqualified for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball. Djokovic said earlier this week that the incident taught him “a big lesson.”

“I was actually looking forward to (playing again) as soon as possible after what happened in New York,” Djokovic said. “Because I feel like the sentiment on the court needs to be positive, and I need to kind of remove anything that can possibly cause any kind of issues to me — if there is something.”

When the umpire came down to inspect a ball mark on the red clay early in the first set and made an overrule in Caruso’s favour, Djokovic just replied, “Yup,” and rubbed out the mark with his red sneaker.

When Caruso impressed him — the Italian hit 13 winners to Djokovic’s 12 — Djokovic said, “Bravo.”

“It was a hot day against Caruso who already played three matches here, a clay court specialist. It was a very good test for me,” Djokovic said. “I’m very pleased with

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Rashid Johnson creates jewelry for a good cause

American artist Rashid Johnson collaborated with Liz Swig of the Lizworks brand for his first jewelry collection. Image: Lizworks via AFP Relaxnews.

While some men feel reticent about wearing jewelry on a daily basis, Rashid Johnson hopes to change that.

The American artist has partnered with the Lizworks brand to design his first jewelry collection. The result? Pieces that hover between objets d’art and jewelry through which Johnson revisits his series of artworks called “Anxious Men”.

Exhibited for the first time in 2015 at The Drawing Center in New York, the figurative portraits of the series “Anxious Men” question the perception and representation of black men in contemporary American society — themes that have become particularly salient in recent months as the death of George Floyd has sparked a historic movement of protest against racism and police violence in the United States.

While the portraits of “Anxious Men” were made with wax and black soap, the pieces in Johnson’s new jewelry collection are crafted in 9-carat gold or titanium. Some jewels are also embellished with rubies and small diamonds, which add a touch of color to the deliberately messy lines of the American artist.

“When I draw I use lines as a way to construct new pathways to help explore where and how we are in the world today. Lines help unpack my emotional state,” explained Rashid Johnson to the magazine Architectural Digest.

While the name of the collection “Anxious Men” addresses men directly, the pieces in Johnson’s limited edition collection can be paired with a masculine or feminine wardrobe. They are designed for anyone who “has a point of view that fills the space,” said Liz Swig, creator of the brand Lizworks, according to Vogue.

Although art lovers will have to pay between $5,000 and $18,500(approx. P241,000 and P894,000)

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NBF Fujairah Run launches its fourth edition with a virtual run series

National Bank of Fujairah (NBF) has announced the return of its annual run for its fourth edition where the series will be fully virtual for the first time.

Running its course for the fourth consecutive year, the 2020 edition will feature a series of three categories: 3km, 5km and 10km races. The first race will fall on the 18th and 19th of September and entry will be free for all participants.

Runners can select a time during the weekend and a place (neighbourhood, indoor treadmill, garden) to complete the respective distance of the race category that they have selected.

 Participants will need to use a tracking app, device or download any GPS tracker to monitor their run. Once they have completed the race, runners will need to take a screenshot of their results from the tracking app and upload any photos/videos to their Facebook or Instagram page using the hashtag #NBFFujairahVirtualRun. Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes valued at over AED 2,500 as well as receive collectable t-shirts and medals. Only the runners who have submitted their results will be granted the opportunity to win prizes and be featured in the draw.

 This annual event continues to attract high attendance from residents all across the UAE of all ages and fitness abilities and has already secured over 500 registrations so far.

Maintaining its commitment to host this annual event while adapting to ongoing health and safety regulations issued by the Government, the bank has conceptualised a virtual version of the run to underline the ever-growing importance of adopting a healthy and active lifestyle.Registration for the event is open for individuals at https://www.premieronline.com/event/nbf_fujairah_virtual_run_5321 and will be closing by the 17th of September.

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