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Phuket Sports: Epic final in Aussie Open | The Thaiger

PHUKET: World number one Novak Djokovic retained the Australian Open title in an exhilarating victory over second seed Rafael Nadal.

Not only was the encounter the longest-ever Grand Slam final to date, at five hours and 53 minutes, it also gave tennis archivists numerous other records to rewrite.

Nadal is the first man to lose three consecutive Grand Slam finals in the Open era. Djokovic, while consigning the Spaniard to this most unwanted of statistics, gained his hat-trick of titles allowing him to join the hallowed ranks of Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Mats Wilander.

The Serbian has the chance to emulate Australian Rod Laver by holding all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously in the Open era, when he vies for the French Open in May. If successful, he will also be the first since 1937-38 when Donald Budge won all the titles in a non-calender-year clean sweep.

This was the 29th encounter between the two titans of tennis, but the first match requiring a fifth set.

It was Nadal who looked to have the greatest reserves and focus to take the crown breaking Djokovic’s serve to lead 4-2.

However the exertions began to tell and the Serbian rallied and broke Nadal’s serve twice to eventually fall to the floor of the Rod Laver Arena as champion, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (7-5) 7-5.

Djokovic paid tribute to Nadal for his part in the battle after collecting the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup and prize money of US$2.3mn. “I had lots of chances to finish the match in the fourth set, but he came up with some incredible serves and incredible points. He deserved to prolong the match in the fifth set, and then really both of us could have won the match,” he said.

Rafael Nadal remained upbeat despite failing to secure his second Australian Open title, acknowledging the match as one of the toughest he had ever participated in.

Nadal added, “We played a nice tennis match. It was a very good show and I enjoyed being a part of it. I wanted to win, but I am happy with how I did.”

Amazingly Nadal found some energy to joke when asked if he would watch the match, saying: “No, it’s too long. Just the highlights.”

In the women’s competition, and after her demolition at the hands of Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova may need another relaxing visit to Phuket.

Victoria Azarenka won 12 of the last 13 games in the match to win 6-3, 6-0.

The Belarusian looked like she might freeze in her first Grand Slam final, with Sharapova breaking her serve at the start to lead 2-0. This was quickly overturned by Azarenka who went on to dominate.

Azarenka gained her maiden Grand Slam title in 88 minutes and secured the World No. 1 ranking.

Azarenka received a replica of the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup and prize money of US$2.3mn.

— Dean Noble



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“Probably the best pork spare ribs in the world” – Naughty Nuri’s Patong

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Naughty Nuri’s Phuket, also known as Naughty Nuri’s In The Forest in Patong, was the first restaurant from the iconic Indonesian chain to open its doors in Thailand. The indoor/outdoor venue can easily accommodate more than 500 diners in an alfresco setting.

Their signature dish is the BBQ Spare Ribs – “probably the best spare ribs in the world” – which was created in 1995 when Brian Aldinger and his wife, nicknamed ‘Nuri’, opened their first restaurant in Ubud, Bali. The rest is history, and since then more than 10 locations have opened around in South-East Asia.

The meat on the BBQ Spare Ribs simply falls off the bone and the sweet and spicy BBQ sauce provides a nice kick to the palate. Other dishes of interest are the traditional Nasi Goreng and the Satay Lilit, a Balinese-version of the tender satay style of cooking.

Naughty Nuri’s Phuket also offers great cocktails, and the team members know for sure how to provide a great atmosphere, with the regular dance off and a cool band to accompany your meal. The venue offers regular happy hours and a fantastic Sunday brunch, with all-you-can-eat options for four hours (with a special price until the end of July).

Parking can be found in front of the restaurant, but is limited, so it is advised to arrive early. A kids-friendly dining area is also available, with small tables perfect for children.

Read the rest of the article at phuketify.com

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“Thailand shouldn’t have water problems” – a personal view

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Post from a concerned Phuket resident who is worried about the future of the island’s most precious resource, fresh water. Despite being surrounded by water, potable water supplies are in peril for the forthcoming high season with lower-than-usual rainfall and the dams still at historically-low levels at the time of publishing this story. The person has asked to be anonymous…

There is NO excuse not to have more catchment areas in the hills and government-owned areas around Phuket. There IS enough rain over the year for everyone, but with the increased growth and construction around Thailand, they have built more hotels and condos and villas which USE the water .

BUT they have NOT expanded and built more water storage catchments! Therefore the higher demand uses the available resources up faster.

The cheapest solution, by far, is NOT desalination or rainwater guttering everywhere (which could help of course), but simply build more catchments. Dig out more of the current water lakes/reservoirs or dam an area in the hills.

(Phuket already has hundreds of small lakes which are left over ‘holes’ from the tin mining which had been conducted around the island for four hundred years but ceased in 1975)

For the farmers in Thailand’s rural areas, more lake-holdings need to be dug to increase the amount of water stored in their areas.

For a country like Thailand to run out of water, when all that is needed is increased water storage, is unacceptable. Thailand HAS the rainfall annually, therefore it needs to be stored whenever it rains, whether that rainfall is late or early! Then connect the new catchments via large irrigation pipes to the existing catchment infrastructure which can then be opened on demand.

As for Phuket, specifically, with its building boom, build more water storage at the same time and add to the already overwhelmed inadequate storage and there should be no more problems.

An earlier story about Phuket’s looming water shortages HERE.

Story about Thailand’s current drought situation HERE.

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“Worst drought in living memory”, Thai farmers in the north

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Parts of Thailand are facing their worst drought in 50 years. Farmers in some parts of the north and north east say that the situation is the “worst in living memory”, as reported in Sanook.

Meanwhile, The Meteorological Department says Thailand will experience the worst drought in at least a decade, with average precipitation across large regions of the country falling far short of the monthly averages.

Sanook reports that rivers and reservoirs are 10% below the levels at the same time last year in Lamphun, just south of the north city of Chiang Mai. Farmers are being urged to be pro-active and collect any rainwater over the next two months because there is unlikely to be enough to go round from the usual irrigation sources in the region.

Sanook also reports that areas around Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand’s north-east are also facing the worst drought in 50 years.

Water levels in large reservoirs stand around 38% capacity in the North, 33% in the North-east, 22% in the Central Plains, 35% in the East, 67% in the West, and 60% in the South, according to figures released by the Office of National Water Resources and published in the Bangkok Post.

In the tourist island of Phuket the three main catchments are all below 10-15% of their capacity as the annual wet season has provided little rain to start filling them up. The island is facing an acute water shortage for the tourist season at the end of the year.

SOURCE: Sanook | Bangkok Post

Phuket’s main water catchment at Bang Wad Dam in Kathu, central Phuket

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