How Did Felix & Co. Handle Not Having Fans?

#NextGenATP Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime finished off his 6-4, 6-1 victory on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Western & Southern Open when his opponent, big-hitting Nikoloz Basilashvili, smothered a forehand return into the net.

There was no loud eruption of cheers from the Court 17 crowd at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. There was no crowd at all. Auger-Aliassime typically throws the ball he has in his pocket to a fan, but not this time.

“It was weird… I actually threw a ball at my coach,” said Auger-Aliassime, who was the first player to advance to the second round.

Auger-Aliassime briefly looked around as he normally would, seemingly ready to wave to the crowd. He then changed course and gave the on-court camera a quick thumb’s up and a fist pump before walking to the corner of the court to retrieve his towel.

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Crusader Kings 3 Trailers & Video Are All About Military, Technology, Money, & Shenanigans

Paradox Interactive has been releasing quite a few trailers and videos its upcoming grand strategy game (with charming roleplay elements) Crusader Kings III.

This time around we get to see three trailers focusing respectively on military might, technological progress, and wealth. 

On top of that, another extensive gameplay video showcases lots of shenanigans in medieval Spain. 

You can watch it below.

Crusader Kings III releases on September 1, 2020, exclusively for PC.

If you’re not familiar with the game, you can enjoy my own hands-on preview as I tell the tale of how I fought, murdered, deceived, and seduced my way into becoming the King of Lombardy starting from the position of a modest count.  You can also read my interview with with Product Manager Max Weltz

If you’d like to learn more, here’s how Paradox itself describes the game:

  • Character Focused Gameplay: Every character you play or
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Sneak Peek: CamelBak M.U.L.E & H.A.W.G. go Pro with Air Support Pro Back Panel

CamelBak is already looking forward to 2021 – and who can blame them. Joining the other hydration pack brands giving a little preview of upcoming models, CamelBak just announced their new Pro series models for spring 2021. Building off two of their most successful models, the new additions will include the M.U.L.E. Pro 14 and […]

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So your kid loves racing? Let’s pick a safe first car

If your kid has followed in your footsteps and developed a love of watching F1 when the time comes to get them their first car, you might be feeling a bit nervous about their safety. Most kids don’t copy what they see on TV, but it’s essential to make sure that they get a ride that will allow them to have fun and nurture their love of automobiles while being sensible. If that sounds like something you need a little help with, make sure to look at the following first-time cars.

VW Golf

The VW golf is a classic first car. It’s practical, has excellent performance, and (especially the GTI models) can be great fun. The GTI model can be as fun as most sports cars, but if you are prioritizing safety, you might want to just pick a standard model as it can be a bit too quick, especially … Read the rest

A legend’s demise – The downfall of Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel was once a record-breaker. A maestro and four-time World Champion in his prime who surpassed heroes like Fernando Alonso, Alain Prost and the legendary Ayrton Senna with his ever-increasing tally of wins, he dominated the world of Formula 1 for almost half a decade and subsequently elevated himself to unimaginable glory at the pinnacle of motorsport. His ousting from the top spot looked unthinkable, and he was destined to become the greatest of all time.

But now, that’s all in the past.

After a comfortless start to the 2020 season riddled with retirements, collisions and downright disappointments all round, both Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari find themselves in an incredibly difficult position moving forward. Before the year even started, it was announced that the German would conclude six years of service with the team- leaving the legendary Italian marque at the end of the season, and judging by the … Read the rest

Pirelli explains 2021 rule changes’ likely impact on the tyres

The British Grand Prix saw several dramatic tyre failures at the end of the race – an issue Pirelli partially attributed to “the biggest forces ever seen on tyres generated by the fastest Formula 1 cars in history.” And with the same generation of tyres set to carry over to next year, Pirelli boss Mario Isola has welcomed news that the rules for next season will reduce the downforce on the cars, and therefore the stress on the tyres.

Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz all suffered sudden deflations in the last few laps of the race at Silverstone, which prompted Pirelli to investigate what had caused them. A long stint on the same rubber and the extreme forces generated by the current F1 cars were determined to be behind the issues.

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Murray: 'There Will Be A Lot Of Upsets'

Andy Murray flew into New York with a degree of trepidation, but his concerns have eased ahead of the Western & Southern Open.

Initially staying at a house in Greenwich, Murray moved to the hotel a few days ago and has been pleasantly surprised by the work the United States Tennis Association has undertaken to ensure the players’ stay is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The USTA have done, in my opinion, an excellent job of setting everything up. They’ve done a really good job at the hotel, They got games and arcades and things like that, which I enjoy. [I’m] still a bit of a child in that respect. They’re putting on different food in the evenings for the players. We can get delivery. [The] room is absolutely fine. You have a gym there. I had considered staying in a house.

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Eiyuden Chronicle by Suikoden Creators Shows United Hero Attacks in New Video

Today Rabbit & Bear Studios revealed new videos featuring its upcoming JRPG Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.

The video features Unite Hero Attacks, which look really nice in this prototype footage.

That being said, we also get an interview with producer and art director Junichi Murakami, who mentions that the footage we have seen so far includes many areas that need to be improved, but he believes the team will be able to impress us, even more, going forward.

You can check, out both videos below.

The crowdfunding campaign keeps growing and it’s now at $3,266,543, which means that the first DLC (which backers will get for free) has been unlocked.

A dueling system that was teased with the last update has been fully revealed and will come at $3.425 million, while another goal at $3.7 million has been announced. For now we only have the title, “Playing Favorites.”

Duels –

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Patent Patrol: Campagnolo’s curving wide-range derailleur, 13-speed cassettes, EPS buttons & more!

We’ve been hearing rumors and catching patents that suggest Campagnolo’s working on a 13-speed drivetrain for some time. Now, a fresh batch of four European patents suggest it’s pretty far along on some very advanced ideas. They range from a derailleur with a non-linear upper pulley path to a smoother shifting cassette, plus a more […]

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Can Mercedes Win The Formula One Rubber Match?

Without question, Mercedes is again the dominant team in Formula One. They have the best cars, the best crews, the best engineers and the best drivers, led by six-time world driving champion Lewis Hamilton.

Evidently, there’s one area where there are sadly lacking and it’s a vitally important element to auto racing success. Mercedes is losing the rubber match to its closest competitors.

Tires are shredding on their cars and it’s threatening to endanger their chances of continuing their dominance of F1.

Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas ran 2-3 behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the most recent F1 race, the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone but tire blistering was a problem for both drivers.

Hamilton was victorious in the previous race, the British Grand Prix, also at Silverstone. However, he was forced to nurse his car to victory after suffering a puncture to his left front tire while … Read the rest