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Goran Ivanišević to do Battle for $29.7 Million in International Premier Tennis League

Croatia2001 Wimbledon champ Goran Ivanišević is among 28 current and former tennis stars who are about to write another chapter in the sport’s history when they battle it for millions in the The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in November…

Based on crickets wealthy Indian Premier League (IPL), the IPTL is the brainchild of former player Mahesh Bhupathi, and will see four franchises battle it out in four cities: Manila, Dubai, Delhi and Singapore, from 28 November to 29 December for a prize pool of close to 30 million USD.

The four franchises are: Manila Mavericks, U.A.E. Royals, Singapore Slammers and Indian Aces, with Croatia’s Ivanišević to play for the U.A.E. Royals franchise. Goran’s team will also feature world number one Novak Đoković, Richard Gasquet, Nenad Zimonjić, Caroline Wozniacki, Eugenie Bouchard and Malek Jaziri.

Andy Murray will play for the Manila Mavericks, in a team that features Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Maria Sharapova, Kirsten Flipkens, Carlos Moya, Daniel Nestor and Treat Huey. The Singapore Slammers will be led by women’s number one Serena Williams, and will include Goran’s arch rival Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios, Patrick Rafter, Tomaš Berdych, Bruno Soares and Daniela Hantuchova. The Indian Aces side will be star Roger Federer, Gaël Monfils, another of Goran’s rivals from his playing days Pete Sampras, Rohan Bopanna, Fabrice Santoro, Sania Mirza and Ana Ivanovic.

Four teams consisting of up to ten players will compete in 24 best-of-five round robin matches consisting of a set each for men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles, and, if required, a legends singles tiebreak to decide the match. Unlike in a standard match of tennis, whereas the tiebreak would be invoked if the score reached 6–all in a set, it will be invoked if the score reaches 5–all in any set

“I am looking forward to the new challenge of playing in the Premier League,” said Federer, who was drafted in to replace Rafael Nadal.

Organisers hope that the event takes off and becomes a regular fixture.

New Music Academy Officially Opened in Zagreb

CroatiaThe President of Croatia and the Mayor of Zagreb have officially opened the brand new Music Academy building in Croatia’s capital on Tuesday…

Located opposite the iconic Croatian National Theatre (HNK), the opening of the Music Academy signifies a historic day for the country, Mayor Milan Bandić said.

“This is a historic day. this was dreamed about long before us, this is a civilised step forward for the Croatian capital,” Zagreb’s Mayor said at Tuesday’s official opening ceremony.

Music Academy Deccan Dalibor Cikojević compared the opening to that of the Croatian National Theatre 120 years ago.

“This building was the dream of all those who were in my position before me, and today I can say that ‘we have our building’ and I thank all of Croatia for that,” said Cikojević.

Croatia’s President Ivo Josipović, who both graduated and lectured at the Zagreb Music Academy, said he is “proud and happy” because “Croatian music today is entering a new era.”

“I’m sure that music life in Zagreb and Croatia will gain new momentum, that many young people at the beginning of their career, will find a good base and a real solid foundation in that building,” said the President.

The new building is designed by architect Milan Šosterič, and covers 12,000 square metres of space on 8 floors and 2 underground levels. The Music Academy currently has over 150 full-time employees and more than 550 students.

[VIDEO] Tisno Bridge-Jumping Peugeot Driver Fined Despite Defence

CroatiaA 58-year woman from the Dalmatian town of Šibenik who made headline news on Monday after completing a ‘James Bond-esque’ jump in her Peugeot over the raised Tisno bridge, has been slapped with a 250 kuna (32 euros) fine by police…

Šibenik police spokeswoman Marica Kosor confirmed that the woman was fined after she ‘jumped’ the bridge, which was raised around two and a half metres, at around 9:00am on Monday morning, despite saying in her defence that she did not notice the bridge was raised because of the strong sun glare which was in her eyes.

The bridge, which connects the island of Murter with Tisno, is raised twice daily, at 9:00 and 17:00, so boats can pass through the canal.

[VIDEO] Hot Air Balloon Pilot Sets World Record with Underground Trip in Croatia

CroatiaA hot air balloon pilot looks set to have broken a world record in Croatia….

70-year-old chemical engineer Ivan Trifonov has managed to successfully navigate a hot air balloon deep underground. The Bulgarian, who holds an Austrian passport, descended into the 675-feet deep Mamet Cave on Velebit Mountain, and returned up around 25 minutes later. Trifonov was perched in a small steel frame above twin gas tanks, instead of in a conventional basket. The stunt is believed to be a world’s first, and Trifonov is expected to send footage to the Guinness Book of World Records for it to be confirmed.

The keen pilot already hold four world records, including being the first to fly a hot air balloon over the Mediterranean Sea, over the North and South Poles, and the first to fly over Jerusalem, the Great Wall of China, and the Kremlin.

“It was very hard and I don’t think anyone else will ever repeat this venture,” Trifonov said.

Locals Stunned as Woman in Peugeot Jumps Tisno Bridge

CroatiaLocals in Dalmatian town of Tisno could have been forgiven for thinking that a stunt scene for a movie was being filmed this morning…

Locals were left in shock when a woman in her mid 40s jumped a raised bridge, which connects the island of Murter with Tisno, at around 9am this morning. The Peugeot-driver reportedly gathered speed and successfully made the jump from one part of the bridge, which was raised around two and a half metres, to the other side.

“Despite the red light being on she passed the ramp as I made a gesture and shouted at her to stop. She hit the gas and made the jump over the bridge, which was raised at least two and a half metres. I could not believe she made it, she then stopped and went for a coffee,” bridge worker Tomo Mejić Sidić told Šibenik IN.

The woman, who made a loud thud when she hit the other side, has another female passenger in the car.

Croatia’s Population Declining

CroatiaCroatia’s population is on the decline, according to estimates from the Central Bureau of Statistics…

In 2013 Croatia’s population was estimated at 4,255,689, down 0.3% or close to 12,000 people, from the previous year. Whilst the country’s overall population was declining, it had grown in a number of areas. Zagreb, Zagreb County, Zadar and Istria had all recorded population growth in 2013, whilst the Sisak-Molsavina County shrunk by 1.38%. Since Croatia joined the European Union, there have been a number of educated citizens head off abroad to seek better wages, including a large portion of the medical fraternity.

Women still outnumber men, with 51.7% of the population female, whilst the median age continues also to grow – sitting at 42.2 years of age now, making Croatia one of the ‘oldest nations’ in Europe.

Legendary Guitarist Rastko Milošev – Ras Dies

rastkomilosev_15092014_pressThe former guitarist of legendary Croatian rock band Parni valjak has died in Croatia…

Rastko Milošev – Ras passed away on 12 September aged just 54. Born in Zagreb on 11.11.1961, Ras from an early age was surrounded by music, and his piano-teacher mother had him learn a number of instruments. When he turned 15 he discovered the Beatles and fell in love with the electric guitar. At the age of 18 he joined the now legendary band Parni Valjak, who enjoyed a dedicated following in Croatia for over 30 years, just 4 years after the band had formed in 1975. Ras stayed in the band for 5 years before leaving in the 80’s. He then went onto work as a guitarist, author and producer for the likes of Tereza Kesovija, Dino Dvornik, Oliver Mandić, Jasmin Stavros, Dino Merlin, Plavi orkestra, Haustor, and many more.

Ras leaves behind four children, and will be buried in Zagreb on Wednesday.

Croatia at a Standstill – Zagreb’s Main Square to Show Čilić Match Live on Big Screen

Croatia13 years ago Croatia came to a stand still when Goran Ivanišević took on Australia’s Patrick Rafter in the Wimbledon final, tonight the country again will be glued to the box when Marin Čilić takes on Kei Nishikori in the US Open final…

Usually reserved for major football matches, it has been confirmed that Zagreb’s main Ban Jelačić square will be showing the match live on a big screen. Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić has invited all those interested in watching the final to come down to the main square where apart from the match, there will be an entertainment programme, including singer Tony Cetinski and tambura group Begini. It will all kick-off tonight around 22:00, with the match due to start around 23:00 local time.

Čilić, who blew Roger Federer off the court on Saturday in the semi-final, has a great chance to become Croatia’s first Grand Slam winner since Goran’s win in 2001, although Nishikori holds a 5-2 advantage in head-to-head matches.

Record-Breaking Month for Zagreb as Tourists Keep Coming

CroatiaCroatia’s capital Zagreb has set another tourist record in the month of July, according to data from the city’s tourist board…

In July 2014 there were 101,824 visitors, up 11% from the same month last year. Overnight stays were also up 9% to 167,722. Foreign tourists made up 92,379 of the total number of tourists, which was an increase of 13% from July 2013. The most number of visitors came from South Korea, Spain, USA, Germany and Great Britain. Zagreb Tourist Board can be extremely pleased with the results in July, which also saw the city featured in a number of international tourist magazines, including being the main theme in his month’s German edition of Geo Saison, which has more than 700,000 readers. (pic: Wikipedia)

Famous Indian Actor Shah Rukh Khan Set for Action in Dubrovnik

CroatiaHBO classic Game of Thrones has beamed the southern Croatian city of Dubrovnik into the homes of millions, now the popular Dalmatian tourist spot will be beamed out to hundreds of millions more with confirmation that one of India’s biggest superstars will perform ‘dare devil stunts’ in Dubrovnik for a new film…

Considered to be one of the biggest film stars in cinematic history, with a fan following claimed to number in the billions, Shah Rukh Khan will shoot high action scenes in Dubrovnik for Yash Raj Films` upcoming movie `Fan`. After scouring for suitable filming locations, the Mumbai team have zeroed in on Croatia, reports India’s Zee News.

“A high energy action sequence for `Fan` will be shot in Dubrovnik. The local Croatian crew along with the YRF team from Mumbai met months in advance to meticulously plan this sequence to be shot with Shah Rukh Khan,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

The action sequence is an integral part of the film. Hence the team met up months before the actual shoot is supposed to take place, to meticulously plan this sequence for Khan. In 2011, the Los Angeles Times called him “the world’s biggest movie star.” He has also been regularly featured in listings of the most influential names in Indian culture and in 2008, Newsweek named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the world. Khan is also the co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders.