Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli Announces Retirement

Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli Announces RetirementIn a move that will send shockwaves reverberating through the tennis world, defending Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announced her retirement from the sport following a second-round loss to Simona Halep of Romania at the 2013 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

‘Wear and tear’

After the match, Bartoli told reporters that the wear and tear on her body is the overwhelming reason she’s walking away from the game, per the Western & Southern Open’s Twitter feed. Bartoli later took to Twitter to thank fans for their support:

“Hey to all of u! 4:55 am can’t sleep of course ,reading all your sweet messages, and it makes me cry, thank u for sending me all this love”

‘Unorthodox playing style’

Best known for her triumph at the All England Club just earlier last month, the 28-year-old Frenchwoman began her pro career in 2001. She bounced around smaller tours overseas, finally breaking through as a permanent fixture on the WTA tour two years later.

Taking a stepping-stone approach to stardom rather than the rapid ascent usually seen in this sport, Bartoli slowly worked her way up the world ranks. Known for her unorthodox playing style—in particular her two-handed forehand and backhand swings—she made a habit of giving the very best in the world a run for their money over the course of her career.

She won her first singles championship in 2006 at the ASB Classic in New Zealand, going on to win two more during that campaign to achieve her first top-20 ranking. Overall, Bartoli finishes her career with eight WTA titles.

Do you think Marion Bartoli’s retirement is final or will she decide a little later to come back? Who is your favorite female tennis player?

Source: Tyler Conway | Bleacher Report

Image: Sports Illustrated

White House Creating ‘Nudge Squad’ To Shape Citizens’ Behavior

White House Creating 'Nudge Squad' To Shape Citizens' BehaviorThe federal government is hiring what it calls a “Behavioral Insights Team” that will look for ways to subtly influence people’s behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com.

‘Tweaking behavior’

While the program is still in its early stages, the document shows the White House is already working on such projects with almost a dozen federal departments and agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.

The document was emailed by Maya Shankar, a White House senior adviser on social and behavioral sciences, to a university professor with the request that it be distributed to people interested in joining the team. The idea is that the team would “experiment” with various techniques, with the goal of tweaking behavior so people do everything from saving more for retirement to saving more in energy costs.

‘Extraordinarily succesfful’

Such policies — which encourage behavior subtly rather than outright require it — have come to be known as “nudges,” after an influential 2008 book titled “Nudge” by former Obama regulatory czar Cass Sunstein and Chicago Booth School of Business professor Richard Thaler popularized the term.

The term “nudge” has already been associated with the new program, as one professor who received Shankar’s email forwarded it to others with the note:

“Anyone interested in working for the White House in a ‘nudge’ squad? The UK has one and it’s been extraordinarily successful.”

Do you think this “nudge” program is a good thing or a bad one? Feel free to discuss your thoughts with us regarding this issue!

Source: Fox News

Image: Weasel Zippers