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wanted toget an update on the current anti-doping investigations that the Frenchgovernment and the international cycling community are trying tocleanse the sport of steroids.And to round out this month’s features, Joannie Tims writesan excellent story on the recent economic boom that is taking overDubai, particularly the city’s sports scene. As globalization increases,Dubai has successfully become a major hot spot for the internationalelite, but not at the expense of its Islamic heritage.After I left Arthur Ashe stadium, I realized that I had justwitnessed the inevitable predecessor of Roger Federer. I smiled as abuddy and I walked to our cars and started reliving the hysteria of Djokovic’s flawless impersonation of Maria Sharapova’s serve warm-up.“This boy really has it,” I thought. He sure does.
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