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  • Queen Serena downs King, blasting 13 aces indoors

    Queen Serena downs King, blasting 13 aces indoors

    After 17 trips to Flushing Meadows and six US Open titles Serena Williams did something on Thursday she had never done before – win a match indoors. With the new high-tech retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium slammed shut because of...

  • Nadal completes ‘roof’ double at US Open

    Nadal completes ‘roof’ double at US Open

    Rafa Nadal boasted after his first-round US Open match that he had a video recording of being the first player to hit a ball in practice under the new roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium. On Wednesday, the fourth-seeded Spaniard achieved the double as he...

  • Konta collapses on court but reaches third round

    British 13th seed Johanna Konta felt “embarrassed” after recovering from a health scare at a humid U.S. Open on Wednesday to claim her place in the third round with a 6-2 5-7 6-2 win over Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova. Konta was leading by a set...

  • Djokovic advances but new concerns rise over fitness

    Djokovic advances but new concerns rise over fitness

    Novak Djokovic opened the defence of his US Open title with a 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1 win over Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz but the laboured performance gave rise to fresh concerns about the world number one’s fitness. After a sizzling start to the season that...

  • In-form Cilic eases into second round

    In-form Cilic eases into second round

    Former champion Marin Cilic, a popular pick to make a deep run in the year’s final grand slam, opened his US Open campaign with a solid 6-4 7-5 6-1 victory over Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil yesterday. The Croatian seventh seed, fresh off a win...

  • Players may be risking health by popping pain pills

    For all the talk of banned performance-enhancing drugs in sport, mundane over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications may be more of an issue on the tennis tour, according to numerous players. Indeed, players competing at the US Open which...

  • Murray is keen to win another grand slam

    With a second Wimbledon title in the bag, a second Olympics gold medal in his pocket and his biggest rival struggling with injury, Andy Murray believes he has a golden chance to add to his three grand slam titles. The second-ranked Scot, who has...

  • Challenging start for top seeds Djokovic, Williams

    Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams face challenging early tests at the US Open following yesterday’s draws for the year’s last grand slam starting on Monday. Djokovic, who has been bothered by a wrist injury, faces towering Jerzy...

  • Cilic ends Murray win streak in Cincinnati final

    Cilic ends Murray win streak in Cincinnati final

    Marin Cilic broke through for his first Masters 1000 series title on Sunday night, beating Andy Murray in the final of the Western & Southern Open and ending the Scot’s 22-match winning streak. The 12th-seeded Cilic, who has struggled to recapture...

  • Pliskova upsets Kerber, denies her top ranking

    Karolina Pliskova won her biggest title and denied Angelique Kerber the world number one ranking with an emphatic 6-3 6-1 victory in Sunday’s final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The 15th-seeded Czech registered her sixth career...

  • Murray and Nadal roll, Raonic outslugs Isner

    Murray and Nadal roll, Raonic outslugs Isner

    Olympic and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray picked up where he left off in Rio by drubbing Argentina's Juan Monaco to take his place in the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Murray, who with his gold medal triumph at the Rio...

  • Murray advances to final to defend 2012 gold

    Britain’s Andy Murray advanced to the men’s Olympic final with a straight sets victory over Japan’s Kei Nishikori yesterday, securing a chance to defend his title and become the first tennis player to win two singles golds at the Games. In a...

  • Nadal ready to play in all three events in Rio

    Spain’s Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will compete in all three tennis events at the Rio Olympics despite being not at his best after being sidelined with a wrist injury since May. There were doubts whether the 2008 gold medallist, who withdrew...

  • Wawrinka pulls out of Olympic Games due to injury

    World number four Stan Wawrinka has become the latest high-profile player to pull out of the Olympic tennis event. The Swiss star, who is reportedly struggling with a back injury, joins compatriot Roger Federer in withdrawing in another blow to...

  • Djokovic claims record title with Rogers Cup triumph

    Novak Djokovic beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 7-5 in the Rogers Cup final in Toronto last weekend to secure a record-extending 30th ATP Masters 1000 title. World no.1 Djokovic, playing his first tournament since his shock third-round exit at...

  • Bryan brothers pull out of Rio Games

    Bryan brothers pull out of Rio Games

    Americans Bob and Mike Bryan, the most successful doubles team in men’s tennis history, have pulled out of the defence of their title at the Rio Olympic Games saying their family’s health is their top priority. “After countless hours of...

  • Monfils beats Raonic in Toronto, Djokovic wins

    Frenchman Gael Monfils maintained his run of brilliant form when he nullified Milos Raonic’s big serve to eliminate the local favourite from the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada. Monfils displayed his renowned athleticism in a high-quality...

  • Djokovic joins top seeds in Toronto quarters

    Top seed Novak Djokovic breezed into the quarter-finals as the Rogers Cup continued pretty much according to script at the Aviva Centre. Djokovic beat Czech Republic qualifier Radek Stepanek 6-2 6-4 in a friendly encounter, during which both...

  • Bombara and Zucchini win Under-14 titles at VLTC

    The VLTC Kettle Chips Under-14 European tournament came to a close earlier this month. On a hot and windy day, the boys’ singles final was contested by two youngsters determined to collect maximum points from this international tournament in order...

  • Djokovic happy to be back on hard courts

    Djokovic happy to be back on hard courts

    World number one Novak Djokovic is looking forward to playing on his favoured hardcourt surface at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but the Serb urged caution as he returns to action for the first time since his shock Wimbledon exit. The 29-year-old,...

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