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Tennis

  • Sharapova slams media coverage of doping case

    Five-times grand slam tennis champion Maria Sharapova hit out at some media accounts of her doping case that she termed “wrong” in an open letter to her fans on Facebook. Sharapova, who tested positive for the banned drug meldonium at the...

  • Murray says Sharapova should be banned

    World number two Andy Murray says Maria Sharapova should be banned after her positive test for meldonium and questioned the Russian’s use of the drug for medical purposes. The Briton also chided his own racket manufacturer Head after the company...

  • ATP chief Kermode appointed for second term, focus on integrity

    Protecting the integrity of tennis in the wake of the recent match-fixing and doping scandals is the biggest challenge facing the sport over the next decade, ATP Executive Chairman Chris Kermode has said. Kermode was appointed for a second term in...

  • Sharapova’s peers stunned, but support doping system

    Sharapova’s peers stunned, but support doping system

    While Maria Sharapova’s fellow players were shocked by the Russian’s announcement that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open, most of them felt the “huge mistake” could have been avoided. World number three Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland...

  • Sharapova starts to count cost of failed drug test, likely ban

    Sharapova starts to count cost of failed drug test, likely ban

    Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer said yesterday it was severing ties with Maria Sharapova as the world’s highest-paid female athlete started to count the cost of a failed drug test and likely ban from tennis. Sports firm Nike and German luxury car maker...

  • Sharapova failed drug test at Australian Open

    Sharapova failed drug test at Australian Open

    Former tennis world number one Maria Sharapova said last night that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open due to a substance she has been taking the last 10 years for health issues. The 28-year-old Russian, a five-times grand slam...

  • Murray braced for demanding summer

    Andy Murray will have to contend with the most demanding summer of his career after sending Great Britain through to a Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia. The sides, who between them boast the top two players in the world in Murray and Novak...

  • Murray holds off Nishikori to put Britain into quarter-finals

    Murray holds off Nishikori to put Britain into quarter-finals

    Andy Murray produced his most remarkable Davis Cup effort yet to hold off an inspired Kei Nishikori and send Great Britain through to the quarter-finals for a third straight year, yesterday. Murray led by two sets to love but faced losing from...

  • Murray brothers put Britain 2-1 ahead

    Murray brothers put Britain 2-1 ahead

    Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama proved no match for the Murray brothers as Great Britain moved into a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup clash with Japan in Birmingham. The brothers had some fierce battles before delivering the three wins that...

  • Bryan siblings crush Hewitt comeback, US in driving seat

    Bob and Mike Bryan spoiled Lleyton Hewitt’s Davis Cup comeback by closing out a tense 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3 doubles win that put the United States 2-1 ahead in their first round tie in Melbourne. Former world number one Hewitt, who retired six weeks...

  • Murray wins but Japan level with Davis Cup holders Britain

    Murray wins but Japan level with Davis Cup holders Britain

    Davis Cup champions Britain were locked at 1-1 with Japan after the opening two singles of their World Group, first-round tie yesterday after Andy Murray gave the hosts the lead. World number two Murray, playing his first match since the...

  • Rio a prime goal for Serena on her return to competition

    Having played just one tournament since mid-September due to various injuries and a recent bout of flu, Serena Williams is now itching to get back into competition with the Rio Olympics among her top priorities for the year. The American world...

  • Murray keen to play full role in title defence

    Andy Murray remains committed to playing a full part in Great Britain’s Davis Cup defence despite the prospect of a packed schedule hampering the world number two’s chances of leading the side to a repeat triumph. Murray was instrumental in...

  • Djokovic remains hopeful

    Novak Djokovic was upbeat about his prospects of leading Serbia against Kazakhstan in this weekend’s Davis Cup tie, after pulling out of a tournament last week with an eye infection. The world number one retired from the Dubai Championships...

  • US ‘tired’ of early exits in Davis Cup, says Courier

    US ‘tired’ of early exits in Davis Cup, says Courier

    United States captain Jim Courier is “tired” of losing in the first round of the Davis Cup but says he feels no extra pressure ahead of a tough away encounter against a resurgent Australia. The United States have been bundled out of the opening...

  • Federer plans tour return in April

    World number three Roger Federer has delayed his ATP World Tour return by a month and plans to make his comeback from knee surgery at the Monte Carlo Masters in April. The 17-times grand slam champion had initially intended to return in March at...

  • Nadal dumped from Rio semis by Cuevas

    Nadal dumped from Rio semis by Cuevas

    Rafa Nadal’s below-par season continued with the former world number one dumped from the Rio Open semi-finals with a 6-7(6) 7-6(3) 6-4 defeat by unseeded Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas on Saturday night. The top seed pipped Cuevas in a first set tie-break...

  • Del Potro continues with tennis comeback

    Juan Martin del Potro is through to the semi-finals of the Delray Beach Open in Florida – his first tournament since March 2015. The 2009 US Open champion, who is making a comeback from a third round of surgery on a troublesome wrist injury, beat...

  • Asciak to lead Davis Cup team at tournament in Estonia

    Matthew Asciak will head the Maltese team at the Davis Cup Euro Zone Group Three tournament, to be played in Tallinn, Estonia, next month. This year, the Malta Tennis Federation selection is a blend of youth and experience as top seed Asciak and...

  • Suspicious bets mostly around tennis in 2015

    Suspicious bets mostly around tennis in 2015

    Tennis accounted for nearly three quarters of all the suspicious betting alerts issued last year, the European Sport Security Association (ESSA) said in a report published yesterday. The organisation, established by regulated bookmakers to monitor...

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