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Serena Williams’s meltdown is a sign that tennis lies at a crossroads | Kevin Mitchell

Leading players must take responsibility for guiding the sport through good times and bad during this period of changeMany fine things happened at the 50th US Open, none better than Naomi Osaka’s dignified arrival and Novak Djokovic’s mighty return, no…

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Andy Murray’s changed landscape highlighted by Lendl-Zverev link-up | Kevin Mitchell

Coach tempted out of retirement by prospect of working with 21-year-old German while creaking Murray returns to US Open as an almost invisible former championWhen Andy Murray hooked up with Ivan Lendl eight years ago, he seemed convinced that, after se…

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Deontay Wilder the shortcut as Tyson Fury opts for a one-off gamble | Kevin Mitchell

Former undisputed champion eschews Eddie Hearn’s slow route back to top in favour of quick shot at a Vegas jackpotIn less than three months Tyson Fury will attempt the most audacious grab at glory by a British heavyweight since Frank Bruno challenged M…

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Dillian Whyte and Chisora wins show Eddie Hearn’s growing power | Kevin Mitchell

The promoter’s control of heavyweight boxing is growing as Whyte earned himself a rematch with Anthony JoshuaEddie Hearn, working to a blueprint laid down nearly four decades ago by Don King, is taking control of heavyweight boxing with business acumen…

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Joseph Parker clash could be making or breaking of Dillian Whyte

If the Brixton heavyweight beats the New Zealander, a rematch with Anthony Joshua is possible. Lose, and he falls off the mapBritish heavyweights of recent times have been an enigmatic lot, even by the fight game’s standards. Dillian Whyte, who knows a…

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Rejuvenated Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic looks to New York | Kevin Mitchell

The Serb has been happier with the state of his game – and his mind – since reuniting with his former coach Marian VajdaIf anyone doubted that elite tennis players – like champions in any sport – reside on a different planet, they had only to follow th…

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Novak Djokovic edges ahead in Wimbledon semi-final with Rafael Nadal

• Former world No 1 takes third set on tie-break• Nadal had hit back to level semi-final showdownAt the end of a very long Friday when nothing could be taken for granted, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic added an entertaining late-night postscript to th…

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Serena Williams pits fighter spirit against Angelique Kerber’s resolve | Kevin Mitchell

Williams will equal Margaret Court’s record with victory but Kerber has refound the form that made her a major winnerOf the many remarkable qualities Serena Williams has exhibited in a career that began in earnest when she won the first of her 23 major…

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Unfazed Kyle Edmund has clash with Novak Djokovic in his sights | Kevin Mitchell

The British No 1, who begins his Wimbledon campaign against the Australian qualifier Alex Bolt on Tuesday, is scheduled to meet the former champion in the third roundKyle Edmund does not need reminding of his poor record at Wimbledon but, having risen …

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Kyle Edmund not ready to win a grand slam, says John McEnroe

• ‘He’s got top-10 potential but slam would require more work’ • Edmund plays Australian Alex Bolt in Wimbledon first roundWhen Kyle Edmund blew up at the chair umpire in Eastbourne this week, rousing the gentle citizens parked in the sunshine on Centr…

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Andy Murray to play Wimbledon ‘unless I wake up and don’t feel good’

• Murray faces tricky first-round match against Benoît Paire• ‘I’m practising at a high level, a high intensity every day‘The waiting is nearly over for Andy Murray who, after days of procrastination, says he is ready to play at Wimbledon – “unless in …

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Serena Williams the one to beat at Wimbledon whatever rankings say

Her post-pregnancy world ranking is 183 but it is hard to argue against the 25th seeding granted to the seven-time championFew athletes in the history of sport have rushed towards drama with as much enthusiasm and panache as Serena Williams has. So, wh…

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Serena Williams offered kind return by Wimbledon draw

• Ex-champion plays Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus in first round• Johanna Konta to play Russia’s Natalia VikhlyantsevaAs Gareth Southgate knows, the draw in any sporting tournament matters most to those with least chance of winning it. To lift the trophy, the…

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Alexander Zverev has a champion’s impatience as Wimbledon looms

The young German, seeded four, has always wanted to get on with the business of winning big titles on the big TourProdigies in any sport have an unmistakable gunslinger’s swagger. They stand tall, talk with dead-eye certainty and shoot straight. If Ale…

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Andy Murray will face Benoît Paire in first round at Wimbledon – if he plays

Unseeded Murray is yet to confirm he will play next weekFormer world No1 beat Paire in straight sets at Wimbledon 2017The Wimbledon draw fell kindly enough for Andy Murray on Friday morning when he learned his opponent in the first round will be the Fr…

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John McEnroe treads carefully as gender pay row returns at Wimbledon | Kevin Mitchell

After it was revealed he earned 10 times more than Martina Navratilova for their BBC work last year, McEnroe insisted it was not a comparable situation to player prize moneyNot a lot fazes John McEnroe but, when asked if he felt, “uncomfortable” about …

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Andy Murray set to play at Wimbledon after confirming Eastbourne return

• Murray still feeling his way back after hip surgery in January• Eastbourne will provide former world No 1 with test of mobilityAndy Murray confirmed on Friday that he will play at Eastbourne next week, a decent hint he will continue his comeback at W…

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Scott Lloyd: the man who will have to save British tennis after Andy Murray | Kevin Mitchell

The Lawn Tennis Association’s CEO is facing a huge challenge to get a nation hooked on tennis outside Wimbledon fortnightScott Lloyd is five months into the most challenging job in British sport, outside steering England into the quarter-finals at the …

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Novak Djokovic warns Andy Murray of perils of grass on eve of Queen’s return

• Serb urges Scot to be wary of slipping and damaging hip• Djokovic: ‘Coming back after a major injury inspires you’Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have shared a rivalry for 20 years and have known the pain and sacrifice of their calling for many of tho…

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Andy Murray delays his decision on whether to play at Queen’s

• Scot will inform organisers before draw is made on Saturday• Murray had two-set workout with British No 2 Cam NorrieAndy Murray’s comeback after several false starts since a chronic hip injury cut him down at Wimbledon nearly a year ago remained stal…