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Better late than never to cancel Wimbledon but what took them so long? | Kevin Mitchell

The health, safety and lives of players, staff and spectators so obviously override mere Wimbledon. How could that ever have been in doubt?Hung juries have taken less time than the All England Club to convict a villain as bang to rights as coronavirus….

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Wimbledon’s expected cancellation could be followed by Davis Cup

Next Wimbledon in 2021 partly due to grass maintenanceSerious reservations over holding this year’s Davis CupThis summer’s Wimbledon almost certainly will be abandoned on Wednesday and the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid could be the next major tennis event…

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My favourite game: Holyfield v Tyson, WBA heavyweight title fight 1997 | Kevin Mitchell

I was in Las Vegas on the night Mike Tyson bit his opponent’s ears twice in a fight that descended into jungle-grade anarchyAt the risk of undermining this admirable exercise in nostalgia, “game” is a towering misnomer when attached to the peculiar art…

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Katie Swan puts tennis aside to help coronavirus relief effort in Kansas

British player is making use of enforced career break to organise care packages for delivery in her adopted home of WichitaWhile Covid-19 seeps daily into the consciousness of the White House, 1,200 miles away in Wichita, Kansas, a British tennis playe…

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Wimbledon faces prospect of cancellation due to global uncertainty

Decision will have to be made by start of May at the latestLittle room in calender even if health crisis endsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWimbledon, which sits perilously close to the prime minister’s best-case forecast …

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Wimbledon faces prospect of cancellation due to global uncertainty

Decision will have to be made by start of May at the latestLittle room in calender even if health crisis endsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWimbledon, which sits perilously close to the prime minister’s best-case forecast …

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Johanna Konta dwelling on uncertain future with Olympics delay

Knee rehab continues in isolation amid coronavirus outbreak‘It’s important to be hopeful,’ British No 1 says of WimbledonCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageTennis, already frozen in the sunshine, took another hit on Tuesday …

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Grand slam title waits for Coco Gauff, the tennis prodigy with talent to burn | Kevin Mitchell

Unscheduled season break could benefit a young player with the world at her feet – at just 16, a first major is hers to takeCoco Gauff’s career is idling along with those of all her locked-down rivals, but her mentor, Patrick Mouratoglou, who has guide…

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Cricket has lost the role it had in 1939 but it’s still far more than a game | Kevin Mitchell

For those of us waiting for old certainties to waft again on the summer breeze, there is almost certain disappointment. So we must rely on sporting nostalgiaSport means nothing if it is not about passion and connection and nowhere is that more sharply …

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Tennis bodies suspend sport until 7 June with sideswipe at French Open

ATP and WTA: ‘Now is not a time to act unilaterally’French Open organisers want tournament in SeptemberThe tennis season has been shut down and all rankings frozen until 7 June, effectively sidestepping the French Open in late May but keeping Wimbledon…

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Bernard Tomic endures blizzard of uncharitable scorn in self-isolation

For all his flaws and wasted gifts, he surely does not deserve the vilification that has fallen upon himWhen Bernard Tomic announced he was the first player on the ATP tour to self-isolate after showing symptoms of coronavirus, the 27-year-old Australi…

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Tennis expects 10 weeks of tournament cancellations due to coronavirus

Miami Open later this month among events under threatFrench Open and Wimbledon currently unaffected by pandemicTennis is expected to shut down on Thursday for up to 10 weeks. The French Open in May and Wimbledon in June are thought to be safe at the mo…

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Farewell Maria Sharapova: the ice queen who was more respected than loved

Five grand slam titles was a decent haul for a player renowned for fighting spirit on the court and Hollywood glamour off itFittingly, Maria Sharapova said goodbye to tennis on Wednesday in the pages of not one but two fashion magazines, a self-penned …

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Sweet-as-pie performance earns Tyson Fury respect as world’s best | Kevin Mitchell

The Gypsy King’s next fight could be against Anthony Joshua with promoters keen to agree 50-50 split of the moneyAs Dorothy Parker almost said: “If all the British heavyweights in history were laid out end to end, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised….

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Tyson Fury has to channel Muhammad Ali … with his feet not his mouth | Kevin Mitchell

Fury’s best chance of victory against Deontay Wilder is to do what Ali did better than anyone: danceTyson Fury says his rematch with Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday night is the biggest fight in 50 years. One of his promoters, the octogenarian …

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I’m coming at Deontay Wilder like a raging bull, says reformed Tyson Fury

If the mercurial challenger can box clever in Las Vegas next Saturday he stands a chance of winningAs Deontay Wilder must have imagined at various moments in their first world heavyweight title fight – memorable but inconclusive – there is more than on…

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Australian Open 2020: the tournament that tarnished tennis’s image | Kevin Mitchell

From bushfire smoke to the treatment of Navratilova and McEnroe to Djokovic’s meltdown in the final, tennis bounced from one PR disaster to the next in MelbourneFew sports guard their image with as much diligence as tennis. For a fortnight, the pretty …

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Navratilova and McEnroe say sorry but it’s time Margaret Court did the same | Kevin Mitchell

Tennis Australia managed to smooth over the latest controversy surrounding Court yet it is neither they nor the celebrated commentators who should be apologisingMartina Navratilova and John McEnroe, for once, had nothing of substance to apologise for. …

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‘It’ll be emotional’: Caroline Wozniacki braced for farewell at Australian Open

• Dane takes on Kristie Ahn in final grand slam before retiring • Konta may stand in way of record-chasing Serena WilliamsCaroline Wozniacki has done just about everything in tennis – except walk away. So it was striking on the eve of her farewell at t…

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Three cities, VAR and a $15m prize – ATP Cup prepares for launch | Kevin Mitchell

Organisers of the 24-country competition, which launches the 2020 season over the next 10 days, hope it will play pioneering role in future of the sportThere is more at stake in the new ATP Cup than $15m in prize money and 750 ranking points for the wo…