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Novak Djokovic will decide whether to join US Open exodus in ‘next few days’

If world No 1 withdraws he will join absentees Nadal and FedererNon-US players unsure on quarantine rules when heading homeNovak Djokovic will decide “in the next few days” whether or not to join the US Open champion Rafael Nadal in withdrawing from th…

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Madrid Open cancelled in light of further coronavirus outbreaks

Event had already been moved from May until SeptemberItalian Open remains on calendar in run-up to French OpenThe 2020 international tennis calendar dwindled to a handful of events on Tuesday when the Madrid Open became the latest and least surprising …

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Mike Tyson’s dangerous comeback is painful reminder of Liston’s tragic tale | Kevin Mitchell

Iron Mike has chosen to fight Roy Jones in September and with that continues his path alongside Sonny ListonNo one knows boxing history like Mike Tyson. He made plenty of it himself during 20 years as the most feared heavyweight in the world. But there…

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Joe Salisbury and Harriet Dart triumph in deciding Battle of the Brits clash

Duo’s mixed doubles victory seals win for British Bulldogs‘I’d hope to do it again,’ says British No 1 Dan Evans of eventIt will be remembered, fondly, as a tennis experiment that delivered more than anyone expected: 60 matches over seven days in the m…

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‘I’m willing to take a risk’: Murray targets US Open despite shadow of Covid-19

The Scot admits lure of a return to venue of maiden grand slam title is too much to resist after so much time out injuredAndy Murray pauses when asked why he is gambling with his health to play at the US Open later this month while Covid-19 is still ra…

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Johanna Konta stunned by Jodie Burrage in Battle of the Brits opener

World No 289 shocks Konta 6-4, 6-3 in first match‘I was just excited to get out there and swing, no pressure’Johanna Konta endured her toughest defeat in five years on Monday – albeit away from the WTA Tour – when the world No 289 Jodie Burrage, a Brit…

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Andy Murray ‘apprehensive’ about US Open but planning to play

Murray says he is trying to get in shape for US Open‘Mentally, I’m planning for it to go ahead’Andy Murray is still “apprehensive” about travelling to New York during the pandemic but says he has switched on “mentally” to playing in the US Open at the …

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Scrapped tournaments shows tennis is a long way from normality | Kevin Mitchell

With the 2020 calendar cut to the bone and the US Open’s status in doubt, the sport can only cross its fingers for the futureAnyone who doubted that tennis was in a state of suspended animation was surely disabused of the notion after the 2020 calendar…

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Andy Murray can show DeChambeau a thing or two about longevity in sport | Kevin Mitchell

The US golfer hits the ball further than ever did but he needs to realise that experience is the ultimate teacherWhen Bryson DeChambeau exploded through his tight?fitting shirt all over Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, he went from Bruce Banner to th…

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Katie Swan favourite for Progress Tour hit by Watson and Dart withdrawals

Swan is sixth best in Britain but top player in championshipWatson: ‘I have pain simply walking, so I won’t be playing at all’Katie Swan, sixth in the country and 254 in the world when the WTA list was frozen in March, is the top-ranked player in the P…

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Jack Charlton: a footballing giant who was forever a man of the people | Kevin Mitchell

The World Cup winner went down the pit at 15 and was loved unconditionally for his impish wit and unbounded generosityHe was Ireland’s favourite Englishman. He was Leeds’s favourite Geordie. And, with due respect to his illustrious brother, Jack was ne…

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Adored like Ali: why Roger Federer is the champion of the world – in a tiebreak | Kevin Mitchell

Nadal and Djokovic have plausible claims to be the greatest of the past 50 years but their serene, ruthless rival aces it for meFew rivalries in sport divide fans with quite the fervour and wilful lack of understanding for an opposing point of view as …

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Jamie Murray is latest player to voice concerns over travelling to US Open

Doubles player may opt to play at French Open insteadMurray says coronavirus situation “has regressed” in USJamie Murray loves New York, where he has won four grand slam doubles titles, but he is seriously considering staying in Europe when the resched…

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Jamie Murray is latest player to voice concerns over travelling to US Open

Doubles player may opt to play at French Open insteadMurray says coronavirus situation “has regressed” in USJamie Murray loves New York, where he has won four grand slam doubles titles, but he is seriously considering staying in Europe when the resched…

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Rafael Nadal unlikely to defend US Open title amid Madrid Masters clash

World No 2 confirms appearance at French Open warm-up eventMadrid Masters tournament begins a day after the US Open final Rafael Nadal is highly unlikely to defend his US Open title when the rescheduled grand slam tournament begins on 31 August, after …

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The greatest? Memory can play tricks but it’s still Serena Williams for me | Kevin Mitchell

Alongside our choices, BJK and Goolagong Cawley deserve a mention, but Williams has been on top for close to 25 yearsFive years ago on the clay of Brindisi, Serena Williams and Alison Riske lost against Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta in a doubles matc…

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British tennis will survive losses caused by Wimbledon cancellation, says CEO

All England Club will take several months to recoup lossesSally Bolton hopes to learn from US and French Opens this yearIt will take Wimbledon several months to recoup losses from the cancelled championships – which were due to begin on Monday – accord…

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Dan Evans bounces back against Andy Murray to reach Battle of the Brits final

British No 1 wins semi-final against Scot 1-6, 6-3, 10-8Kyle Edmund also in final after beating Cam NorrieIt was another famous son of the Midlands who wrote, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” and Solihull’s finest, Dan Evans, well knows the f…

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Dan Evans bounces back against Andy Murray to reach Battle of the Brits final

British No 1 wins semi-final against Scot 1-6, 6-3, 10-8Kyle Edmund also in final after beating Cam NorrieIt was another famous son of the Midlands who wrote, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” and Solihull’s finest, Dan Evans, well knows the f…

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Dan Evans bounces back against Andy Murray to reach Battle of the Brits final

British No 1 wins semi-final against Scot 1-6, 6-3, 10-8Kyle Edmund also in final after beating Cam NorrieIt was another famous son of the Midlands who wrote, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” and Solihull’s finest, Dan Evans, well knows the f…