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Nick Kyrgios will not play again this year due to persistent hip injury

Australian says he will end his frustrating season now in an attempt to regain full fitness for the Australian Open in JanuaryNick Kyrgios has confirmed he won’t play again in 2017 as he tries to regain full fitness for the Australian Open in January.K…

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Johanna Konta ends 10-month association with coach Wim Fissette

• Britain’s No1 tennis player will not compete again this season• Konta says split with coach was an amicable oneJohanna Konta has split from her coach, Wim Fissette, after less than a year together.The British No1 linked up with the Belgian Fissette, …

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Bernard Tomic slumps in qualifying for ATP event in Antwerp

Former world No17 loses in straight sets to Aldin Šetki?Risks missing out on automatic qualification for Australian OpenBernard Tomic’s forgettable tennis season has continued, with the 24-year-old losing in the final round of qualifying for the Antwer…

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Sharapova wins first title since drugs ban as Federer beats Nadal in Shanghai

• Maria Sharapova beats Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 7-6 (8) at Tianjin Open• Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-3 in ShanghaiMaria Sharapova has clinched her first WTA title since returning from a drugs ban after beating Aryna Sabalenka to win the Tianj…

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Maria Sharapova advances at Tianjin Open to first final since ban

• Sharapova overcame Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-1 in semi-final• Russian faces teenage world No 102 Aryna Sabalenka for titleMaria Sharapova remains on course for a first WTA title since returning from a drugs ban after beating Peng Shuai in straight sets in th…

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Nick Kyrgios walks off court after losing first set at Shanghai Masters

• Player branded umpire ‘a joke’ and told camp he would stop if he lost first set

• Australian No 1 apologises to fans for quitting match, saying he was injured

Nick Kyrgios has apologised to fans after quitting his first-round match at the Shanghai Masters, insisting it was because of injury rather a row with the umpire that saw him receive two warnings.

Tennis officials told Australian Associated Press there was “an ongoing investigation” after Kyrgios stormed off the court after losing the first set 7-6 (7-5) in a tiebreaker to Steve Johnson, in apparent protest against the umpiring of Irishman Fergus Murphy.

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‘Serena will be back’: Australian Open director backs Williams’ return

  • Seven-times Melbourne Park champion gave birth in September
  • 2018 winners will pocket $4m each with an overall 10% pay increase

New mother Serena Williams will be chasing a record $4m in prize money when she returns to defend her Australian Open crown in January. Tournament director Craig Tiley announced on Tuesday that Williams, who gave birth to a daughter in September, would be back in Melbourne for the tournament in January.

“Serena will be back,” Tiley said. “We look forward to welcoming her and again go on that journey of breaking the all-time record for the most number of grand slams.”

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Lleyton Hewitt implores struggling Bernard Tomic to ‘work harder’

  • Tomic ranked 144th after opting out of Olympics and Davis Cup
  • Hewitt ‘disappointed and frustrated’ with former top 20 player

Lleyton Hewitt insists Bernard Tomic will need to “put the work in” or face the prospect of wilting during the brutal Australian summer of tennis. Tomic has spiralled to 144th in the rankings after a disastrous 2017 campaign and will likely need to qualify for the Australian Open unless Hewitt and Tennis Australia offer the struggling star a wildcard.

Related: Nick Kyrgios: Don’t put me in same box as ‘lost’ Bernard Tomic

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Lleyton Hewitt implores struggling Bernard Tomic to ‘work harder’

  • Tomic ranked 144th after opting out of Olympics and Davis Cup
  • Hewitt ‘disappointed and frustrated’ with former top 20 player

Lleyton Hewitt insists Bernard Tomic will need to “put the work in” or face the prospect of wilting during the brutal Australian summer of tennis. Tomic has spiralled to 144th in the rankings after a disastrous 2017 campaign and will likely need to qualify for the Australian Open unless Hewitt and Tennis Australia offer the struggling star a wildcard.

Related: Nick Kyrgios: Don’t put me in same box as ‘lost’ Bernard Tomic

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Dan Evans gets one-year ban for positive test after cocaine contaminates washbag

• Evans did not deny taking cocaine which led to more lenient ban
• British player’s ban backdated and so can play again in April 2018

The British tennis player Dan Evans has been banned for one year following his positive test for cocaine in April, the International Tennis Federation has announced.

The suspension has been backdated to the time of the 27-year-old’s failed test, which means Evans could return to action on 24 April 2018.

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Officer who tackled James Blake in mistaken arrest sues for defamation

  • Former tennis world No4 was slammed to ground outside New York hotel
  • James Frascatore says his reputation has been unfairly damaged

The police officer who tackled the former tennis player James Blake in a mistaken arrest filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against the athlete, the police department and the watchdog group prosecuting his misconduct case.

Officer James Frascatore says in court papers that city officials didn’t support him after video surfaced of the 2015 incident outside a Manhattan hotel. He says Blake painted him as an “out of control and corrupt officer” in a book he wrote Ways of Grace, in which the star athlete details the arrest. “The recriminations for mistakenly arresting a celebrity started immediately,” according to the lawsuit.

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James Blake police disciplinary trial decision may not be made public

The internal disciplinary trial of a police officer who tackled retired pro tennis player James Blake and slammed him to the ground in a mistaken arrest concluded Tuesday, but the public and even Blake aren’t entitled to the details of any possible punishment.

Officers’ disciplinary records are secret under New York state law, city officials say. Blake said he expects to be told the outcome by the police watchdog group that brought the case, but it’s not a right.

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David Goffin ‘too good’ for Nick Kyrgios as Australia miss out on Davis Cup final

  • Belgium win 3-2 in Brussels to advance to final against France
  • Australian No1 says Goffin ‘up there with best in world’ after inspired rubber

Nick Kyrgios has said an inspired David Goffin was simply too good for him in their absorbing Davis Cup semi-final reverse singles clash in Brussels. Leading 2-1 going into the final day, victory for Kyrgios would have guided Australia to a first final appearance in 14 years, at home to France in November.

Related: Nick Kyrgios: Don’t put me in same box as ‘lost’ Bernard Tomic

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Nick Kyrgios: Don’t put me in same box as ‘lost’ Bernard Tomic

  • Kyrgios says he can’t relate to anything Tomic says anymore
  • ‘He contradicts himself all the time,’ says Australian men’s No1

Nick Kyrgios says Bernard Tomic has “lost his way” and that it’s unfair to lump him in the same category as Australia’s fallen tennis star.

As he prepares to lead Australia into the Davis Cup semi-final with Belgium in Brussels, Kyrgios has opened up about his relationship with Tomic, who remains in exile with former team-mates after a disastrous 2017 campaign.

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Serena Williams shares first photos of daughter Alexis Olympia

In a video welcoming her first child, the singles champion who won 23 grand slams says there were ‘a lot of complications’

Serena Williams has released the first images of her newborn daughter Alexis.

The 23-time grand slam singles champion gave birth on 1 September, and announced on Wednesday that she and her fiance, Alexis Ohanian, have named their daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

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Nick Kyrgios prepared to ‘run through brick walls’ for Australia in Davis Cup

  • Australia play Belgium in semi-final this week
  • World No20 says he owes it to Lleyton Hewitt to play in Brussels

Nick Kyrgios has revealed the extent to which he is willing to go to ensure Australia reach their first Davis Cup final in 14 years. 

Kyrgios has been under a fitness cloud since hurting his shoulder in a first-round US Open loss to countryman John Millman, with captain Lleyton Hewitt giving his spearhead time off serving in the lead-up to Australia’s semi-final against Belgium this week.

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Pride and passion of Rafael Nadal a lesson to the sport’s misfiring young guns | Kevin Mitchell

The Spaniard’s victory at the US Open for his 16th grand slam title was a tribute to his enduring commitment and he reacted to the triumph with typical grace

In three words, Rafael Nadal captured the essence of his tennis career and his life: “Very happy, no?”

It was getting late at Flushing Meadows, a place where the Spanish clay-court supremo was never supposed to thrive but where he has appeared in four finals, won three titles and won 53 of 64 matches. Only a few hours earlier, he had neutered the power of the big South African Kevin Anderson to take his tally of majors to 16, again just three behind Roger Federer.

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Rafael Nadal on US Open win: ‘ I say thanks to life for the opportunity’ – video

Rafael Nadal won his third US Open, and 16th Grand Slam title, with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win over South African Kevin Anderson In New York. Champion in 2010 and 2013, Nadal lost just 15 points on serve in the match, and faced no break points. It was his sec…

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Rafael Nadal defeats Kevin Anderson in US Open final for 16th grand slam title

• World No1 beats South African 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in 2hr 27min
• It is his second grand slam title of 2017 after French Open in June

When Rafael Nadal said early in this tournament he was not looking forward to his next birthday, it was tempting to assume the finishing line in his career might be nearer than he cared to contemplate. In the final of the 2017 US Open on Sunday, the Peter Pan of tennis laughed at time in more ways than one, playing with the bouncing zest of his youth to breeze past Kevin Anderson in two hours and 27 minutes for his third title here and the 16th slam of his long career.

Afterwards Nadal said: “It has been a very special two weeks for me, but congratulations to Kevin. He’s a great example to a lot of kids, had a lot of tough injuries. Personally, it’s unbelievable what’s happened to me after a couple of years of injuries, playing not so good. But I’ve been playing a high level of tennis and the crowd here brings me to a higher level of energy.”

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Sloane Stephens’ win over Madison Keys warms hearts after poor US Open final | Kevin Mitchell

Stephens was 975th in the world six weeks ago but now has a major title to her name and there were no hard feelings on display from her beaten close friend

Modern professional sport does not throw up that many genuinely heartwarming moments. Too often victory and defeat come wrapped in angst and controversy, the supposed integrity of the occasion diluted by greed or skulduggery.

However, it is difficult to remember a major sporting event that so disappointed while it was unfolding but somehow left everyone present feeling irresistibly warm inside afterwards as Sloane Stephens’ 61-minute destruction of her friend Madison Keys in the 2017 US Open women’s singles final on the Arthur Ashe Court here on Saturday afternoon.

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