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Building depth points to Australian men’s tennis resurgence | Linda Pearce

Only France, Spain and the United States currently boast greater numbers inside the world’s top 100It may be more than 17 years since Australian men last populated the ATP’s top 40 in such numbers, but there remains a significant contrast between the 2…

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Naomi Osaka v Sloane Stephens: WTA Finals – live!

WTA Finals updates from the match in SingaporeEdmund beats Monfils for first ATP Tour titleFeel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 11.30am BST Hello. With Angelique Kerber and Kiki Bertens scheduled to meet later, the first match in the Red G…

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Kyle Edmund beats Gaël Monfils for first ATP Tour title at European Open

• Briton fights back from set down for 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 success• Edmund ranked 14th in world after victory in AntwerpKyle Edmund defeated Gaël Monfils to win his first ATP Tour title at the European Open in Antwerp.It is the latest breakthrough moment in …

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Advantage everyone: Wimbledon is right to have tie-breaks in fifth set | Kevin Mitchell

All England Club decision to use tie-breaks when score reaches 12-12 in deciding set will go down well with players and fansIt could never be said that the All England Club was bullied into hasty change; indeed it is rumoured some members still hanker …

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Advantage everyone: Wimbledon is right to have tie-breaks in fifth set | Kevin Mitchell

All England Club decision to use tie-breaks when score reaches 12-12 in deciding set will go down well with players and fansIt could never be said that the All England Club was bullied into hasty change; indeed it is rumoured some members still hanker …

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Wimbledon puts end to marathon matches with final-set tie-breaks

• From 2019 tie-break will be played when score reaches 12-12• Change follows 26-24 set between Anderson and Isner this yearWimbledon has finally bowed to pressure from players, coaches and pundits to introduce a final-set tie-break – but it will only …

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Serena Williams coach advocates change in rules after US Open controversy

Patrick Mouratoglou says in-match coaching would help tennisWilliams was given violation for being coached at US OpenSerena Williams’s coach says in-match coaching should be allowed in tennis to help the sport’s popularity.Patrick Mouratoglou, who admi…

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Simona Halep pulls out of season-ending WTA Finals because of injury

Kiki Bertens replaces world No 1 in SingaporeJohanna Konta reaches Kremlin Cup quarter-finalsSimona Halep has withdrawn from next week’s WTA Finals in Singapore because of an ongoing back injury. The world No 1, who has a herniated disc, had hoped to b…

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Nadal and Djokovic need to break silence over Saudi exhibition | Kevin Mitchell

The two players appear to have remained deaf to growing clamour over seeming endorsement of Saudi Arabia amid outrage over disappearance of Jamal KhashoggiRafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, men of conscience and integrity, continue to risk their good nam…

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Sam Stosur weighs up right moment to call time on tennis career

Former world No 4 doesn’t want to ‘put a date on it’34-year-old preparing to enter 21st year on tourSamantha Stosur admits she is not sure how many more Australian tennis summers she has left as she prepares for her 21st year on the WTA tour. The 2011 …

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Novak Djokovic wins Shanghai Masters to continue hunt for Nadal’s No 1 crown

• Serb beat Borna Coric 6-3 6-4 to win title for fourth time• Djokovic will become world No 2 on MondayNovak Djokovic continued his scintillating run of form as he breezed past the Croatian Borna Coric 6-3, 6-4 to win the Shanghai Masters title for the…

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‘He was better than me’ – Federer falls in Shanghai against Coric – video

Roger Federer crashed out to Borna Coric in straight sets in the semi-final of the Shanghai Masters. World No 19 Coric will now face Novak Djokovic in the final. Continue reading…

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Katie Boulter and Kyle Edmund fall to defeats in China quarter-finals

Boulter loses 7-5, 0-6, 3-6 to top seed Karolina PliskovaEdmund goes down in straight sets to Alexander ZverevKatie Boulter’s run in the Tianjin Open was brought to an end after a battling three-set defeat to top seed and former world No 1 Karolina Pli…

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Wimbledon land grab shows money talks as golfers accept £63.75m offer | Kevin Mitchell

The All England Club’s generous offer will be ratified in December as members of Wimbledon Park golf club get ready for windfall of £85,000 eachWimbledon’s ambitions of trebling its space for the high point of the tennis summer came down to old-fashion…

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‘It’s OK to not be OK’: what top athletes have said about mental health in sport – video

Professional athletes are said to be seeking mental health help in record numbers. More than ever before sportspeople have been speaking out on their struggles to cope with the pressure that comes with competing at an elite level. Here’s what Serena Wi…

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Roger Federer calls on tennis players to respect ballboys and ballgirls

Federer: ‘They are maybe the future of our game’Kyle Edmund and Katie Boulter both record winsTennis players need to respect ball boys and ball girls, Roger Federer said in the wake of a row following Fernando Verdasco’s rant over a sweaty towel.Verdas…

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Todd Woodbridge defends ‘tired and jaded’ Nick Kyrgios

Tennis great defends under fire 23-year-oldKyrgios ‘really borderline’ at Shanghai MastersTodd Woodbridge believes Nick Kyrgios is copping extra scrutiny from umpires but doesn’t help himself by the way he engages with them.Woodbridge’s comments come a…

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Great Britain to host home Fed Cup ties for first time in more than 25 years

• Bath University to host matches in 2019• ‘This will show everyone what Fed Cup is all about’Great Britain will host a home Fed Cup tie for the first time in more than 25 years in 2019, it was confirmed on Tuesday.The round-robin at Bath University fr…

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Djokovic’s kindness and Nadal’s water bottles: my life as a tennis ballboy

It’s little surprise that Fernando Verdasco snapped at a ballboy in China last week. Our job was fun, but we were also taught to soak up abuseDuring my three years as a ballboy at the Miami Open I learned that, like a waiter at a Michelin-starred resta…

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‘Bitch tried to hit me’: Umpire separates Stephens and Pavlyuchenkova in stormy match

Tensions mount at China Open after medical breakRussian and American confront each other at changeoverSloane Stephens and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova were involved in a fiery meeting at the China Open on Sunday.The American took exception when her opponen…