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Jamie Murray wants LTA to think long-term after French Open failures

Murray cautions against tinkering and questions bonus schemeDoubles pair move into second round at Roland GarrosThe state of British tennis is not a geographical place but an island of despond for those weary of serial failure, and wet, grey Paris has …

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Serena Williams forced out of French Open by achilles heel injury

Williams picked up injury during US Open semi-final‘My body is doing really well. It’s just bad timing and bad luck’When Serena Williams pulled out of the French Open moments before her second-round match against the accomplished Bulgarian veteran Tsve…

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French Open 2020: Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal in action on day four – live!

Live second-round updates from Roland GarrosWatson completes set of early British departuresAnd why not email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.44am BST The Zarazua comeback was sadly shortlived. Svitolina holds to love and then breaks to 15 to seal the…

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French Open 2020: Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal in action on day four – live!

Live second-round updates from Roland GarrosWatson completes set of early British departuresAnd why not email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.44am BST The Zarazua comeback was sadly shortlived. Svitolina holds to love and then breaks to 15 to seal the…

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Alarm for British tennis as Watson completes set of French Open failures

Fiona Ferro beats last Brit standing Heather Watson 7-6 (4), 6-4Watson hits out at LTA for lack of talented British youngstersThere can be no disguising the scale of British failure at this bizarre French Open. When Heather Watson joined her five compa…

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Novak Djokovic resumes his winning ways in French Open cruise

World No 1 defeats Sweden’s Mikael Ymer 6-0, 6-2, 6-3Serb says he has ‘not had any traces of New York in my mind’Novak Djokovic rubbed his right elbow, winced a little, then hurried through a most pleasing start to his 2020 French Open campaign on Tues…

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French Open 2020: Pliskova v Sherif, plus Djokovic in action – live!

Roland Garros updates from the third day in ParisCourier joins defence of Murray after Wilander remarksAnd feel free to email Tumaini or tweet @tumcarayol 11.23am BST Karolina Pliskova looks like she is back on track. The second seed has cut out her un…

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Serena Willams finds form to overcome Kristie Ahn challenge at French Open

Three-time champion taken to first-set tiebreakWilliams faces Tsvetana Pironkova in second roundAcross the tennis landscape, upstarts are tweaking the noses of their betters. On day two of the 2020 French Open, it briefly was the turn of the three?time…

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Courier joins defence of Andy Murray after Wilander wildcard remarks

Wilander suggested Murray wrong to take wildcard spotsCourier: ‘Andy has every right to take wildcards’When Mats Wilander suggested Andy Murray was nearing the end of his career after the former world No 1 equalled the heaviest loss of his grand slam c…

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French Open: Serena Williams, Kvitova and Nadal in action on day two – live!

Updates from the second day of action at Roland GarrosMurray caught cold by Wawrinka in straight-sets defeatAnd get in touch with Tumaini by email or on Twitter 11.25am BST After an incredible rally with some sublime defence and grind from Petra Kvitov…

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Coco Gauff exploits Johanna Konta’s errors to advance in French Open

• American teenager eases through 6-3, 6-3 on Paris debut• Simona Halep cruises through in straight setsOne year after her run to the Roland Garros semi-finals, Johanna Konta fell at the first hurdle after a thorough 6-3, 6-3 beating from Coco Gauff, w…

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French Open: Andy Murray caught cold by Stan Wawrinka in straight-sets defeat

Murray wins just six games in an hour and 27 minutes‘A bit simpler than I expected,’ Wawrinka admitsAndy Murray leaves Paris several days earlier than he wanted to after one of the two heaviest defeats of his grand slam career, but he says he is determ…

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French Open 2020: day one – live updates!

Live updates as Roland Garros begins with stars in actionMurray fired up by battle with old-stager WawrinkaGet in touch! Email Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris 10.41am BST Bay-gel or bye-gel? A question that has taxed Talmudic scholars for generations. Bu…

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Nadal falls out of love with French Open but still courting attention

Spaniard’s unhappiness with heavy balls and slow courts means Djokovic is fancied to take advantage at Roland GarrosThere are probably worse cities than Paris to end a love affair but if Rafael Nadal and Roland Garros begin divorce proceedings during t…

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Serena Williams’ passion undimmed as she competes in 19th French Open

‘I never thought I would be playing at my age. I just have fun’Halep, Muguruza and Azarenka will provide stiff oppositionSerena Williams has competed in 18 French Opens and her professional career has spanned 25 years, but as she turned 39 on Saturday,…

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Rafael Nadal laments cold weather and change of tennis balls at French Open

Defending champion says autumn conditions are ‘extreme’Babolat balls replaced by new ‘super heavy’ WilsonsBefore his challenge for a 13th French Open title, Rafael Nadal has panned the autumn conditions in Paris, describing them as “a little bit extrem…

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Andy Murray fired up by battle with fellow old-stager Stan Wawrinka

Injuries have dogged both men since their last Paris tussle but Sunday’s match should still intrigue while Gauff will test KontaWhen Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka were drawn to play each other in the first round of the 2020 French Open on Sunday, two o…

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Sports quiz of the week: big waves, tough ground and the birds in the sky

Who went long? Who can’t lose? Who didn’t play ball?Kalju FC played Levadia in the Estonian Premier League this week. What happened 13 seconds into the match?The referee pulled his hamstring and the game had to be called off The Kalju goalkeeper walked…

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Konta drawn against Gauff and Murray to play Wawrinka at French Open

British No 1 faces American prodigy; Murray meets old rivalKonta fears coronavirus will haunt tennis for ‘a long time’Johanna Konta will again lead Britain’s charge at a grand slam title next week when she opens her Roland Garros campaign against the A…

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‘They won’t buy tickets to see women’: 50 years on from a tennis rebellion

On 23 September 1970 nine women decided they had seen enough misogyny in tennis and broke away to play their own tournament, sowing the seeds for today’s WTAIf Kristy Pigeon’s father had had his way, she certainly would not have been a tennis player. S…