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Rich tennis fans vie for five-year, £100,000 Centre Court tickets

Demand will far exceed supply for Wimbledon debentures going on sale next weekThe super-rich will begin battling it out next week for some of the most expensive and exclusive sports tickets in the world: five-year passes for every match on Wimbledon’s …

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From toil to triumph in 12 months: the remarkable rise of Bianca Andreescu

This time last year Andreescu picked up $392 for losing at an ITF event. Now the teenager has landed $1.35m and is the toast of tennis and Canada after her star-making Indian Wells winTwelve months ago Bianca Andreescu was toiling in obscurity on the l…

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Bianca Andreescu: from teenage wildcard to ‘Cinderella’ of Indian Wells – video profile

One of tennis’s rising stars, teenager Bianca Andreescu has said it is ‘a dream come true’ to claim her first ever WTA career title.The 18-year-old beat former world No 1 Angelique Kerber in three scintillating sets in the final of the BNP Paribas…

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Dominic Thiem upsets Roger Federer at Indian Wells for first Masters title

Austrian comes back to beat Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5Wildcard Andreescu, 18, beats Kerber for women’s titleDominic Thiem edged error-prone Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, denying Federer a record sixth title in the …

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Wildcard Bianca Andreescu, 18, shocks Angelique Kerber to win Indian Wells

Canadian completes remarkable win for maiden career titleTeenager was outside world top 150 at end of last seasonBianca Andreescu completed her emergence as the latest new star of women’s tennis after a scintillating three-set win over Angelique Kerber…

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Rafael Nadal pulls out with injury before Roger Federer semi-final at Indian Wells

Nadal withdraws from semi-final match with FedererFederer, 37, will face either Raonic or Thiem in finalRafael Nadal withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, done in once again by a knee injury.He had been set to play longtime rival Roger Federe…

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Tennis’s attention should be on Andreescu’s exploits, not boardroom coups | Kevin Mitchell

There have been some remarkable results at Indian Wells – not least Bianca Andreescu’s continuing meteoric rise – but upsets in the boardroom are less edifyingTennis continues to rock in the Californian desert. At the Indian Wells Open (which would lik…

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Tennis the loser in feud between Novak Djokovic and Chris Kermode | Kevin Mitchell

The ousting of the ATP chairman will leave a vacuum at the top of the sport at a time when strong leadership is requiredThis is the story of a pointless coup. Engineered by Novak Djokovic and facilitated by a small group in the ATP players’ council, it…

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Andy Murray pain free after operation but cautious over playing prospects

• Andy Murray provides fitness update after hip operation• ‘I want to play. The issue is I don’t know whether it’s possible’Andy Murray kept the door open on his tennis future on Wednesday, although he made no commitment to returning at Wimbledon this …

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Roger Federer 100 not out but still hungry for elusive Olympic gold | Kevin Mitchell

Dream of becoming the Olympic tennis champion six days before his 39th birthday is what keeps the Swiss great goingRoger Federer did more than win his 100th Tour-level tournament when he handed the Greek prodigy Stefanos Tsitsipas (his conqueror in the…

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Nick Kyrgios tops stellar week with Zverev win in Mexico Open final

Australian secures fifth ATP title with 6-3, 6,4 win23-year-old to rocket up rankings after top-10 runNick Kyrgios has earned himself half-a-million dollars, a handy rankings boost and a sombrero for crowning a glorious week in Acapulco with the fifth …

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Nick Kyrgios returns fire at Rafael Nadal ‘respect’ criticism

Australian records remarkable three-set winFormer world No 13 is booed by home crowdNick Kyrgios has returned serve at Rafael Nadal, saying he wouldn’t “listen at all” to the world No 2 after the Spaniard said he needed to show more respect to himself,…

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Nick Kyrgios fights back from brink of defeat to stun Rafael Nadal in Mexico

Australian wins high-quality match 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (8-6) Kyrgios saves three match points to reach quarter-finalNick Kyrgios enjoyed his biggest win in two years, saving three match points to down world No 2 Rafael Nadal at the Mexican Open. In a m…

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Serena Williams cartoon not racist, Australian media watchdog rules

Herald Sun newspaper’s depiction of player ‘spitting the dummy’ at US Open had been widely condemnedA Herald Sun cartoon that depicted Serena Williams jumping in the air and “spitting the dummy” after losing a match to Naomi Osaka was not racist, the P…

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LGBT group drops Martina Navratilova over transgender comments

• 18-time grand slam winner no longer Athlete Ally ambassador• Navratilova also loses place on advisory boardMartina Navratilova has been removed as an ambassador by Athlete Ally, an organisation that supports LGBT athletes, following her comments on t…

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Roger Federer confirms clay court comeback at Madrid Open

• 20-times grand slam winner hasn’t played on clay for two years• Federer will be in draw for tournament in MayRoger Federer confirmed his participation for this year’s Madrid Open on Wednesday, marking his return to the European clay court season afte…

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Naomi Osaka loses to Kristina Mladenovic days after coach split

• Osaka beaten 6-3, 6-3 at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships• Australian Open winner parted with Sascha Bajin this monthThe world No 1, Naomi Osaka, crashed out of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after losing in straight sets against France…

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Naomi Osaka: split with coach was refusal to put ‘success over happiness’

• Two-time slam champion parted with Sascha Bajin this month• World No 1 said rumours of money issues are ‘hurtful’Naomi Osaka is adamant that her surprise split with the coach Sascha Bajin had nothing to do with money but was because she refused to pu…

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Martina Navratilova criticised over ‘cheating’ trans women comments

Former tennis player says trans athletes competing in women’s tournaments is ‘insane’The former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has been criticised for “disturbing, upsetting, and deeply transphobic” comments after she argued that allowing trans…

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Naomi Osaka’s split with Sascha Bajin a sign of the times and her steeliness | Kevin Mitchell

Few saw the parting coming but it demonstrates the impermanence of the player-coach relationship at the top of world tennisNaomi Osaka splitting with her coach, Sascha Bajin, after little more than a year and two grand slam triumphs together shocked ma…