Tennis

Andy Murray to miss Australian Open after failing to find 'workable quarantine'

Andy Murray will not be able to compete at this year’s Australian Open after failing to find a “workable quarantine” after he recovered from coronavirus. The three-time Grand Slam winner had hoped he might still be able to play in Melbourne, but the logistics have proved insurmountable. The former world No 1 is out of self-isolation but could not find a solution to the challenge of getting to Australia and

Novak Djokovic writes another letter … this time to the Australian public

World number one Novak Djokovic published an open letter to the Australian public on Twitter on Wednesday night in which he tried to “clarify” demands he appeared to make to the organisers of the Australian Open. Djokovic, an eight-times champion in Melbourne, was widely harangued on Tuesday after reportedly issuing a list of demands in a letter to Tennis Australia that included moving quarantined players into private homes with tennis

Victoria Azarenka among first arrivals as Australian Open quarantines begin

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was among the earliest arrivals into Melbourne on one of the 15 charter flights bringing players and officials into the city for the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. And she wanted everyone to know she was pleased to be in Australia despite all the Covid-19 restrictions around the world and a tournament-enforced 14-day quarantine period in Melbourne. Azarenka, who won the

Bouchard's slump continues as she fails to qualify for Australian Open

Eugenie Bouchard’s miserable slump continues as the former Wimbledon finalist fails to qualify for the Australian Open and is now ranked 141 in the world Eugenie Bouchard was defeated in Australian Open qualifying by Yue Yuan Bouchard, now ranked 141st, lost 6-2 6-4 by China’s world No 230 in Dubai Canadian’s miserable slump has continued following her incredible rise to fame  In 2014, she became one of the biggest stars around,

How Roger Federer used Tiger Woods to beat Rafael Nadal to blockbuster sponsorship deal

Roger Federer: Chris Evans recalls encounter with tennis star Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were fighting to be the face of Gillette in 2006 and the former used a cunning trick to get an advantage over his rival to secure the blockbuster deal. Nadal’s agent Carlos Costa has reflected on the “brilliant” manoeuvre in “the race for the contract”. Federer and Nadal had just taken over the tennis mantle and

Rafael Nadal tipped to outdo Roger Federer even if both players retire in 2021

Dominic Thiem beats Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals in London Rafael Nadal may have another Grand Slam in him before he retires but Roger Federer doesn’t, reckons Eurosport tennis reporter Fernando Gomez. Federer and Nadal are currently neck and neck at the top of the men’s game on 20 Grand Slam singles titles. Federer is five years older than his old rival though and is on his way back

Aus Open players face fines or even DEPORTATION for Covid-19 breaches

Australian Open players face huge fines or even DEPORTATION for any breaches of Covid-19 protocols as tournament organisers send six-page letter to every competitor Tennis players face fines or deportation for breaching Covid-19 protocols  Strict rules have been laid down for the Australian Open in the coming weeks  All players have now been sent a six-page letter from tournament organisers  The listed sanctions include a fine of up to £11,500, deportation

World No. 29 Dayana Yastremska provisionally suspended after positive drugs test

Dayana Yastremska has denied she has used performance enhancing drugs after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. Yastremska, the world No. 29 from Ukraine, is one of the highest ranked young players in women’s tennis but has been provisionally suspended after mesterolone metabolite was found in a urine sample on November 24, 2020. The 20-year-old, who ended 2020 on a four match losing streak, said she is ‘astonished and under

Roger Federer can 'close his book' in 2021 as Wimbledon prediction made

Coronavirus: Roger Federer reveals how he's practising at home Roger Federer will “close the book” on his career if he wins Olympic gold in Tokyo this year, according to commentator, coach and former Australian tennis player Roger Rasheed. Federer has won more men’s Grand Slam singles titles than any other player in the history of the game. But glory at the Olympic games still eludes the Swiss legend. Federer reached