Tennis

Bianca Andreescu out of Indian Wells through injury; Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber also missing

World No 4 Bianca Andreescu will not defend her Indian Wells title due to a lingering knee injury. The reigning US Open champion injured her left knee injury at the WTA Finals last October and has not played since. Having already missed the Australian Open, the Canadian announced on Saturday a return to Indian Wells is not on the cards this season. “As many of you know, I’ve been working

Heather Watson reveals retirement plans before revival in Mexico

Heather Watson has admitted she briefly considered quitting tennis while in a slump of form and problems off-the-court. In 2018, Watson lost 12 times in the first round of tournaments and slipped to 101 in the world. 2019 was also a struggle for her but at the end of the year, she reached the final of the Tianjin Open before being beaten by Swedish player Rebecca Peterson. Watson then carried

Andy Murray targeting Miami comeback

Andy Murray is hoping to make his ATP Tour return at the Miami Open – although his longer-term fitness remains uncertain. The former world number one underwent hip resurfacing surgery in January 2019 and made a triumphant doubles comeback at Queen’s Club in June before capturing a singles title in Antwerp four months later. However, he has not played since a Davis Cup defeat of Tallon Griekspoor in November and news emerged last

Roger Federer: Ivan Ljubicic opens up on ‘privilege’ of working with Swiss star

Ivan Ljubicic has described his four-year coaching relationship with Roger Federer a ‘privilege’. Ljubicic and Federer were once rivals and played each other 16 times over the course of their careers. Federer led their head-to-head 13-3 and had won 10 times in a row before Ljubicic’s retirement in 2012. But after amicably splitting with Stefan Edberg in 2015, Federer decided to bring in Ljubicic to work alongside Severin Luthi. And

John McEnroe compares Tom Brady and Roger Federer during Laver Cup launch in Boston

Tennis legend John McEnroe was in Boston on Tuesday promoting the fourth edition of the Laver Cup, where he compared sporting greats Roger Federer and Tom Brady. The rest of the World team captain was introduced to Celtics forward Gordon Hayward before the game as the excitement of the Laver Cup builds up in Boston. McEnroe then watched a thrilling NBA contest as Caris LeVert scored a career-high 51 points,

Heather Watson sets sights on WTA big guns after ending title drought at Mexican Open

Heather Watson says she is determined to push on and crack the world’s top 30 after winning the Mexican Open on Saturday. Watson has struggled for form in recent years but has been on the rise since October last year when she reached the final of the Tianjin Open. In January, she made it through to the semi-finals of the Hobart International and then over the weekend her improvement was

Rafael Nadal: Seyboth Wild reveals admiration for Spanish star after maiden ATP title win

Seyboth Wild has opened up on his admiration for world No 2 Rafael Nadal after capturing his maiden ATP Tour title in Chile over the weekend. After a dream week in Santiago, the 19-year-old capped it off by beating in-form Casper Ruud 7-5 4-6 6-3 in the final. Wild becomes the first teenager to lift a tour-level title since Australia’s Alex De Minaur in Sydney last year. He is also

Roger Federer retirement warning fired by John McEnroe after injury blow

Roger Federer must have been deliberating retirement after suffering another injury blow which will keep him sidelined for three months. However, John McEnroe has warned the world not to write the Swiss star off. At 38 years old there are big questions over how much more of the ATP tour Federer’s body can handle. The world No 4 has already stripped back his schedule to the bare minimum as he

Hewitt bullish about Davis Cup prospects

Australia's Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt has a blunt message for his depleted team: sink or swim. And he's confident Australia's makeshift cup squad will thrive in troubled waters – a tie against against Brazil without injured aces Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur. Australia’s Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt.Credit:Getty Images "You can either sink or swim in Davis Cup and playing for Australia, and I have got a lot

Johanna Konta chalks up first win of 2020 in Monterrey

Johanna Konta chalks up first win of 2020 as she spoils Kim Clijsters’s return to action but Heather Watson goes out of the Monterrey Open British No 1 Konta beat Belgium’s Clijsters 6-3 7-5 in Monterrey tournament Clijsters was playing in just her second match since retiring back in 2012 It was Konta’s first victory of the year and she will face Tatjana Maria next Maria defeated another Briton, Heather