Djokovic: I’m ready for what comes next

Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic has completed a mental and physical re-boot as he heads into next week’s Dubai event. But the Serb who returned to the top ranking as a result of his Melbourne title last month over Dominic Thiem, has some big goals in mind for the season. One of his main targets will be the Tokyo Olympics starting in late July. “My goals are to focus on Grand Slams as always, as […]

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Murray return delayed again

Former World No 1 Andy Murray’s return to competitive temps has been delayed again with news that he is not likely to compete in the Miami Open next month. It is believed Murray was looking for a Miami return as his training base is in Florida, but there would have been no automatic entry given his raking has slipped to 128 – putting him at least 50 spots too low for that. The London Daily […]

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ITF may be warming to on-court coaching fad

The controversial on-court coaching experiment being trialled by the WTA seems to have caught the eye of the International Tennis Federation. With the bold plan to start next week at selected WTA events. the ITF now has  a future excuse to try and bring the contentious issue to a head on the world stage. While the Grand Slams are currently off-limits to any kind of a coaching trial, any ITF nod of approval could open […]

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Monfils on a roll after Rotterdam title double

Gael Monfils is off to a flyer in 2020 as the Frenchman won his second ATP trophy in two weeks and doubled up his haul at the Rotterdam Open. The ninth-ranked 33-year-old had to hold off a spirited fightback late in the second set from talented Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime. The youngster ranked 21st saved four Monfils match points while trailing a set and 5-2, breaking the third seed to stay alive. But two games […]

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Noisy fans help Halep into Dubai quarters

Simona Halep scored a tight opening win on Wednesday at the Dubai Championships. fighting off three match points before taming Tunisian threat Ons Jabeur 1-6, 6-2, 7-6(7). The struggle took place not only on court but in the stands at the Aviation Club with rival bands of fans competing to drown the others out, creating an atmosphere much like Fed Cup. Jabeur, a wild card and only Arab player in the field, said the crowd […]

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