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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic Returns to Indian Wells After 5-Year

Novak Djokovic Set to Return to Indian Wells After 5-Year Absence In a significant comeback, Novak Djokovic is gearing up to participate in the BNP Paribas Open, marking his first appearance at the prestigious event in five years. The world's top-ranked male player's last presence at Indian Wells dates back to 2019, where he was ousted in the third round. His absence in the subsequent years was attributed to his non-vaccination against COVID-19, a requirement for noncitizen visitors to the U.S. until the
Andy Murray

Andy Murray Defies Calls to Quit: Legacy Untarnished

Andy Murray Refuses to Bow Out Amidst Calls for Retirement Renowned three-times Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray, has pushed back against suggestions that he might "damage his legacy" by continuing his career, following a series of setbacks that led to a third consecutive first-round exit at the start of this season. Murray, who rejuvenated his career after undergoing hip-resurfacing surgery in 2019, has encountered challenges reaching the latter stages of top-tier events. His journey in Grand Slam tournaments has been marred by struggles,
Jannik Sinner

Pope Congratulates Italy on Sinner’s Aus Open Victory

Pope Francis Congratulates Italy on Jannik Sinner's Historic Australian Open Victory In a heartening moment for Italy, Pope Francis extended his congratulations to the nation after Jannik Sinner secured the Australian Open title on Sunday, making him the first Italian man to clinch a Grand Slam singles title in almost 50 years. The Pope conveyed his felicitations during an audience with the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, emphasizing the significance of Sinner's achievement. The Australian Open final saw the 22-year-old Italian player triumph
Coco Gauff

Coco Gauff Battles Errors to Reach Australian Open Semis

In a thrilling and error-filled match at the Australian Open, Coco Gauff secured her place in the semifinals by defeating Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 6-2. Despite facing a 5-1 deficit, Gauff showed remarkable resilience, saving two set points to claim the opening set in a tiebreaker. The battle extended to a deciding set, with Gauff ultimately emerging victorious after a 3-hour, 8-minute encounter. Gauff expressed pride in her performance during a post-match on-court interview, acknowledging Kostyuk as a tough opponent. The
Djokovic and Kohli's

Digital Bonds: Djokovic and Kohli’s Unique Friendship

Virat Kohli and Novak Djokovic, two iconic athletes from different sports, have formed a unique friendship through digital communication. Despite never meeting in person, their interactions on Instagram have created a bond based on mutual admiration and respect. In an interview with Sony Sports, Djokovic expressed his appreciation for Kohli's words about him, stating, "Virat Kohli and I have been texting a little bit for a few years. We never got the chance to meet in person, but it was an honour and
David Beckham

David Beckham on Centre Court as sun comes out…

David Beckham took time out from overseeing his Inter Miami side’s dreadful run of form to take in the action on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Wednesday. The former England captain and Manchester United midfielder sat in the Royal Box with his mother Sandra, 74, as play got under way with Russian 11th seed Daria Kasatkina facing Britain’s Jodie Burrage. Dressed in a light brown blazer, the 48-year-old Beckham is a regular visitor to the All England Club – not far from Selhurst

Sania Mirza Bid Adieu With No Regrets at Dubai…

On Tuesday, Sania Mirza bid adieu to the game that has meant everything to her and her partner for more than 20 glorious years at the Dubai Tennis Stadium. The American Madison Keys and the former No. 1 in the world in doubles lost to Veronika Kudermetova and Liudmila Samsonova 6-4, 6-0. Certainly, everyone succumbs to the effects of aging, even legendary actors who play physically demanding parts like Sania. Sania, a permanent resident of Dubai, had decided that it was the perfect
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal Stands Second Behind Alcaraz in ATP Rankings

Spain reigns at the summit of men's tennis with Carlos Alcaraz holding world number one spot in the ATP rankings released on Monday with compatriot Rafael Nadal moving back up to second. Nadal, 36, benefited from Casper Ruud's quarter-final exit in Seoul where he was top seed, to move ahead of the Norwegian. Novak Djokovic, winner of his third tournament this season in Tel Aviv, stays seventh but scores 250 precious points in the race for the ATP Finals in Turin, his end-of-season
Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu Through to Slovenia Open Second Round

Emma Raducanu is through to the second round of the Slovenia Open after winning her first match since her unsuccessful US Open title defence. British number one Raducanu was leading 6-2 5-3 when her opponent Dayana Yastremska was forced to retire. The 22-year-old Ukrainian, who is 89th in the world, injured her wrist while 30-0 down serving to stay in the match. Raducanu, 19, went into the WTA 250 hard-court event as top seed but having slid from 11th to 83rd in the
Serena Williams waves after a match

The end of an era as Serena Williams announces…

Serena Williams has confirmed that she will hang up her racket following the US Open Tournament, bringing to an end an amazing tennis career. After claiming her first victory in 340 days since last year's French Open at the National Bank Open on Monday, the American tennis great hinted at retirement by telling reporters: "I love playing, though… but, you know, I can't do this forever. Sometimes you just want to try your best to enjoy the moments, and do the best that

Nadal destroys Ruud for 14th French Open title

Rafael Nadal regained his aura of invincibility on clay on Sunday by brutally crushing Casper Ruud to lift the French Open trophy for an incredible 14th time and widen the gap at the top of the men's all-time list of Grand Slam winners. Norwegian Ruud became the latest victim in a long line of challengers who have unsuccessfully tried to defeat the Spaniard in the Roland Garros final since Nadal won his maiden title on the red clay in 2005. There was a

Ruud stops teenage sensation Rune to reach French Open…

Eighth seed Casper Ruud battled past teenager Holger Rune 6-1 4-6 7-6(2) 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the French Open semi-finals and become the first Norwegian to reach this stage in any Grand Slam. He will play Croatian 20th seed Marin Cilic in the semi-final. "Of course a lot of nerves all day to get going. It's tough to find calm and peace," Ruud said. "I started great but Holger fought back and raised his level." "I had played him three times already,

Ruud and Rune lead Viking charge into last 16…

Norway's Casper Ruud and Denmark's Holger Rune led a Viking charge into the last 16 of the French Open with impressive wins at Roland Garros on Saturday. Eighth seed Ruud battled back to beat Italy's Lorenzo Sonego to take his place in the fourth round in Paris for the first time having reached round three for the past three years. A little later, Danish 19-year-old Rune continued his sensational progress as he trounced France's Hugo Gaston. Things looked bad for Ruud when a

Medvedev downplays French Open title chances after Geneva exit

World number two Daniil Medvedev has downplayed his chances of mounting a serious challenge at the French Open after the Russian went down to Richard Gasquet at the Geneva Open on Tuesday in his first match back since hernia surgery. The U.S. Open champion, who last played at the Miami Open at the end of March, was beaten 6-2 7-6(5) by Gasquet at the ATP 250 claycourt event. "I don't play my best tennis on clay courts," he told reporters. "I know that

Medvedev still hopeful of playing in Wimbledon

World number two Daniil Medvedev has not given up hope of competing at Wimbledon next month even though tournament organisers have banned Russians and Belarusians from playing at the grasscourt Grand Slam due to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. The decision was swiftly condemned by the men's and women's tours and a number of players, with Rafa Nadal calling the ruling "unfair". Over the past week, there have also been suggestions that Wimbledon could be stripped of its ranking points by the two tours

Djokovic advances in Rome with number one spot on…

Novak Djokovic kicked off his quest for a sixth Italian Open title and the defence of his world number one ranking with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Aslan Karatsev in the second round on Tuesday. Top seed Djokovic, who received a bye into the second round, is still seeking his first title of the year. If Djokovic does not reach the semi-finals in Rome, he will surrender top spot in the rankings to Russian Daniil Medvedev for a second time this year. The

Nadal overpowers Kecmanovic in Madrid on return from injury

Rafa Nadal returned from an injury layoff to beat Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1 7-6(4) on Wednesday and reach the last 16 in the Madrid Open claycourt tournament. Nadal, competing in his first match since March following a rib injury, quickly found his rhythm in a strong start against Serbian Kecmanovic. Rain suspended play early in the second set and 21-times Grand Slam champion Nadal lost momentum. The 35-year-old Spaniard, hitting with explosive power, recovered from failing to serve out the match at 6-5 in

Djokovic stays perfect against Monfils, Raducanu knocked out in…

World number one Novak Djokovic began his quest for a fourth Madrid Open title with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Gael Monfils on Tuesday, improving his unbeaten record to 18-0 against the Frenchman. The result ensures Djokovic remains at the top of the rankings while it earned Monfils the ignominy of having the worst record against a single opponent without winning in the Open era. "I would probably rate it as the best performance of the year," Djokovic told reporters. "I felt very

Nadal to make injury return at Madrid Open

Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal will make his return from a month-long absence due to injury at this week's ATP Masters 1000 Madrid Open that begins later this week, the Spaniard announced on Tuesday. The 35-year-old, who last played in the final of Indian Wells against Taylor Fritz on March 20, suffered a stress fracture in his rib during the tournament, forcing him to miss claycourt events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. "Despite arriving just before the tournament and preparation being difficult, I

Rublev outlasts Djokovic to claim Serbia Open crown

World number one Novak Djokovic's barren title spell in 2022 continued as he went down 6-2 6-7(4) 6-0 to Russian Andrey Rublev in the final of the ATP 250 Serbia Open in Belgrade on Sunday. Playing his second tournament on clay this season after being knocked out by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in Monte Carlo earlier this month, Djokovic was off to a slow start as second seed Rublev broke him twice to clinch the opening set 6-2. Djokovic had prevailed from a set