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Prague | Controversial Laver Cup opens in Prague

If the governing bodies think that the Laver Cup is merely a flash in the pan, they are very wrong. The ATP Tour and the ITF are uneasy about an unofficial event cluttering up an already congested calendar, conflicting with tournaments in Metz and St Petersburg and rivalling the 117-year old Davis Cup. According to reports, the respective heads of both bodies, Chris Kermode and Dave Haggerty, both declined invitations to attend, although All England Club Chairman Philip Brook has elected to be...

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Prague | Europe versus the World

Roger Federer has arrived in Prague ahead of the premiere edition of the Laver Cup, which will pit two teams, from Europe and the rest of the world, against each other on an indoor hard court over the coming weekend. Team Europe and Team World are being captained by former tennis rivals Björn Bjorg and John McEnroe. Federer, the winner of 19 Grand Slams, told the media on Monday that he loved the Czech capital and was looking forward to the tournament, which begins on Friday. The Laver Cup is an exhibition match that organisers hope will become an...

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US Open Day 13 | Murray and Hingis US Open Mixed Doubles Champions

Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis added the US Open mixed doubles title to their Wimbledon crown with victory over Chan Hao-ching and Michael Venus. After a faultless first set, Murray and Hingis found themselves in a real battle but prevailed in the match tie-break to win 6-1 4-6 10-8. The victory takes Murray’s tally of slam titles to five, three in mixed doubles and two in men’s...

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US Open Day 12 | Rafa becomes favourite for his 3rd US title

Following days of uncertainty and with the removal of a series of favourites, the men’s US Open final will feature the world number one Rafa Nadal and Kevin Anderson, the 28th seed and world number 32. On the face of it Nadal should be collecting his third title at Flushing Meadows late on Sunday but in view of the various twists and turns which have taken place the past 11 days, that is not...

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London | Murray out for rest of season

Andy Murray has announced that he is ending his 2017 season because of the hip injury which prevented him from competing at the US Open and reveals he will be making his comeback at the Brisbane event next January in preparation for the Australian...

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US Open Day 10 | Juan Martin del Potro upsets Federer

As Rafa Nadal enjoyed his dinner awaiting the news of his opponent for his semi-final match at this year’s US Open, it must have surprised him to learn that he would be facing Juan Martin del Potro rather than the widely expected Roger Federer, the favourite for Sunday’s title. It was a huge upset in view of the fact that the big Argentine had suffered a gruelling fourth round five-set encounter against Dominic Thiem whilst recovering from some form of debilitating illness over the previous...

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US Open Day 9 | Two major semi-final debutants

The hopes of America seeing one of their own reach the US Open final were dashed when their last representative in the men’s draw crashed out at the quarter-final stage in what was a battle between two giants with huge serves. Kevin Anderson, the 6’8” South African, downed 6’6” local hope Sam Querrey 7-6(5) 6-7(9) 6-3 7-6(7) to reach his first grand slam semi-final where he faces Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, also making his debut at the same stage of a grand...

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US Open Day 8 | DelPo survives epic to face Roger

In what was an incredible comeback from the brink of defeat, Juan Martin del Potro outlasted Dominic Thiem in an epic five-set quarter-final to book a place in the last eight against Roger Federer. Unknown to most tennis fans, the big Argentine had been sick for the past two days and it was evident something was wrong with him right from the opening moments when he called for the trainer and doctor who supplied him with some medical...

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