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Author: Barbara Wancke

New York | Federer Unimpressed

Two new rules are being introduced to tennis at the US Open for the qualifying, junior, and wheelchair draws, and Roger Federer is not impressed with either of them – on-court coaching and the shot clock. Currently, a player may not receive any advice from their coach while on court but, under the new rules, they will be able to seek help when they are playing on the side of their...

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Wimbledon Day 11 | All American girls’ final after Lui and Li win semis

America’s drought at junior Wimbledon is set to come to an end on Saturday when two girls from the United States will meet in the final in what could prove be an umpire’s calling nightmare. Despite the departure of the top two seeds, also American, such is the depth of girls’ tennis in that country that two more can come through a draw of the world’s best, who gathered on the lawns of the All England Lawn Tennis Club at the start of the second week of The...

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Wimbledon Day 10 | Juniors fall foul of ‘all-white’ rule

Junior boys are falling foul of Wimbledon’s dress code, with Austrian junior Jurij Rodionov becoming the latest to be ordered off court to change his underwear. Before the coin toss of his boys’ match against Australian Blake Ellis, the No 11 seed had to pull up his shirt so umpire Philip Lodge could inspect his black underwear. A female supervisor then came out to take a look, and after 18-year-old Rodionov pulled his shorts down a little to reveal the offending underwear, he was sent off the court to...

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Wimbledon Day 9 | Karolina Pliskova becomes World No 1

Karolina Pliskova is taking the top spot of the WTA rankings without striking a ball after Simona Halep lost to Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. In doing so, she overhauls Germany’s Angelique Kerber by way of the quirky nature of the points-based ranking system that sees the 25-year-old rise to the summit and become the 23rd player to do...

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