Paris | Norrie matches best result as Zverev and Alcaraz avoid exit

Cameron Norrie keeps British interest alive in Paris and is on course to record his best run at a Grand Slam championship by matching his previous third round appearances in his pursuit of making the second week at one of the four majors.

Paris | Badosa, Sabalenka and Halep advance at Roland Garros

Paula Badosa, the No 3 seed, had an easy passage opening her French Open account on Tuesday, while Aryna Sabalenka, seeded 7th, and former champion Simona Halep needed 3 sets to advance at Roland Garros.  

Paris | The Wimbledon Points Conundrum

The parties entrenched in the Wimbledon ranking points decision, it seems, are digging in, with players and onlookers flabbergasted that this issue is being blown out of proportion when people are dying in Ukraine, where cities are destroyed, and genocide is being...

Paris | French celebrate Tsonga’s career and Gaston’s marathon win.

The third day of the French Open provided the packed Roland Garros home crowd with a high and an emotional low as they waved Jo-Wilfred Tsonga into retirement following his first-round loss to Casper Ruud.

Paris | Raducanu outlasts Noskova in Roland Garros debut

Emma Raducanu got a monkey off her back on Monday by fighting back from a set down to win her senior debut at the French Open against Czech teenager Linda Noskova, 6-7(4) 7-5 6-1.

Paris | Swiatek sails on, but defending champ Krejcikova hits a wall 

Top seed Iga Swiatek sailed through her opening match at the French Open on Monday, but defending champion and No 2 seed Barbora Krejickova was sent packing, as were Naomi Osaka and Anett Kontaveit alongside Heather Watson and Harriet Dart, while Emma Raducanu came...

Paris | Norrie and Evans through as are Djokovic and Nadal

Success for the two Brits in the men’s draw on the second day of the French Open which was dominated by the first appearances of rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal who have dominated Roland Garros for the past decade.

Paris | Jabeur and Muguruza sent packing but Sakkari, Fernandez and Gauff win

Two big names failed to get out of the starting gate at the French Open on Sunday, with both Ons Jabeur and Garbiñe Muguruza crashing out in the first round at Roland Garros, both stunned by come-backs wins from Magda Linette and Kaia Kanepi respectively.

Paris | Alcaraz opens FO campaign in a positive manner

The return of the crowds to Roland Garros following the two restricted pandemic-hit years, provided the requisite atmosphere to welcome Carlos Alcaraz as one of the favourites to collect this year’s French Open title.

WTA Roundup | Kerber lifts Strasbourg trophy, while Trevisan wins first title in Rabat

WTA 250 - Internationaux de Strasbourg, France Former World No 1 Angelique Kerber eventually found her way past first-time WTA finalist Kaja Juvan, 7-6 (5) 6-7(0) 7-6(5), after a 3 hour 16 minute see-saw battle in the Internationaux de Strasbourg final on Saturday.
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Anxious times for ATP Cup and AO as Djokovic still dithers

As the Australian Open draws ever nearer, the chances that Novak Djokovic will not be heading the men’s draw is becoming more certain as he personally refuses to confirm whether he will be participating this year and miss the chance of setting a couple of new records.

I will start the season in South America at the Cordoba Open in Argentina, end of January, and therefore I will not play this year at the Australian Open in Melbourne Dominic Thiem

His name remains on the Melbourne list of entries as it has done for the ATP Cup which starts at the weekend, but the organisers have finally confirmed he will not be participating as Dusan Lajovic has replaced him in the Serbian team.

Earlier this week it was rumoured that the Australian Government was weakening with regard to its strict regulations which require all players, officials and fans to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and give him a medical exemption, but a rejection has been reported in a Serbian daily newspaper.

Dominic Thiem delays his comeback again

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ATP Cup organisers also disclosed in a roster update that France is replacing Austria in the 16-country event following the withdrawals of both Dominic Thiem and Dennis Novak.

Thiem, last year’s US Open champion, who has now further delayed his comeback from a lengthy wrist injury, has also pulled out of the Australian Open.

“After the short holidays, my team and I have assessed all matters and we have decided to make some changes to my initial tournament schedule: I will start the season in South America at the Cordoba Open in Argentina, end of January, and therefore I will not play this year at the Australian Open in Melbourne,” he posted on Twitter.

Andrey Rublev hit by Covid

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Other absentees at the ATP Cup include world No.5 Andrey Rublev and the world No.14 Denis Shapovalov, both having tested positive for Covid.

“I am currently in Barcelona and unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19,” Rublev wrote on Twitter last weekend. “I am in isolation and following all the protocols under the supervision of doctors.

“As you know, I am fully vaccinated and was preparing for tournaments – ATP Cup and Australian Open. Now I have to recover and I will go to Melbourne only when it will be safe for everyone.”

Denis Shapovalov tested positive in Sydney

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Shapovalov also used Twitter to reveal the test result following his arrival Down Under.
“Hi everyone, just wanted to update you that upon my arrival in Sydney, I tested positive for Covid.

“I am following all protocols, including isolation and letting the people who I’ve been in contact with know.

“Right now I am experiencing minor symptoms and look forward to getting back on the court, when it is safe to do so.”

Both should be OK for the 17h January when the Australian Open gets under way.

“Players that are testing positive now will complete a period of time until they are no longer infectious, and they’ll be fine,” Craig Tiley, the AO Tournament Director confirmed recently to reporters.



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