The RFT sweep past Germany

The Davis Cup favourites, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, representing the Russian Tennis Federation rather than their country as it is banned from international competition for state doping violations, cruised into the final at the Caja Magica in Madrid, after...

Darlene Hard dies at 85

Darlene Hard, winner of 21 major titles in the 1950s and 60s, has died at the age of 85 in Los Angeles on Thursday at the Northridge Hospital after a brief illness, according to Mona Cravens, Director of Student Publications at the University of Southern California,...

Croatia knock Serbia out

Novak Djokovic's dream of leading Serbia to a second Davis Cup title was shattered on Friday when neighbours, Croatia, twice former campions, knocked them out of this year’s competition at the semi-final stage.

China pushes back on WTA decision to suspend Chinese tournaments

The diplomacy war is hotting up over the Peng Shuai affair, with China objecting to the WTA politicising sport and the IOC maintaining its quiet approach under on-going criticism, while the ATP and ITF fail to follow the WTA’s lead.

The RFT slip into the DC semis

Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev as expected, led the Russian Tennis Federation – Russia itself has been banned from international competition for state doping – to the semi-finals of this year’s reformatted Davis Cup brushing Sweden aside 2-0.

WTA suspends business with China

The WTA is making good on its threat to pull its business out of China by announcing that it will suspend tournaments in both China and Hong Kong unless the Chinese authorities take steps to address Peng Shuai’s allegations of sexual abuse and concerns for her welfare...

Djokovic pulls Serbia through to semis

Serbia reached the reformatted Davis Cup semi-finals in Madrid with a 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan after the world No.1 Novak Djokovic came to the team’s rescue.

Konta retires

Former British No 1 Johanna Konta announced her retirement from competitive tennis at the age of 30 on Wednesday in London.

Why Peng Shuai remains of grave concern

The headlines may have died down, but Peng Shuai’s situation remains of grave concern as fears grow that the authorities in China are keeping the former Doubles World No 1 under wraps and preventing her from speaking freely.

Germany squeeze past Britain to reach Madrid.

In the second of the Davis Cup quarterfinals Germany upset Great Britain, squeezing past the favourites in Innsbruk 2-1 to make the Madrid semi-finals later in the week.
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Cologne 2 get under way – Murray withdraws, Edmunds beaten

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the second week of Cologne where he was due to face Danilo Petrovic in his opening match, explaining that he is suffering from another pelvic problem, this time a form of tendinitis.

I’ve been practicing the last few days and trying to manage it, but after playing some points today, I decided it was not going to be good enough to play. Andy Murray

“I’ve been trying to deal with it in training, and in the matches, and unfortunately after my match here this week it’s flared up again,” he said in a Facebook Video.

“I’ve been practicing the last few days and trying to manage it, but after playing some points today, I decided it was not going to be good enough to play.”

No indication has been given as to how long he will need to recover from this latest setback but the 33-year-old former world number one who lost in his opening match last week, is expected to play the Paris Masters in two weeks’ time.

His problem has been described as ‘inflammation of the left psoas.’ It is a muscle that is located in the lumbar region of the spine and extends through the pelvis to the femur.

Kyle Edmund, Britain’s number two, lost in the first round to record his third straight opening-round defeat at a tournament.

The Yorkshireman ranked at 47, lost 6-4 6-0 to Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, who is currently ranked nine places below him.

Nishioka broke in the fifth game of the first set, before sweeping through the second as Edmund struggled on serve.

American Steve Johnson, ranked 71, was delighted at finally getting the better of Marin Cilic, the ninth seed, for the first time in what was their sixth meeting, defeating the Croat 7-6(3) 6-4 after one-hour and 58-minutes.

“I would have paid a handsome fee for a couple of aces. I got one. I got one, just got back to 30-30 and played a couple of points where I got lucky. Today things just went my way”, said Johnson.

In other matches eighth-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France made quick work of Australian Alexei Popyrin with a 6-2 6-2 victory as did his compatriot Gilles Simon who scored a 6-3 7-5 victory over Australia’s Jordan Thompson.

Frances Tiafoe takes out a seed in his opening match

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Meanwhile in Antwerp, at the European Open, American Frances Tiafoe, ranked 63, advanced to the second round when he dismissed sixth seed Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-3 7-6(6), wrapping up the match in one-hour and 21-minutes.

Another American had a less successful day as Tommy Paul lost 6-3 6-2 to the Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez while Ugo Humbert of France, ranked No. 38 advanced after his 6-4 6-3 defeat of Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium.



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