Herbert & Mahut claim second Roland Garros doubles title

France claimed the Men’s Doubles title on Saturday when Pierre-Hughes Herbert & Nicolas Mahut defeated Alexander Bublik & Andrey Golubev from Kazakstan, 4-6 7-6(1) 6-4, to become the first all-French team to win twice at the clay-court major since World War...

Krejcikova bags French Open title

It was nip and tuck but, at the last, it was unseeded Czech Barbora Krejcikova who hoisted the French Open trophy aloft after a 3-set victory over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the No 31 seed, in the final at Roland Garros on Saturday.

Konta steps into her third straight Nottingham final

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Swiatek and Krejcikova to meet in Paris Doubles Final

Iga Swiatek may have lost her singles crown at Roland Garros but she has her eyes firmly set on taking home the French Open doubles title with her partner, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, but the pair will have to navigate past Barbora Krejcikova & Katerina Siniakova, who...

Nadal is brought down in classic

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Konta through to third straight Nottingham semi-final

Johanna Konta is safely through to her third consecutive Viking Open Nottingham semi-final after defeating eighth seed Alison Van Uytvanck 6-3 7-6(6), having reached the final in her last two visits to the Nottingham Tennis Centre in 2017 and 2018.

Evans loses in last eight.

In the Viking Nottingham Open Challeneger event, the top seed from Birmingham Dan Evans was pipped to the post in his quarterfinal against No.6 seed Denis Kudla falling 6-4 1-6 6-4 after two=hours and two-minutes.

Salisbury & Krawczyk win French Mixed Doubles title

Britain’s Joe Salisbury teamed up with American Desirae Krawczyk to win the French Open mixed doubles title on Thursday at Roland Garros, marking his second Grand Slam triumph.

Krejcikova outlasts Sakkari to reach Paris final

Barbora Krejcikova held her nerve to see off a match point and a controversial line call to advance to the French Open final after upsetting Maria Sakkari, the No 17 seed from Greece, 7-5 4-6 9-7, in a 3 hour 18 marathon semi-final battle.
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Djokovic withdraws from Madrid Masters

The world No.1, Novak Djokovic, has decided to skip the Madrid Masters 1000 which starts on Sunday as far as the men are concerned, in order to spend more time with his family.

Sorry that I won’t be able to travel to Madrid this year and meet all my fans. It’s been two years already, quite a long time. Hope to see you all next year! Novak Djokovic

The organisers were forced, by the Covid pandemic, to cancel the event last year leaving the Serbian, who won the title in 2019, as the reigning champion who has now decided not to defend it.

“Sorry that I won’t be able to travel to Madrid this year and meet all my fans”, Djokovic said on Twitter.

“It’s been two years already, quite a long time. Hope to see you all next year!”

It would seem that Djokovic is starting to implement the decision he voiced after winning his 18h Grand Slam title in Melbourne in February, when he said he would be reconsidering his plans for the year so he could spend more time with his young family.

At the time he said constantly being away from his wife Jelena and their two young children – Stefan, 6, and Tara, 3 – concerns him and is proving a distraction.

In addition, the restrictions organisers are placing on players to maintain their safe pandemic bubbles, is another factor as he can’t have his family travel with him.

“At times it rips my heart apart,” Djokovic said after lifting the Australian Open title for a ninth time.

“I will have to revise my schedule comparing to the last year or any other season before this.

“Obviously time away from family definitely is something that has an impact on me.

“I’ll have to see with these rules and regulations and restrictions in place all over the world, Europe.

“Not being able to take my family on the road is something that is a big problem for me.”

Djokovic is expected to play the Rome Masters and back again in Belgrade as he prepares to try and prevent Rafa Nadal from claiming a 13th French Open title.

So far the Serb has played four tournaments and lost twice, in Monte Carlo to Britain’s Dan Evans, ranked 33 and last week, in the first edition of Belgrade, to Russia’s Aslan Karatsev, the world 28.



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