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Cornet apologises as Dojokovic is told ‘No’

France’s Alizé Cornet has apologised for the comments she made on social media about the ‘insane’ Australian Open quarantine arrangements, calling them tactless, while requests to ease restrictions by Novak Djokovic have been knocked back.

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Normally cosseted tennis players are complaining Down Under because of the quarantine conditions they are enduring in Melbourne ahead of the Australian swing.

Barty gets a head start

Ash Barty, the WTA World No 1, relocated to Melbourne when Brisbane announced a sudden three-day lockdown after a confirmed COVID-19 case on 8 January and took advantage to practise at Rod Laver Arena before it was locked down.

TA under fire…

Tennis Australia is under fire for apparently allowing provisionally suspended Dayana Yastremska to board a charter flight to Melbourne for the Australian swing.

AO Casualty: Madison Keys tests positive

As concerns grow over Andy Murray’s participation at the Australian Open after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, Madison Keys announced on Thursday that she too has the virus and will not be playing in Melbourne.

No preferential treatment for Murray

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Murray may miss Aussie Open!

Reports are emerging that Andy Murray has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently isolating in his home in Surrey.

16 women qualify for AO in Melbourne

With the final round of qualifying completed on Wednesday in Dubai, the 16 women who have won through to places in the main draw in Melbourne have been determined, with Britain’s Francesca Jones in the mix alongside the likes of veteran Tsvetana Pironkova and teenager...

Hurkatcz downs Korda for Delray Beach title

Hubert Hurkatcz dashed Sebastian Korda’s hopes of winning his first ATP Title when he won after 68-minutes, the Delray Beach Open 6-3 6-3 on Wednesday.

Superb Sabalenka storms to Abu Dhabi title

Aryna Sabalenka added a 9th singles trophy to her growing collection when she lifted the Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Open trophy on Wednesday after dispatching Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova, 6-2 6-2, in the final.
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Six Britons in Australian Open Line Up

Andy Murray and Johanna Konta will lead a contingent of six British players with direct entry into the singles main draw at the Australian Open next month.

Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans, Heather Watson and Naomi Broady will join British number one players Murray and Konta in the singles draws in Melbourne.

Murray, 29, will be the top seed as he tries to win his first Australian Open, having finished runner-up five times.

I am really excited about starting the New Year as World No1

Konta, 25, reached her first Grand Slam semi-final in Melbourne 12 months ago.

Jamie Murray and Brazil’s Bruno Soares will defend the doubles title they won in 2016.

The tournament, which takes place from 16-29 January, will also see former world number ones Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams return.

Federer has been out since Wimbledon recovering from a knee injury, Nadal ended his season in October with a wrist jury, while Williams missed the end of the 2016 season with a shoulder injury.

Williams, 35, will be trying to win a 23rd Grand Slam singles title, which would see her pass Steffi Graf at the top of the Open era standings, while Novak Djokovic hopes to win the event for a record seventh time.






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