Murray criticizes LTA for failing to make the most of his success

LONDON (Reuters) – Andy Murray has criticized Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association for failing to build on his success and grow the game over the last decade. Three-times Grand Slam champion Murray went out of the Australian Open in the first round on Monday, and said the match could be the last of his professional career due to pain in his right hip. The 31-year-old Scot has been hailed as one of Britain’s greatest sportsmen, a double Olympic gold medalist who in 2013 also became the first British man to win…

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Back where it all began, Djokovic renews Tsonga rivalry

(Reuters) – Eleven years after their first meeting in the Australian Open final, Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will take a trip down memory lane on Thursday to renew their rivalry in the second round in Melbourne. Djokovic went on to win that memorable match in 2008 for the first of his 14 Grand Slam trophies, while Tsonga has struggled to convert his early potential into titles on the biggest stage, having never reached a Grand Slam final since. While inconsistency has dogged Tsonga throughout his career, knee surgery forced…

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Factbox: Novak Djokovic v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

(Reuters) – A look at the records of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before their second-round match at the Australian Open on Thursday (prefix number denotes seeding): 1-NOVAK DJOKOVIC Age: 31 ATP Ranking: 1 Grand Slam titles: 14 (Australian Open 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016; French Open 2016; Wimbledon 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018; U.S. Open 2011, 2015, 2018) 2018 Australian Open performance: Fourth round Best Australian Open performance: Winner (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) 2019 Australian Open results: First round: beat Mitchell Krueger (U.S.) 6-3 6-2…

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Tennis: Kerber wins battle of left-handers to progress to third round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Second seeded German Angelique Kerber easily won the battle of left-handers against big-hitting Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 to stroll into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. The Wimbledon champion broke the 22-year-old Haddad Maia twice in the opening set and converted her first set point when the Brazilian sent a forehand wide for her 29th unforced error in the set. Kerber, a triple Grand Slam champion who won in Melbourne in 2016, faced just one breakpoint in the match in the…

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Highlights: Australian Open day three

(Reuters) – Highlights of Wednesday’s third day of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year (all times GMT): 0943 KERBER SAILS THROUGH Angelique Kerber beat Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 in 81 minutes to advance to the third round. The Wimbledon champion was helped along the way by Haddad Maia’s 39 unforced errors. The second seed next meets Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell. READ MORE Federer fends off British ‘mirror’ Evans to advance Dan Evans v Roger Federer – match stats Novak, Rafa and I…

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FIFA says in regular contact with AFC over detained refugee player

DUBAI (Reuters) – FIFA says it has been in regular contact with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) over the Bahraini refugee soccer player arrested in Thailand in November over a prison sentence in his homeland. The Australian soccer player’s union this week called on the AFC to intervene to help secure the release of Hakeem Al Araibi, who plays in Australia but was arrested in November in Bangkok on an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain’s request. FIFA has “been working behind the scenes and have been in regular contact with…

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Wozniacki sets up potential showdown with Sharapova

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki set up a potential third-round showdown with Maria Sharapova after easing past Johanna Larsson 6-1 6-3 in a one-sided clash at the Australian Open on Wednesday. Third seeded Wozniacki took just over an hour to secure her second consecutive straight-sets win for a possible match-up between two former world number one players against Sharapova who plays Rebecca Peterson in the second round. Wozniacki made just 12 unforced errors in her second round match against a player who constantly switched up her tactics in…

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Bryan believes Murray could come back from hip surgery

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Doubles veteran Bob Bryan, who has made a successful return to competitive tennis following hip surgery, has urged Andy Murray to have the same operation but also warned the Briton that it could end his hopes of a comeback. Murray was eliminated from the first round of the Australian Open on Monday, and said the match could be the last of his professional career, with the pain of his right hip having become unbearable. The three-times Grand Slam champion said he would decide whether to have surgery…

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Tiafoe announces himself with Anderson upset

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Twenty-year-old Frances Tiafoe created a major upset beating fifth seed Kevin Anderson 4-6 6-4 6-4 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Wimbledon finalist Anderson took a medical time-out mid-way through the four-set match before becoming the highest ranked player to be ousted from the first major of the year. His young American conqueror, ranked 39 in the world, saved two break points while closing out the match. “I knew he was going to make me play a tough game,” Tiafoe told reporters.…

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Novak, Rafa and I still Grand Slam favorites: Federer

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Roger Federer has given cold comfort to the next generation of men’s players hoping for Grand Slam glory, saying he, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal are still deserving favorites to claim the game’s biggest trophies. The top three seeds at Melbourne Park raffled all four of the majors between them last year, with Federer winning his sixth Australian Open, Nadal claiming his 11th French Open and world number one Djokovic sweeping Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. The Swiss master is bidding for his 21st Grand Slam crown…

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