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Kenin into Abu Dhabi round 3 after Flipkens injures ankle – tennis

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin reached the third round of the Abu Dhabi Open on Friday after her opponent Kirsten Flipkens injured her ankle and had to retire. Flipkens won the first set 7-5 and was 5-4 down in the second when she jumped to play a shot and landed heavily on her left ankle, which twisted underneath her. Flipkens ...

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Sofia Kenin ready to seek Djokovic’s advice in Australian Open defence – tennis

Sofia Kenin has never defended a Grand Slam title before but the reigning Australian Open champion said on Tuesday that she will seek advice from world number one Novak Djokovic if she feels the pressure is too much to handle. Kenin won her maiden Grand Slam in Melbourne last year which set the American on course to break into the ...

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Kyrgios out of Australian ATP Cup team as world ranking slips – tennis

Nick Kyrgios has paid the price for a year of inaction over Covid19 concerns after he was ruled out of Australia’s team for next month’s ATP Cup after his world ranking slipped to number 46 following a 11-month absence from the ATP Tour. The 25-year-old last played a competitive match at Acapulco in February after deciding to remain at home ...

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Civil Guard training opened my eyes to migrants’ hardships – Muguruza – tennis

Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza has said training with special groups of Spain’s Civil Guard police force during her off-season opened her eyes to the hardships faced by vulnerable migrants trying to reach Europe. Muguruza underwent military training with the Civil Guard after her French Open exit in October last year, taking part in helicopter rescue missions, cave diving ...

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Tennis ‘21: Covid questions key; Nadal, Djokovic eye records – tennis

When the 2020 men’s tennis season ended at the ATP Finals, Rafael Nadal captured a common sentiment that still holds true as the 2021 tennis season is set to begin this week. “The world is suffering a lot, so we are very lucky that we can play tennis,” Nadal said in London in November. “That’s the real feeling that I ...

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Djokovic, Nadal set to return for 2nd ATP Cup in Australia – tennis

ATP Cup champion Novak Djokovic and runner-up Rafael Nadal are set to return for the season-opening men’s team tennis event starting Feb. 1, but the United States will be missing because of a change in format that has halved the field. The inaugural event last year featured 24 teams and was played in three Australian cities, with Djokovic’s Serbia team ...

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Results not age key factor for Federer now, says Woodbridge – tennis

Roger Federer’s results in 2021 are more likely than any age milestone to determine when his glittering career comes to an end, said Australian Todd Woodbridge, who thinks the Swiss master may yet have another Wimbledon triumph in him. Last week the holder of 20 Grand Slam singles titles confirmed that fitness issues after two knee operations in 2020 mean ...

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Slovakian tennis player Dagmara Baskova banned for match fixing – tennis

Slovakian tennis player Dagmara Baskova was banned for 12 years on Thursday for match-fixing offenses, the Tennis Integrity Unit said. Baskova admitted to charges of five incidents of match fixing in 2017, the TIU said. She was also fined $40,000 with all but $1,000 suspended and payable within 90 days. Baskova had a career-high WTA ranking of 1,117 in singles ...

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Andy Murray pulls out of Delray Beach Open citing COVID-19 concerns – tennis

Andy Murray has pulled out of the season-opening Delray Beach Open in Florida next week to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 ahead of the Australian Open in February. Murray, who missed most of the 2020 season due to complications with his hip and struggled for form on his return after the COVID-19 hiatus, accepted a wildcard for the Jan. ...

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Roger Federer withdraws from 2021 Australian Open – tennis

Legendary tennis player Roger Federer has pulled out of the 2021 edition of the Australian Open, according to a statement on the website of the tournament. Federer, a six-time Australian Open champion, will miss the year’s first grand slam for the first time in 22 years. “In the end Roger ran out of time to get himself ready for the ...

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