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Barty set for career-high tennis ranking - SBS

Australian Ashleigh Barty will achieve a career-high world ranking of 54 after reaching the final of the WTA tournament in Birmingham.

Ashleigh Barty will head to Wimbledon next week with a career-high world ranking of 54.

The Australian was outplayed in her tough three-set loss to Petra Kvitova in the final of the WTA grasscourt event in Birmingham on Sunday.

But her progression to the decider, which included upset wins over top-25 players Garbine Muguruza and Barbora Strycova, improved her win-loss singles record this year to 24-10.

Barty started the year as the world No.271 in her full-time comeback following a break from tennis in 2015.

Barty conceded only one point in her opening four service games against Kvitova, breaking the two-time Wimbledon champion in the third game before taking the first set.

But her Czech opponent's explosive serve ultimately proved too much in the 4-6...


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Tennis stars take over ESPN Fame 100 list - Baseline

Roger Federer, of course, leads the way. (AP)

ESPN's vaunted Fame 100 roster was released recently, and tennis stars make up a solid tenth of the entries.

That's 10 overall rungs on this ladder of 100 athletes, including (in descending order) Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Kei Nishikori, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Caroline Wozniacki and Eugenie Bouchard. Their individual and collective showings ring as quite impressive given the mammoth followings in team sports such as basketball, American football, soccer, baseball and hockey.

What matters at the outset with click-baiting lists such as these are the methodologies in play. For ESPN's Fame game, Forbes' recent highest-earning athletes list was pulled in immediately, which makes sense given that both lineups feature the same top four sportsmen, namely Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James,...


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Edmund stunned by Evans' tennis suspension - SBS

Kyle Edmund says he was lost for his words after hearing his fellow English tennis player Dan Evans had failed a drugs test.

British No.2 Kyle Edmund admits he was lost for his words after hearing his compatriot Dan Evans had failed a drugs test.

Evans announced on Friday he had tested positive for cocaine at the Barcelona Open in April and the 27-year-old could now be banned for up to four years by the International Tennis Federation.

Edmund knows Evans well from their exploits together for Britain in the Davis Cup, with the pair leading the charge in January against Canada in the absence of Andy Murray.

"I haven't spoken to him. I don't think anyone has spoken to him to be honest," Edmund said.

"I haven't seen him, first of all, he's obviously not around at the tournaments.

"The only way I could have spoken to him is maybe sent him a text but I haven't sent him a text just because...


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Splendor in the Grass: On turf triumphs by Federer, Kvitova, Lopez - Tennis Magazine

Feliciano Lopez, Roger Federer and Petra Kvitova will head into Wimbledon with hardware and confidence. (AP)

It really would be nice to have a full grass-court season, wouldn’t it? This weekend you could see the variety that it would bring to the tours. After two months of clay-lovers having their way, it was time for the turf warriors to take a turn, and a title or two, in the sun. Petra Kvitova, Roger Federer, Feliciano Lopez and Marin Cilic all showed off their grass-court chops in a series of finals that gave us more than their share of mastery, suspense and emotion. Here’s a look at four takeaways from the week before the week before Wimbledon.

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1. Life Starts at 35

The top seeds were long gone from Queen’s Club by Sunday—No. 1 Andy Murray, No. 2 Stan Wawrinka, and No. 3 Milos Raonic had all lost in the first round five days earlier. But by the end of Sunday's final, nobody...


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Djokovic Ready To Switch It Up In Eastbourne - ATP World Tour

Novak Djokovic hasn’t played an ATP World Tour event on grass leading into Wimbledon since 2010, but he’s ready to try something new in hopes of a big run at the Aegon International in Eastbourne. 

After more than a decade at the top of the sport, Djokovic’s tournament schedule has reflected that of a man who thrives on routine and familiarity. But in his first visit to Eastbourne, the Serbian has already been enjoying the tournament amenities and charm of this seaside town.

“It's great to visit a new place and be part of a new event. We more or less have the same schedule each year, so I don't get to experience that too often,” said Djokovic. “There are a lot of matches and a lot of people coming out to watch and support the players. You can feel the appreciation for tennis that they have here. They love this event, so it's obviously a pleasure to be here.”

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Nick Kyrgios, Lleyton Hewitt hit back at Serena Williams talk - NEWS.com.au

Tennis: Nick Kyrgios blows up during loss at French Open.

Hewitt is in Kyrgios’ corner.

JOHN McEnroe has created a bit of a storm in the tennis world while promoting his new book “But Seriously”.

In it, the tennis legend calls Serena Williams the “greatest woman to play tennis”.

A fair point, given she has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles and 72 career WTA tour titles.

Given it is tennis we’re talking about, it was apt that McEnroe would follow that claim up with a backhanded compliment, saying that although Serena is the greatest female to grace the court — he feels she wouldn’t do too well against the men.

“If she was in the men’s circuit, she’d be like 700 in the world,” McEnroe said in an interview.

“That doesn’t mean she’s not like an incredible player, but the reality of what would happen on a given day — Serena could beat some players because she’s so...


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How the Lacoste Polo Shirt Modernized Tennis and Helped Shape Fashion - Adweek

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It was September 1926, and an unforgettable piece of history was about to be made at the U.S. Open. French team player René Lacoste was the No. 1 player in the world, sure to command attention as he stepped onto the grass court of the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. But while Lacoste would win in mixed doubles that year, it was another play that would have the most lasting impact: When the 22-year-old Lacoste appeared at the service line, he was wearing a polo shirt.

That was a big deal. Until this time, players wore “tennis whites”—slacks and long-sleeve shirts (with neckties, no less). But Lacoste insisted on being stylish as well as comfortable. Whatever fuss ensued was over before long. “Soon,” Lacoste would later remember, “everybody was wearing them.”

The Logo: Interchangeably known as the alligator and the crocodile (it’s really a...

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Tennis - Germany launches quest for new Wimbledon contenders - SBS

BERLIN (Reuters) - When Wimbledon got underway 25 years ago the reigning men's and women's champions were German but since then the country, once a tennis powerhouse, has yet to find another champion to succeed Michael Stich and Steffi Graf in London.

While German women have had two more finalists with Sabine Lisicki and Angelique Kerber at the All England club since Graf's last win there in 1996, the men have had none.

Of the seven editions of Wimbledon between 1985 to 1991 Germans Boris Becker and Michael Stich won four between them.

Apart from his three Wimbledon crowns Becker also won two Australian Open titles and one U.S. Open in his career, with no German able to emulate him or Stich since then.

"With an output of altogether four Wimbledon men's singles titles between 1985 and 1991, Michael Stich and Boris Becker certainly defined an era in German tennis history," German...


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Barty set for career-high tennis ranking - SBS

Australian Ashleigh Barty will achieve a career-high world ranking of 54 after reaching the final of the WTA tournament in Birmingham.

Ashleigh Barty will head to Wimbledon next week with a career-high world ranking of 54.

The Australian was outplayed in her tough three-set loss to Petra Kvitova in the final of the WTA grasscourt event in Birmingham on Sunday.

But her progression to the decider, which included upset wins over top-25 players Garbine Muguruza and Barbora Strycova, improved her win-loss singles record this year to 24-10.

Barty started the year as the world No.271 in her full-time comeback following a break from tennis in 2015.

Barty conceded only one point in her opening four service games against Kvitova, breaking the two-time Wimbledon champion in the third game before taking the first set.

But her Czech opponent's explosive serve ultimately proved too much in the 4-6...


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Roger Federer warms up for Wimbledon with 92nd career title - ESPN

Federer: I don't know if I'll ever win this again (1:24)

Roger Federer talked described his happiness at winning his ninth Gerry Weber Open in Halle, as he builds up towards Wimbledon. (1:24)

11:07 PM GMT
  • Associated Press

HALLE, Germany -- Roger Federer defeated Germany's Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 to win the Gerry Weber Open for the ninth time on Sunday and claim his 92nd career title.

Playing in his 140th career final, Federer saved the only break point he faced and converted four of his eight opportunities to clinch his 92nd career title in 53 minutes.

"I played unbelievably well. I felt good and never let up," said Federer, who dropped just nine points on his serve. "It was my best game this week. Nearly everything worked out for me."

Federer, who skipped the clay-court season after winning the Miami Open in early April, claimed his fourth title of the year, matching Rafael...


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Nick Kyrgios hits back at Serena Williams talk - NEWS.com.au

Tennis: Nick Kyrgios blows up during loss at French Open.

Nick Kyrgios.

JOHN McEnroe has created a bit of a storm in the tennis world while promoting his new book “But Seriously”.

In it, the tennis legend calls Serena Williams the “greatest woman to play tennis”.

A fair point, given she has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles and 72 career WTA tour titles.

Given it is tennis we’re talking about, it was apt that McEnroe would follow that claim up with a backhanded compliment, saying that although Serena is the greatest female to grace the court — he feels she wouldn’t do too well against the men.

“If she was in the men’s circuit, she’d be like 700 in the world,” McEnroe said in an interview.

“That doesn’t mean she’s not like an incredible player, but the reality of what would happen on a given day — Serena could beat some players because she’s so incredibly strong...


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No Frills, No Crowds, No Money: The Lonely Road to Tennis Glory - New York Times

Racket strings can be another hidden cost. Each tournament provides a stringer, but stringing costs $20 per racket. Wozniak said she took six rackets and 30 reels of polyester string, also provided free by Yonex, to each tournament. Until this year with Yonex, she was spending $90 per package for gut strings and stringing three to six rackets per match.

Wozniak can detail every aspect of her routine and recall every expense.

She began playing tennis at 3 in Blainville, Quebec, outside Montreal, so none of this labor is new. In many ways, her current life mirrors her old one as a junior, except that now she is alone.

As a promising youngster, Wozniak was coached by her father, Antoni, a mechanic, who kept their Nissan Micra running years past its normal life expectancy. He drove it across North America and back, seemingly dozens of times, to ferry his daughter to junior amateur...


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Novak Djokovic 'struggling' in toughest year as a tennis player - BBC Sport

Djokovic is a three-time champion at Wimbledon
Eastbourne 2017
Venue: Devonshire Park, Eastbourne Date: 26 June -1 July Coverage: Live across BBC TV, radio and online

Twelve-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic says this year has been his toughest in tennis, as he prepares for his first match at Eastbourne.

World number four Djokovic has slipped out of the top two in the rankings for the first time since 2011.

Eastbourne will be the first grass-court tournament the 30-year-old has played before Wimbledon since 2010.

"I've been struggling with the level of tennis," he told BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller.

The Serb, who will face Canada's Vasek Pospisil on Tuesday in the second round, added: "I've never experienced this particular situation since I started playing professional tennis. I was very fortunate to experience upwards direction in terms of results and...


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Edmund stunned by Evans' tennis suspension - SBS

Kyle Edmund says he was lost for his words after hearing his fellow English tennis player Dan Evans had failed a drugs test.

British No.2 Kyle Edmund admits he was lost for his words after hearing his compatriot Dan Evans had failed a drugs test.

Evans announced on Friday he had tested positive for cocaine at the Barcelona Open in April and the 27-year-old could now be banned for up to four years by the International Tennis Federation.

Edmund knows Evans well from their exploits together for Britain in the Davis Cup, with the pair leading the charge in January against Canada in the absence of Andy Murray.

"I haven't spoken to him. I don't think anyone has spoken to him to be honest," Edmund said.

"I haven't seen him, first of all, he's obviously not around at the tournaments.

"The only way I could have spoken to him is maybe sent him a text but I haven't sent him a text just because...


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Tennis stars take over ESPN Fame 100 list - Baseline

Roger Federer, of course, leads the way. (AP)

ESPN's vaunted Fame 100 roster was released recently, and tennis stars make up a solid tenth of the entries.

That's 10 overall rungs on this ladder of 100 athletes, including (in descending order) Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Kei Nishikori, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Caroline Wozniacki and Eugenie Bouchard. Their individual and collective showings ring as quite impressive given the mammoth followings in team sports such as basketball, American football, soccer, baseball and hockey.

What matters at the outset with click-baiting lists such as these are the methodologies in play. For ESPN's Fame game, Forbes' recent highest-earning athletes list was pulled in immediately, which makes sense given that both lineups feature the same top four sportsmen, namely Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James,...


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Tennis star Dan Evans in drugs test scandal - NEWS.com.au

Tennis: Roger Federer is still on track to claim his ninth Jerry Weber Open title - he defeated defending champ Florian Myer in the quarters.

Crossroads.

BRITISH tennis star Dan Evans has sensationally revealed he failed a drugs test for cocaine in April.

The 27-year-old Birmingham player called a press conference in a hotel close to Queens Club this afternoon, where he made the shock announcement, The Sun reports.

He said: “This is a very difficult day for me and I wanted to come here in person to tell you guys face to face.

“I was notified a few days ago that I failed a drugs test in April where I tested positive for cocaine.

“It’s really important you know this was taken out of competition and the context was completely unrelated to tennis.

“I made a mistake and I must face up to it. I do not condone for one second to anyone that this was acceptable...


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Insider Analysis: Comeback Kvitova inspires en route to Birmingham victory - WTA Tennis

WTA Insider breaks down the main takeaways from Petra Kvitova's emphatic comeback win at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, and what it means for the field heading into the Wimbledon Championships.

BIRMINGHAM, Great Britain - Petra Kvitova came to the Aegon Classic in hopes of getting some good matches in on grass ahead of her beloved Wimbledon. She walked away with her first grass court title since winning Wimbledon in 2014. The Czech lefty made good on her wildcard entry into Birmingham, rallying to beat No.77 Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win her first title of 2017 in just her second tournament back since the horrible attack in her home seven months ago.

"I didn't expect this in my second tournament after my comeback," Kvitova said after the match. "So yeah, I think it's kind of a fairytale."

Two takeaways from Kvitova's Birmingham triumph:

Rather improbably, Kvitova is now...


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Anyone for equality? Unseen archive featuring Sue Barker shows how tennis served women's cause - Telegraph.co.uk

A model is seen demonstrating how to bend down to pick up a ball without showing her knickers, with the garment described by the BFI as the “height of sportswear innovation”.

The 1922 film Tennis and How to Play It shows a glamorous Suzanne Lenglen greeting autograph hunters whilst draped in a fur coat.

Decades later, in 1955, an advert for Twink hair lotion reassures women “there’s no need to be worried about your good looks on the tennis court”, advertising a solution for “sporting types” who wanted to remain stylish.

It is followed in 1964 with an extraordinary advert promising women can “eat all the bread you want” while being a tennis ace, promising: “Eat Nimble, be nimble”.

More serious films show player Ann Jones speaking in 1968 about equal pay, arguing women should receive for two thirds of the men’s salary: an improvement from the £300 prize money for women and £1000 for...


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Roger Federer warms up for Wimbledon with 92nd career title - ESPN

Federer: I don't know if I'll ever win this again (1:24)

Roger Federer talked described his happiness at winning his ninth Gerry Weber Open in Halle, as he builds up towards Wimbledon. (1:24)

11:07 PM GMT
  • Associated Press

HALLE, Germany -- Roger Federer defeated Germany's Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 to win the Gerry Weber Open for the ninth time on Sunday and claim his 92nd career title.

Playing in his 140th career final, Federer saved the only break point he faced and converted four of his eight opportunities to clinch his 92nd career title in 53 minutes.

"I played unbelievably well. I felt good and never let up," said Federer, who dropped just nine points on his serve. "It was my best game this week. Nearly everything worked out for me."

Federer, who skipped the clay-court season after winning the Miami Open in early April, claimed his fourth title of the year, matching Rafael...


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Britain hopes Konta's cosmopolitan journey could end in glory - Eurosport.com

MANCHESTER, England, June 26 (Reuters) - Johanna Konta heads to Wimbledon as the best hope Britain has had of a women’s champion in years but while a triumph would be treated as a national success, she is in many ways the epitome of the modern cosmopolitan tennis player.

The WTA rankings are filled with players whose backgrounds do not fit easily into the national identities that Fed Cup team competition demands.

Caroline Wozniacki is a Dane of Polish extraction, Kristina Mladenovic is French but with Serbian parents and Andrea Petkovic a German born in Bosnia.

The list of players with multiple identities, either as a result of parental emigration or switching countries for sporting reasons, is long and Konta is a prime example of the tennis player whose feet are certainly not planted on just one baseline.

Konta was born in Sydney, Australia, the daughter of two Hungarians who had...


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