Australian Open 2023: Zverev, Norrie eager to ramp up their preparations in Saudi Arabia event

Zverev Alexander tennis player during the 2022/2023 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 10 match between AS Monaco and FC Bayern Munich...

Olympic champion Alexander Zverev’s long-awaited comeback from ankle surgery, after an unexpected setback, is less than a fortnight away now. He’s looking forward to returning against a competitive field for Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Tennis Cup, which includes 2021 US Open champion Daniil Medvedev and Cameron Norrie, hoping the three-day event serves him well as the British no. 1 looks to banish his historical Australian Open struggles come early 2023. Continue reading

Carlos Alcaraz aware a difficult 2023 season awaits him with newfound favourite tag

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain Carlos Alcaraz of Spain receives the trophy as best ATP player of 2022 during day four of the Nitto ATP Finals at Pala...

There’s going to be a lot of pressure and expectation on Carlos Alcaraz’s shoulders in the new year, something the Spanish teenager is aware of, but how will he handle it after his meteoric rise continued with two Masters 1000 titles and the US Open crown in an unforgettable 2022? Continue reading

ATP Finals: Djokovic outlasts Ruud to seal record-equalling sixth title, ending a memorable 2022

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning the match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Casper Ruud of Norway during day eight of the Nitto...

2022 started with the now-former world no. 1 being embarrassed in Australia, deported as he prepared to defend his Grand Slam title – an easy target for vilification worldwide given his vaccination stance. It ends with Novak Djokovic clinching a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title despite Casper Ruud’s best efforts, another result during an eventful week in Turin setting up the new season perfectly with plenty of compelling questions now bubbling to the surface. Continue reading

After returning to world’s top 50 and with wife’s blessing, Andy Murray plots busy 2023 schedule

Andy Murray of Great Britain looks to return a ball against Gilles Simon of France in the first round during Day One of the Rolex Paris Masters...

After surprising many to reach the Stuttgart final back in mid-June, more injuries proved Andy Murray’s bane as the former world no. 1 struggled for consistency before eventually finishing his season with a frustrating loss by the departing Gilles Simon at the Paris Masters on October 31. He’s fully focused for 2023 and amid fitness concerns, is targeting a more active schedule.
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Record-breaker Rune stuns Djokovic in Paris; Garcia bests Swiatek slayer Sabalenka to win WTA Finals

Holger Rune of Denmark displays his trophy during the awarding ceremony after the men's singles final match between Holger Rune of Denmark and Novak...

Holger Rune, who saved three match points in the tournament’s first round, had nerves of steel under immense pressure to secure a recovery three-set victory over 21-time Major champion Novak Djokovic to cap a whirlwind week at the Paris Masters. Meanwhile overnight, Caroline Garcia pipped Iga Swiatek’s conqueror Aryna Sabalenka to win the WTA Finals in Texas.
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Simon stuns Fritz to extend his retirement party; Sakkari into semi-finals with Sabalenka win

Gilles Simon during his match against Taylor Fritz on the center court in Rolex Paris Masters tennis tournament 2022 day three.

After battling from a perilous position against Andy Murray on Monday, the retiring Gilles Simon extended his retirement party with a rousing three-set win over Tokyo champion Taylor Fritz, hours before Maria Sakkari became the first woman to secure a WTA Finals’ knockout stage berth after a 6-2, 6-4 win over Aryna Sabalenka – though the scoreline doesn’t tell the full story.
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Djokovic downs Cressy at Paris Masters; Sabalenka recovers to stifle Jabeur in WTA Finals

Novak DJOKOVIC of Serbia during the day 2 of the ATP Masters 1000 Rolex Paris Masters at AccorHotels Arena on November 1, 2022 in Paris, France.

Novak Djokovic began the defence of his Paris Masters title with a hard-fought round two victory against a stubborn Paris-born American in big-serving Maxime Cressy, 11 hours after Aryna Sabalenka recovered from the brink and battled stomach pains to beat two-time Major finalist Ons Jabeur in a three set rollercoaster on Day 1 at this year’s WTA Finals. Continue reading

Dominic Thiem ends his 2022 season exhausted, but happy with progress – as he should be

Austria's Dominic Thiem reacts during the men's singles round of 16 tennis match against Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Vienna Open tennis tournament in...

He finished just shy of his goal – a return to the world’s top 100 – but 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem is exhausted after a busy few months on tour and spoke to Austrian news this week about the progress he’s made after a troublesome time with injuries in recent seasons. All things considered, 2023 has all the ingredients of a renaissance year for the 29-year-old – with fans and critics alike purring about performances against high-ranked competition of late.
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Simona Halep drug suspension: What is Roxadustat, and what’s next for the two-time Slam champ?

Simona Halep of Romania during practice ahead of the US Open Tennis Championships at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2022...

It’s been three days since the announcement that former world no. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep has been provisionally suspended by the ITIA for doping, having tested positive for a banned substance in Roxadustat at the US Open – something she was notified of on October 7. The 31-year-old Romanian has described what is to come as the hardest match of her life, fighting for the truth. So with all of that in mind, what’s next for her? Continue reading

Tennis round-up: Swiatek seals 8th title of 2022, Bencic’s coaching change and Zverev update

Iga Swiatek of Poland clebebrates with the trophy after defeating Donna Vekic of Czech Republic in the women's singles final during the San Diego...

Iga Swiatek made more history after storming past Donna Vekic in their deciding set, clinching the San Diego title in the early hours Monday – while Olympic champion Belinda Bencic has been revealed as Dmitry Tursunov’s new coaching assignment after the Russian opted against continuing his trial stint with Emma Raducanu. Speaking of Olympic gold medallists, Alexander Zverev’s injury recovery is taking longer than expected, but reportedly for a good reason. Continue reading

Japan Open: Tiafoe outlasts Kwon after topsy-turvy clash, friend Fritz awaits in Sunday’s final

Frances Tiafoe of the United States celebrates winning Soonwoo Kwon of Republic of Korea during on day six of the Rakuten Japan Open at Ariake...

Frances Tiafoe will contest his second ATP final of 2022 after enduring a rollercoaster ride to eventually overcome Soonwoo Kwon 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 in their Japan Open semi-final. He’ll play Taylor Fritz in Sunday’s showpiece event, after his compatriot and friend similarly did things the hard way to extinguish Denis Shapovalov’s hopes of securing consecutive tour-level finals. Continue reading