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LTA Change Wildcard Policy For British Tennis Players Competing In Wimbledon

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The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) have amended their wildcard policy which will no longer guarantee a players ranking will gain him/her automatic entry into Wimbledon. The previous system ensured players ranked within the top 250 would qualify through the wildcard policy but an LTA spokesman revealed players will now be selected based on who they feel will perform well. “This year, in agreement with the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the LTA will not be using ATP and WTA rankings [250 for singles …

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34 is the new 34

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34 is the new 34 We all know the feeling. Those days when you get up and feel like there is nothing left in your tank. This feeling may hit you the hardest on Monday mornings but quickly subsides after a hit of caffeine. For Venus Williams, the exhaustion never seems to go away, 34 is the new 34 Once the best woman tennis player in the world, Venus suffers from Sjogren’s syndrome — an autoimmune disorder that leaves her …

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The Man Who Has Won It All

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Roger Federer became the most successful tennis player to have ever walked the earth after he won the Davis Cup with Switzerland. The 33-year-old Swiss has won 17 Grand Slam Titles, an Olympic gold medal and now the Davis Cup. Switzerland beat France 3-1 overall as Federer beat Richard Gasquet to put his country in front with an unassailable lead. The story however could have been very different after Federer lost his first game against Gael Monfils, playing n what …

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Roger Federer Sends Andy Murray Crashing Out of the ATP World Tour Finals

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After the effort Andy Murray put in to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals, he will probably be waking up this morning wishing he hadn’t bothered, following a crushing defeat at the hands of Roger Federer. This has to rank as one of the worst defeats of his career. Murray’s dream of winning the ATP World Tour Finals came to a shuddering end last night at the O2 Arena against Roger Federer. Andy Murray now has the unwanted tag …

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Red Hot Novak Djokovic the Worthy Favourite for ATP World Tour Finals

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The glitz and the glamour of the ATP Tour arrives in London this weekend with the O2 getting ready to host the prestigious World Tour Finals with the best eight players on the planet set to do battle and Novak Djokovic to take centre stage. It has been another thrilling season in Men’s ATP tennis and the next week in London should be a fitting way to put the campaign to bed. Only Rafa Nadal will be missing of the …

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Jordanne Whiley: Grand Slam Tennis Champion

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You may not have heard of Jordanne Whiley. Despite being born with brittle bone disease she has overcome this obstacle – and others – to become a tennis champion.  Here she reminisces about her time at school – the bullying that she endured until she was twelve when she went to her first tennis camp. It didn’t take her long to get to grips with the sport and by the time she was 14 she had claimed her fist senior …

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Li Na, the Woman Who Changed the Game of Tennis, Retires

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Describing the exit of Li Na from the sport of tennis feels like an obituary for many. Plagued by knee injuries throughout her career, the 32 year-old finally hangs up her racquet this past Friday, leaving the tennis world with a sudden void that seems impossible to fill. Most are still in shock from reading her announcement to retire in an emotional letter posted on Facebook. “Too soon”, “too abrupt,” and “too overwhelming” are just some of the many statements journalists …

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Caroline Wozniacki Continues Winning Streak In Montreal

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Caroline Wozniacki is showing great form in the WTA-tournament in Montreal, Rogers Cup. On Thursday evening she beat the unseeded american Shelby Rogers, who somewhat surprising beat the world number 8, Eugenie Bouchard, in the second round of the tournament. Wozniacki beat Rogers with the score of 6-1, 6-0, and the match only lasted 56 minutes. She is now ready to face the winner of the match between Serena Williams and Lucie Safaravo, which will probably be Williams. A real …

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Happy Birthday Roger Federer! The Legend Turns 33

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To be even competitive after turning 30 in professional tennis, let alone winning, demands something special. But this man is beyond special. Managing 4 kids and winning matches on the Tour simultaneously can be tough, but Roger does it with aplomb. He is the reason why millions of people watch the sport and small children picked up a tennis racquet . He is an inspiration to millions and is a true ambassador for the sport.He makes tennis look so simple …

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Djokovic Survives Second Round Scare, Wins Classic in 3 sets

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Playing his first match as a married man, Mr. Novak Djokovic survives a tough second round match against the Frenchman Gael Monfils in the Toronto Rogers Cup. The recent Wimbledon champion needed three sets to defeat Monfils, after winning 6-2, 6-7, 7-6 in 2 hours and 40 minutes. Djokovic, a three-time Rogers cup champion, took the first set comfortably, with a 78% first serve percentage and serving 5 aces. However,in the second set Monfils looked much stronger and more comfortable …

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Comeback Queen Maria Sharapova Strikes Again

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Playing in her first match since losing in the 4th round of Wimbledon, Maria Sharapova took the centre stage against the Spanish player Garbine Muguruza in the Montreal Rogers Cup. Battling through in 2 hours and 11 minutes, Maria Sharapova won the encounter, taking the match 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. From the start Sharapova looked uncomfortable and rusty. She started the match serving two straight double faults and handed the game to her 20-year-old opponent. Sharapova would continue to hit 5 more …

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Murray To Face Kyrgios In Second Round

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Andy Murray, seeded eighth, will face teenage superstar Nick Kyrgios in a mouth-watering second round contest in the Rogers Cup in Toronto today. The Brit was one of the most vocal supporters of Kyrgios in June this year when the teenager made it to his first Wimbledon Championships on the back of a win in the Nottingham challenger tournament. He went on to call him “the next big Aussie”. The British No.1, twice the winner of Rogers Cup, hasn’t had the …

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Bouchard Disappoints in Hometown Opener

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Eugenie Bouchard, the top ranked Canadian player, loses to qualifier Shelby Rogers 6-0, 2-6, 6-0 in the Montreal Rogers Cup during the second round. The crowd was packed with Bouchard fans, or better known as “Genie Army,” some even travelled all the way from Australia to watch her play. However, Bouchard was not able to meet her high expectations. Having recently reached the Wimbledon final last month, the 5th-seeded 20-year-old  was quickly overpowered in the first set by the American. Bouchard …

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Canadian Invasion

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In Washington D.C during the past week, Canadians invaded the tennis courts, further stamping their dominance in the ranks of men. The first in ATP history, two male Canadians met in the finals of a tour event. Milos Raonic took on fellow countryman Vasek Pospisil. Of the two, many consider Milos to be next great thing on the tour. However, both have great potential to create waves of intrigue coming into Toronto, their native tournament, this week. Milos has already …

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Andy Murray Crashes Out In The Quarter Finals Of Wimbledon

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Defending champion Andy Murray has been knocked out of Wimbledon after losing in straight sets to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. The Scot was comfortably beaten 6-1, 7-6, 6-2  and now Dimitrov plays 2011 winner Novak Djokovic in the Semi Finals. Djokovic overcame hard hitter Marin Cilic in a heated contest that ended  6-1, 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.  With Murray and Nadal both out, Djokovic is the hot favourite to win this year’s competition as he looks to add his second Wimbledon championship to his already impressive …

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Can Andy Murray Retain His Wimbledon Crown?

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Andy Murray was the pride of the nation 12 months ago as he lifted the coveted Wimbledon crown and the Scot will now return to SW19 as the reigning champion and will look to emulate the great Fred Perry by winning back-to-back Wimbledon crowns, but as always, the British star will have the usual suspects to beat in what is a mouth-watering competition. Murray’s three-set demolition of Novak Djokovic in a sensational showpiece on Centre Court had the whole of …

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Rafael Nadal Wins 9th French Open Championship In 10 years

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Rafael Nadal won his fifth consecutive French Open title after beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. It was the 42nd time the two legends had bashed rackets but It was Nadal who came out victorious, winning in dramatic style after losing the first set 6-3. Nadal claims a record-breaking 9th French Open Championship and ends a four match losing streak to the Serbian. After losing the first set, Nadal came out in the second playing much more aggressively and broke Djokovic to go 4-2 up. …

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Rafael Nadal Through To The French Open Final

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Rafael Nadal sealed his place in the French Open Final where he will meet second seed Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard took the spoils in straight sets winning 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 and will look to win his 9th Roland Garros title in 10 years. Nadal raced into a 3-0 lead, breaking Murray in his first service game and went on to take the set 6-3 in a dominating display. The 28 year old continued his domination into the second set, hopelessly outclassing …

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Rafa Nadal Looking To Continue French Open Domination with Ninth Roland Garros Victory

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Rafa Nadal’s dominance at Roland Garros has seen the sensational Spaniard notch eight French Open victories in the last nine years. But the left-handed warrior will head into the second Grand Slam of 2014 having lost to Novak Djokovic in the Italian Open and Rafa Nadal will be attempting to regain his supremacy on the clay when the tournament gets under way on Sunday. Serbian hotshot Djokovic has never managed to get his hands on the coveted French Open trophy, …

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Chris Evert

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The lady whose graceful postered form plastered the bedroom walls of many a teenage boy back in the 1970s, Chris Evert is a former World Number 1 tennis player.  From the US, she won an incredible eighteen Grand Slam singles championships. She holds a number of records, too – six wins at the US Open and a Magnificent Seven at the French Open. She was the world number one in at least five years (75 — 77, 80-81) and according …

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