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Tennis players losing all sense of enjoyment but the show must go on

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Benoît Paire’s blow-up in Argentina showed the mental toll of the pandemic but contracts still have to be fulfilledIn the last 16 at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires this month, all hell broke loose in the form of a...

Lleyton Hewitt’s son Cruz, 12, wins Australian junior tennis clay-court title

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Cruz Hewitt has added more tennis silverware to the family’s stash, watched on by his dad, former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt, as he breezed to the Australian under-12 clay court title. The 12-year-old did not drop a se...

Teo Davidov, the ambidextrous youth tennis star who doesn’t hit backhands

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Ten-year-old Teodor Davidov took the internet by storm a couple of weeks ago when a clip of him showcasing his ambidextrous tennis playing style circulated across social media. The young talent from Denver, Colorado,...

Tennis Elbow review – rambunctious ride through an awful artist’s life

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In 1977, John Byrne staged his debut play, Writer’s Cramp, a riotous pastiche on the life of an author and painter which filled the rafters at its Edinburgh fringe venue. The story followed Francis Seneca McDade, born...

Brilliant Ash Barty in a tennis bubble all of her own after reaching Madrid final

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Ash Barty is living in a bubble at the moment – and appears to be playing in a world of her own too. Australia’s extraordinary champion has made it to another major final, successfully negotiating the difficulties of ...

Tennis Elbow review – a nonstop rally of jokes

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Pell-mell, helter skelter, the joshing wordplay rains down. No chance for parody is resisted, no phrase left unturned. Tennis Elbow is the work of a tremendously inventive comic playwright. But the pace is relentless:...

Coco Gauff chasing tennis greatness thanks to critics and her passion

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Forthcoming. insightful, eloquent: Naomi Osaka’s media snub is a big loss for tennis

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Towards the end of last season, not long after players had returned from lockdown, the Frenchman Gaël Monfils continued to embrace his newfound hobby on the streaming website Twitch. After retiring from a match in Oct...

Andy Murray to defend Olympic tennis title at Tokyo Games

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray will defend his title in Tokyo after being named in Team GB’s team for the Tokyo Games. Murray, who won the singles competitions at London 2012 and Rio 2016, will compete in ...

Serena Williams joins growing list of tennis stars to skip Tokyo Olympics

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Serena Williams is the latest big-name tennis player to announce she will not be travelling to Tokyo for the Olympics. The 39-year-old, who has four gold medals and made her debut at the Sydney Games in 2000, had prev...

Wimbledon: how weather conditions affect tennis matches

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Every factor that could affect the outcome of a tennis match comes under minute scrutiny, including the weather. Temperature is fairly straightforward. On a hot day, the pressure inside the ball increases, it bounces ...

‘I have high standards for myself’: Emma Raducanu, Britain’s 18-year-old tennis star

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Until now, only the tennis obsessed might have heard of Emma Raducanu, the wildcard 18-year-old who is the last British woman standing in Wimbledon’s singles draw. But her second-round victory against her Czech oppone...

Grounded and meticulous Ash Barty writing tennis history of her own

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In October last year, Ash Barty walked up onto a makeshift stage on the MCG turf and presented the AFL premiership cup to the captain and coach of Richmond Football Club, the team she has supported all her life. Tenni...

Konta and Federer become latest tennis players to pull out of Tokyo Olympics

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Johanna Konta and Roger Federer have both withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics. Konta has revealed she has been suffering with the after-effects of Covid-19 after a member of the British tennis star’s team tested positiv...

Naomi Osaka review – a poignant, painful look at the life of the tennis wunderkind

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There is a problem that sometimes afflicts documentaries about sports personalities, in that the phrase can be an oxymoron. This is not intended to be an insult: sporting excellence on an international level requires ...

Tennis star Coco Gauff out of Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19

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The Tokyo Olympics has lost one of its young stars after US tennis player Coco Gauff revealed she has been ruled out of the Games after testing positive for Covid-19. “I am so disappointed to share the news that I ha...

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