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Fit in my 40s: I suck at table tennis. Instead, here are my final seven fitness lessons

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It was shortly after the table tennis, in which Chinese player battled Chinese player to the final victory of Ma Long in the Tokyo Olympics, when Sophy, my informal instructor, taught me and my son some basics. Everyo...

Alexander Zverev secures historic Olympic tennis title for Germany

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Alexander Zverev followed up his upset of Novak Djokovic by becoming the first German man to win a singles gold medal in Olympic tennis with victory over Karen Khachanov. Having ensured his countrywoman Steffi Graf re...

Emma Raducanu makes tennis history with US Open final win

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There are so many basic milestones that Emma Raducanu has not yet recorded in a professional tennis career that only began in full three months ago. She has never been a direct entrant to a grand slam main draw, she i...

Tennis must keep making noise about Peng Shuai to put pressure on China

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Huang Xueqin was only ever trying to make her world a better place. Over the years she has become well known as a bold Chinese feminist activist and journalist who has aided survivors of sexual assault and wrote detai...

ATP calls time on toilet breaks in new guidelines for men’s tennis

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Strict new guidelines on toilet breaks during matches have been sent to players by the ATP after growing calls to make lengthy visits to the bathroom a thing of the past. The guidelines for the men’s game will limit b...

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai tells IOC she is ‘safe and well’

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The Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai said she was safe and well in a video call on Sunday, the International Olympic Committee has said, amid growing international demands for assurances that she is free and not under t...

Peng Shuai: WTA says Chinese tennis star’s call with IOC chief is not enough

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Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai’s video call with the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) does not address or alleviate the Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) concern about her wellbeing, the WTA sai...

Citizen Ashe: The quiet heroism and triumph of a tennis champion

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Confidence fueled Arthur Ashe’s success in tennis. If he was confident enough, he said, he could hit the ball backwards. In 1968, he had plenty of forward momentum, going two months without losing a match. At that yea...

The disappearance of Peng Shuai: what happened to the Chinese tennis star?

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Peng Shuai, 35, is one of China’s most recognisable sporting stars. The former tennis doubles World No 1, she also reached No 14 in the singles rankings, and won two women’s doubles grand slams at Wimbledon in 2013 an...

China must answer serious questions about tennis star Peng Shuai, Australia says

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Chinese authorities must answer serious concerns about the tennis star Peng Shuai’s welfare, the Australian government has said. The intervention comes as human rights activists and an independent senator step up call...

Emma Raducanu stresses ‘patience’ as she grows into top-level tennis

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As Emma Raducanu completes her preparations before returning to competition in her first professional tournament on Romanian soil in Cluj-Napoca, she has stressed the need for patience with her career as she continues...

Johanna Konta can leave professional tennis knowing she gave everything

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As the 2015 tennis season began six years ago, Johanna Konta’s name was nowhere to be seen on any main-draw sheet. Six months earlier she had briefly reached the top 100 for the first time in her career but, as had be...

Australian Open: no exemptions for unvaccinated tennis players, premier says

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The Victorian government will not apply for exemptions for unvaccinated players travelling from overseas to appear at next year’s Australian Open, the state’s premier has said. Daniel Andrews said refusing to consider...

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...

Marketa Vondrousova and Belinda Bencic reach women’s tennis final

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Marketa Vondrousova and Belinda Bencic will face each other in the women’s tennis singles gold medal match. Vondrousova, who toppled second-seeded Naomi Osaka in the third round, continued to back up that big win by o...

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