Tennis

Injured Tipsarevic pulls out of Chennai Open

Janko-TipsarevicChennai, Dec 25 : Defending champion Janko Tipsarevic from Serbia has withdrawn from the Aircel ATP Chennai Open Tennis tournament due to a rupture on the heel tendon he sustained in Valencia in October this year.

The World No. 36 said in a statement here that he is still to recover fully from the two-month-old injury.

The 29-year-old Tipsarevic has been a regular at the Aircel Chennai Open and one of the tournament's favourites.

Tipsarevic had earlier confirmed his presence at the $450,000 tournament to be held here from Dec 30 to Jan 5 and kick-start his new season.

Federer tweets about arrival of second child in 2014

Roger FedererWashington, Dec 25 - Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer has reportedly said on Twitter that he and his wife Mirka are expecting another child next year.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner, who has spent more weeks at No. 1 than anyone else in the history of the ATP rankings, is the father of twin daughters Charlene and Myla, who were born in July 2009.

According to the Huffington Post, Federer tweeted that he and Mirka are happy to share the news that their daughters would be 'big sisters' in 2014.

Federer's agent confirmed to the media that the tweet is legitimate, the report added. (ANI)

'Fearless' Sabine Lisicki says ready to face Serena in Brisbane International

Sabine-LisickiSydney, Dec 24 : German tennis ace Sabine Lisicki has said that she does not fear anyone as she prepared for her upcoming rematch with women's world number one Serena Williams in the Australian Open warm-up - the Brisbane International, starting this weekend.

Lisicki is best remembered this year for toppling red-hot favourite Williams before suffering her Wimbledon final loss to French veteran Marion Bartoli, and she announced herself as a force to be reckoned with after becoming the first German to reach the Wimbledon final since 22-time grand slam winner Steffi Graf in 1999.

Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams win ITF World Champions Award

Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams win ITF World Champions AwardJohannesburg, Dec 19 - Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are the International Tennis Federation's world champions for 2013, according to reports.

According to Sport24, Djokovic captured the men's award for the third successive year, and Williams took the honor for the fourth time.

Djokovic started the year by winning a third straight Australian Open and was runner-up at Wimbledon and the U. S. Open, the report said.

Nadal wins charity poker tournament in Prague

Rafael NadalJohannesburg, Dec 14 - Rafael Nadal showed he was not tired of dethroning world number one players when he saw off Daniel Negreanu to win a charity poker tournament in Prague on Thursday, according to reports.

According to Sport24, the 100,000-euro tournament was the first-ever live poker event for the 27-year-old Spaniard, who had stripped Serbia's Novak Djokovic of the world's top spot in tennis this year.

Nadal has been a fervent poker player since a knee injury sidelined him from his day job last year, but had so far only played in online poker tournaments, the report said.

Wimbledon Champion Murray named SJA Sportsman of the Year

Andy MurrayLondon, Dec 13 - Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray kicked off what is sure to be a busy awards season by winning the Sports Journalists' Association sportsman of the year award, according to reports.

According to the Guardian, the world No4 beat Novak Djokovic to end Britain's 77-year wait for a male singles champion at Wimbledon this summer.

Murray, who is hot favourite to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, won the sportsman of the year gong at the SJA awards dinner in central London on Thursday afternoon, the report said.

'Favourite' Murray to miss BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards

Andy MurrayLondon, Dec 11 - Andy Murray will not attend this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards as he continues his rehabilitation from back surgery, according to reports.

According to the BBC, the Wimbledon champion, one of 10 nominees for the main award on Sunday, says he has to 'sacrifice' being at the ceremony in Leeds to ensure he is fit for January's Australian Open .

He said that he had a great relationship with the BBC, from the recent documentary to his regular columns throughout the year and he does not want this to be seen as a snub.

Tennis player Tomic satisfied with new coach

Bernard-TomicSydney, Dec 9 : Australia's leading tennis player Bernard Tomic is satisfied with his new coach Velimir Zovko of Croatia.

Tomic has appointed Zovko as his coach for the 2014 season while his father and coach John Tomic serves the remainder of a ban for assaulting his former training partner.

The 21-year-old Australian said Zovko arrived in Australia last week and he has started to gel well with his father.

"He is starting to get into a good bond with my dad and team," Tomic told Channel Seven's Sunrise program Monday.

Serena Williams named WTA Player Of Year

Serena-WilliamsWashington, Nov 23 : World No. 1 women's tennis player Serena Williams was named WTA Player Of The Year.

The 32-year-old won 78 out of her 82 matches, procuring 11 titles including the US Open and the French Open in the 2013 season, reports Xinhua.

She had earlier become the oldest world No. 1 in WTA history.

It is the fifth time Williams has been named the WTA Player Of The Year. She had received the honour in 2002, 2008, 2009 and 2012. (IANS)

Murray back on tennis court for first time since back surgery

Andy MurrayLondon, Nov 20 - Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray has posted a picture showing him practicing on a tennis court in Miami, raising hopes that he is on the road to recovery after back surgery.

According to the Guardian, the world No 4 put the photograph on his Facebook page together with a caption, which expressed his delight to be hitting for the first time since September's operation.

Murray wrote that the sun was shining; he was back on the courts, adding that it was a good day.

Murray has not played since losing in the quarterfinals of the US Open to Stanislas Wawrinka in early September, the report said.

Nadal maintains top spot on ATP men's tennis rankings

Rafael-NadalJohannesburg, Nov 19 : Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal has maintained his position on top of the newest men's tennis rankings issued by the ATP.

The Spaniard ensured he would end the year as world number one with victory over Stanislas Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals in London on November 6.

According to Sport24, Nadal went on to lose the final to Djokovic, but on 13,030 points could be overtaken by the Serb, who is on 1, 260 at the second, with Spain's David Ferrer third on 5,800 points.

Czechs grab doubles win over Serbia in Davis Cup final

Czechs grab doubles win over Serbia in Davis Cup finalBelgrade, Nov 17 - The Czech duo of Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek dominated Saturday's doubles in the Davis Cup final, scoring a surprisingly comfortable 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory over the Serbian team of Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac.

With the win at the Kombank Arena in Belgrade, the defending champion Czechs took a 2-1 overall lead in the tie and can now successfully defend their title with one singles victory Sunday.

Czech Republic, Serbia tied 1-1 in Davis Cup final

Czech Republic, Serbia tied 1-1 in Davis Cup finalJohannesburg, Nov 16 (ANI): As Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych won their matches in straight sets, Serbia and defending champions, the Czech Republic were tied 1-1 after the first day of the Davis Cup final on Friday.

According to Sport24, Djokovic, the world number two and recently-crowned ATP World Tour Finals champion, first beat 44th-ranked veteran Radek Stepanek, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4, in two hours and 10 minutes.

Djokovic beats Nadal to win ATP World Tour Finals

Novak DjokovicWashington, Nov 12 - Defending champion Novak Djokovic has defeated top-ranked Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to win the ATP World Tour Finals.

According to ABC News, this extends Djokovic's winning streak to 22 matches and he claimed the elite season-ending title for the third time.

Djokovic, who has not lost a match since his defeat to Nadal in the U. S. Open final, returned superbly from the start to move his Spanish rival around the court and prevent him from dictating the points, the report said.

Nadal beats Berdych to enter semi-finals

Rafael NadalLondon, Nov 9 : World No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych for the 16th straight time to qualify for the semi-finals from Group A with a perfect 3-0 record at the ATP World Tour Finals here Friday.

Nadal, who had already sealed his berth, helped seventh seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switerland to qualify for the semi-finals. Berdych needed to beat Nadal to ensure his spot in the last four, reported Xinhua.

"Stan came to the locker room and said good luck. I said I would try my best. It's a good result for Stan. He's good friend of mine," said Nadal.

Djokovic seals semis spot in ATP World Tour Finals by beating Del Potro

Novak DjokovicLondon, Nov 8 - Defending champion Novak Djokovic has sealed his place in the semi-finals of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals by beating Argentine star Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 3-6 6-3 in London on Thursday.

The Serbian star, who achieved his 19th consecutive win since losing to Rafael Nadal in the US Open final in September, became the second player after the world number one to reach the last four at the tournament.

According to the BBC, Del Potro and Swiss ace Roger Federer will battle for the second Group B qualification place on Saturday.

Nadal seals year-end world No. 1

Nadal seals year-end world No. 1London, Nov 7 - Rafael Nadal sealed the year-end No. 1 ranking for the third time by edging Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) at the ATP World Tour Finals Wednesday.

Nadal also qualified for the semi-finals of the event with two straight wins in Group A. He had crushed fellow Spaniard Ferrer in straight sets, reported Xinhua.

Tomas Berdych kept his hope of qualifying alive by upsetting third seed David Ferrer.

Berdych, the fifth seed and losing to Wawrinka in his first match, cruised to a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ferrer.

Del Potro rallies to beat Gasquet at ATP World Tour Finals

Juan-Martin-Del-PotroLondon, Nov 5 : Fourth seed Juan Martin Del Potro fought back from a set down to beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the first match of Group B at the ATP World Tour Finals here.

The Argentine big server took two hours and 23 minutes Monday to defeat the eighth seed 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-5, reports Xinhua.

The win was crucial for Del Potro, who faces defending champion Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the other two group matches.

Del Potro came to London following two victories last month in Tokyo and Basel. He also beat Rafael Nadal to make the final of the Shanghai Masters.

Wawrinka beats Berdych in ATP World Tour Finals opener

Wawrinka beats Berdych in ATP World Tour Finals openerLondon, Nov 5 - Seventh seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland stunned fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych in the opening game of the ATP World Tour Finals here Monday.

Wawrinka, qualifying for the season-ending tournament for the first time, won 6-3, 6-7 (7-0), 6-3 in two hours and 25 minutes, reported Xinhua.

The Swiss rose to fame in this year's US Open where he defeated Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.

"It was a dream come true to win on my debut here," the world number eight said after the match.

Guthrie 'surprised' at maintaining lead in BMW Masters despite 'difficult' second day

Luke GuthrieJohannesburg, Oct 26 - American golfer Luke Guthrie has admitted that he is surprised after he managed to stretch his lead by four shots after two rounds of the BMW Masters in Shanghai on Friday, although he failed to come close to repeating his first-day heroics.

Guthrie shot a one-under-par 71 after his impressive 65 on Thursday to maintain a four-shot lead on a second day of cold winds gusting up to 35 mph across the Lake Malaren layout.

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