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The Great What If No More: Monfils is more than good enough for tennis 17.2.2020 Articles by Steve Tignor
“The Great What If.” That was the title of a post I wrote about Gael Monfils seven years ago, after he squandered a two-set lead to Tommy Robredo in the fourth round at the French Open. The Parisian native had, not for the first time, raised the hopes and voices of his home fans with his acrobatic brilliance, only to dash them again when he tripped himself up a few steps short of the finish line. Of course, The Great What If referred to more than just one of Monfils’ matches. For years, many of us wondered, “What if he had become No. 1 in the world?” What if he had been a dominant champion rather than a mercurial talent? Would he have broadened tennis’s appeal, or changed its image around the world? I wondered it again at the US Open in 2014, when Monfils built a two-set lead on Roger Federer, had NBA star Kevin Garnett leaping out of his luxury-box suite to cheer him on, reached match point twice—and ultimately folded in five. Watching Monfils this Sunday, six years after that memorable night in New ...
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Dubai Tennis Championships: Clijsters Faces Tough Return Against Bertens 15.2.2020 NDTV Sports - Latest
Kim Clijsters, a four-time Grand Slam singles champion, has not competed on Tour since the 2012 US Open.
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If You Can Make It Here: A closer look at how New York Open is doing 14.2.2020 Articles by Steve Tignor
“We like to say that the U.S. tennis season starts in New York and ends in New York,” Peter Lebedevs says. Technically, Lebedevs, a former pro and veteran ATP tournament director from Australia, is correct. The first event of 2020 that’s played in the States takes place this week at the New York Open on Long Island; the last one will finish in early September a few miles to the west, at the US Open. Geographically, the two tournaments are in the same state, but from every other perspective they exist in different pro-tennis universes. The US Open, which began in 1881, is one of the world’s best-attended and most lucrative annual sporting events. The New York Open, which began in 2018, is still in the process of trying to put itself on the tennis map. Finding it, on that map or any map, can be a challenge. This men’s 250-level tournament, which landed on Long Island after 43 years in Memphis, is held at the Nassau Coliseum, an hour’s drive from Manhattan. The address is officially in Uniondale, N.Y.; in ...
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Rafael Nadal has Roger Federer Grand Slam advantage despite injury issues 11.2.2020 Daily Express :: Tennis Feed


Daniil Medvedev says Rafael Nadal can surpass Roger Federer's Grand Slam tally because he has one advantage.
Daniil Medvedev makes Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic 2020 Grand Slam call 11.2.2020 Daily Express :: Tennis Feed


Daniil Medvedev has predicted how the 2020 tennis season will pan out.
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Farah will not be banned despite positive test 10.2.2020 BBC: Front Page
Wimbledon doubles champion Robert Farah will not be banned for testing positive for a banned substance as the ITF accepts it was from contaminated meat.
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Week in Preview: Medvedev heads to Rotterdam with something to prove 10.2.2020 Articles by Steve Tignor
Draw is here Getty Images Last year in Rotterdam, Daniil Medvedev gave us a taste of what his year would be like when he reached the semifinals and lost 6-4 in the third set to eventual champion Gael Monfils. Since then, of course, Medvedev has gone on to bigger and better things, including the US Open final. This week he returns as the top seed and, on paper, the pre-tournament favorite. But he also returns with something to prove: Medvedev’s fourth-round loss to Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open was something of a disappointment, one that he could put behind him with a win here.  Something similar might be said for No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who also had a breakout 2019, and who also went out surprisingly early in Melbourne, to Milos Raonic. But if Medvedev or Tsitsipas are going to get their mojo back in Rotterdam, they’ll have to earn it. This is the only 500-level event this week, and it has the draw to show for it: Monfils, Andrey Rublev, Roberto Bautista Agut, Fabio Fognini, David Goffin, ...
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Clijsters comeback to begin in Dubai, reveals four-time slam champion 9.2.2020 Tennis: Live Tennis Scores, News, Results, Players, Schedule, Videos - myKhel
Dubai, February 9: Kim Clijsters will launch her comeback to the WTA Tour at the Dubai Tennis Championships this month. The 36-year-old Belgian, who won three US Open titles and an Australian Open before retiring in 2012, revealed in
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Australian Open Postscript: Where do we stand after one Grand Slam? 7.2.2020 Articles by Steve Tignor
In all probability, it will be a while before anything of historical significance happens again in tennis in 2020. The tours won’t gather for another all-hands-on-deck dual-gender event until they get to Indian Wells in March, and we won’t learn the results from the next Grand Slam until Roland Garros ends in June. Which means that the Australian Open, as it always does, will have an outsized effect on how we think about 2020. By the time the season is over, of course, it will be hard to recall anything that happened in Melbourne. (“Did Sofia Kenin really win,” we may find ourselves asking in October. “Was that this year?”) But for the next month, at the very least, it will be all we have to go on. So where did the Australian Open leave us, and how did it shift our expectations for 2020 from where they were on January 1st? Here’s a look at where seven of the game’s major players stand as they return from their summers Down Under. Novak Djokovic   Djokovic’s Aussie Open win was less about where he stands ...
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Roger Federer drops major retirement announcement ahead of Rafael Nadal charity clash 6.2.2020 Daily Express :: Tennis Feed


Roger Federer has dropped a fresh retirement announcement ahead of his charity match, The Match In Africa, against Rafael Nadal in South Africa this week, claiming that he remains happy, and isn't planning to give up tennis any time soon.
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Dominic Thiem named as heir to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's throne 5.2.2020 Daily Express :: Tennis Feed


Dominic Thiem cemented his position as the best player outside of the ‘Big Three'.
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Serena Williams urged to make changes amid ongoing Grand Slam struggles 5.2.2020 Daily Express :: Tennis Feed


Serena Williams was stunned in the third round of the Australian Open.
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Jamie Murray column: Playing until 40 and concerns over Colombian meat 4.2.2020 BBC: Front Page
BBC Sport columnist Jamie Murray talks Australian Open disappointment, playing until his 40s and concerns over Colombian meat.
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Tata Open Maharashtra: Nagal, Ramanathan face a tough challenge in singles opener as third edition kicks off 3.2.2020 Tennis: Live Tennis Scores, News, Results, Players, Schedule, Videos - myKhel
Pune, February 3: The India No. 2 Sumit Nagal will be up for a stiff challenge as the much-awaited main draw at the third edition of Tata Open Maharashtra is all set to kick-off at the Mhalunge Balewadi Stadium
'We had to wait in line for bread, milk, water' - difficult childhood inspires Djokovic 2.2.2020 BBC: Front Page
Novak Djokovic says queuing for bread in difficult times in Serbia gave him the inner steel needed to fight back to win an eighth Australian Open crown.
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Novak Djokovic set to become GOAT over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal - Mats Wilander 2.2.2020 Daily Express :: Tennis Feed


Novak Djokovic moved to 17th Grand Slam titles with victory at the Australian Open.
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Dominic Thiem hatches plan to dethrone Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic 2.2.2020 Daily Express :: Tennis Feed


Dominic Thiem has explained how he can beat the Big Three to a Grand Slam title.
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Dominic Thiem warned of Novak Djokovic problem ahead of Australian Open final 2.2.2020 Daily Express :: Tennis Feed


Dominic Thiem meets Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open on Sunday.
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Australian Open: Kenin beats Muguruza for maiden Grand Slam title 1.2.2020 Sports News: Cricket News, Latest updates on Tennis, Football, Badminton, WWE Results & more
American Sofia Kenin counter-punched her way back from a set down against Garbine Muguruza to win her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win on Saturday. The 21-year-old Kenin converted her second matchpoint against Muguruza, who double faulted on the final point, to end an engrossing contest that lasted more than two hours.
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Australian Open Final Preview—Maiden major Kenin? Three-Slam Muguruza? 31.1.2020 Articles by Steve Tignor
Was there anyone, anywhere, who called this final when the draw came out? Kenin is the 14th seed, and as of last week she had never reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal, let alone a semi, let alone a final. If anything, Muguruza was an even longer shot. While she has two major titles to her name, she lost in the first round at Wimbledon and the US Open last year, and her ranking plunged below the seeding line in Melbourne. Even Conchita Martinez, who has returned to be Muguruza’s coach, believed she would need significantly more time to pick up the shards of her self-belief and return to Slam-winning form. This is an unexpected final, and one that lacks a star of Serena Williams’ magnitude or a local hero like Ash Barty. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be worth watching. Kenin-Muguruza has the makings of a very competitive match, as well as an entertaining and unpredictable one. They’ve met once before, last year in Beijing, and Kenin won in topsy-turvy fashion, 6-0, 2-6, 6-2. Getty Images How might the ...
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