Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches a golf ball from caddie JP Fitzgerald during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

An amateur more than twice his age, who has already beaten him once, could hold the key to Rory McIlroy’s bid to complete a career grand slam.McIlroy(...)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates with his mother Rosie on the 18th green after winning the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Photograph: Reuters

Who needs fiction? As Oscar Wilde once put it, “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” In living a real drama of his own, (...)

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns the ball to Roberta Vinci of Italy during their final match of the WTA Istanbul Cup tennis tournament in Istanbul on Sunday. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Caroline Wozniacki overpowered second-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 Sunday to win the Istanbul Cup final and clinch her first WTA title of the year.To(...)

Rory McIlroy  walks off the practice green  at Royal Liverpool  as he continues his build-up to the British Open. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Two-time Major winner Rory McIlroy spent some time on Tuesday outlining how he plans to combat his debilitating second-day syndrome that has dogged hi(...)

Rory McIlroy  believes it would be foolish to write off Tiger Woods’s chances of winning the British Open next week. Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy believes it would be foolish to write off Tiger Woods’s chances of winning the British Open next week, although he thinks Hoylake could a(...)

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark stretches for a return during her match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Caroline Wozniacki unintentionally became embroiled in an issue that is gathering momentum at Wimbledon. The Danish player fell out at the fourth rou(...)

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark wipes her face during her women’s singles tennis match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic at the Wimbledon.  Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki became the latest big name to crash out of Wimbledon as she fell to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Czech play(...)

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reacts after breaking serve during her women’s singles match against Ana Konjuh of Croatia. Photo: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Tennis needs big statements. It requires individuals break into and upset the settled hierarchies. It demands character and that players introduce sp(...)

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki celebrates a point in her match against Croatia’s Ana Konjuh during day five of  Wimbledon. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Caroline Wozniacki raced into the fourth round of Wimbledon and then declared: “I’m not a victim”. The former world number one ended the run of(...)

Petra Kvitova serves to Mona Barthel of Germany in their second round match at Wimbledon yesterday. Photograph: EPA

On the big screen on Henman Hill – Murray got the trophy, Henman keeps the hill – they showed old footage of Petra Kvitova beating Maria Sharapova in(...)