Joan believes Enda is referring to the date of the general election. But then again, Joan is a martyr to the prolixity. It’s no surprise that these discussions go on for some time.  Photograph:

Joan Burton had a long conversation with Enda Kenny. “Next year,” said the Taoiseach as they parted. It seems they’ve had quite a few of these long ch(...)

Kevin Anderson is through to the quarter-finals of the US Open after beating Andy Murray in four sets at Flushing Meadows. Photograph: Reuters

In a fractious, racket-smashing, sweaty old brawl of a tennis match, splintered with enough oaths to light up a late-night card game, Andy Murray soak(...)

Andy Murray is through to the second round of the US Open after he saw off Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in straight sets at Flushing Meadows. Photograph: Afp

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Serena Willimas ahead of the start of the US Open which begins on Monday. Photograph: EPA

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USA player John McEnroe and non-playing captain Arthur Ashe prepare to take on Ireland at the RDS in the Davis Cup World Group game in 1983. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

This weekend the AIG Irish Davis Cup team will play a Group II Europe/Africa relegation play-off match against their hosts South Africa at the Iren(...)

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates beating Switzerland’s Roger Federer in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon. Photograph: EPA.

The one crushing disappointment about Wimbledon this year is that it ended, other than that it was a fortnight that bordered on the positively perfect(...)

Serena Williams plays a forehand against Maria Sharapova during the women’s singles semi-final at Wimbledon. Photograph: Julian Feeney/Getty Images.

The old adage of John McEnroe’s close friend, the late Vitas Gerulaitis, was a slim dream to cling to for Maria Sharapova to make it to another Wim(...)

Channing Tatum attends the Amsterdam premiere of Magic Mike XXL on July 1st. Photograh: Michel Porro/Getty Images

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Heather Watson argues a line call on day one of Wimbledon. Druing the match, she drew a €2,500 fine for a verbal obscenity. Photograph: PA

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Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns a shot against Shuai Peng of China during their women’s singles semi-final match on Day Twelve of the 2014 US Open. Photograph:  Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA

Five years after losing here to Kim Clijsters in her only slam final, the former world number one Caroline Wozniacki gets her second chance to win a m(...)