Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic celebrates her victory over Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the women’s singles final at Wimbledon. Photograph:  Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Petra Kvitova became the women’s Wimbledon champion for the second time in her career after a straight sets win over Canadian hopeful Eugenie Bouchard(...)

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Wimbledon. The name is derived from the Old English “Wunemannedune”, dating from about the 10th century and thought to mean Wynnman’s Hill. The final (...)

Roger Federer on his way to reaching the second round at the All England Club with a straight sets win over Italian Paolo Lorenzi on Court One. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

There was a time when nothing less than Centre Court would do. But sure-footed Roger Federer was denied the prince’s entrance yesterday. A sleight in (...)

 Former British number one Elena Baltacha died of liver cancer at the age of 30 early on Sunday morning, her family have announced.  Photograph:Sean Dempsey/PA

Tributes have poured in for the former British women’s number one tennis player Elena Baltacha who has died of liver cancer at the age of 30.The spor(...)

 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic  plays a forehand in his first-round match against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia during day one of the  Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic showed some early season rustiness but Serena Williams roared into the second round as the tournament favourites took centre stage on t(...)

Thomas Hitzlsperger  has become one of the few high profile sportsmen, and the first well-known German footballer, to publicly reveal that he is gay. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters.

Retired German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger, dubbed Der Hammer, has earned widespread praise after becoming Germany’s first professional footballer (...)

 Andy Murray Britain shakes hands at the net with Denis Istomin after their fourth round match. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Defending champion Andy Murray ground his way past Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin with a 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory in the early hours of this morning to (...)

John McEnroe (right) supported Ernests Gulbis’ assertion thta modern day tennis players are too polite. Photograph: Toby Melville/Pool/Getty Images

Since problems are eternal they are also, by definition, relative: kinda like the smart-arse one in Friends “sympathising” with the wet one’s complica(...)

Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, with Patrick Macnee as John Steed, in the 1960s television series The Avengers. Photograph: PA

You’d expect an interview with Diana Rigg to cast some nostalgic vapours about the place. Sure enough, in her recent chat with the (...)