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Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan: Gary is competing in New Zealand (and later  Australia)while Paul will take part in the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships in Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Even as many of the top rowers in the country line up at the Irish Indoor Championships (IIRC) in the University of Limerick on Saturday, Gary O’Dono(...)

 Maria Sharapova makes a forehand return to Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson during their second round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph: Aaron Favila/AP

Former Australian Open winner Maria Sharapova continued her marauding form by handing out a 6-2 6-1 thrashing to Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson  to se(...)

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against Daniel Evans in Melbourne. Photograph: EPA

Dan Evans will surely never play at such an excellent level as this for so long on a major stage, and lose – except, probably, if the opponent is Roge(...)

 Serena Williams hits a forehand return to Germany’s Tatjana Maria during their first round match at the Australian Open. Photograph: AP

Serena Williams made a ruthless start to her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title with a 6-0 6-2 victory over unseeded German Ta(...)

 Andy Murray after losing to Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain at the Australian Open. Photograph: EPA

The Andy Murray story is not quite over. However, even a losing comeback to stand comparison with the best of his gilded career should not disguise th(...)

 Andy Murray celebrates with his mother Judy after winning in Wimbledon in 2013. Photograph: PA

It is a poignant oddity that Andy Murray’s tennis career is ending as it began: in pain, struggle and confusion. When the thin, hairy teenager from Du(...)

 A tearful Andy Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years. Photograph: AP

Andy Murray’s career is all but over. He expects his match against Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday to be his(...)

Roger Federer. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Double defending champion Roger Federer will start his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles next week against unseeded Uzbek Denis Istomin, w(...)

 Serena Williams argues with chair umpire Carlos Ramos while playing Naomi Osaka of Japan during their  US Open women’s singles final match in New York. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty

Serena Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou expects on-court coaching to continue virtually unchecked at the Grand Slams despite the furore during las(...)

 Andy Murray talks to his team after his practice match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Andy Murray won only two games in a dispiriting practice match against Novak Djokovic that marked a setback to his Australian Open preparations. The (...)

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