Maria Sharapova of Russia arrives on court with the the Daphne Akhurst Trophy during the 2018 Australian Open Official Draw at Melbourne Park. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

If Johanna Konta wants to win her first grand slam title in the country where she was born – and she is among a slew of contenders hoping the absence (...)

Roger Federer pratices with David Goffin ahead of the Australian Open. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Only a few days before the first ball is struck, the Australian Open resembles a shredded carcass. So ravaged are both draws, it is a taking a leap of(...)

 Spaniard Rafael Nadal in action against France’s Richard Gasquet during the Kooyong Classic tennis tournament in Melbourne. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Former champions Stan Wawrinka and Rafa Nadal gave Australian Open organisers a massive boost on Tuesday when they both said they were looking forward(...)

Martina Navratilova gets a hug from Chris Evert  after beating her in the final of the ladies’ singles at Wimbledon in 1978. Photograph: Rob Taggart/Central Press/Getty Images

For decades, women’s tennis was blessed with first-name-basis rivalries that remain etched in the public’s consciousness. But as tennis fans salivate (...)

Johanna Konta waves after winning her fourth round match in the women’s singles at Wimbledon. Photo: Reuters

In the end it became a very British thing. Caroline Garcia lined up a forehand to carve Johanna Konta into having to win another point for the fourth (...)

In all there are eight men’s and eight women’s matches played at Wimbledon on Monday.

If Wimbledon ever had a moving day, this is it. The top four male players in the world, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and a resurgent Raf(...)

Germany’s  Angelique Kerber  celebrates match point against Shelby Rogers of the United States in their third-round match at Wimbledon. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

World number one Angelique Kerber and fellow title hopefuls Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska survived major scares to reach the fourth round(...)

German Angelique Kerber in action during her first-round match victory over American Irina Falconi. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Angelique Kerber has spent more weeks on the top of women’s tennis than Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova combined – longer, in fact, than all but 11(...)

Germany’s Angelique Kerber plays a forehand during her first-round match  against Irina Falconi of the United States on day two of  Wimbledon. Photograph:    Michael Steele/Getty Images

Angelique Kerber’s battle to hold on to the world number one spot got off to a smooth start as she opened her Wimbledon campaign with an easy win over(...)

Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Netherlands’ Robin Haase during their  match at the French Open at  Roland Garros. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty

Of the many qualities great athletes share, ruthlessness is among the most apparent. When Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round(...)

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