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Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas. Photograph:            Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images

Inordinately long toilets breaks or medical timeouts at critical moments could soon be a thing of the past in men’s tennis, with the ATP Tour planning(...)

 Emma Raducanu poses on the red carpet at the  2021 Met Gala, the annual benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, in New York. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Britain’s newest sporting star, Emma Raducanu, has put her stunning success at the US Open down to her “very hard-to-please parents”, who she said had(...)

 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic hits a return to US player Jenson Brooksby during their US Open fourth round match. Photograph: Getty Images

Novak Djokovic survived a mighty scare before sinking wild card Jenson Brooksby in their US Open fourth round clash and staying on course for an histo(...)

Portrait of psychiatrist and television personality Anthony Clare, July 1989. Photograph: Richard Farley/Radio Times/Getty

In August 1996, BBC Radio 4 broadcast an interview with Uri Geller, the Israeli magician, psychic and spoon-bending illusionist. Geller had done thous(...)

Dominic Thiem celebrates with the trophy in New York. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty

Novak Djokovic may still be the best player in men’s tennis but, in the self-inflicted absence of the world No1, Dominic Thiem, 27, can fairly lay cla(...)

Naomi Osaka wears a mask bearing the name of Philando Castile ahead of her US Open semi-final. Castile, a 32-year-old black man, was shot dead after being stopped for a defective brake light in Minnesota four years ago. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

It is six authored face masks and nearly a fortnight since Naomi Osaka, the reluctant conscience of Planet Tennis, uttered this truth at the outset of(...)

James McGovern, a recently retired teacher who led his school to win a record haul of awards for public speaking competitions. Photograph: Patrick Browne
Secrets of school debating success

As a young teacher in CBS Enniscorthy in the mid-1980s, I took over the coaching of the public speaking and debating teams as an extracurricular activ(...)

Brexit stand-off: UK prime minister Boris Johnson  meets some new friends on a farm near Newport, Wales. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

Image of the week: Brexit chicken The itinerary for Boris Johnson’s boo-tastic tour of the parts of the UK that really don’t like him was a busy one.(...)

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates match point against Austria’s Dominic Thiem. Photograph: Getty Images

Defending champion Rafa Nadal failed to win a single game in the opening set of his US Open quarter-final against Dominic Thiem on Tuesday but fought (...)

 Rafael Nadal  reacts after defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili  during the  US Open quarter-final at Flushing Meadows, New York.  Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Expectations that the US Open quarter-finals would bring together last year’s finalists were shredded on Sunday when Rafael Nadal won after a struggle(...)

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