Arthur Ashe

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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(...)

Nick Kyrgios puts his hand up to his ear to encourage the cheering crowd before closing out his win in his second-round match with Pierre-Hugues Herbert during the US Open in New York. Photo: Rick Loomis/The New York Times

The main interview room in the bowels of Arthur Ashe Stadium was as packed with reporters and cameramen as you’ll find it after a second-round match o(...)

Nick Kyrgios will play Roger Federer in the third round of the US Open after he beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert in four sets. Photograph: Rick Loomis/The New York Times

Nick Kyrgios was saved from himself and from possible expulsion from the US Open on day four when the respected chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani, broke w(...)

Andy Murray during his match against Fernando Verdasco in New York. Photograph: AP

Andy Murray suggested opponent Fernando Verdasco was lying after a row over illicit coaching erupted following their second-round clash at the US Open(...)

Mikhail Youzhny of Russia lies on the court while suffering from heat exhaustion during his men’s singles first round match against Marcos Baghdatis on day two of the 2018 US Open. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Oppressive weather conditions in New York continued to make excessive demands of players as day three of the US Open unfolded on Wednesday afternoon. (...)

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki on her way to defeating Samantha Stosur of Australia. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Caroline Wozniacki, one of the fittest players in tennis, found unique inspiration to beat the extreme heat – and Sam Stosur – on day two of the 2018 (...)

Novak Djokovic  takes a break from the heat while playing against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary during their Day 2 match in New York. Photograph: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

A second day of stifling heat and humidity caused havoc at the US Open on Tuesday, prompting tournament organisers to implement special rules to provi(...)

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