Rory McIlroy talks to the then Republican presendential candidate Donald Trump  during the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course on March 6, 2016 in Doral, Florida. Photograph:  Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Fourteen years ago Ireland staged the Ryder Cup in The K Club in Kildare. For the home crowd the European team was heavy with familiar content in Pádr(...)

Coco Gauff during her win against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea at the Australian Open. Photograph: AP

Coco Gauff will have another shot at defending champion Naomi Osaka after battling past Sorana Cirstea and into the third round of the Australian Open(...)

Russia’s Maria Sharapova after her defeat against Croatia’s Donna Vekicat the Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Getty Images

Maria Sharapova offered no guarantees that she will be back at the Australian Open after a first-round defeat against Donna Vekic. Ongoing shoulder (...)

Coco Gauff beat Venus Williams in the first round of the Australian Open. Photograph: Scott Barbour/EPA

Coco Gauff defeated Venus Williams again in the first round of the Australian Open. The 15-year-old’s success in the first round at Wimbledon last su(...)

Heavy rain falls during an Australian Open practice session at Melbourne Park. Photograph: Scott Barbour/EPA

Like farmers in a drought peering into an unforgiving sky, tennis turned to the heavens – and Roger Federer – to break the iron grip of heat and smoke(...)

Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic celebrates winning her semi-final match against Britain’s Johanna Konta at the French Open in Paris. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

No rain, no flowers, no regrets – that was the story of Johanna Konta’s exit from the French Open on Saturday, one step from the final and a slice of (...)

Serena Williams celebrates winning a point against Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko during their women’s  first-round match at the French Open  in Paris. Photograph:  Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Serena Williams survived a briefly wretched opening to the French Open and, despite recovering well to trounce the world No 83, Vitalia Diatchenko 2-6(...)

 Bianca Andreescu of Canada hugs the trophy after beating Angelique Kerber  of Germany in the final of the  BNP Paribas Open  at Indian Wells in  California. Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA

As part of her morning routine, Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu finds a quiet place and visualises success, big success. “It’s crazy to think that(...)

 Maria Sharapova of Russia and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark shaking hands at their  Australian Open match. Photograph: . EPA/Lukas Coch

Maria Sharapova is having a hard time, bless her. Now, don’t jump to conclusions. We can’t all have a heartwarming comeback like Petra Kvitova, who li(...)

 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(...)

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