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  Roger Federer serves a ball towards the Jet D’Eau on a boat   in Geneva during a presentation ahead of the Laver Cup tournament that will take place   next September. Photograph: Getty Images

Roger Federer is no longer chasing the top ranking and would rather be a contender at Grand Slams than battling Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal to be wo(...)

Sudaporn Seesondee (in red) and Kellie Anne Harrington  compete during their final fight at the  AIBA boxing championships in New Delhi, on November 24th, 2018. Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images

The moment was two years in the making. A calculation made. An investment lodged. A slow and steady climb and as these things often are, a promise mad(...)

Lyon’s Ada Hegerberg with the Ballon d’Or. Photograph: Emmanuel Foudrot/Reuters

It should have been about moving forward, a historic moment: the first women’s Ballon d’Or should have been a celebration. Because what a player to c(...)

Georgia Drummy and her partner Alexa Noel are into the last eight of the girls doubles in Wimbledon. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s Georgia Drummy and her partner Alexa Noel have earned a place in the girls doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon. The 18-year-old from Dubli(...)

 Roger Federer  serves against Adrian Mannarino  during their men’s singles fourth-round match on Centre Court at Wimbledon. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Less a dramatic battle on Centre Court than 16 minutes of something resembling performance art, Roger Federer’s first set against Adrian Mannarino was(...)

  Roger Federer during practice ahead of his match with   22nd seed Adrian Mannarino. Photograph: Tony O’Brien/Reuters

If there is such a thing as moving day in tennis as in golf, the beginning of the second week of Wimbledon could be it. With five of the top 10 men’(...)

Andy Murray: decided he wasn’t  ready to return at Wimbledon after a long absence due to hip surgery. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Hours before Andy Murray pulled out of this year’s championships, he spoke of the difficulty of coming back into a competitive tennis environment. Fo(...)

 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(...)

Gilles Muller reacts after beating Rafael Nadal on day seven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

There is an artificial intelligence programme working in Wimbledon’s dungeons. Developed by IBM, the machinery is programmed to notice fist pumps by p(...)

Stan Wawrinka  celebrates victory over Andy Murray in the semi-finals of the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Stan Wawrinka, 32, became the oldest man to reach the French Open final since Niki Pilic was runner-up 44 years ago when he outlasted Andy Murray over(...)

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