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 Ashleigh Barty: “It is always a goal to try and be the best. It’s ultimately why we train, why we compete and play, but for it to happen in this way has been amazing.” Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty

Two years ago Australian Margaret Court came out with a view that would redefine her to the millions, who did not know of her record 24 Grand Slam win(...)

Stefanos Tsitsipas: Currently ranked sixth in the world and seeded seven for Wimbledon, the 6ft4in Greek player is as elegant as he is powerful. Photograph:  Adam Pretty/Getty Images

No one was to know it. But when Lleyton Hewitt last yelled an audible obscenity on Centre Court, thumped his chest and screamed ‘Come on Rocky’, only (...)

A view of a match ball during the game between Argentina and Japan in Paris. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

As the summer breaks in Ireland (and the rain continues to fall!) a sports journalist’s nightmare emerges . . . this time of year is absolutely litter(...)

  Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning against  Roger Federer during their men’s singles semi-final at the  French Open in Paris. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal is one win away from a record-extending 12th French Open title after he coped better in horrendously windy conditions to tame the game of(...)

 Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand during his  fourth-round match against Leonardo Mayer of Argentina at the  French Open at Roland Garros. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Roger Federer’s dream return to the French Open continued as the Swiss waltzed into quarter-finals by giving Argentine Leonardo Mayer a 6-2 6-3 6-3 ma(...)

Britain’s  Johanna Konta  reacts after winning against Donna Vekic of Croatia in their last 16 match at the French Open t at Roland Garros. Photograph: Caroline Blumberg/EPA

Johanna Konta proved that she had found her comfort zone on Roland Garros’ red clay as she surged to a 6-2 6-4 win over Donna Vekic to become the firs(...)

Novak Djokovic  plays a volley during his third-round match with   Salvatore Caruso at the French Open. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Top seed Novak Djokovic barely broke sweat as he coasted through the French Open third round 6-3 6-3 6-2 against Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso. (...)

 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands reacts as she receives medical attention  during her second-round match against  Viktoria Kuzmova, at the French Open  in Paris. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The women’s tournament lost one of its big favourites in unfortunate circumstances on Wednesday as fourth seed Kiki Bertens retired through illness in(...)

Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic reacts during his men’s singles first-round match against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez on day three of the French Open  in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

Forty-year-old Ivo Karlovic continued to defy the sands of time at the French Open. By beating Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (4) 7-5 6-7 (7) 7-5 in the opening (...)

  Novak Djokovic serves  to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz during their  first-round match at the  French Open in Paris. Photograph:  Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

The weight of history is bearing down on Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic more heavily than usual this year, although there were no signs on day two of(...)

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