Steffi Graf

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Naomi Osaka throws her racket down in frustration against Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the third round of the women’s singles at the US Open in New York City. Photograph:  TPN/Getty Images

The moment resonated with nearly every player who has ever picked up a racket, and especially those who have reached the pinnacle of tennis. A tearful(...)

The 18th hole green and clubhouse ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki country club in Kawagoe. File photograph: Getty

It seems clear that the Olympic Games loves golf. But does golf pretend to even like the Olympic Games? For everyone, including professionals, the no(...)

Roger Federer leaves Centre Court after his quarter-final defeat to Hubert Hurkacz. Photograph:  David Gray/PA

In 2017 I advised Roger Federer he was a busted flush as a Grand Slam champion. He was 35 and had not won a Slam in four years. Sands of time and all (...)

Defending champion Novak Djokovic will face 19-year-old Jack Draper at Wimbledon. File photograph: Cati Cladera/EPA

Everybody loves a winner, except of course when they don’t, something Novak Djokovic knows about all too well. If it is the Serb’s lot to be respected(...)

Martina Hingis of Switzerland cries as her mother and coach Melanie stands at her side after the final defeat to  Steffi Graf. Photograph:  Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty Images

Childhood sporting disappointments, from the mid 70s onwards, were shaped by being a Manchester United fan in a primary school class dominated by Live(...)

 An aerial photograph  shows a general view of The All England Lawn Tennis Club  on the fourth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships. Photograph: Thomas Lovelock/AFP via Getty Images

They say Wimbledon is timeless. Yet, each year as you pass through the gates on Church Road and sweep up past the bronze statue of Fred Perry it has c(...)

Monica Seles celebrates her maiden Grand Slam victory - the 1990 French Open. Photograph: Getty

Shortly before his death in 1990, the tennis fashion designer, historian and author Ted Tinling, whose immersion in the women’s game began as Suzanne (...)

Martina Navratilova in action at Wimbledon in 1990. File photograph: Getty Images

Hana Mandlikova was an enthusiastic member of the Sparta tennis club in Prague at 12-years-old. She acted as ball girl when the ladies played league m(...)

Mary Pierce celebrates her French Open victory in 2000. Photograph: Jack Guez/Getty

Twenty years ago, Mary Pierce was being dragged across the court. As she chased Monica Seles’s blows from side-to-side during their 2000 French Open q(...)

 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(...)

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