Naomi Osaka of Japan in action during the quarter-final of the Gippsland Trophy. Photograph: EPA

Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka joined Serena Williams as high-profile withdrawals from the Australian Open warm-up events. Williams pulled out on (...)

Novak Djokovic playing tennis on his balcony  at the M Suites in  Adelaide. Photograph: Morgan Sette/AFP via Getty Images

Novak Djokovic has defended his “good intentions” after receiving intense criticism for providing Tennis Australia with suggestions on how to improve (...)

Farmer Billy O’Kane watches the golf during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Galgorm in Ballymena. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Having just come through the coldest September night in Ballymena in 110 years, you’d imagine that Billy O’Kane’s cattle wouldn’t have had much sympat(...)

Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray following their first round match at Roland Garros. Photograph: Getty Images

It was hardly the reunion Andy Murray envisaged but, three years after losing to Stan Wawrinka in a semi-final that few present will forget, there was(...)

 Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses the trophy after winning the US Open. Photograph: Getty Images

Having found her voice off the court, Naomi Osaka returned to the top on it with her third grand slam title. The 22-year-old from Japan was comprehen(...)

Naomi Osaka wears a mask bearing the name of Philando Castile ahead of her US Open semi-final. Castile, a 32-year-old black man, was shot dead after being stopped for a defective brake light in Minnesota four years ago. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

It is six authored face masks and nearly a fortnight since Naomi Osaka, the reluctant conscience of Planet Tennis, uttered this truth at the outset of(...)

 Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams at the net after their semi-final in New York. Photograph: EPA

Victoria Azarenka won a vintage US Open battle against Serena Williams to reach her first grand slam final for seven years. Williams looked supreme i(...)

Serena Williams celebrates her victory over Sloane Stephen in the third round of the US Open. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty

Serena Williams admits she is still struggling to cope with having a target on her back as she kept alive her quest for a 24th grand slam singles titl(...)

Naomi Osaka wears a facemask with Breonna Taylor’s name on it ahead of her US Open first round match. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Naomi Osaka vowed to continue highlighting issues of racial injustice after reaching the second round of the US Open with a hard-fought win over Japan(...)

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(...)

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