Rafael Nadal

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand during his second round match against Joao Sousa of Portugal during Day 2 of the Rolex Paris Masters. Photo: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters due to an injury, a move that means Novak Djokovic will take over as world No1 when the new ATP rank(...)

Novak Djokovic  at the AccorHotels Arena ahead of the  Paris Masters. Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Ranked number 22 in June, Novak Djokovic has an excellent chance to be back at number one by November. No man has made it to the top from so far back (...)

Pádraig Harrington believes the staging of a European Tour event in Saudi Arabia can be a postivie force. Photo: Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Padraig Harrington hopes staging a European Tour event in Saudi Arabia can be a “positive force” after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi focus(...)

Novak Djokovic will take on Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match in Saudi Arabia on December 22nd. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty

Of the many withering put-downs John McEnroe uttered in his playing career, a favourite remains his response to why he refused to play Björn Borg in a(...)

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, appearing at a 2015 press conference, are  due to play a lucrative exhibition tennis match in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

It predates 2018, but one of the contenders for word of the year must be “sportswashing”. In three syllables, it encapsulates a global game fondly an(...)

A spectator photographs a plaque attached to the wall of number 18 court after the match in 2010 that lasted more than 11 hours, between John Isner of the US and Nicolas Mahut of France. Photo: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Wimbledon’s marathon matches have been consigned to the past after the All England Club announced the introduction of final-set tie-breaks when the sc(...)

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are risking their good names by accepting invite to play in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Getty Images

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, men of conscience and integrity, continue to risk their good name by accepting an invitation to play in a meaningless(...)

Kyna Rushe, special educational needs  co-ordinator at Naul National School, Naul, Co. Dublin, with left-handed students Alannah, Róisín, Aaron, JP, Heather, Harry and Jack. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Ciotóg, claw hand, wrong hand – historically left-handedness was seen as a curse. The word “left” has long been associated with wrongness or devianc(...)

“When the finest player the game has seen behaves like a diva, it is not wrong to remind her that champions have responsibilities.” Above: US Open women’s singles champion Naomi Osaka   and Serena Williams. Photograph: Getty Images

Many fine things happened at the 50th US Open, none better than Naomi Osaka’s dignified arrival and Novak Djokovic’s mighty return, none worse than Se(...)

Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the men’s final of the US Open. Photograph: AP

Sitting on a French mountaintop provided the inspiration for Novak Djokovic to climb back to the tennis summit. The 31-year-old defeated Juan Martin (...)

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