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Jordan Thompson and Thanasi Kokkinakis beaten at Queen's Club tennis tournament - Wide World of Sports

Australia's involvement at Queen's Club has come to an abrupt end with Jordan Thompson and Thanasi Kokkinakis unable to repeat their first-round giant-killing exploits.

Thompson, who knocked out world No.1 Andy Murray on Tuesday, went down in three sets to giant 28th-ranked American Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-3.

Milos Raonic's conqueror Thanasi Kokkinakis was humbled 6-2 6-2 by Russia's Daniil Medvedev in just under an hour in a bitterly disappointing performance.

Thompson, who entered the main draw as a lucky loser, will head to Wimbledon in good spirits despite his defeat but said he was frustrated at not doing enough to back up from the biggest win of his career.

"I hadn't been broken all match, then got broken twice in a row," he said.

"I had a love-40 opportunity (in the third set) and didn't take it. That's tennis I guess."

"I should't have even been in the draw so to get a...


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German tennis champion Boris Becker has been declared bankrupt after being in debt since 2015

Well over the line.

JOHN McEnroe says the Studio 54 era wasn’t all it was cracked up to be — admitting he couldn’t even get into the storied club — and he even calls Andy Warhol “annoying” and “mediocre” in his upcoming memoir.

The tennis enfant terrible recalls in “But Seriously,” out Tuesday from Little, Brown and Co., that he could never get past the velvet rope at Studio 54, pleading with its infamous doormen, “I’m six in the world!” But, “the doormen would be like, ‘So? McEnroe, get the hell out of here!’ In fact, I don’t think they even knew my name — my memory has added that in the hope of making me feel better.”

Of Warhol, McEnroe writes, “He was always there at every party I was ever at, taking your picture late at night, even when you were super f***ed up... I...


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Tennis star Dan Evans in drugs test scandal - NEWS.com.au

Tennis: Roger Federer is still on track to claim his ninth Jerry Weber Open title - he defeated defending champ Florian Myer in the quarters.

Crossroads.

BRITISH tennis star Dan Evans has sensationally revealed he failed a drugs test for cocaine in April.

The 27-year-old Birmingham player called a press conference in a hotel close to Queens Club this afternoon, where he made the shock announcement, The Sun reports.

He said: “This is a very difficult day for me and I wanted to come here in person to tell you guys face to face.

“I was notified a few days ago that I failed a drugs test in April where I tested positive for cocaine.

“It’s really important you know this was taken out of competition and the context was completely unrelated to tennis.

“I made a mistake and I must face up to it. I do not condone for one second to anyone that this was acceptable...


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Former Wimbledon champions party in Cheshire after Boodles Tennis event - Manchester Evening News

Fresh from entertaining the glitterati at the Boodles Tennis tournament at The Mere resort, it was time for a host of tennis champions to let their hair down with the Cheshire Set.

Former Wimbledon singles champions Goran Ivanisevic and Marion Bartoli were among those heading to Piccolino in Alderley Edge after a sweltering hot Ladies Day event just down the road in Knutsford.

And 2013 Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli was looking in fine form as she showed off some of her own-designed jewellery at the bash.

Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli and Wayne Ferreira at Boodles Tennis after-party took place at Piccolino in Alderley Edge

Marion battled a mystery virus in 2016, which led to her dropping a worrying five stones in weight, but she has confirmed she is now on the mend and feeling great.

She had earlier told guests at the Boodles Ladies Day event that...


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Petra Kvitova solidifies comeback, reaches Birmingham final - Tennis Magazine

Petra Kvitova is building up steam for Wimbledon, where she's a two-time champion. (AP)

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Lucie Safarova in the Aegon Classic semifinals on Saturday to reach the first final since her playing hand was injured in a knife attack at her home.

This is Kvitova's first grass-court final since her triumph at 2014 Wimbledon, though this significant achievement was tinged with anti-climax as Safarova quit with a right thigh strain after only eight games. Kvitova was leading 6-1, 1-0.

Nevertheless, Kvitova hit her groundstrokes with pace and accuracy, especially from the forehand side.

In the final, the Czech leftie will play Ashleigh Barty, an Australian who was impressive in containing former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Whatever happens, Kvitova was already delighted with her progress.

"The hand...


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Roger Federer defeats Karen Khachanov to reach Halle final - Tennis Magazine

Roger Federer will be going for his ninth title in Halle in tomorrow's final. (AP)

HALLE, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer defeated Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (5) to advance to the final of the Gerry Weber Open for the 11th time on Saturday.

Federer will bid for his 92nd career title in what will be his 140th final against the fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who rallied to beat Richard Gasquet 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 for his seventh title-decider.

Zverev, Germany's top-ranked player at No. 12, fired 11 aces and converted four of eight break opportunities to win in under two hours. Zverev, who lost last year's final to compatriot Florian Mayer, will be going for his fourth title of the season on Sunday.

"He's the best of all time on this surface," Zverev said of facing Federer, whom he beat in the semifinals last year. "It will still be a very difficult match."

Chasing his ninth title at the...


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Tennis: Petra Kvitova reaches first final since her hand was injured during knife attack - Los Angeles Times

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Lucie Safarova in the Aegon Classic semifinals on Saturday in Birmingham, England, to reach the first final since her playing hand was injured in a knife attack at her home.

This is Kvitova's first grass-court final since her triumph at 2014 Wimbledon, though this significant achievement was tinged with anti-climax as Safarova quit with a right thigh strain after only eight games. Kvitova was leading 6-1, 1-0.

Nevertheless, Kvitova hit her groundstrokes with pace and accuracy, especially from the forehand side.

In the final, the Czech leftie will play Ashleigh Barty, an Australian who was impressive in containing former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Whatever happens, Kvitova was already delighted with her progress.

“The hand is good, which is the best news I could have,” she said. “I am not feeling any...


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Baseline: David Beckham enjoys tennis at Queen's Club - Baseline

Should the new catchphrase for soccer superstar David Beckham be “Watch Tennis like Beckham” instead of “Bend it like Beckham?”

On Thursday, Beckham, a long-time tennis fan, brought his son Romeo to take in the action in London. The father and son enjoyed the day of tennis despite all three top seeds crashing out in their openers (including one of Beckham’s favorite to watch, world No. 1 Andy Murray).

"It's a great sport"

Look back to last year when David Beckham chatted to us about tennis & Andy #Murray! #AegonChampionships pic.twitter.com/hNriKRPqka

— British Tennis (@BritishTennis) June 22, 2017

“I think when you look at role models, you want them to be passionate about the sport. You want them to be passionate about what they do, play hard all the time and [Murray's] one of those players,” Beckham said in an interview last year. “It’s great for any young kid to have great role...


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Muguruza moves past injured Vandeweghe in Birmingham - WTA Tennis

BIRMINGHAM, Great Britain - Garbiñe Muguruza and CoCo Vandeweghe split sets in their Aegon Classic quarterfinal before the American was forced to retire due to a right ankle injury, 4-6, 6-4, ret.

"I know what it feels like to retire," Muguruza said during her on-court interview. "It’s very frustrating because she was playing a great match. It’s sad for it to end like this. What can I say?"

Powerful strokes from @CocoVandey! #AegonClassic pic.twitter.com/mAZK6F0FiB

— WTA (@WTA) June 23, 2017

Muguruza and Vandeweghe were playing for the first time since the Australian Open, where Vandeweghe breezed past the Spaniard en route to the semifinals. The unseeded American appeared poised for a repeat when she nabbed the first break of the match.

Former French Open champion Muguruza immediately broke back, but couldn't hold onto her serve in a crucial tenth game, putting herself a set from...


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Jordan Thompson and Thanasi Kokkinakis beaten at Queen's Club tennis tournament - Wide World of Sports

Australia's involvement at Queen's Club has come to an abrupt end with Jordan Thompson and Thanasi Kokkinakis unable to repeat their first-round giant-killing exploits.

Thompson, who knocked out world No.1 Andy Murray on Tuesday, went down in three sets to giant 28th-ranked American Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-3.

Milos Raonic's conqueror Thanasi Kokkinakis was humbled 6-2 6-2 by Russia's Daniil Medvedev in just under an hour in a bitterly disappointing performance.

Thompson, who entered the main draw as a lucky loser, will head to Wimbledon in good spirits despite his defeat but said he was frustrated at not doing enough to back up from the biggest win of his career.

"I hadn't been broken all match, then got broken twice in a row," he said.

"I had a love-40 opportunity (in the third set) and didn't take it. That's tennis I guess."

"I should't have even been in the draw so to get a...


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Surging Bellis & Cilic; Federer's "Big 4": What we've learned on grass - Tennis Magazine

Cici Bellis could surprise in the first week, and Marin Cilic could do damage through the second week, in just over a week, at Wimbledon. (AP)

Last week’s slate of grass-court tournaments came as a welcome change after two solid months of clay-court tennis, but they also came with a bit of a hangover after two intense weeks of Grand Slam tennis. This week, Roland Garros is firmly in the rearview mirror—and Wimbledon, just over a week away, is on the horizon.

The All England Club beckons, which has made this week’s slate of grass-court tournaments more interesting, and perhaps revealing. As we head into the weekend and near the year's third major event, here’s what we’ve learned:

Birmingham: Kvitova and Muguruza are making the most of the brief grass swing

On this week’s TENNIS.com Podcast I posed the following question: is this year’s ladies' Wimbledon champion more likely to come...


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Grigor Dimitrov: Dan Evans' failed drugs test is 'sad for tennis' - Metro

Grigor Dimitrov: Dan Evans' failed drugs test is 'sad for tennis'
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Grigor Dimitrov has described Dan Evans’ failed drugs test as being ‘sad for tennis’ after the Brit announced he had tested positive for cocaine.

The Bulgarian was involved in a real battle with Daniil Medvedev on Centre Court at Queen’s when Evans made the announcement and admitted he was surprised when Metro.co.uk informed him of the news.

Evans tested positive for the substance at an ATP event in Barcelona in April this year and now faces a lengthy ban, which provisionally begins on Monday.

And after reaching the semi-finals of the Aegon Championships, Dimitrov discussed Evans’ situation.

‘I just hear this from you,’ he said. ‘I had no clue. Any news like this, it’s sad for tennis.

Grigor Dimitrov: Dan Evans' failed drugs test is 'sad for tennis'
Dimitrov discussed the decision (Picture: Getty)

‘It is what it is, and there are circumstances to everything.

‘I don’t know exactly what it is. I heard it here for the first...


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Tickets on sale to see viral video tennis sensation - Springfield News-Leader

FILE - In this April 7, 2017, file photo, Jack Sock, of the United States, plays a shot in his match against Jordan Thompson, of Australia, at the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals in Brisbane, Australia. Sock will be competing in the French Open tennis tournament. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)

Act quickly, tennis fans.

Tickets to see the Springfield Lasers are now on sale. The Lasers are part of Mylan World Team Tennis and play seven home matches in July and August at Mediacom Tennis Stadium at Cooper Tennis Complex.

For the first time ever, tennis fans may purchase tickets on the internet at http://springfieldlasers.com

Customers may print online tickets at home or bring a smartphone with the ticket code, which is scanned at the gate. Tickets may also be purchased in person at Cooper Tennis Complex or by calling 417-837-5800.

The Lasers will...


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Tennis star Dan Evans in drugs test scandal - NEWS.com.au

Tennis: Roger Federer is still on track to claim his ninth Jerry Weber Open title - he defeated defending champ Florian Myer in the quarters.

Crossroads.

BRITISH tennis star Dan Evans has sensationally revealed he failed a drugs test for cocaine in April.

The 27-year-old Birmingham player called a press conference in a hotel close to Queens Club this afternoon, where he made the shock announcement, The Sun reports.

He said: “This is a very difficult day for me and I wanted to come here in person to tell you guys face to face.

“I was notified a few days ago that I failed a drugs test in April where I tested positive for cocaine.

“It’s really important you know this was taken out of competition and the context was completely unrelated to tennis.

“I made a mistake and I must face up to it. I do not condone for one second to anyone that this was acceptable...


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Baseline: David Beckham enjoys tennis at Queen's Club - Baseline

Should the new catchphrase for soccer superstar David Beckham be “Watch Tennis like Beckham” instead of “Bend it like Beckham?”

On Thursday, Beckham, a long-time tennis fan, brought his son Romeo to take in the action in London. The father and son enjoyed the day of tennis despite all three top seeds crashing out in their openers (including one of Beckham’s favorite to watch, world No. 1 Andy Murray).

"It's a great sport"

Look back to last year when David Beckham chatted to us about tennis & Andy #Murray! #AegonChampionships pic.twitter.com/hNriKRPqka

— British Tennis (@BritishTennis) June 22, 2017

“I think when you look at role models, you want them to be passionate about the sport. You want them to be passionate about what they do, play hard all the time and [Murray's] one of those players,” Beckham said in an interview last year. “It’s great for any young kid to have great role...


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Jordan Thompson and Thanasi Kokkinakis beaten at Queen's Club tennis tournament - Wide World of Sports

Australia's involvement at Queen's Club has come to an abrupt end with Jordan Thompson and Thanasi Kokkinakis unable to repeat their first-round giant-killing exploits.

Thompson, who knocked out world No.1 Andy Murray on Tuesday, went down in three sets to giant 28th-ranked American Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-3.

Milos Raonic's conqueror Thanasi Kokkinakis was humbled 6-2 6-2 by Russia's Daniil Medvedev in just under an hour in a bitterly disappointing performance.

Thompson, who entered the main draw as a lucky loser, will head to Wimbledon in good spirits despite his defeat but said he was frustrated at not doing enough to back up from the biggest win of his career.

"I hadn't been broken all match, then got broken twice in a row," he said.

"I had a love-40 opportunity (in the third set) and didn't take it. That's tennis I guess."

"I should't have even been in the draw so to get a...


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Birmingham: Friday's Order of Play - WTA Tennis

ANN JONES CENTRE COURT

Starts at 11.30am BST

Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE) vs Daria GAVRILOVA (AUS) [9]

Kristina MLADENOVIC (FRA) [5] vs Petra KVITOVA (CZE) [7]

Garbiñe MUGURUZA (ESP) [6] vs CoCo VANDEWEGHE (USA)

Ashleigh BARTY (AUS) vs [Q] Camila GIORGI (ITA)

COURT 1

Starts at 12 noon BST

CHAN Hao-Ching (TPE) / ZHANG Shuai (CHN) vs Shuko AOYAMA (JPN) / YANG Zhaoxuan (CHN)

Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE) / Barbora STRYCOVA (CZE) [1] vs Sania MIRZA (IND) / Coco VANDEWEGHE (USA)

KEY FACTS

CoCo Vandeweghe owns a 3-1 head-to-head lead over Garbiñe Muguruza - and those three wins have all helped the American meet significant milestones. In 2014, Muguruza was Vandeweghe's quarterfinal conquest en route to her first title in 's-Hertogenbosch; a week later, another victory over the Spaniard in the first round of Wimbledon propelled the American into the Top 50 for the first time. And this year, a 6-4, 6-0...


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Federer Dethrones Defending Halle Champion Mayer - ATP World Tour

Roger Federer had already scored three wins in Halle over Florian Mayer (2005, 2012, 2015) prior to their quarter-final on Friday. And in another Gerry Weber Open battle between the eight-time champion Federer and defending champion Mayer, it was the top seed who came out on top once again with a 6-3, 6-4 win.

“It was important to be aggressive off the baseline and make him feel my variation and the power I can bring to the court,” Federer said. “And then having good footwork, to see the short ball, the floater, where I can come in and knock it off with a volley. I think I did it very well. I had lots of chances to even go up a double break in the second set.

“I thought I was very calm out there, even in difficult moments. I was calm serving out the first and second sets. Those are always signs for me that things are slowly starting to fall into place nicely.”

Federer has yet to drop...


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Dan Evans fails drugs test: Other high profile drugs cases in tennis - Eurosport.com AU

However, Evans is by no means the only high-profile case of a failed drugs test in tennis.

Richard Gasquet

Frenchman Gasquet tested positive for cocaine in 2009 and was banned for 12 months by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). He took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and successfully argued he had ingested the substance inadvertently after kissing a woman in a nightclub. He was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Martina Hingis

Former Wimbledon champion Hingis retired in 2003 at the age of 22. She returned to tennis two years later only for her comeback to be ended in 2007 by a positive test for a metabolite of cocaine at Wimbledon. She was suspended from tennis for two years but made another comeback in 2013 and has become a grand slam-winning doubles specialist.

Martina Hingis' comeback following retirement was cut short

Martina Hingis' comeback following retirement was cut shortReuters

Maria Sharapova

Sharapova shocked...


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Vandeweghe cashes in on Konta upset, advances in Birmingham - WTA Tennis

With new coach Pat Cash watching from the sidelines, CoCo Vandeweghe put on a flawless performance to stun Johanna Konta in straight sets at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.

BIRMINGHAM, Great Britain - CoCo Vandeweghe scored her first big win since pairing up with new coach and 1987 Wimbledon winner Pat Cash, shocking hometown favorite and No.4 seed Johanna Konta, 6-1, 6-3, to complete the quarterfinal line-up at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.

"He finally showed up," Vandeweghe joked during her on-court interview. "He’s been working his commentating job in Queens. I had to get him down for the ladies down here. He'll be with me through the US Open, we’re going to try and see how it goes."

.@CoCoVandey is flying through the first set! #AegonClassic pic.twitter.com/JLMhdzGsDj

— WTA (@WTA) June 22, 2017

Vandeweghe and Cash announced the partnership at the start of the grass court...


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