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Thursday 12th October 2017

Johanna Konta to miss WTA Finals after pulling out of Kremlin Cup

British number one Johanna Konta will miss this month's WTA Finals after withdrawing from next week's Kremlin Cup with a foot injury.

The 26-year-old world number 10 had to reach the final of the Moscow event in order to secure a place at the Singapore season finale which features the top eight players in the world.

Konta suffered the injury prior to the Hong Kong Open earlier this month.

Until then, the Briton had held the last WTA Finals qualifying spot.


 

Andy Murray and Serena Williams 'will be back' at Australian Open

Andy Murray and Serena Williams are set to play at the Australian Open in January, according to tournament director Craig Tiley.

British number one Murray, 30, has not played since July when a hip injury hampered him in a quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon, while Williams, 36, gave birth to her first child in September.

The pair could be joined by Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka.

Former world number one Djokovic has been sidelined since suffering an elbow injury at Wimbledon, while Wawrinka and Nishikori have been out since the summer with respective knee and wrist problems.

Murray had hoped to return for the US Open in August but pulled out 48 hours before it started.

During his absence, the Scot has dropped to number three in the world behind number one Nadal and number two Federer.


 

Davis Cup to trial two-day format in 2018

The Davis Cup will experiment with a two day, best-of-three set, format in the lower tiers of next year's event.

The World Group, which features 2015 champions Great Britain, will continue to contest best-of-five set matches over three days.

But all captains will be able to select five rather than four man teams.

The trial for Zone Groups I and II will see two singles matches played on day one, with the doubles match plus two reverse singles matches on day two.

Other changes for the trial include no fifth rubber being played if the fourth match is decisive.


 

Wimbledon 2017: Federer beats Cilic to win record eighth title

Roger Federer became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times and extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles with victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic.

The Swiss third seed won 6-3 6-1 6-4 as seventh seed Cilic struggled with a blister on his left foot and broke down in tears during the second set.

Federer, 35, finished the contest in one hour and 41 minutes to claim his first Wimbledon title since 2012.

He becomes the oldest man in the Open Era to win at the All England Club.

Federer surpasses Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who won their seventh titles in 2000 and 1889 respectively, with only Martina Navratilova still ahead in terms of Wimbledon singles titles on nine.

He has won two of the three Grand Slam titles so far this year, having returned from a six-month break to win the Australian Open in January.

With 19 major titles he extends his lead over Rafael Nadal in the men's game to four, and now stands joint-fourth on the all-time list with Helen Wills Moody, five behind Margaret Court on 24.


 

Queen's 2017: Tsonga loses to Muller at Aegon Championships

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga became the latest seed to lose at the Aegon Championships, beaten in straight sets by Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.

The Frenchman, seeded fifth, lost 6-4 6-4 in the second round at Queen's.

Tsonga's exit follows defeats for Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic - the top three seeds - on Tuesday.

Croatia's fourth seed Marin Cilic and Bulgarian sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov are the leading players left in the draw at the London tournament.


 

Murray beats Djokovic to win ATP World Tour Finals title

Britain's Andy Murray beat five-time champion Novak Djokovic to win his first ATP World Tour Finals title and end 2016 as the world number one.

With the year-end top ranking on the line, Murray won the much-anticipated final 6-3 6-4 at London's O2 Arena.

The victory also ends Djokovic's four-year run of success at the tournament and the Serb's bid to equal Roger Federer's record of six titles.


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