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Wednesday 24th June 2020

Andy Murray wins Battle of the Brits opener

Andy Murray began his latest comeback from injury with victory over Liam Broady in the Battle of the Brits exhibition held behind closed doors.

Before his first match in seven months, the 33-year-old Briton played down his chances in Roehampton as he continues to recover from a bruised pelvic bone.

But the three-time Grand Slam champion was relatively sharp and mobile after such a long absence to win 6-2 6-2.

The former world number one, now ranked 129th, was playing for the first time since winning Great Britain's opening match at the Davis Cup finals in November.


Wimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus

Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War Two because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament was due to be played between 29 June and 12 July.

The entire grass-court season has been abandoned, and there will be no professional tennis anywhere in the world until at least 13 July.

Wimbledon is the latest major summer sporting event to be called off, with Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics postponed for 12 months.

It follows the postponement of the French Open, which was due to begin in May but has been rescheduled to 20 September-4 October.


Davis Cup Finals: Great Britain paired in group with France and Czech Republic

Great Britain, Davis Cup winners in 2015, have been paired in the same group as France and the Czech Republic for this autumn's Finals in Spain.

Holders Spain have drawn Russia and surprise finalists Ecuador, who shocked Japan, at the 18-team event from 23-29 November at La Caja Magica in Madrid.

Last year's runners-up Canada are in Group B with Kazakhstan and Sweden.

Serbia, who have world number Novak Djokovic in their ranks, go into Group F with Germany and Austria.

Croatia, Australia and Hungary are in Group D, while the United States, Italy and Colombia are in Group E.

Sweden, Austria and Hungary will all be making their first appearance at the Finals.


Maria Sharapova retires at 32

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is "saying goodbye" to tennis at the age of 32.

Sharapova is one of only ten women to have achieved a career Grand Slam.

In March 2016, she announced that she failed a drugs test at the 2016 Australian Open and was subsequently banned from the sport for 15 months.


Tsitsipas beats Thiem to win ATP Finals title

A nerveless Stefanos Tsitsipas came from a set down to beat Dominic Thiem on a thrilling final-set tie-break and become the youngest winner of the ATP Finals in 18 years.

The Greek, 21, won 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 7-6 (7-4) to claim the biggest title of his fledgling career.

Thiem, 26, who edged a tight first set, fell away in the second and the start of the third before fighting back.

But Tsitsipas forced a tie-break, and then won it, at a raucous O2 Arena.

He collapsed to the floor after Thiem put a forehand return out on the first match point before the pair embraced at the end of a two-hour 35-minute battle, with the Greek kissing his beaten opponent on the shoulder.

Tsitsipas is the youngest winner of the season-ending championships since Australia's Lleyton Hewitt in 2001 and claims prize money of just over £2m.


Wimbledon expansion plans set to advance

Wimbledon's expansion plans have taken a step forward after a neighbouring golf club voted to sell its land.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) made a £65m offer to buy the Wimbledon Park Golf Club land.

AELTC says a vote has gone in its favour with the transfer - pending court approval - set to go through on 21 December. The deal will see AELTC's land roughly triple in size.

It means qualifying will be held on the site by the middle of the next decade.


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