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Not televising Kyle Edmund's maiden title win was a missed opportunity to inspire and engage fans

Kyle Edmund winning his first ATP title on Sunday was a momentous occasion. Not since Greg Rusedski 13 years ago had a British man other than Andy Murray triumphed at a main-tour event.  The significance of Edmund's victory in Antwerp was obvious, as the normally reserved Yorkshireman wept with

The Tennis Podcast: Is on-court coaching good for tennis?

The issue of on-court coaching in tennis has been a contentious one ever since the WTA Tour began trialling it in 2008. This week, the debate takes centre stage on The Tennis Podcast. David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) and Catherine Whitaker (Amazon Prime Video, Eurosport) discuss the coaching intervention

Cilic downs Shapovalov to reach second round in Basel

Third seed Marin Cilic eased into the second round of the Swiss Indoors tournament with a 6-4 6-2 victory over young Canadian Denis Shapovalov in Basel on Monday. The Croatian, who was champion in Basel in 2016 and can seal a spot at the ATP Finals if he wins the title again this year, opened up a 4

Injured Wawrinka withdraws from Basel

A back injury suffered during a Sunday practice session with compatriot Roger Federer forced Stan Wawrinka to pull out of the Swiss Indoors tournament on Monday, while Marin Cilic eased into the second round in Basel. "I turned my back, and retiring was the only decision I could make," said

Wawrinka withdraws from Swiss Indoors as Cilic wins opener

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka has ended his season after withdrawing from the Swiss Indoors with a back injury.

Narduzzi on the open week, the offense and more

Pat Narduzzi talked to the media on Monday about the open week and more, and here's everything he said.

Bertens finds formula to make dream debut from nightmare start

Bertens, only in the eight-player field when world number one Simona Halep withdrew through injury, had been swept aside 6-1 in the first set and was 2-1 down in the second to Kerber when she called on Raemon Sluiter for a tactical debate. "Then I had a chat with Raemon.

Stephens benefits from positive attitude in WTA Finals debut

Stephens, Osaka's predecessor as U.S. Open champion, stayed calm throughout the contest, adopting a patient approach from the baseline before unleashing her devastating forehand to keep her Japanese opponent pinned at the back of the court. "No, I kept playing positive and strong," the

Stephens beats Osaka in 3 sets at WTA Finals

In a match between the last two U.S. Open champions, Sloane Stephens came out on top. The 2017 champion beat Naomi Osaka 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Monday at the WTA Finals, the season-ending tournament for the top eight players in the world. Both players are making their debut appearances at the tournament, but

Tennis: Frustrated Osaka looking for answers after opening defeat

Osaka rarely gets animated on court, yet the world number four spent much of the match chastising herself over unforced errors and even sank to her knees when she was broken for a second time in the deciding set. Osaka added that she tended to enjoy matches more when she was nervous and that her desire

Tennis: Calm Stephens edges Osaka, Kerber stunned by Bertens

Stephens and Osaka are making their debuts at the season-ending event but it was the American who opened Red Group action with a 7-5 4-6 6-1 win built on the foundations of solid defense from the baseline and a devastating forehand when she attacked. "I just competed really well and never gave

Confident Sloane Stephens downs Osaka in Singapore

A confident Sloane Stephens stormed to victory Monday with a commanding third set performance against Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka to highlight another night of stunning upsets at the WTA Finals in Singapore. It was followed by another marathon match with number eight seed Kiki Bertens overcoming

The on-court coaching debate trending in Singapore

Lindsay Davenport can see the benefits. Jennifer Capriati is right in the middle. The three tennis greats took part in a news conference Monday at the WTA Finals to discuss the topic, which made plenty of headlines after Serena Williams was penalized for on-court coaching during the U.S. Open final

Tennis: Organizers hope revamped Davis Cup can match Ryder Cup

The revamped competition has caused divisions in the sport because it breaks with the tradition of ties hosted by one of the competing nations and threatens the partisan atmosphere the Davis Cup has become renowned for. "The kind of thing we have in mind is the Ryder Cup. Look where it has come

Federer reveals long-standing hand injury

Roger Federer has revealed that he has been suffering with a hand injury since the summer, but said the problem is no longer a worry as he heads into his home Swiss Open starting on Monday. The 20-time Grand Slam winner told Germany's Sonntag Zeitung of the problem which began when he trained for

Tsitsipas wins Stockholm Open, 1st Greek to claim ATP title

Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek tennis player to win an ATP World Tour title when he beat Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Stockholm Open on Sunday. The 20-year-old Tsitsipas tossed his racket in the air and put both hands to his head when Gulbis put a forehand into the net after

ATP roundup: Tsitsipas first Greek to win tour-level title

No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas won his first ATP title on Sunday, beating Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Intrum Stockholm Open in Sweden. It was the third final of the year for the 20-year-old Tsitsipas, who became the first Greek player to win an ATP title. Tsitsipas

Kyle Edmund wins maiden ATP tour title and becomes Britain's first new men's champion since Andy Murray

Britain has a new champion on the ATP tour, the first since Andy Murray 12 years ago, after Kyle Edmund overcame the experienced Frenchman Gaël Monfils to claim the European Open in Antwerp. Having begun his season in fine style with his run to the Australian Open semi-finals, Edmund had gone a little

Tsitsipas becomes first Greek ATP champion with Stockholm triumph

Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek man to win an ATP title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ernests Gulbis in Stockholm, ending the Latvian player's perfect record in finals. World number 16 Tsitsipas, who had lost both his previous finals this year to Rafael Nadal in Barcelona and

Tennis: First ATP title for Britain's Edmund

British number one Kyle Edmund won the first ATP title of his career when he beat Gael Monfils of France 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(4) in the final of the European Open in Antwerp on Sunday. Edmund, who will rise to a career-high 14th in the world on Monday, lost a set for first the time in the tournament as Monfils

Britain's Edmund wins first ATP title in Antwerp

British number one Kyle Edmund fought back to down Gael Monfils in a final-set tie-break and claim his maiden ATP Tour title at the European Open in Antwerp on Sunday. The 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4) victory caps a breakthrough season for the 23-year-old and keeps alive his slim hopes of qualifying for

Khachanov beats Mannarino in 55 minutes to win Kremlin Cup

Karen Khachanov breezed past Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-2 to win his third career ATP title at the Kremlin Cup on Sunday. Khachanov's powerful serve dictated the match, as it has done all tournament. The 22-year-old Russian was only broken once all week and faced a single break point against Mannarino

Tsitsipas becomes first Greek ATP champion with Stockholm triumph

Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek man to win an ATP title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ernests Gulbis in Stockholm, ending the Latvian player's perfect record in finals. World number 16 Tsitsipas, who had lost both his previous finals this year to Rafael Nadal in Barcelona and

Tennis: Tsitsipas claims maiden ATP title in Stockholm

Greek 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas added another notch to a remarkable breakthrough season as he beat Latvia's Ernests Gulbis 6-4 6-4 to win the Stockholm Open and claim a maiden ATP title on Sunday. Tsitsipas, who has rocketed up the rankings to 16th heading into Stockholm, made up for losing

Tennis: Home favorite Khachanov crushes Mannnarino to win Kremlin Cup

Home favorite Karen Khachanov raced past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-2 6-2 to claim his third career title at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Sunday. World number 26 Khachanov, who was broken only once all week, dictated against Mannarino and lost just eight points on his serve to wrap up the victory

Tennis: Pliskova revels in 'top win' over Wozniacki at WTA Finals

Pliskova has not enjoyed a great record against the defending champion, trailing 6-3 in head-to-head meetings before their latest encounter, but she served brilliantly this time to banish the memory of last year's loss to the Dane. The pair had not faced each other this season which was unusual,

Home hope Khachanov wins Kremlin Cup to realise childhood dream

Third seeded wildcard Karen Khachanov of Russia beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets on Sunday to secure his second ATP title of the season at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Khachanov became the first home player to lift the trophy since Mikhail Youzhny in 2009 while Mannarino was losing his

Wozniacki struggles in WTA title defence

Karolina Pliskova issued a warning to her opponents at the WTA Finals with a convincing straight-sets victory against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki. The dynamic 26-year-old's easy 6-2, 6-4 triumph in Singapore was sweet revenge for Pliskova, who lost to Wozniacki in the semis at last year

Svitolina and Pliskova win opening matches at WTA Finals

Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina secured opening round-robin match wins at the WTA Finals on Sunday. Pliskova, who now leads the tour with 48 wins this season, defeated defending champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 6-4 in the second match. The Czech closed out the match on a third match

Marathon man Isner backs Wimbledon rule-change

John Isner has backed the change to Wimbledon's rules which will see the final set decided by a tie-break when the game score reached 12-12. The 33-year-old American was involved in the longest match in professional tennis history when he eventually overcame Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set

Wozniacki struggles in WTA title defence

Karolina Pliskova issued a warning to her opponents at the WTA Finals with a convincing straight-sets victory against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki. The dynamic 26-year-old's easy 6-2, 6-4 triumph in Singapore was sweet revenge for Pliskova, who lost to Wozniacki in the semis at last year

Tennis: Pliskova stuns Wozniacki in Singapore, Svitolina downs Kvitova

In the earlier White Group encounter at the eight-woman event, Elina Svitolina tore up the form book with a brilliant display of serving and retrieving to register a 6-3 6-3 victory over Petra Kvitova. Wozniacki had beaten Pliskova in the semi-finals a year ago and held a 6-3 lead in head-to-head encounters

Tennis: Sick Svitolina halts news conference after Kvitova win

After leaving the stage and taking a few minutes to compose herself, Svitolina refused to elaborate on the exact nature of her illness, saying "I'm just not feeling good" when asked what the problem was. Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova are the other players

Tennis: Isner welcomes Wimbledon's new tiebreak rule

Tennis's marathon man John Isner has welcomed Wimbledon's decision to introduce tiebreaks at 12-12 in the final set. The American became something of a Wimbledon cult hero when beating France's Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in 2010 - a record-breaking duel lasting 11 hours five minutes

Kasatkina beats Jabeur to win Kremlin Cup

Daria Kasatkina won the Kremlin Cup as qualifier Ons Jabeur narrowly failed to become the first WTA winner from Tunisia on Saturday. Jabeur was a set and a break up at 4-1 when she seemed to tire in her eighth match in as many days, allowing Kasatkina to win 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 with vocal support from

Gulbis beats Isner to reach Stockholm Open final

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Ernests Gulbis reached his first ATP final since 2014 by beating top-seeded John Isner 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Stockholm Open on Saturday.

Top seed Edmund faces Monfils for ATP Antwerp title

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) -- Top-seeded Kyle Edmund defeated 2016 champion Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4 to reach the European Open final on Saturday.

ATP roundup: Gulbis stuns Isner in Sweden

Latvia's Ernests Gulbis stunned top-seeded American John Isner 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final of the Intrum Stockholm Open in Sweden. "I was fighting for every point," said Gulbis, who will try for his sixth title and first since 2014. "I think I returned a lot smarter

Kasatkina beats hobbling Jabeur in Kremlin Cup final crying game

In a match which ended with both players on their knees after the final point, sixth seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia beat Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur in a tough three-setter to win the Kremlin Cup on Saturday. The 21-year-old Kasatkina had to battle back from a set down to win 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 in

'I can beat anybody': Gulbis stuns Isner to reach first final in four years

Former top 10 player Ernests Gulbis reached his first final in four years on Saturday when he stunned top seed John Isner 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the Stockholm semi-finals. The 30-year-old Latvian, ranked 145 and who came through qualifying, has never lost a final and will bid for a seventh title on Sunday

WTA roundup: Goerges claims Luxembourg title

Top-seeded German Julia Goerges claimed her second title of the year on Saturday, beating Switzerland's Belinda Bencic 6-4, 7-5 in the final of the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open. For Goerges, it was her first final in Luxembourg -- the site of her WTA debut -- since 2010. "This tournament

Isner needs final-set tiebreaker to reach Stockholm semis

On the day Wimbledon introduced final-set tiebreakers, the player behind the two longest ever matches at the All England Club needed yet another one to advance to the semifinals of the Stockholm Open. Big-serving John Isner won his second all-American matchup of the week in the Swedish capital, beating

Goerges wins Luxembourg final and 2nd WTA title of the year

LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- Julia Goerges lived up to her top seeding at the Luxembourg Open by winning her second title of the year on Saturday.

Gulbis stuns Isner to reach first final in four years

Former top 10 player Ernests Gulbis reached his first final in four years on Saturday when he stunned top seed John Isner 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the Stockholm semi-finals. The 30-year-old Latvian, ranked 145 and who came through qualifying, has never lost a final and will bid for a seventh title on Sunday

Kasatkina denies Tunisian Jabeur to lift Kremlin Cup

Home favorite Daria Kasatkina roared back from a set and 4-1 down to win the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Saturday, denying Tunisian qualifer Ons Jabeur a first WTA title for her country. Last year's runner-up Kasatkina survived a rollercoaster encounter to complete the turnaround for a 2-6 7-6(3) 6

Williams remains a role model for Osaka

U.S Open champion Naomi Osaka says Serena Williams will always be a role model despite on-court incident

Stephens enjoys emotional campaign after Grand Slam breakthrough

Stephens struggled for form in the wake of her triumph at Flushing Meadows in 2017, but rediscovered her touch to claim the Miami Open title in March before losing the French Open final to world number one Simona Halep. Obviously very overwhelming, winning a Grand Slam after not having played for 11

Elina Svitolina on following Anthony Joshua's workouts, tweaks to her own physique and why she is against in-game coaching

Jet-lag might be one of the banes of life for the leading players on the tennis circuit - but it can have its benefits. When Elina Svitolina woke wide-eyed in the early hours in a Wuhan hotel room ahead of the first of her Asian-swing tournaments last month, the timing could not have been better. She

Sloane Stephens backs on-court coaching rule change

Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens has thrown her support behind a push for on-court coaching to be allowed at Grand Slams. Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of Serena Williams, has called for a rule change with on-court coaching currently banned in Grand Slams but allowed in WTA events. The Frenchman

Bertens keen to capitalize on WTA Finals reprieve

Bertens has had her best year on tour to date, winning three titles and reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals, but an early exit in Moscow this week left her ninth in the Race to Singapore standings and heading to Southeast Asia as a first alternate. "After my loss in Moscow I felt really disappointed

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