Richard Evans News
“I have learned from this and I hope the ITF has as well.” That statement from Maria Sharapova should draw a line under the two year ban for use of Meldonium after the January 1st 2016 deadline handed to her by the International Tennis Federation in conjunction with WADA and eventually reduced to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Andy Murray is bent over in a small shaded area at the back of the Stadium Court at Key Biscayne, having just completed one of a dozen one minute blasts at two coaches at the net.
The world’s eight best male tennis players had a new experience while attending the ATP Awards dinner in London’s Docklands on Thursday night – they dined a few feet underneath the hull of an nineteenth century ocean-going Clipper.
Andy Murray won his 19th consecutive match and his 4th title in 4 tournaments over 5 weeks in 3 countries when he defeated John Isner to take the BNP Paribas Masters for the first time here at a packed and raucous Accor Arena.
Strange to reach the pinnacle of your sport without hitting a ball. But Andy Murray wasn’t bothered about that after Milos Raonic had been forced to withdraw from their semi-final at the BNP Paribas Masters here.
This was a day to remember – a defining day on the ATP tour, a day that shaped the entire year as we head to London for the ATP Finals in nine days time.
Marin Cilic ensured himself of a place in the eight man ATP Finals field in London with a 6-3, 7-6 win over close rival David Goffin; Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray stayed on course in their battle for a No 1 ranking...
Andy Murray has lost a set. Not a match – the man chasing the position of world No 1 doesn’t do much of that right now but he was kept on court for 2 hrs 28 minutes in his first outing at the BNP PariBas Masters by that veteran Spanish left hander Fernando Verdasco before winning 6-3, 6-7, 7-5.
Ever since Maria Sharapova admitted that she had tested positive at the Australian Open, I thought I could hear the sound of back slapping amongst members of the WADA committee.
There have been suggestions, from quite informed quarters, that Juan Martin del Potro should be named the men’s Player of the Year. Really? On what basis?
“He’s a One Off.” It’s said about many people with varying degrees of accuracy. But if you spent any time in the company of Vitas Gerulaitis, it did not take long for you to realize that he was an original
It was Charles Wintour, the father of Vogue’s Anna Wintour, who assigned me to write Althea Gibson’s copy for the London Evening Standard in 1960 and, in doing so, kick started my tennis writing career.
Althea Gibson, the first African-American ever to win a Grand Slam title, provided a perfect example of America’s schizophrenia over its attitude to people of color in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
The Olympics have been good for tennis and tennis good for the Olympics. Any sport needs exposure and any sporting event, even one as big as the Olympics, needs big names creating big stories.
HARRY HOPMAN has to be the marker for real fitness in the modern era.
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