Rarely have the strengths and frailties of modern athletes been so cruelly exposed as in the major tennis stadiums of the world over the past decade or so. In Paris this week, we will witness the tensile limits of two of the game’s most enduring men of steel, as Andy Murray seeks to unseat Novak Djokovic as the best player in the world.
Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova said she did what she had to do to win the WTA Finals win over Agnieszka Radwanska in Singapore: an impromptu self-haircut.
Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the Rotterdam Open in February so he can play in the NBA all-star celebrity game instead, tournament director Richard Krajicek confirmed on Wednesday.
Suspended tennis star Nick Kyrgios has suggested he is unlikely to see a sports psychologist in a bid to have his eight-week ban reduced.
Now that the authorities have cracked down on his persistent poor behaviour, the question for Nick Kyrgios to answer – and hopefully it is one that he will be asking himself during his unexpected sabbatical – is whether he owes it to himself to explore the outer reaches of his vast talent.
Nick Kyrgios has been fined $16,500 (£13,535) for his behaviour during his second-round match defeat by Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters.
A couple of months back Nick Kyrgios was the subject of a lengthy profile piece in the New York Times.
Andy Murray had a lot of friends at Queen’s on Saturday, none more loyal than the green stuff on which he teased Marin Cilic for just under two hours to reach the final of the Aegon Championships, where he will face Milos Raonic, who defeated Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4 in the other semi-final.
An already chippy third-round affair between Juan Martín del Potro and Lucas Pouille boiled over on Saturday evening as the players exchanged angry words moments before play was suspended for darkness with Pouille leading 6-7, 7-6, 7-5.
Andy Murray will have to wait until Sunday to discover his fourth-round opponent after Nick Kyrgios and Feliciano López’s hugely enjoyable thrash metal encounter was halted for bad light while poised at one set all.
‘Twice as good” is a phrase that some know so well, but which others, those who have never needed to be taught about it, may not recognise at all.
On a gloomy day on the south coast, there was a dark cloud over Heather Watson, who will head to Wimbledon with diminished levels of confidence after she continued her poor run of form by tumbling out of the Aegon International in the first round.
Britain's vote to leave the European Union has hit the tennis lawns, too.
Halfway through Novak Djokovic’s first match of this tournament, against Londoner James Ward on Monday afternoon, a fan shouted: “He’s only human, James!” It brought the usual guffaws.
Rarely can so many disbelieving eyes have been trained on Novak Djokovic. The whole of tennis was watching the best player in the world lose the plot, the match and – however briefly – his aura on No1 Court here on Saturday, and it was not an altogether pretty spectacle.
After this most tumultuous and savagely unpredictable of summers it was reassuring to find a national institution on which Britain can rely.
Roger Federer has played many great matches at Wimbledon in the past 17 years but few to match his comeback here on a warm Wednesday afternoon.
Christmas for Scotland came a month early this year and, having done so, decided to invite a few others. This nation, which until 10 years ago had barely picked up a racquet, awoke one morning last week to discover it was the proud owner of the No 1 tennis players in the world at both the singles and doubles versions of the sport.
It is nearly 10 months since Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic squared up to contest the first big title of the season, in the considerably warmer surroundings of Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.