Andy Murray maintained his hardline stance on Maria Sharapova’s conviction for taking a banned substance – on the day she announced her appeal against the two-year ban handed down a week ago.
Maria Sharapova will not be at Wimbledon this month, nor will she be at peace with herself for a little while yet, because the battle the Russian has chosen to join in pursuit of clearing her name as a drug cheat will drag on well into the summer.
Maria Sharapova has been banned for two years after failing a drug test at the Australian Open, the International Tennis Federation has announced.
On another sunny Monday afternoon in Monaco the bluntly-named Beefbar tinkles with the clink of glasses and cutlery as the well-fed ladies and gentlemen of Monte Carlo settle in for a long lunch.
Andy Murray was hurting, spiritually as much as physically, after his 24th defeat against Novak Djokovic here on Sunday in his first French Open final, thus allowing his great rival to take la Coupe des Mousquetaires at the fourth attempt.
Andy Murray – distracted, taunted by a hostile crowd and railing at minor distractions – lost focus at precisely the wrong time of the championships and could not deny Novak Djokovic his first French Open title here on Sunday, the brilliant Serb completing a career grand slam in the process.
Many players dream of winning grand slam titles but, in an era dominated by Serena Williams, few women have had a look in. Garbiñe Muguruza’s stunning 7-5, 6-4 victory against the American in the French Open final on Saturday not only gave the women’s game a new champion but someone who at 22 may just be the heir apparent to Williams’s throne.
It all started when a skinny 15-year-old boy from a small town in Scotland decided he was going to take his racket and spend a couple of years learning how to play the game on the clay of an academy in Barcelona, a surface and an environment as foreign to him as the language.
Andy Murray has vowed to enjoy winning his second Wimbledon title, claiming that doing so via a straight-sets win against Milos Raonic on Centre Court on Sunday had left him feeling “happier” and “more content” than when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the final here three years ago.
The fact that Marcus Willis was appearing at Wimbledon at all, he said earlier this week, was already “surreal” – only the 23rd best player in Britain and the world No 772, he is the second lowest-ranked player in the men’s singles competition this year and the lowest-ranked player to have earned a place through qualifying in almost 20 years.
Weird scenes, these.
Andy Murray said he would “love to” work with Ivan Lendl again but he wonders if the single-minded, golf-loving coach who guided him to his two grand slam titles can find the time to return to the Tour full-time – or conquer his dislike of flying.
Protected by the Centre Court roof and fortified by his tenacity, nothing was going to stop Novak Djokovic from securing his 30th consecutive grand slam victory, a record in the open era. The rain could not touch Djokovic and nor could Adrian Mannarino, who produced some delightful touches without ever coming close to bloodying the world No1’s nose.
Move over Steffi Graf, you have company. Serena Williams equalled the great German’s open-era record of 22 grand slam singles titles on Saturday after a hard-fought but well-deserved 7-5, 6-3 victory over another German, Angelique Kerber for her seventh Wimbledon crown.
Britain’s Heather Watson was handed the second-largest single fine in Wimbledon history on Saturday – $12,000 (£9,043) for unsportsmanlike conduct in her first-round defeat by Annika Beck of Germany.
Love, that many-splendoured thing, is more than a score in tennis.
It was both a shock and not at all unexpected.
When he reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon this year, many tipped the 22-year-old Lucas Pouille as a star of the future. After his victory over Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the US Open on Sunday evening, he looked a lot like a star for the present.
Kyle Edmund had his moments against Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the US Open, but they were too few and and too short. The world No1, not exactly at his best and still favouring his right elbow, gathered his resources efficiently enough to win 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in just under two hours and move through to the quarter-finals on Tuesday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who earlier on day seven beat the American Jack Sock with some to spare.
This was not all about the mysterious and probably temporary dip in form of Andy Murray as the men’s draw began to open up at this US Open. The world No2, who had not dropped a set in the tournament, took three hours and 17 minutes to subdue the courageous challenge of an Italian veteran, Paolo Lorenzi, and it was the loser who walked off Arthur Ashe Court to the louder applause.