Scotland Yard is investigating allegations that a British tennis player who was forced to retire from competing in this year’s Wimbledon tournament was deliberately poisoned.
With the sun setting and the air cooling ever so slightly, Jo Konta beat Svetlana Kuznetsova, the eighth seed, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 in a struggle of constantly ebbing fortunes to reach the Olympic quarter-finals.
There are two ways to view the 2016 Olympics: cynically, as witnessed by sluggish ticket sales, civil unrest, a noisily creaking infrastructure and the absence of many of the world’s best athletes, or with a kinder eye, as championed by Andy Murray.
Roger Federer will miss the Olympic Games in Rio and the rest of the tennis season, including the US Open, in order to recover from knee surgery.
The British No1, Johanna Konta, scored an impressive victory on her first appearance in a WTA final when she defeated Venus Williams 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 in the Stanford Classic in California on Sunday.
This is Andy Murray’s moment, no question; one for the Scot to build on as he savours victory in an outstanding Wimbledon final three years after his first.
It’s a great tournament, and we finally have a good British player in Andy Murray who can grace the second week. So what are the things that gently annoy us?
No one likes losing but when things are taken out of your hands, it hurts that little bit more. Britain’s last representative in the juniors, Gabriella Taylor, was forced to retire from her quarter-final because of a virus, ending her hopes of a first grand slam title.
As Novak Djokovic’s glorious reign of 122 weeks as the king of tennis edged towards a conclusion with a shock defeat in Paris on Friday, Andy Murray, the heir apparent for 76 weeks stretched over seven years, put one undoubtedly trembling hand on the crown.
Angelique Kerber is in the semi-finals of the US Open, completing a five-year journey that has taken her through most of the highs and lows the game has to offer.
Milos Raonic withdrew from his Paris Masters semi-final against Andy Murray at the last minute on Saturday, handing the Scot the world No1 spot for the first time.
Andy Murray always knew that, if he was going to unseat Novak Djokovic as the king of tennis here this weekend, he would need the help of mutual friends. It looks the Dickens of an assignment.
Andy Murray is fighting mental and physical fatigue as he strains to knock Novak Djokovic off the top of the tennis mountain.
A couple of months back Nick Kyrgios was the subject of a lengthy profile piece in the New York Times.
And then there were none. It has not quite been a week – and a decent chunk of that has been lost to rain – but British interest in the women’s singles was ended in the Friday gloaming at Wimbledon. Tara Moore, the last of six home players in the draw, was defeated by the veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova in a rollercoaster encounter 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.
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.
It was a three-word tweet which spoke volumes. No sooner had Andy Murray completed his remarkable ascension to the top of men’s tennis, Nick Kyrgios paid homage on social media. “U the man” wrote the Australian before posting a picture of him rubbing Murray’s head. A heartwarming tennis “bromance” for the ages.
Pick up any dictionary and check the definition of honesty.
Andy Murray celebrated his elevation to world No1 by winning the Paris Masters in three tense sets against John Isner here on Sunday, extending his lead over Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings to a slender 405 points.