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‘Becker Wrecker’, Peter Doohan dies aged 56

Former Australian tennis player and coach Peter Doohan has died at the age of 56. Dubbed the ‘Becker Wrecker’ after famously defeating two-time defending champion Boris Becker in 1987 at Wimbledon, Peter reached a career-high world ranking of No.43. In a tweet on Saturday evening, Becker said: “My heartfelt condolences to the family of #PeterDoohan! The tennis fraternity lost a great guy and wonderful player!” In a statement issued on Saturday, Tennis Australia said the tennis family was deeply saddened by the news. Peter Doohan (R) famously defeated Boris Becker…

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Top-seeded John Isner reaches Hall of Fame semifinals

NEWPORT, R.I. — Top-seeded John Isner beat fellow American Dennis Novikov 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to reach the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships semifinals. The hard-serving Isner had 20 aces and did not face a break point in his bid to become a three-time Newport champion. He won the grass-court tournament in 2011 and 2012. “Just one of those matches on a surface like this, with two pretty good servers, that’s how it can go,” Isner said. “You just get one break and you try to hold onto it.” The…

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Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters reflect on careers, early retirement, Hall of Fame honor

NEWPORT, R.I. — Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters stood side by side Friday inside the International Tennis Hall of Fame museum recalling the first time they met — over 20 years ago. “It was 1996 in Japan,” Roddick said. “In Nagoya,” Clijsters chimed in, finishing his sentence. “It’s amazing in tennis how you have these relationships that span time,” Roddick explained. “You don’t have to be in touch with the person all the time, but you still have those memories no matter where your life has taken you.” When Roddick…

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Brazilian tennis player Americo Lanzoni banned for steroid use

LONDON — The International Tennis Federation has banned a Brazilian doubles player for three years and nine months for using an anabolic steroid. The ITF says Americo Lanzoni tested positive for norandrosterone at a Challenger circuit event in Sao Paulo in April last year. Lanzoni will be 31 when the ban expires in March 2020. His highest doubles ranking was No. 1552 and he never held a singles ranking, according to his profile page on the ITF website. Source link

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Ilie Nastase banned from Fed Cup, Davis Cup until 2019

LONDON — Ilie Nastase has been banned from the Fed Cup and Davis Cup until 2019 because of his foul-mouthed comments and bad behavior as Romania’s captain during a Fed Cup match against Britain. In addition to the ban, the International Tennis Federation said Friday the 1973 French Open champion will not be able to work in an official capacity for a further two years, until 2021. The 71-year-old Nastase was also fined $10,000. He has three weeks to appeal the decision. “Mr. Nastase made a comment about Serena Williams‘s…

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Peter Gojowczyk upsets defending champion Ivo Karlovic at Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

NEWPORT, R.I. — Peter Gojowczyk upset defending champion Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (5), 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4) on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Gojowczyk, a 28-year-old German, overcame 30 aces from the second-seeded Croatian. Gojowczyk converted all three of his break points. “In the end, it didn’t go my way,” Karlovic said. “That’s life, that’s tennis. That’s how it goes sometimes.” Gojowczyk will face Australia’s Matthew Ebden, a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 winner over Germany’s Tobias Kamke. Ebden is the first qualifier to reach…

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ITF proposal for World Cup of Tennis Finals put on hold for at least a year

LONDON — The International Tennis Federation is putting off its proposal for a World Cup of Tennis Finals for another year. The ITF said last month it wanted to combine next year’s Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals into one event to raise the profile of the two national team competitions. But on Thursday, the governing body said it would not put the motion to a vote at its annual general meeting next month in Vietnam. Other proposals, such as reducing the men’s matches to best-of-three sets and possibly skipping…

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Karolina Pliskova, Andy Murray lead direct-entry fields for U.S. Open

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — New WTA No. 1 Karolina Pliskova and top-ranked man Andy Murray headline the direct-entry lists for the US Open. Pliskova, the 2016 runner-up at Flushing Meadows, is joined by four past US Open champions: Angelique Kerber, Venus Williams, Sam Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Other past Grand Slam champions in the field include Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Francesca Schiavone, Victoria Azarenka and Jelena Ostapenko. There are 13 Americans among the 99 women receiving direct entry, more than any other country. Six-time US Open champion Serena Williams (pregnant)…

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4 Wimbledon, French Open matches flagged for unusual betting

LONDON — The Tennis Integrity Unit says a total of four matches at Wimbledon and the French Open have been flagged for unusual betting patterns. The TIU’s quarterly report, released Wednesday, says a total of 53 match alerts were received from April to June out of a total of more than 31,000 professional matches. There were 73 alerts during the same period last year. Three of the recently flagged matches were at Wimbledon — two in qualifying, one in the main draw — and one was at Roland Garros. Only…

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ICYMI at Wimbledon – the best bits

2:11 PM ET Victoria MonkESPN LONDON — The players descended in their whites and the supporters responded by arriving equipped with Pimm’s and picnics. We saw some early-round upsets and some epic five-set matches — this year’s Wimbledon did not disappoint. From flying ants to flying volleys; here’s a round-up of the best bits from Wimbledon 2017. Best match “Manic Monday,” as it is colloquially known — the second Monday when all remaining men and women play on the same day — was not short of fantastic tennis action. But…

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