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Aljaz Bedene switches British alliance back to Slovenia

Aljaz Bedene says he is returning to play tennis for Slovenia after competing for Britain since 2015. The 49th-ranked Bedene says he has notified the International Tennis Federation that he will compete for his native country as of 2018. Bedene's decision was prompted by his desire to compete in

Bedene to switch allegiance from Britain back to Slovenia
Bedene to switch allegiance from Britain back to Slovenia

World number 49 Aljaz Bedene has finally given up on representing his adopted country Britain and will switch allegiance back to his native Slovenia next year. The 28-year-old became a British citizen in 2015 but his hopes of playing in the Davis Cup were thwarted by a rule change brought in by the

Federer voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year
Federer voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year

Roger Federer has been voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time after an astonishing season during which he picked up two more Grand Slam titles. Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt have each won it three times. "It makes me incredibly proud that the UK public have chosen

British No 2 Aljaz Bedene announces he will represent Slovenia from January 1
British No 2 Aljaz Bedene announces he will represent Slovenia from January 1

British number two Aljaz Bedene will return to representing Slovenia from  January 1, he  has announced.  The 28-year-old, who lives in London, became a British citizen in March 2015 and among home players the world number 49 is only behind Andy Murray in the men's professional rankings. He has

British tennis player Bedene to switch allegiance to Slovenia
British tennis player Bedene to switch allegiance to Slovenia

British number two Aljaz Bedene said on Friday he intends to represent his native Slovenia so he can compete in the Davis Cup and the Olympics. The 28-year-old, who lives in London, became a British citizen in March 2015 and among British players the world number 49 is only behind Andy Murray in the

Roger Federer wins BBC Overseas Sports Personality of Year award for a record fourth time
Roger Federer wins BBC Overseas Sports Personality of Year award for a record fourth time

Roger Federer has been named BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year for a record fourth time. Federer overtook fellow three-time winners Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt after rolling back the years to win the Australian Open before becoming the first man to win eight Wimbledon singles titles at the

Hewitt comes out of retirement to play doubles at Australian Open
Hewitt comes out of retirement to play doubles at Australian Open

Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt is to come out of retirement temporarily and play doubles with compatriot Sam Groth at next month's Australian Open, local media reported on Friday. Hewitt, a U.S. Open and Wimbledon singles champion, officially retired from top-level tennis after his home

Lleyton Hewitt to come out of retirement at the Australian Open
Lleyton Hewitt to come out of retirement at the Australian Open

After this year's thirty-something dominated Australian Open was dubbed the 'throwback slam', it was revealed on Thursday that the 2018 tournament will play host to another old-stager.  Lleyton Hewitt, the former world No 1 and Wimbledon champion, has announced that aged 36 he will be

Mailbag: Will Serena Williams Defend Her Australian Open Title in 2018?
Mailbag: Will Serena Williams Defend Her Australian Open Title in 2018?

Happy holidays everyone….Some questions while mourning the World Cup on Tennis….Mailbag Have a question or comment for Jon? Email him at jon_wertheim@yahoo.com or tweet him @jon_wertheim . Hey Jon. Got the bucket list trip to the Aussie Open coming up. I Googled for your annual tips for it, but the most

Two-time champ Azarenka gets Australian Open wild card
Two-time champ Azarenka gets Australian Open wild card

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Two-time former champion Victoria Azarenka has been awarded a wild card for the Australian Open.

Azarenka gets Aussie Open wildcard amidst custody battle
Azarenka gets Aussie Open wildcard amidst custody battle

Two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka, who has been locked in a custody battle over her baby son, was Wednesday handed a wildcard into January's Australian Open. Tournament director Craig Tiley said every assistance would be provided to the former Belarus world number one so she can

Azarenka given wildcard for Australian Open

Twice champion Victoria Azarenka has been given a wildcard for next month's Australian Open, organizers said on Wednesday. Azarenka, who won the Melbourne Park title in 2012 and 2013, returned to the WTA Tour in June after having a baby, but has been involved in a custody battle that has prevented

Tennis Instructor Accused Of Hitting Boy With Racket Asks For Family
Tennis Instructor Accused Of Hitting Boy With Racket Asks For Family's Forgiveness

"I'm here begging the family to please accept my apology and to know that a mistake was made," said tennis instructor Osmailer Torres.

Tennis Instructor Charged With Child Abuse For Hitting Boy
Tennis Instructor Charged With Child Abuse For Hitting Boy

The tennis instructor, Osmailer Torres, is claiming he accidentally hit the 5-year-old boy while trying to protect his other pupils.

Serena hints at return, says 'be excited'

(Reuters) - American Serena Williams dropped a large hint that she could soon be back on court competing when she posted an Instagram photo of a pair of dazzling gold and white tennis shoes. Williams, who won her 23rd grand slam singles title at last year's Australian Open before taking time out

Nadal and Muguruza win ITF player of the year awards
Nadal and Muguruza win ITF player of the year awards

Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza have won the International Tennis Federation's player of the year awards. At 31, Nadal becomes the oldest ITF men's world champion after a season in which he won a 10th French Open and a third U.S. Open. The Spaniard also became the oldest player to finish

Spaniards Nadal, Muguruza named ITF world champions
Spaniards Nadal, Muguruza named ITF world champions

Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza were named as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) world champions on Friday - the first time in 19 years the awards have gone to players from the same country. Nadal, who claimed the honor for the third time, made a sensational comeback from an injury-plagued

Serena entered for
Serena entered for 'family-friendly' Australian Open

New mum Serena Williams has accepted a place at the Australian Open and is "anticipated to return" to the tournament in January, less than five months after giving birth, organisers said Friday. The defending women's champion was among 98 of the 100 top women, and all of the men's

Kuznetsova out of Australian Open with wrist injury
Kuznetsova out of Australian Open with wrist injury

Russia's world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova will miss next month's Australian Open as she recovers from wrist surgery, organizers confirmed on Friday. The 32-year-old former French and U.S. Open champion was already rated doubtful and was missing from the official entry list when it was published

Kuznetsova out of Australian Open after left wrist surgery
Kuznetsova out of Australian Open after left wrist surgery

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova has withdrawn from next month's Australian Open after having surgery on her left wrist.

Konta appoints Joyce as new coach
Konta appoints Joyce as new coach

(Reuters) - British world number nine Johanna Konta has named American Michael Joyce as her new coach for the 2018 season following her split from Belgian Wim Fisette in October. The 26-year-old enjoyed a solid start to 2017, winning the Sydney International and Miami Open titles, and hit a career-high

Partners In Prime: Simultaneous Comebacks of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer Were a 2017 Highlight
Partners In Prime: Simultaneous Comebacks of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer Were a 2017 Highlight

Pity your favorite editorial cartoonist. Usually 'tis the season when that weary wretch can, for a day, get away with a dashed-off Father Time: geezer, sickle, four numerals to note the passing year. But how to capture 2017? Bald and bearded hardly sums up its dispiritingly nasty tone. And it&apos

Australian Open Tournament Director: Serena Williams
Australian Open Tournament Director: Serena Williams 'Very Likely' To Play

Tournament director Craig Tiley says that Serena Williams' return to competition is "very likely" to come at the 2018 Australian Open, according to the Herald Sun . "She's got her visa, she's entered, she's practicing and she's probably just got to find a bit more space for a bigger entourage

Johanna Konta appoints Maria Sharapova
Johanna Konta appoints Maria Sharapova's former coach Michael Joyce

British No 1 Johanna Konta has confirmed a big-name signing as her new coach, as befits a player ranked just inside the world's top 10. Michael Joyce was a moderate player on the men's tour, reaching a high point of No 64, but he made his name by coaching Maria Sharapova for nearly seven years at the

Plan to move Miami Open to Dolphins stadium in jeopardy
Plan to move Miami Open to Dolphins stadium in jeopardy

An agreement to move the Miami Open to the Miami Dolphins' stadium is in jeopardy because of a previously undisclosed audit concerning how much money the tennis tournament owes Miami-Dade County. The agreement became public last week, after tournament officials signed paperwork with the Miami mayor

2018 World Cup Schedule: Match Dates
2018 World Cup Schedule: Match Dates

The 2018 World Cup gets started on June 14 in Moscow.The 32-team international tournament will last 32 days, running until July 15, and will feature 64 matches during that span.This time around traditional soccer powers like Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal and Spain will all participate, along with

Novak Djokovic adds Radek Stepanek to his coaching team
Novak Djokovic adds Radek Stepanek to his coaching team

Recently-retired Radek Stepanek is joining Andre Agassi to coach Novak Djokovic for the 2018 season. Djokovic hired Agassi in May to work with him at the grand slams but has been without a touring coach since splitting from long-time mentor Marian Vajda the same month. Czech Stepanek, 39, called time

Djokovic brings Stepanek into coaching team
Djokovic brings Stepanek into coaching team

Former world number one Novak Djokovic said Thursday Radek Stepanek was joining his coaching team to complement Andre Agassi. Agassi and former doubles specialist Stepanek will replace the Serb's former coaching duo of Boris Becker and Marian Vajda. What exciting times we have ahead of us!"

Novak Djokovic brings aboard Radek Stepanek as coach
Novak Djokovic brings aboard Radek Stepanek as coach

MONACO (AP) -- Novak Djokovic is bringing aboard former top-10 player Radek Stepanek as a coach.

Djokovic adds Stepanek to coaching team
Djokovic adds Stepanek to coaching team

(Reuters) - Former world number one Novak Djokovic has brought Czech Radek Stepanek into his coaching team, the Serb said on Instagram on Thursday. American Andre Agassi, eight-times grand slam champion, will continue to coach Djokovic at the grand slams with Stepanek stepping in at other tournaments

Former US Open finalist Vinci announces retirement plan
Former US Open finalist Vinci announces retirement plan

Former U.S. Open finalist Roberta Vinci will retire from tennis after the Italian Open in May. The 34-year-old Vinci made the announcement on Twitter and in an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport. Vinci will enter qualifying for the Australian Open in January ''with the goal of arriving

Unstoppable Venus sets sights on 2020 Olympics
Unstoppable Venus sets sights on 2020 Olympics

(Reuters) - Evergreen American Venus Williams has dismissed any notion of announcing her retirement anytime soon, saying she is eager to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The seven-time grand slam winner has competed in five previous Olympics tournaments, starting in 2000, and has won three golds

Miami Open to leave Key Biscayne in 2019
Miami Open to leave Key Biscayne in 2019

The prestigious Miami Open hardcourt tennis tournament is poised to leave its Key Biscayne site in 2019 for the Miami Dolphins' stadium, according to documents made public on Wednesday. According to the Miami Herald, the tournament's parent company has already signed paperwork with the administration

Miami Open Heads To New Home At Dolphins
Miami Open Heads To New Home At Dolphins' Hard Rock Stadium

In 2019, the tennis tournaments is expected to be held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens under a new deal that includes a $1 million annual county subsidy.

Miami Open May Be Moving To Dolphins
Miami Open May Be Moving To Dolphins' Hard Rock Stadium

CBS Miami's Eliott Rodriguez reports on the Miami Open tennis tournament possibly moving venues to Hard Rock Stadium.

Serena, Kuznetsova uncertain of playing Australian Open
Serena, Kuznetsova uncertain of playing Australian Open

(Reuters) - Former world number one Serena Williams has yet to make a decision about her participation at the Australian Open, while world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova is also a doubt for the first grand slam of 2018 after undergoing wrist surgery. Williams was around two months pregnant when she captured

Brady Schnell interview after winning the 112 VISA Open de Argentina
Brady Schnell interview after winning the 112 VISA Open de Argentina

Following his playoff victory at the 2017 VISA Open de Argentina presentado por Macro, Brady Schnell talks about the win that secured him an exemption for The 147th Open Championship.

Tennis Podcast: Courageous Yannick Noah inspires France to Davis Cup glory again
Tennis Podcast: Courageous Yannick Noah inspires France to Davis Cup glory again

The first time Yannick Noah captained France to Davis Cup glory he was still young enough to be playing, his son - the New York Knicks basketball player Joakim - was just six, and the Euro was still seven years away from replacing the Franc. Twenty six years later, after two decades of success as a singer

South Korea warns North not to repeat armistice violation
South Korea warns North not to repeat armistice violation

North Korea violated an armistice agreement with South Korea this month when North Korean soldiers shot and wounded a North Korean soldier as he defected across their border and it must not do so again, South Korea's defense minister said on Monday. The defector, a North Korean soldier identified only by his surname, Oh, was critically wounded but has been recovering in hospital in South Korea. The incident comes at a time of heightened tension between North Korea and the international community over its nuclear weapons program, but the North has not publicly responded to the defection at the sensitive border.

Former Joint Chiefs Chairman: 'Sad Kelly Supports Trump No Matter What'
Former Joint Chiefs Chairman: 'Sad Kelly Supports Trump No Matter What'

A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sunday slammed John Kelly for backing Donald Trump "no matter what."

Noah's French Davis Cup men dispel 'losing culture'

By Julien Pretot LILLE, France (Reuters) - Charismatic captain Yannick Noah reckoned that the "losing culture" of French men's tennis had been dispelled by the way his team had powered to their first Davis Cup title in 16 years on Sunday. One of the major Davis Cup nations, France had

Impressive Goffin fails in bid for Davis Cup title
Impressive Goffin fails in bid for Davis Cup title

For all his individual brilliance, David Goffin could not make up for the lack of depth in the Belgian team at the Davis Cup final. Looking for its first title in the team competition, Belgium lost a second final in three years on Sunday, going down 3-2 to France. Belgium was guided by an impressive

Pouille powers France to Davis Cup glory
Pouille powers France to Davis Cup glory

Lucas Pouille throttled Belgium's Steve Darcis 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 in Sunday's decisive fifth rubber to clinch a 10th Davis Cup title for France in front of a passionate Lille crowd. Belgian ace David Goffin levelled the final at two points apiece after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets

Ice-cool Goffin beats Tsonga, sends Davis Cup into deciding match
Ice-cool Goffin beats Tsonga, sends Davis Cup into deciding match

LILLE, France (Reuters) - David Goffin never once lost his cool as he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(5) 6-3 6-2 to put Belgium level at 2-2 with hosts France, sending the Davis Cup final into a decisive fifth match on Sunday. The world number seven saved six break points in a thrilling opening set of the

France-Belgium 2-2 in Davis Cup final after Goffin wins
France-Belgium 2-2 in Davis Cup final after Goffin wins

David Goffin kept alive Belgium's hopes of winning its first Davis Cup title by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-2 in the first reverse singles match on Sunday to level the final at 2-2. Goffin, who also won his opening singles without dropping a set, delivered a superb performance

Tennis Podcast: France stage dramatic doubles turnaround to take 2-1 lead in Davis Cup final
Tennis Podcast: France stage dramatic doubles turnaround to take 2-1 lead in Davis Cup final

When Belgium served for the third set at 5-4 to take a 2 sets to 1 lead, France captain Yannick Noah admitted he was getting twitchy having made the decision to separate his established doubles pair and draft in Richard Gasquet. Gasquet had joined Pierre-Hugues Herbert, replacing Nicolas Mahut, and things

Noah gamble pays off as France lead Belgium 2-1
Noah gamble pays off as France lead Belgium 2-1

France captain Yannick Noah's gamble in pairing Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert together for the first time paid off on Saturday as the duo gave France a 2-1 lead over Belgium in the Davis Cup final. Gasquet and Herbert defeated Ruben Bemelmans and Joris de Loore 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6

France wins doubles to lead Belgium 2-1 in Davis Cup final
France wins doubles to lead Belgium 2-1 in Davis Cup final

Yannick Noah took a big gamble in the Davis Cup final and it paid off. When the France captain fielded an inexperienced pair for the doubles, many were perplexed. ''It was a tough decision,'' Noah said after Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who had never played together before

Noah
Noah's gamble rewarded as France take Davis Cup lead

By Julien Pretot LILLE, France (Reuters) - France captain Yannick Noah gambled on an untested pair for the pivotal Davis Cup final doubles against Belgium on Saturday but Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert's win ensured he was spared a "hot seat" as Les Bleus moved into the driving

Tennis Podcast: Davis Cup Final - Doubles looks crucial with France and Belgium level after day one
Tennis Podcast: Davis Cup Final - Doubles looks crucial with France and Belgium level after day one

The decision of Yannick Noah to bench former World No 1 doubles player Nicolas Mahut will be put to the ultimate test in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final on Saturday after France and Belgium finished level at 1-1 on Friday. The respective No 1 singles players, Jo Wilfried Tsonga and David Goffin, scored

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