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Is new Murray coaching partnership going to end in disaster?

Posted 01-11-2012 at 05:35 PM by Philip Oliver
Andy Murray is a man who doesn't suffer fools gladly. That much has been known ever since the Scot burst onto the Grand Slam scene what seems like many, many years ago now, with Murray initially known more for his hot-headed outbursts, wild temper, and ability to break tennis rackets than his actual talent and ability.

It therefore came as something of a surprise when the Scot revealed the identity of his new coach: Ivan Lendl, a man also well-known in tennis circles for being a...
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No Melbourne action for injured Petkovic

Posted 01-11-2012 at 04:52 PM by Philip Oliver
Andrea Petkovic, who had been set to be the tenth seed at the Australian Open, has had to pull out of the tournament due to a back injury.
The 24-year-old German picked up the problem during her defeat to Agnieszka Radwanska in the Sydney International and needed to receive treatment from the trainer during the match.

Petkovic, who reached the quarter-finals of last year's Australian Open, said: "I've been struggling with it, but I've always believed it was going to be...
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Novak takes top seed

Posted 01-11-2012 at 11:25 AM by Philip Oliver
Defending champion Novak Djokovic has been handed the top seed in this month’s Australian Open which gets underway on January 16.

The Serbian defeated Andy Murray in the final at Melbourne Park 12 months ago and went on to win Wimbledon and the US Open in an extraordinary year of live tennisfor the world number one.

2009 winner Rafael Nadal is the second seed, whilst four-time winner Roger Federer has been handed the third seed this year.

Last year’s...
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Clijsters upbeat despite injury

Posted 01-11-2012 at 11:08 AM by Philip Oliver
Reigning champion Kim Clijsters is confident that she will be able to defend her Australian Open title, after scans revealed her hip injury was not serious.

The 28-year-old had been forced to withdraw from the Brisbane International tournament when she picked up the injury during the second set of her semi-final against Daniela Hantuchova.

She called for the trainer and eventually opted to retire as she did not want to cause further damage ahead of the first live tennis...
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Signs not good for Blake

Posted 01-06-2012 at 03:54 PM by Philip Oliver
Former Australian Open quarter-finalist James Blake has been forced to withdraw from the opening Grand Slam of 2012 with ‘personal reasons’ being given as the reason. The latest setback for the American comes after nearly 18 months of struggling with a serious knee injury which has kept him out of the tennis betting offers and live tennis.

Serious knee injuries and tennis players over the age of 30, isn’t really a mix that results in anything positive and the signs certainly aren’t...
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