Land of the dinosaurs: baseline of sexism overshadows tennis in Madrid
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by Molly McElwee in Barcelona
7h ago
This year offers a fresh chance to do right by women players at an event with a reputation for making them feel second class When the female tennis players head back to Spain’s capital for the Madrid Open this week, they may be forgiven for letting out a collective groan. A quick glance at the tournament’s history shows a litany of gaffes, accusations of inequality and a full-blown sexism row just last year. Not exactly a highlight of the calendar. It may be a new year but those memories are still fresh. One insider says the tournament – which is a WTA 1000 event, offering one of the most pres ..read more
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The 1924 Paris Olympics saved the Games. Can this year’s event repeat that success? | David Goldblatt
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by David Goldblatt
7h ago
Faced with competition from rival sporting events, the future of the Games hung in the balance. A century on, new hurdles are looming Paris 1924 was the sixth and last Olympics presided over by Baron de Coubertin, the modern movement’s founder. He had good reason to be pleased with his work. The French government had enthusiastically backed the enterprise, providing a budget of 20m francs and a new stadium. The Olympic rituals – the parade of nations, the rings, the oath, gold, silver and bronze medals – had been established. Above all, the Games remained the preserve of amateur athletic gentl ..read more
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Former Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza retires from tennis
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by Reuters
21h ago
Spanish player beat Venus Williams in the 2017 final Muguruza won 2016 French Open, beating Serena Williams Spain’s former world number 1 and Wimbledon and French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza announced her retirement at a news conference on Saturday, making the extended break she had announced a year ago a permanent step. Venezuelan-born Muguruza won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017, and she reached the final of the Australian Open in 2020. Last April she said she would take a break from competition to spend more time with her family ..read more
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‘I hope she will do it’: Iga Swiatek backs Emma Raducanu to win more titles
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by Agencies
2d ago
World No 1 beats Raducanu 7-6 (2), 6-3 at Stuttgart Open Swiatek will face Elena Rybakina in semi-final Emma Raducanu’s progress in the Stuttgart Open was halted in straight sets by the world No 1, Iga Swiatek. The Polish four-time grand slam champion, in her 100th week on top of the world rankings, prevailed 7-6 (2), 6-3 to set up a semi-final with Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina. It was, however, an encouraging quarter-final performance from Raducanu, who has slipped to 303 in the rankings after a torrid 2023 ..read more
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Jelena Dokic: ‘I was a woman with nothing to aspire to, no goals and dreams left’
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by Jo Khan
2d ago
The former tennis star has been cheered – and booed – in the highest arenas of the sport. But after a life of abuse and elite sport, she’s found a new calling Get our weekend culture and lifestyle email When Jelena Dokic released her biography Unbreakable nearly seven years ago, she had no idea of the impact it would have on people, let alone on herself. By laying out in detail the emotional and physical abuse she says she suffered throughout her tennis career at the hands of her father, Dokic unleashed a wave that would shape the next phase of her life. It wasn’t just the outpouring of supp ..read more
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Emma Raducanu continues hot streak to see off Linda Noskova in Stuttgart
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by PA Media
3d ago
Briton wins 6-0, 7-5 to set up quarter-final with Iga Swiatek Raducanu ‘not surprised’ by her fine recent run of form Emma Raducanu says the best is yet to come as she continued her excellent form by making it through to the quarter-final of the Stuttgart Open. The 2021 US Open champion beat Linda Noskova 6-0, 7-5 in Germany to set up a mouth-watering last-eight tie with the world No 1, Iga Swiatek, on Friday. Raducanu is making her way back after a torrid 2023 but looked excellent in winning her two ties in the Billie Jean King Cup at the weekend and then followed that up by swatting home f ..read more
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Rafael Nadal’s comeback ends in second-round defeat by Alex de Minaur
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by Reuters
4d ago
Spaniard ran out of steam against Australian in Barcelona The 37-year-old 22-time slam winner went down 7-5, 6-1 Rafael Nadal’s comeback effort ended on Wednesday with a second-round loss to the No 4 seed Alex de Minaur at the Barcelona Open. Competing for the first time since early January, Nadal began his Spanish homecoming on Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Italy’s Flavio Cobolli ..read more
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Andy Murray on French Open entry list but Emma Raducanu not in the draw
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by Guardian sport
4d ago
The 36-year-old Scot has been struggling with injury Former US Open champion may need a wild-card entry Andy Murray has been included in the entry list for next month’s French Open but Emma Raducanu, fresh from her success in Great Britain’s qualification for the Billie Jean King Cup finals, may yet need a wild card for Roland Garrros. The 36-year-old Murray has been struggling with injury since he was forced to withdraw from last year’s French Open and he ruptured ankle ligaments at the Miami Open last month. But the former Wimbledon champion is listed at 56 in the 99 players named with fiv ..read more
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Rafael Nadal makes winning return in first round at Barcelona Open
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by PA Media
5d ago
37-year-old beats Cobolli 6-2, 6-3 in first match since January ‘I’m just having fun and happy to start with a victory’ Rafael Nadal made a winning return to the court with victory over Flavio Cobolli in the first round of the Barcelona Open. The 37-year-old was playing his second tournament in 15 months after suffering another injury problem in his hip at his comeback event in Brisbane in January ..read more
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LTA reveals plans for new Queen’s Club women’s tournament from 2025
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by Tumaini Carayol
6d ago
New tournament would take place week before men’s event LTA confident quality of grass courts makes two events viable The Lawn Tennis Association is in discussions to bring women’s tennis back to the Queen’s Club in Barons Court, west London, for the first time since 1973 with a new high-profile event at the beginning of the grass-court season. A new women’s tournament at Queen’s would take place a week before the men’s event begins and a week after Roland Garros. Since Queen’s is a relatively small club, it has neither a sufficient number of courts or space in its clubhouse to accommodate t ..read more
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