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Andy Murray retirement: Rafael Nadal says former world number one is ‘suffering’

Nadal and Murray are friends off the court and posed with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as part of New Year’s celebrations at the Brisbane Open last week Andy Murray’s impending retirement was a decision he had to take because he is “suffering”, says long-time rival Rafael Nadal. The 31-year-old Briton announced on Friday that he will quit this year, and next week’s Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career. “When you are going on court without a clear goal because you cannot move well and you have pain, then…

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Tennis: Australian number four Kyrgios ‘in a good spot’ ahead of home Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Nick Kyrgios is in the unusual position of being Australia’s number four in the men’s draw at Melbourne Park this year but the 23-year-old thinks he has found at least some of the answers to the questions that have held back his career. Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2018. Australia’s Nick Kyrgios hits a shot during his third round match against Japan’s Kei Nishikori. REUTERS/Toby Melville Part of the reason for his lowly spot in the…

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Simona Halep: World number one loses to Ashleigh Barty at Sydney International

Simona Halep failed to convert nine of her 11 break points in the defeat by Ashleigh Barty Australian Open 2019 Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online from 19 January. World number one Simona Halep’s first match in more than three months ended in defeat by Australia’s Ashleigh Barty at the Sydney International. The Romanian, who cut short her…

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Twins to retire Mauer’s number June 15

FILE PHOTO: Sep 26, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) celebrates with second baseman Brian Dozier (2) after scoring against the Cleveland Indians in the third inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports The Minnesota Twins will retire Joe Mauer’s No. 7 during a pregame ceremony on June 15, the club announced Tuesday. The Twins dubbed the Saturday night game against the Kansas City Royals “Joe Mauer Day.” Mauer retired at the end of last season after spending all 15 of his…

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Beyonce and Jay-Z help Paris Louvre to record number of visitors

FILE PHOTO: Visitors look at the Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace, a marble Hellenistic sculpture at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – A music video by Beyonce and Jay-Z set in the Louvre helped boost visitor numbers to a record 10.2 million last year, the most for any museum in history, the Louvre said on Thursday. A rebound in tourist numbers to Paris, following a drop after Islamist militants killed 130 people in the French capital…

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Kyle Edmund loses to world number 185 Yasutaka Uchiyama in Brisbane opener

Edmund had tonsil surgery in the off-season British number one Kyle Edmund suffered a shock defeat by Japan’s world number 185 Yasutaka Uchiyama in the second round of the Brisbane International. Edmund, the world number 14 and third seed, lost 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 to the qualifier. The Briton, who had a bye in the first round, failed to convert two set points in the opening set. He was broken to love in the third game of the second set and Uchiyama went on to wrap it up quickly. Britain’s former…

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Johanna Konta: British number one hopes to be ‘better equipped’

Johanna Konta began coaching sessions with Dimitri Zavialoff in October British number one Johanna Konta hopes she will be “better equipped to deal with challenges on court” after linking up with new coach Dimitri Zavialoff. Konta hired Zavialoff on a permanent basis after reaching the Kremlin Cup semi-finals in October while working with him on a trial. She says they have had a “very strong pre-season” which leaves her positive about her chances in 2019. “He is teaching me to be quite self-sufficient on court,” said Konta, 27. “It is…

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Sorry, but LadBaby won’t be Christmas number one

Image caption Ava Max, LadBaby and Ariana Grande are all said to be in contention for the Christmas number one It’s official, the headlines say, there’s a nail-biting, three-way race for this year’s Christmas number one. Ariana Grande’s current chart-topper is facing fierce competition from US newcomer Ava Max and a sausage roll-loving YouTube star called LadBaby. The UK blogger is 508 sales and streams ahead of Grande’s Thank U, Next and just 978 sales behind US singer Ava Max, who tops the midweek chart update. So could his charity…

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X Factor winner Dalton Harris enters chart at number four

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Harris’s single features vocals from James Arthur, another X Factor winner Dalton Harris, the latest winner of The X Factor, has entered the UK singles chart at number four with his debut record, a cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s The Power of Love. That’s two places lower than 2017 winners Rak-Su managed this time last year with their first single, Dimelo. No X Factor winner’s single has gone to number one since Ben Haenow’s in 2014. Ariana Grande – fresh from receiving two…

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UK Championship: Shaun Murphy knocked out by world number 124 Chen Feilong

Shaun Murphy has failed to progress beyond the third round in any ranking tournament this season Betway UK Championship Venue: York Barbican Dates: 27 November-9 December Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app from 1 December. Former champion Shaun Murphy and world number 12 Ryan Day were shock losers to first-year professionals on the second day of first-round action at the UK Championship. Ninth seed Murphy, the 2008 winner and a two-time runner-up at the York Barbican,…

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