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Grand Slam clock ticking for weary Serena

With her 38th birthday fast approaching, the clock is ticking for Serena Williams and on her pursuit of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros. The American star won her most recent major at the Australian Open in 2017 while pregnant. Williams returned to Grand Slam tennis, after giving birth to her daughter, at Roland Garros in 2018, making the last 16 where she had been set to resume her bitter rivalry with Maria Sharapova.
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'I felt less of a person' after defeats - Swan reveals struggle for confidence

British number five Katie Swan says she was "afraid to embarrass" herself at the French Open before deciding to seek help for confidence issues.
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French Open 2019: Training with Roger Federer an 'eye-opener', says Dan Evans

Britain's Dan Evans says his time spent as Roger Federer's training partner has been an "eye-opener to what's being done in our country".
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Kyrgios pulls out of French Open with illness

Australian world number 36 Nick Kyrgios pulls out of the French Open with illness, meaning Cameron Norrie will now play a qualifier.
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I know I'm playing well - Nadal on French Open title defence

Defending champion Rafael Nadal said he's feeling good as he looks to win a 12th French Open title.
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2019 French Open: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal on Collision Course to Meet in Final

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic might have a more difficult draw than 11-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal, but SI executive editor Jon Wertheim believes that the tournament's top-seeded players are on track to meet in the final at Roland-Garros.
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Britain's Swan loses French Open qualifier

Britain's Katie Swan misses out on the French Open main draw after losing to Slovakia's Kristina Kucova in the final round of qualifying in Paris.
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Quiz: Test your 'love' of tennis in our pre-French Open quiz

It's 20 years since Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf got together after winning the French Open singles titles - test your knowledge of tennis romance and 'love' scoring.
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French Open 2019 women power rankings: Who are our Roland Garros favourites?

Konta has never won so much as a match at the French Open, but she is such a confidence player that it's very possible she'll continue her recent momentum and at least make the second week. N.B Elina Svitolina and Ashleigh Barty are among the players who just missed out on our top 10. Serena Williams Could be anywhere on this list - or not on it at all - depending on the state of her troublesome knee.
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Laver Cup between Team Europe and Team World to become official ATP event

The Laver Cup event between Europe and the rest of the world is to become an officially sanctioned ATP Tour event.
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Steady as He Goes: Roger Federer on Success, Staying Power and 20 Years at the French Open

Of the 128 players who took part in the 1999 French Open singles tournament, Federer is the last one still playing singles on tour.
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Nadal to face qualifier in Roland Garros first round

Rafael Nadal will face a qualifier in the first round of the French Open, after the draw was made on Thursday.
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French Open: Roger Federer to play Lorenzo Sonego on return to Paris

Swiss great Roger Federer's first French Open since 2015 will begin against Italy's Lorenzo Sonego.
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Britain's Swan through but Watson loses in Paris

Britain's Katie Swan is one win away from reaching the main draw of the French Open as Heather Watson loses in qualifying.
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Only a few players can stop Nadal winning 12th French Open - Ferrero

To beat Rafael Nadal, opponents have to be at their very best over a long period of time, according to former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero.
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Djokovic motivated to take Nadal's clay-court crown - Ferrero

Juan Carlos Ferrero believes that Novak Djokovic has every chance of winning his second French Open title.
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Federer, Nadal threaten Djokovic bid for historic Slam

Novak Djokovic can become only the second man in history to have twice held all four Grand Slam titles at the same time with victory at the French Open. World number one Djokovic completed his first private stranglehold of all four Slams with victory at Roland Garros in 2016. Having clinched the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open titles and then a seventh Australian Open crown in January this year, the Serb is tantalisingly close to another 'Djoko Slam'.
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Beach Tennis Set

Made from Baltic birch and cork, Fredericks and Mae’s beach tennis set includes everything you need to get your game going: two rackets, a cork ball and a cotton drawstring bag to carry it all. Make up your own rules, or follow the official instructions for the game (aka Kadima, Matkot or Frescoball) whether on the beach, park or backyard.
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Federer set for French Open return as Nadal eyes 12th title

Roger Federer returns to the French Open for the first time in four years to challenge Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's bids for more records.
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Swan and Watson win French Open qualifying rounds

Britain's Katie Swan and Heather Watson are through to the second round of French Open qualifying following victories in their opening matches on Wednesday.
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Djokovic concedes he has mountain to climb at French Open

World number one Novak Djokovic has enjoyed two good weeks on red clay but admitted that winning a second French Open title would be a tall order after a crushing defeat by Rafael Nadal in last week's Italian Open final. Djokovic clinched the Madrid Open without dropping a set and then won a pair of epic battles against Argentines Juan Martin Del Potro and Diego Schwartzman in Rome before succumbing to the imperious Nadal 6-0 4-6 6-1 in Sunday's final. That defeat aside, the Serb'...
Tags: News, Rome, Tennis, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic, Nadal, Juan Martin Del Potro, Diego Schwartzman

Novak Djokovic: How 1999 Nato bombings of Belgrade shaped his career

An in-depth look at Novak Djokovic's rise, from growing up in a war-torn country to becoming the world's best male tennis player.
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Murray could 'potentially' play Wimbledon doubles

Andy Murray could play doubles at Wimbledon but effectively rules out competing in the singles there this year.
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Henin expects most 'open' Roland Garros in recent years

Justine Henin expects this month's French Open to be the most open it's been in recent years.
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Clarke loses to Davidovich Fokina in French Open qualifying

Great Britain's Jay Clarke and James Ward are beaten in the first qualifying round of the French Open.
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Lionel Messi, LeBron James and Serena Williams: The careers we wish would never end

They can't last forever - but here's a list of six sportspeople we definitely will not be ready to say goodbye to when the time comes.
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Nadal overtakes Federer's top-10 streak

Rafael Nadal has now occupied a place in the world's top 10 for 735 consecutive weeks, passing Roger Federer for the second-longest streak in the history of the ATP rankings. Nadal made a statement on Sunday ahead of defending his French Open title in Paris, despatching Novak Djokovic 6-0 4-6 6-1 in the Internazionali d'Italia final. The victory ended his wait for a first tournament win in 2019, the Spaniard having underwhelmed on clay so far this year, losing semi-finals in Monte Carl...
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Pliskova climbs to second in rankings, Williams back in top 10

Karolina Pliskova climbed five places in the WTA rankings on Monday to second after her Italian Open triumph at the weekend, with Naomi Osaka's world number one spot now in the Czech's sights. The 27-year-old saw off Briton Johanna Konta to win her 13th WTA title in Rome. She will be the second seed at the French Open, which starts on Sunday, as she looks to improve on her previous best Roland Garros performance -- a semi-final run in 2017.
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Tsitsipas reaches career-high ranking ahead of French Open

Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas reached a career-high ranking of sixth on Monday after his run to the Italian Open semi-finals last week. The 20-year-old failed to repeat his Madrid last-four win over Rafael Nadal, as the 17-time Grand Slam champion went on to lift his ninth Rome title. Nadal remains second in the rankings, a long way adrift of Novak Djokovic, with the pair facing a possible final clash at Roland Garros in three weeks' time.
Tags: News, Rome, Tennis, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Madrid, Nadal, Roland Garros, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Tsitsipas

Nadal clear French Open favourite – Djokovic

Novak Djokovic believes Rafael Nadal is the clear favourite to win yet another French Open. Nadal finally claimed his first title of the year on Sunday, crushing Djokovic 6-0 4-6 6-1 in the Internazionali d'Italia final. The Spaniard is a record 11-time champion at Roland Garros and Djokovic feels Nadal will be hard to stop as he bids for three in a row in Paris.
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