Rafael Nadal ends year as tennis world number

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal is set to end 2017 as world number one after a second-round win over Hyeon Chung at the 2017 Rolex Paris Masters.

The 31-year-old defeated South Korean Chung 7-5 6-3 in one hour and 48 minutes at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in France on Wednesday.

Nadal has risen from ninth at the start of the year via French and US Open victories.

"It was impossible for me to think about when you are coming back from a tough time, without playing tennis and with so many injuries," Nadal said on BBC.

Nicknamed The King of Clay, Nadal will play Uruguay's world number 36 Pablo Cuevas in the last 16 on Thursday.

Nadal will be the oldest player to finish a campaign at world number one since they were introduced in 1973.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion also finished 2008, 2010 and 2013 at the top of the rankings.

Rafael Nadal


WTA Finals trophy and year-end world No 1 up for grabs

The WTA Finals trophy and year-end world number one spot up will be up for grabs in Singapore.

The 2017 WTA Finals will be held in Kallang, Singapore and the tournament will be contested by eight singles players.

Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Ostapenko can all become world No 1 at the tournament.

Current world number one, Halep faces debutantes Svitolina and Caroline Garcia in the Red Group round robin, along with the Wozniacki.

While Muguruza is in White Group with Venus Williams, Pliskova and French Open champion Ostapenko.

"The dream came true. Is just the best feeling that I ever had in my tennis career so far," the Halep said on Sky Sports News.

"It's nice. I'm just enjoying the moment. I cannot describe in words what I feel, but it's a good feeling. I'm happy when I'm going to the courts now.""

The Romanian player has won 15 WTA tournaments since her breakthrough year in 2013.

Simona Halep


British number one Konta parts ways with coach

British number one Johanna Konta has parted ways with her coach Wim Fissette after less than a year together.

The tennis player did not qualify for this month's WTA Finals in Singapore and will not play in the WTA Elite Trophy the week after.

"Wim Fissette and I have mutually decided to end our working relationship," Konta said according to BBC.

"My foot is improving but it is still advisable to rest it further.

"Things ended very amicably and I wish Wim all the best. We've achieved a lot together and I want to thank him for all his patience, hard work and expertise," she added.

The 26-year-old, who has a foot injury, will not play play again this season.

"I will be working with my team over the coming weeks to find the right way forward for me and my tennis," she said in a statement.

"The goal is to get a new coach or coaches in place as soon as possible but the focus will be on making the right decision rather than a quick decision."

She will continue to work with hitting partner Andrew Fitzpatrick, strength and conditioning specialist Gill Myburgh, physio Milly Mirkovic and mental coach Elena Sosa.

Johanna Konta


Federer reveals real reason he took break from tennis

Swiss super star Roger Federer has disclosed the real reason why he took a break from tennis.

The 36-year-old, who is widely regarded as the greatest tennis player in history, says the reason behind his decision was because he started 2017 very well.

Federer won this year's Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami as he marked his return to the game he has dominated.

“Taking sort of nine weeks off in the clay court season wasn’t something actually I had planned," Roger Federer told Sky Sports.

"That only come by me winning the Australian, Indian Wells and Miami.

"That gave me that opportunity that I should maybe take it easy and save myself for the rest of the season," he added.

"So I hope that I will feel the benefit now while other guys are maybe getting a bit tired.

Federer, who is currently ranked world No. 2 in men's singles tennis, is looking forward to the upcoming tournaments.

"I’m actually still fresh in a sense because I didn’t play that much this season," he continued.

"I’m used to playing 70, 90, 100 matches a season, so this year that’s not the case.

"That’s why I feel refreshed for Shanghai, and also for Paris and London."

Roger Federer


Anderson fails at final hurdle

"This isn't the result I wanted but I'll keep fighting & I'll be back," the South African said after his first career final.


He also called Nadal "one of the greatest ambassadors in our sport," per ATP World Tour.


While this was the last major of the season, there are still several big events remaining in 2017, including the Shanghai Masters and Paris Masters leading up to the ATP Finals. Based on Nadal's recent play, he should be able to once again end the year as the No. 1 player in the world.


 

 

 

 

 




Kvitova fights back from knife attack to shine

Battling back after a home-invasion knife attack last December that jeopardised her career, two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova matched her top US Open performance on Sunday by reaching the quarter-finals.

The 13th-seeded Czech left-hander ousted Spanish third seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 to book a Tuesday last-eight date with US ninth seed and seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams.

Kvitova, who also reached the 2015 quarter-finals, is playing only her eighth event of the year after left hand surgery following a break-in assault last December that is still under investigation by Czech police.




Defying age and illness, Venus reaches 39th Slam quarter-final

Defying an energy-sapping disease, Venus Williams has pushed herself farther than she ever imagined at age 37 to reach her 39th career Grand Slam quarter-final at the US Open.

US ninth seed Williams, seeking her eighth Grand Slam title and third US Open crown, defeated Spain’s 35th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Sunday.

She booked a Tuesday fight for a semi-final spot against Czech 13th seed Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner who defeated Spanish third seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.

Venus Williams


Maria Sharapova says players fear her

Maria Sharapova made the US Open last 32 on Wednesday, insisting she has instilled renewed fear into her rivals and rekindled the love from her fans.

The former world number one and five-time major winner pulled off a 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-1 win over Timea Babos of Hungary.

It was her second three-set match, having seen off world number two Simona Halep on Monday in what was her first Grand Slam match since being hit with a 15-month doping ban.




Anderson gets past tricky Gulbis in US Open

South Africa’s top tennis player, Kevin Anderson, is in buoyant mood after reaching the third round of the US Open.

The 28th-seeded Anderson on Wednesday cruised past Ernests Gulbis, beating the Latvian player in straight sets with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 scoreline.




Rafael Nadal slams fans at US open for rowdiness

Rafael Nadal has conquered the French Open 10 times and battled career-threatening knee and wrist injuries, but his greatest challenge awaits him - telling rowdy New Yorkers to be quiet.

The world number one and two-time US Open champion took his first-round record at the season's concluding Grand Slam to 13-0 on Tuesday with a 7-6 (8/6), 6-2, 6-2 win over Serbia's Dusan Lajovic.

But with torrential rain lashing the Flushing Meadows site, the roof on the showpiece Arthur Ashe stadium was shut tight, creating a giant echo-chamber for the boisterous crowd of 24 000 beneath which Nadal openly complained about.




Roger Federer survives massive US Open scare

Roger Federer made a narrow escape in a tense five-set thriller on Tuesday, sorting out worries about a back injury and poor preparation to reach the second round of the US Open.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion outlasted 70th-ranked US 19-year-old Frances Tiafoe 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in a shockingly tough battle that boosted his hopes of a deep run on the New York hard-courts.

Roger Federer


Druggie Sharapova dispatches of Halep

Despite all Simona Halep's work preparing for the US Open, the second-ranked Romanian could not prevent her worst nightmare from coming true - a first-round loss to Maria Sharapova.

The 146th-ranked Russian wildcard improved to 7-0 lifetime record against Halep with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 triumph on Monday on the New York hard-courts, marking Halep's 30th Grand Slam appearance without a title.

Maria Sharapova


Druggie Sharapova draws World No. 2 in US Open Round 1

Russian wildcard Maria Sharapova, making her return to Grand Slam tennis after a 15-month doping suspension, will face world number two Simona Halep in the first round of the US Open.

 

Sharapova has a 6-0 career record against Halep, who last Sunday missed out on a third chance in as many months to climb to the top of the rankings.

 

Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova was issued a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart and blood boosting drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal.

Maria Sharapova


Doping Sharapova wants to prove point on Slam return

Former world No 1 Maria Sharapova makes her first Grand Slam appearance next week since serving a 15-month doping suspension, bringing renewed passion and resolve to the US Open.

The 30-year-old Russian was given a wildcard into the tournament by the US Tennis Association (USTA), a move critics complained about earlier in the season but another key step in the road back for the five-time Grand Slam winner.

Maria Sharapova in action


Azarenka to miss US Open over child custody battle

Two-time grand slam winner Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the US Open as she is not allowed to take her baby son out of California amid a custody battle with her former partner.

The 28-year-old Belarusian returned to action in June, after the birth of her son Leo last December, and had been hopeful that legal arrangements could be worked out to allow her to compete in the August 28-September 10 grand slam in New York.




Becker named German federation ‘head of tennis’

Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker will be named as the German Tennis Federation's (DTB) first 'head of tennis'.

The 49-year-old was declared bankrupt in June, but has been given the new role in which he will manage all German men's tennis and oversee the running of the Davis Cup team.