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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios leads latest outpouring of disrespect towards top players

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios leads latest outpouring of disrespect towards top players

• ‘I probably don’t show them respect – they’re just good at tennis’
• Daniil Medvedev says he always wanted Roger Federer to lose

Nick Kyrgios says he is happy to keep his feud with Novak Djokovic ticking over at Wimbledon next month – while Daniil Medvedev, another of the sport’s young rebels, uttered the ultimate heresy on Monday when he revealed he always wanted Roger Federer to lose.

For the first time since 2013, when the Latvian loose cannon Ernests Gulbis accused Federer, Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray of being “boring”, there is insurrection in the air and boredom seems the underlying cause of the latest unrest.

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Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:28:17 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Andy Murray says he is back in love with tennis as he prepares for Queen’s

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Andy Murray says he is back in love with tennis as he prepares for Queen’s

• ‘The reason you do it is because it is fun’
• Admits that after earlier surgery he wanted to retire

Andy Murray made it eloquently clear on the eve of his third comeback that his expectations have shifted from an all-out quest for victory – the hunger that broke his body – to enjoying tennis for the simple pleasure of hitting a ball.

Four months after a second operation on his troublesome hip, the former world No 1 (now 215) returns in the Fever-Tree Championships here in doubles on Wednesday with Feliciano López against the best combination in the game, Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah.

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Sun, 16 Jun 2019 15:45:57 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Kevin Anderson: ‘One tennis player coming out might open the gates for others’

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Kevin Anderson: ‘One tennis player coming out might open the gates for others’

The world No 8 on his fierce campaigning streak, how he was shaped by apartheid – and tennis’s long road to equality

“I try not to get too political,” Kevin Anderson says as he winds down at the end of a rainy day at the National Tennis Centre. “But coming from South Africa, where apartheid was a huge problem and there was lots of inequality, has shaped me in terms of how I view certain issues. You need people to speak up.”

Anderson, who will continue his comeback at Queen’s Club this week after missing the French Open with an elbow injury, comes alive when discussing matters away from the court. The world No 8 loves what he does for a living but it does not define him. Although Anderson has fond memories of his run at Wimbledon last year when he reached the final after beating Roger Federer from two sets down in the last eight and taking six hours and 36 minutes to overcome John Isner in the second-longest match in grand slam history, he knows there is a world outside tennis.

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Sun, 16 Jun 2019 10:32:09 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Andy Murray has the talent to make comeback, says Juan Martín del Potro

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Andy Murray has the talent to make comeback, says Juan Martín del Potro

• Argentinian has fought back from several injuries
• ‘I was close to quitting right before the Olympics three years ago’

Few people have a better insight into Andy Murray’s torment than Juan Martín del Potro. For Murray’s right hip, read Del Potro’s troublesome knees. Or his unreliable wrists. The Argentinian was close to retiring from tennis three years ago but he summoned the will to return to the top level and believes his old friend and rival is capable of pulling off a similar comeback.

Del Potro will see Murray at Queen’s Club this coming week and he says they will talk about tennis, injuries and football. Yet there is no chance they will have one of their epic bouts. Murray, who had hip surgery earlier this year, is set to play doubles with Feliciano López during the Fever-Tree Championships and at Wimbledon next month, and there is no date set for his return to singles competition.

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Sat, 15 Jun 2019 21:30:32 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Andy Murray to make Queen’s doubles comeback against world’s best

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Andy Murray to make Queen’s doubles comeback against world’s best

• Scot faces Colombians Cabal and Farah
• Murray plans to play at Eastbourne

Rarely can a doubles draw have attracted so much interest as the one at the Queen’s Club in London on Saturday and, when the balls of fate dropped, Andy Murray and Feliciano López were matched against the best team in the world, Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah. They more than likely will play on Wednesday.

The Colombian hotshots won in Barcelona and Rome, reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros and are leading the race to London for the ATP World Tour Finals. It will not be a quiet hit in the park for Murray who is returning to the game after four months out, recovering from his second hip surgery.

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Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:21:26 GMT

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