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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Boris Becker: we should question the quality and attitude of the under-28 men

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Boris Becker: we should question the quality and attitude of the under-28 men

• SW19’s youngest male champion laments lack of challenge
• So-called big three have won 53 grand slam events all told

Boris Becker was 17 when he lit up Wimbledon for the first time, 34 years ago, and he cannot wait for a teenager to win the men’s title again. Indeed he is frustrated that no young star has broken the hold the ageing big three have on the majors.

Looking ahead to the 2019 tournament, which starts on 1 July, Becker said on Monday night: “We are surrounded by [potential] teenage grand slam champions. In any other sport people get younger. For some reason in tennis everybody takes a lot longer to be successful. And that has nothing to do with forehands and backhands. I am convinced it will happen. It should happen. This would be the only sport where it didn’t happen.”

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Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:13:00 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Small but mighty: Ash Barty’s height no barrier to winning Wimbledon

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Small but mighty: Ash Barty’s height no barrier to winning Wimbledon

  • None of the last 13 Wimbledon winners were under 1.7m
  • Barty believes her power belies her 1.66m height

Ashleigh Barty insists her diminutive size shouldn’t be a barrier to winning Wimbledon and believes she boasts the power game needed to claim the greatest prize in tennis.

Barty ended Australia’s eight-year wait for major when she won the French Open on Saturday. She will now head into the grass-court season in career-best form having won 31 matches – more than any other player on the WTA Tour – this year. The new world No.2 was too hot to handle for Marketa Vondrousova in the Roland Garros decider with her power belying her 1.66 metre frame.

Related: Ashleigh Barty offers stark contrast with Johanna Konta and eyes No 1 spot

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Mon, 10 Jun 2019 06:44:16 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Five-year passes for Wimbledon tennis will net owner £200m

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Five-year passes for Wimbledon tennis will net owner £200m

All England Lawn Tennis Club will use money to repay loan for roof and buy golf club

The owner of the Wimbledon tennis tournament is set to rake in more than £200m by selling five-year passes for every match on Centre Court.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club announced on Thursday that the price of the 2,520 debenture tickets being sold for the 2021-25 tournaments would be £80,000 each.

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Thu, 28 Mar 2019 11:50:52 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Rich tennis fans vie for five-year, £100,000 Centre Court tickets

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Rich tennis fans vie for five-year, £100,000 Centre Court tickets

Demand will far exceed supply for Wimbledon debentures going on sale next week

The super-rich will begin battling it out next week for some of the most expensive and exclusive sports tickets in the world: five-year passes for every match on Wimbledon’s Centre Court.

The 2021-25 Centre Court debentures are expected to cost £100,000 each, and demand will far exceed the supply of 2,520 tickets that will go on sale at 10am on Thursday.

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Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:58:33 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Advantage everyone: Wimbledon is right to have tie-breaks in fifth set | Kevin Mitchell

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Advantage everyone: Wimbledon is right to have tie-breaks in fifth set | Kevin Mitchell

All England Club decision to use tie-breaks when score reaches 12-12 in deciding set will go down well with players and fans

It could never be said that the All England Club was bullied into hasty change; indeed it is rumoured some members still hanker after long trousers. However, only a week after putting its hands on 73 acres across the road at the local golf club for expansion that will secure the club’s position as the pre-eminent tournament in tennis once the deal is finalised in December, it dropped a minor bombshell on the game on Friday by announcing the end of the interminable final set at the Championships.

Related: Wimbledon puts end to marathon matches with final-set tie-breaks

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:51:08 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Wimbledon puts end to marathon matches with final-set tie-breaks

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Wimbledon puts end to marathon matches with final-set tie-breaks

• From 2019 tie-break will be played when score reaches 12-12
• Change follows 26-24 set between Anderson and Isner this year

Wimbledon has finally bowed to pressure from players, coaches and pundits to introduce a final-set tie-break – but it will only kick in when the score reaches 12-12.

Related: Serena Williams’ coach advocates change in rules after US Open controversy

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:42:17 GMT

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