Breaking: I’m disappointed, Novak Djokovic gives up, set to be deported, misses Australian Open

January 16, 2022 BBC 0

Tennis star Novak Djokovic has lost his last-ditch court bid to stay in Australia and is set to be deported. Judges rejected his appeal after the government cancelled the unvaccinated player’s visa for a second time this month on public health grounds. The decision has ended the 34-year-old’s hopes of defending his Australian Open title and winning a record 21st Read More

Breaking: Novak Djokovic to compete at Australian Open despite COVID-19 vaccine refusal

January 4, 2022 Sportsmail 0

Novak Djokovic has revealed he has a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open despite refusing to reveal if he is vaccinated for coronavirus.  The Serbian world No 1 posted an image of him with his bags packed at the airport before his flight to Australia on Tuesday as he looks to claimed a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne.  A vaccination against Read More

Battle of Teens: 2 unknown faces clash in US Open final

September 11, 2021 Supersport 0

Win or lose in Saturday’s US Open final, teen sensations Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez have already cemented their star power after announcing themselves on the big stage at Flushing Meadows. The two unseeded players were virtually unknown quantities this year but Fernandez — who turned 19 this week — beat three top-five seeds along the way while Raducanu became Read More

Tokyo 2020: Aruna, Ejike to captain Team Nigeria

July 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Table tennis sensation Aruna Quadri will lead Team Nigeria to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, while Lucy Ejike will lead the Paralympics Team. According to the Director Federation of Elite Athletes Department (FEAD), Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Dr. Simeon Ebhojiaye, the African Number one who became the first African to reach the quarterfinal round of the Read More

Fake news: Youth and Sports Ministry debunks N4bn approval for 20th NSF

April 10, 2021 Editor 0

The federal ministry of youth and sports development has debunked report that the sum of N4 billion was approved for the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin, Edo state capital. Reacting to the report, an official of the ministry said in line with the trust of the present administration, monies approved for the competition would be judiciously used. Read More

Investigation opened into match-fixing at Roland Garros

October 6, 2020 Editorial III 0

French prosecutors said on Tuesday they have opened an investigation into alleged match-fixing in a French Open women’s doubles encounter. The probe concerns the first-round match on 30 September between Romanian pair Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig and Yana Sizikova of Russia playing with US player Madison Brengle, according to French sports daily L’Equipe and German newspaper Die Welt. Read More

US Open 2020: Serena beats Kristie in straight sets

September 2, 2020 Editorial III 0

Serena Williams began her pursuit of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title with a dominant 7-5 6-3 win over fellow American Kristie Ahn. The 38-year-old went a break down in both sets but recovered to win in an hour and a half as she chased Margaret Court’s Grand Slam tally. Williams gathered momentum late on, winning four straight games Read More

Djokovic ‘very glad’ US Open going ahead

June 18, 2020 Editorial III 0

World number one Novak Djokovic has declared he is “very glad” the US Open is going ahead, and also expressed his excitement for Roland-Garros. In discussion with Tennis Legends presenter Mats Wilander and Eurosport expert Alex Corretja, Djokovic said he was very happy about the return of the ATP Tour with the US Open the first Grand Slam back. With Read More

Tennis ‘weird’ without fans –Kvitova

June 2, 2020 Editorial III 0

Petra Kvitova has 27 career titles but winning an all-Czech exhibition tournament last week was a different experience for her and it felt “weird” to play in the absence of fans, the two-time Wimbledon champion told Reuters. The Prague tournament was one of the few global exhibition events held after professional tennis was suspended in early March as countries went Read More

Osaka overtakes Serena, now world’s richest female athlete

May 22, 2020 Editor 0

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams as the world’s highest-paid female athlete, raking in $37.4m (£30.7m) in prize money and endorsements over the last year, according to Forbes. The 22-year-old twice Grand Slam champion’s total is the most ever earned by a female athlete in a 12-month period, Skysports reports. She earned $1.4m (£1.15m) more than American great Williams Read More

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Davis Cup: China withdraw from Romania tie due to coronavirus worries

February 19, 2020 Editorial III 0

China have been forced to pull out of next month’s Davis Cup playoff with Romania due to the ongoing deadly coronavirus outbreak, the International Tennis Federation announced (ITF) on Tuesday. They were due to travel to the Romanian city of Piatra Nemat for qualifying matches in the second-tier competition in March. “The Davis Cup Committee has accepted the withdrawal of Read More

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Breaking: China’s Wang knocks Serena Williams out of Australian Open

January 24, 2020 Editor 0

Serena Williams has been sensationally knocked out of the Australian Open in the third round by China’s Wang Qiang this Friday (Jan 24), torpedoing her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam tennis crown. The 38-year-old former world No. 1 was the bookies’ favourite to win an eighth title at Melbourne Park but she came unstuck against a determined Wang, Read More

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Kaduna to organise U-16 clay court tennis tournament

January 12, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Kaduna State Ministry of Sports Development has constituted a six-man committee to organize the maiden edition of the U-16 clay court tennis tournament. A press release signed by the state information officer, Jummai Nuhu and made available to sports reporters in Kaduna on Saturday said the event, which is aimed at reviving tennis in the state, will run from Read More

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Australian Open: Injury rules Murray out

December 29, 2019 Editor 0

Andy Murray will miss the Australian Open as a precautionary measure after suffering an injury setback. Murray feared his career may be over when he underwent surgery to repair a long-term hip injury. The three-time grand slam champion played at the Australian Open last January and made his comeback from the operation only five months later. Murray won the European Open in October and was Read More

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Djokovic knocks down Dimitrov, storms Paris Master final

November 2, 2019 Editorial III 0

Novak Djokovic reached the Paris Masters final for the sixth time when he downed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(5) 6-4 with an impressive performance on Saturday. The world number one, who will be supplanted by Rafael Nadal at top of the ATP rankings on Monday, prevailed in a high-octane first-set tiebreak before wearing Dimitrov down in the second. The Serb will Read More

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3 Nigerians crash at 1st day of Wheelchair Open

October 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

Apart from the defending champion, Alex Adewale the three Nigerians that played in the early hours of yesterday lost out in first round of the 2nd edition of Puma Engineering Wheelchair tennis Open going on at the National Stadium Tennis Centre. But defending champion, Adewale wasted no time in cruising into the second round after a handsome 2-0 victory over Read More

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Osaka out of WTA Finals with injury

October 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

World number three Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the WTA Finals in Shenzhen because of a shoulder injury. Japan’s Osaka, 22, beat Petra Kvitova in three sets in her opening match on Sunday and was due to play world number one Ashleigh Barty on Tuesday. The Australian Open champion will be replaced in the Red Group by alternate Kiki Bertens, the world Read More

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Nigeria dominates draw as PUMA Engr W/chair Tennis starts in Abuja

October 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The 2nd PUMA Engineering Wheelchair Tennis Championship has served off Tuesday at the National Tennis Centre, Abuja with Nigerians billed to dominate the main draws. More than 25 Nigerians have registered for the singles events which is round of 16 for men’s and women’s singles. Nigeria swept the titles in the inaugural edition with Alex Adewale and Kafayat Omishore clinching Read More

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Tennis: Mertens ends Sakkari’s WTA elite trophy campaign

October 24, 2019 Editorial III 0

Belgian sixth seed Elise Mertens beat Maria Sakkari 6-2 3-6 6-1 in their round-robin match on Wednesday to end the Greek’s hopes of making the WTA Elite Trophy semi-finals in Zhuhai, China. Although Mertens was let down by her serve on several occasions with eight double faults, she converted seven break points. Her final round-robin clash with Aryna Sabalenka is Read More