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Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora wins show Eddie Hearn’s growing power | Kevin Mitchell

The promoter’s control of heavyweight boxing is growing as Whyte earned himself a rematch with Anthony JoshuaEddie Hearn, working to a blueprint laid down nearly four decades ago by Don King, is taking control of heavyweight boxing with business a…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/jul/29/dillian-whyte-dereck-chisora-wins-eddie-hearn-heavyweight-power

Joseph Parker clash could be making or breaking of Dillian Whyte

If the Brixton heavyweight beats the New Zealander, a rematch with Anthony Joshua is possible. Lose, and he falls off the mapBritish heavyweights of recent times have been an enigmatic lot, even by the fight game’s standards. Dillian Whyte, who knows …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/27/joseph-parker-clash-making-breaking-dillian-whyte

Rejuvenated Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic looks to New York | Kevin Mitchell

The Serb has been happier with the state of his game – and his mind – since reuniting with his former coach Marian VajdaIf anyone doubted that elite tennis players – like champions in any sport – reside on a different planet, they had only to follow th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/16/rejuvenated-wimbledon-champion-novak-djokovic-sights-new-york

Novak Djokovic edges ahead in Wimbledon semi-final with Rafael Nadal

• Former world No 1 takes third set on tie-break• Nadal had hit back to level semi-final showdownAt the end of a very long Friday when nothing could be taken for granted, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic added an entertaining late-night postscript to th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/13/rafael-nadal-novak-djokovic-wimbledon-mens-semi-final-match-report

Serena Williams pits fighter spirit against Angelique Kerber’s resolve | Kevin Mitchell

Williams will equal Margaret Court’s record with victory but Kerber has refound the form that made her a major winnerOf the many remarkable qualities Serena Williams has exhibited in a career that began in earnest when she won the first of her 23 major…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/13/serena-williams-fighter-spirit-angelique-kerber-resolve

Unfazed Kyle Edmund has clash with Novak Djokovic in his sights | Kevin Mitchell

The British No 1, who begins his Wimbledon campaign against the Australian qualifier Alex Bolt on Tuesday, is scheduled to meet the former champion in the third roundKyle Edmund does not need reminding of his poor record at Wimbledon but, having risen …

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Kyle Edmund not ready to win a grand slam, says John McEnroe

• ‘He’s got top-10 potential but slam would require more work’ • Edmund plays Australian Alex Bolt in Wimbledon first roundWhen Kyle Edmund blew up at the chair umpire in Eastbourne this week, rousing the gentle citizens parked in the sunshine on Centr…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/30/kyle-edmund-john-mcenroe-wimbledon

Andy Murray to play Wimbledon ‘unless I wake up and don’t feel good’

• Murray faces tricky first-round match against Benoît Paire• ‘I’m practising at a high level, a high intensity every day‘The waiting is nearly over for Andy Murray who, after days of procrastination, says he is ready to play at Wimbledon – “unless in …

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Serena Williams: down the rankings but the woman to beat at Wimbledon

Her post-pregnancy world ranking is 183 but it is impossible to argue against Williams having been seeded for Wimbledon, or with the fact that she starts as one of the tournament favouritesFew athletes in the history of sport have rushed towards drama …

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Serena Williams offered kind return by Wimbledon draw

• Ex-champion plays Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus in first round• Johanna Konta to play Russia’s Natalia VikhlyantsevaAs Gareth Southgate knows, the draw in any sporting tournament matters most to those with least chance of winning it. To lift the trophy, the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/29/serena-williams-return-wimbledon-draw

Alexander Zverev has a champion’s impatience as Wimbledon looms

The young German, seeded four, has always wanted to get on with the business of winning big titles on the big TourProdigies in any sport have an unmistakable gunslinger’s swagger. They stand tall, talk with dead-eye certainty and shoot straight. If Ale…

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Andy Murray will face Benoît Paire in Wimbledon first round – if he plays

Murray yet to confirm participation after long-term injurySerena Williams plays Rus, Dimitrov meets WawrinkaThe Wimbledon draw fell kindly enough for Andy Murray on Friday morning when he learned his opponent in the first round will be the Frenchman Be…

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John McEnroe treads carefully as gender pay row returns at Wimbledon | Kevin Mitchell

After it was revealed he earned 10 times more than Martina Navratilova for their BBC work last year, McEnroe insisted it was not a comparable situation to player prize moneyNot a lot fazes John McEnroe but, when asked if he felt, “uncomfortable” about …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/26/john-mcenroe-gender-pay-debate-wimbledon-martina-navratilova

Andy Murray takes Eastbourne wildcard but is yet to make Wimbledon decision

• Murray will test his fitness next week on the south coast• Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic continue fine form at Queen’sAndy Murray took three days after his rousing comeback at Queen’s this week to commit to an extension of the journey at Eastbourne…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/22/andy-murray-set-to-play-at-wimbledon-after-confirming-eastbourne-appearance

Scott Lloyd: the man who will have to save British tennis after Andy Murray | Kevin Mitchell

The Lawn Tennis Association’s CEO is facing a huge challenge to get a nation hooked on tennis outside Wimbledon fortnightScott Lloyd is five months into the most challenging job in British sport, outside steering England into the quarter-finals at the …

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Novak Djokovic warns Andy Murray of perils of grass on eve of Queen’s return

• Serb urges Scot to be wary of slipping and damaging hip• Djokovic: ‘Coming back after a major injury inspires you’Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have shared a rivalry for 20 years and have known the pain and sacrifice of their calling for many of tho…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/17/novak-djokovic-warns-andy-murray-of-perils-of-grass-on-eve-of-queens-return