LTA fined $1m by ATP for banning Russian players from tournaments

  • UK’s tennis body threatened with expulsion if ban is repeated
  • ‘The LTA is deeply disappointed with this outcome’

The Lawn Tennis Association has been fined $1m (£820,000) by the ATP for its ban on Russian and Belarusian players. It is also understood that the LTA has been threatened with expulsion from the Tour if it repeats the ban imposed this year due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Russians and Belarusians were controversially prevented from competing at the LTA’s five ATP events: Queen’s Club, Eastbourne, Surbiton, Nottingham and Ilkley.

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Novak Djokovic locks in return to Australia with spot in strong Adelaide International field

  • World No 5 will begin his season at event starting 1 January
  • Serb joins host of top 10 players at combined WTA and ATP event

Novak Djokovic will begin his Australian Open assault at the Adelaide International after the 21-time major champion was confirmed as part of a quality field to compete from 1 January.

The Serb, detained and then deported by authorities ahead of the Australian Open earlier this year, will be allowed back into the country after being granted a visa by the Australian government.

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Nick Bollettieri, pioneering tennis coach, dies aged 91

  • American coached Williams sisters, Agassi and Sharapova
  • Bollettieri’s academy set blueprint for modern coaching

The renowned tennis coach Nick Bollettieri has died at the age of 91. The charismatic American pioneered the concept of a live-in academy and guided some of the biggest names in the sport, including Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, Monica Seles and Boris Becker.

Born in New York to Italian immigrant parents, Bollettieri switched to tennis coaching after dropping out of law school and opened his tennis academy in Bradenton, Florida in 1978. The sports management giant IMG bought the academy nine years later but Bollettieri continued to oversee its tennis programme.

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Australia’s Davis Cup dream shattered after defeat to Canada in final

  • Canada win their maiden trophy in Spain
  • Lleyton Hewitt’s team miss out on first title since 2003

Australia’s dream of regaining the Davis Cup after nearly two decades has been ended by the firepower of Canada. Thanasi Kokkinakis was put to the sword by Denis Shapovalov before Alex de Minaur was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Felix Auger-Aliassime as Canada lifted the men’s trophy for the first time in the competition’s 122-year history on Sunday.

But Australia’s frustrating 19-year wait for a 29th title goes on after their unexpected run to the final in Malaga ended with the searing quality of two top-20 stars proving too much for Lleyton Hewitt’s team.

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Australia into first Davis Cup final in 19 years as Lleyton Hewitt’s team defeat Croatia

  • Jordan Thompson and Max Purcell beat Olympic doubles champions
  • The Australians will face either Canada or Italy in the final

Australia’s tennis men have defied all the odds with a makeshift doubles pairing steering them to victory over Croatia and into their first Davis Cup final in 19 years on a nerve-shredding evening in Malaga.

After more heroics from Alex de Minaur had pulled Lleyton Hewitt’s team back from the brink with his consummate tie-levelling singles win over Marin Cilic, Jordan Thompson and Max Purcell beat the Olympic doubles champions to seal Friday’s exhilarating 2-1 semi-final win.

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