Jack Draper stuns Carlos Alcaraz in Queen’s Club victory – video highlights

Jack Draper has claimed arguably the biggest victory of his career by beating the top seed and defending champion, Carlos Alcaraz, at Queen’s Club. The 22-year-old, who is the new British No 1 after winning his maiden ATP title in Stuttgart last week, stunned the reigning Wimbledon champion 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

Alcaraz, who also won the French Open earlier this month, had not lost in seven weeks and was last beaten on grass nearly two years ago. Draper moves on to the quarter-finals, where he will face American Tommy Paul.

Jack Draper stuns Carlos Alcaraz at Queen’s Club in statement victory

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Andy Murray gives shaky performance before retiring from Queen’s with injury – video highlights

Andy Murray was forced to retire from his second-round match at Queen’s Club with a back injury while ­trailing ­Jordan Thompson 4-1. The injury means it is unclear whether ­Murray will be physically ready to compete at Wimbledon for what would probably be a final time. Murray, a five-time champion at Queen’s Club, had started his tour­nament with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory against Alexei Popyrin on Tuesday, which marked his first ATP win since tearing ankle ligaments ­during a third‑round match at the Miami Open in March.

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Ash Barty to return to playing tennis at Wimbledon invitational event

  • Australian to play at All England Club for first time since 2021 victory
  • Former world No 1 to appear in invitational doubles at grand slam

Former world No 1 Ash Barty will return to the scene of one of her greatest triumphs next month after Wimbledon organisers announced the three-time grand slam winner would play an invitational doubles match at this year’s Championships.

Barty, who announced her shock retirement from the sport in March 2022, will feature alongside other former professionals in the exhibition event which starts on the second Tuesday of play in south-west London.

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Emma Raducanu one of four grand slam champions to get Wimbledon wildcards

  • Briton will return to SW19 for the first time in two years
  • Men’s junior champion, Henry Searle, also in first batch

Emma Raducanu is one of four grand slam champions to have been awarded wildcards for Wimbledon. Raducanu will return to the All England Club, where she made her breakthrough by reaching the fourth round in 2021, for the first time in two years following wrist and ankle surgery last year.

The former US Open champion reached the semi-finals of the Rothesay Open in Nottingham last week in an encouraging start to her grass-court campaign.

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Katie Boulter and Jack Draper claim titles for Britain on same day

  • Boulter beats Raducanu and Pliskova in Nottingham
  • Draper sinks Berettini in Stuttgart for first ATP title

Katie Boulter and Jack Draper closed off their spectacular performances in the past week by winning titles in Nottingham and Stuttgart respectively, marking the first time in 53 years that a British woman and man have won tour-level titles on the same day.

A few hours after recovering to defeat Emma Raducanu in a dramatic 3hr 13min battle, Boulter returned to successfully defend her Nottingham Open title with an excellent 4-6, 6-3 6-2 win against the former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova.

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‘They can’t do what you do’: Serena Williams speaks out in support of Caitlin Clark

  • WNBA star has been criticized by fans and players
  • Williams encourages Clark to stay off social media

Serena Williams has spoken out in support of Caitlin Clark, saying she is glad the Indiana Fever star stays away from social media and applauding the rookie for staying grounded.

Williams was speaking at the Tribeca film festival in New York for the premiere of In the Arena: Serena Williams, a new eight-part documentary series.

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Andy Murray faces wait on Olympics doubles but Emma Raducanu turns down place

  • Murray selected in singles team but unsure on doubles
  • Boulter will be sole GB player in women’s singles

Andy Murray faces an uncertain wait to see if he will make the cut for the Olympic doubles draw alongside Dan Evans as he deliberates over attending his fifth and final Olympic Games in Paris.

Emma Raducanu, meanwhile, has opted out of competing at the Olympics despite also being offered one of the Olympic quota places. Katie Boulter will be the sole women’s singles selection.

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Emma Raducanu draws first blood in Nottingham battle with Katie Boulter

  • Former US Open champion one set up when bad light hits
  • Jack Draper eases through to final of the Stuttgart Open

Emma Raducanu and Katie Boulter will resume their Nottingham Open semi-final on Sunday after bad light disrupted an enthralling battle of Britain on Saturday night.

The pair spent most of the day waiting to get on court after rain caused havoc with the schedule, but after finally getting started just after 6.30pm they could manage only one set before darkness set in.

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Katie Boulter win over Magdalena Frech ensures British finalist at Nottingham

  • Defending champion defeated Polish player in three sets
  • Boulter will meet Raducanu or Jones in semi-finals

The defending champion, Katie Boulter, guaranteed there will be an all-British final at the Rothesay Open in Nottingham again by defeating Magdalena Frech in a rain-hit contest.

The British No 1, who won her first WTA Tour title in her home event 12 months ago, defeated her Polish opponent 6-2, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals. There she will take on either Emma Raducanu or Francesca Jones, who needed only four points to complete a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 victory over the American Ashlyn Krueger.

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Raducanu copes with windy conditions to breeze into Nottingham last eight

  • Former US Open champion beats Daria Snigur 6-2, 6-2
  • Cameron Norrie shocked by qualifier Pinnington Jones

Emma Raducanu defeated Ukraine’s Daria Snigur to reach her first WTA Tour quarter-final on grass at the Rothesay Open in Nottingham. The former US Open champion produced a solid display in cool, windy conditions to triumph 6-2 6-2, with 11 aces proving very useful.

Raducanu had complained strongly about the line calls in her first-round win over Ena Shibahara, and there were a few more disputes here, with several overrules and both players voicing their unhappiness. She struggled to find her range and timing in the first couple of games against 22-year-old Snigur, who is ranked 127th and proficient on grass having won the junior title at Wimbledon five years ago.

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Wimbledon has plan in place if Andy Murray announces retirement at SW19

  • AELTC has contingency ready to mark Briton’s career
  • Record prize pot of £50m at this year’s championships

The All England Club is “ready and prepared” to commemorate Andy Murray’s career should the two-times Wimbledon champion announce his retirement plans at the tournament, which will offer record prize money of £50m when it begins on 1 July.

At Wimbledon’s annual pre-event press conference, Sally Bolton, the AELTC’s chief executive officer, said that the club would be guided by Murray on whether and how they would mark the Briton’s career.

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Rafael Nadal to miss Wimbledon after teaming up with Carlos Alcaraz for Olympics

  • The 14-times winner joins new French Open champion
  • Murray may opt out of Games if not selected for doubles

Rafael Nadal is set to miss Wimbledon to prepare for the Olympic Games, where he will team up with Carlos Alcaraz in a dream doubles partnership.

The expected news was confirmed by Spain’s Olympic team captain, David Ferrer, on Wednesday, with Nadal having said last month that it would not be good for his body to switch surfaces from clay to grass.

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Carlos Alcaraz is already remarkable but has plenty of improvement still to come | Tumaini Carayol

The 21-year-old looks capable of making grand slam success look routine, much like the Big Three who came before

On the eve of his third grand slam final, a day after he had cramped, flailed and nearly found himself out of the French Open at the semi‑final stage, Carlos Alcaraz and his coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, were reflecting on the sheer difficulty of winning a single grand slam title, something the greatest players have achieved so many times.

“[Juan Carlos] told me: ‘You’re going to fight for your third grand slam title, with everything you have been through you know the difficult part of winning a grand slam. [Novak] Djokovic has 24 … it is unbelievable,’” Alcaraz said.

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‘Something unbelievable’: Carlos Alcaraz achieves dream of winning French Open – video

Carlos Alcaraz said it was 'a great, great feeling' to win the French Open title as he became the eighth Spanish man to do so. 'Knowing all the Spanish players who have won this tournament and be able to put my name on that amazing list is something unbelievable' Alcaraz said before adding, 'something that I dream about being in this position since I was started playing tennis'. The World No 2 prevailed in an absorbing five set contest, beating Alexander Zverev 6-3 2-6 5-7 6-1 6-2. After the match Zverev described his opponent as 'a beast' and 'an animal' on the court.

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‘Third time’s a charm’: Coco Gauff claims her first grand slam doubles title

  • Gauff and Katerina Siniakova win in straight sets
  • Singles finalist Jasmine Paolini misses a title again

Coco Gauff won her first grand slam doubles title on Sunday as the American and her playing partner Katerina Siniakova scored a straight sets victory in the French Open final.

Gauff, and Siniakova, who is from the Czech Republic, defeated Italians Jasmine Paolini and Sara Errani 7-6, 6-3 on Court Philippe Chatrier.

It was Gauff’s third women’s doubles final after losing championship matches at Roland Garros in 2022 and the US Open in 2021. It was a familiar situation for Siniakova, who claimed her eighth grand slam doubles title, and her third at the French Open.

“Third time’s a charm. Thank you, Katerina, for playing with me. We decided two days before the tournament to play together,” Gauff, who is the reigning women’s singles champion at the US Open, said. “Thank you to the fans. I know 11.30 Sunday morning is early for most people. It’s early for me.”

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