PARIS -- Twenty years after his debut, Roger Federer will take aim at a ninth Wimbledon title and a place in history as the oldest man to capture a Grand Slam singles crown. Federer, who turns 38 in August, is already the oldest player to win the Wimbledon men's title in the modern era, a feat achieved in 2017 when he was 35. Australia's Ken Rosewall was only just past 37 when he won the 1972 Australian Open, an age barrier Federer hopes to smash when Wimbledon starts Monday. "I love being around here. It's a good vibe. I have great memories. My heroes all won here," said 20-time major winner Federer. "Every time I come back here, I try to be like them." READ: Kvitova to decide this week whether to play at Wimbledon However, despite his lifetime affection for the All England Club, the tussle to add to his London silverware has become increasingly fraught. His eighth and most recent Wimbledon title came off a straight-sets demolition of an injury-hit and tearful Marin Cilic in the … [Read more...] about Tennis: Can Federer defy age to lift ninth Wimbledon title?
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Britain's Andy Murray made a successful return to action after 6 months out following hip surgery as he partnered Feliciano Lopez to a first-round doubles win at the Queen's Club championships on Thursday. The 32-year-old, five-times a winner of the singles at the prestigious Wimbledon warm-up event, delighted a large evening center court crowd with some fluent shot-making as he and Spanish veteran Lopez beat top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-6(5) 6-3. Murray, who missed most of 2018 with a hip injury, last played at the Australian Open in January when it appeared his career might be over following an emotional second-round defeat by Roberto Bautista Agut. The two-times Wimbledon champion, by far Britain's most successful player in modern times, underwent hip-resurfacing surgery shortly after that but has been coy about his chances of making a return to the singles court. While not too much can be read into Thursday's doubles win, Murray certainly appeared to be moving … [Read more...] about Tennis: Murray marks return with doubles win
World number one Novak Djokovic said that he "can make history again" as he looks to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously for the second time, after easing into round two at the French Open on Monday. Djokovic laid down an early marker at Roland Garros, powering past promising Polish youngster Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in his opening match. The Serbian is one of only three men, along with Don Budge and Rod Laver, to have won four straight Slam tournaments, after his first, and so far only, French Open title in 2016. Now he can follow in Australian great Laver's footsteps by achieving the feat twice with victory in the final in Paris on June 9. "I put myself in a situation where I can actually make history of tennis again and obviously I have very high ambitions for this tournament," said Djokovic. "It's not a secret. But at the same time, it's not the first time that I'm facing these kind of circumstances. It's not the first Grand Slam in my career. I have played so many. … [Read more...] about News Tennis: Novak eyeing second ‘Djoko Slam’
The fifth-ranked Zverev made a poor start to the clay season and crashed out in his opening match in Rome last week, and the German was in danger of throwing the title away against Jarry after taking the opening set. A 90-minute rain delay interrupted play and Jarry twice had championship point in a final set tie-break before Zverev prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (10/8) to earn his first title of the season. "It was a very tough match. He was playing aggressively, serving big and hitting everything he can," Zverev told the ATP website. "I thought I was in control until the rain came, but I'm happy to find a way. I felt it could have gone either way." Zverev, who has never got past the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, will open his Roland Garros campaign against Australian John Millman next week. "When I start playing good, I don't worry about titles. I know that I can be one of the best players in the world when I find my rhythm," said Zverev. "This week … [Read more...] about Zverev collects Geneva title ahead of French Open
LONDON - Wimbledon prize money will total 38 million pounds ($49 million) for this year's championships, a rise of 11.8 percent, the All England Club announced on Tuesday. The men's and women's singles champions will receive 2.35 million pounds each -- 100,000 more than in 2018. Continuing a theme of recent years, organisers have again significantly raised the prize money for early-round losers. Prize money for qualifying and rounds one to three in the singles will rise by 10 percent with 45,000 pounds now the compensation for a first-round singles exit. Wimbledon's total prize money for 2019 surpasses the 62.5 million Australian dollars ($44 million) at this year's opening Grand Slam in Melbourne but is still lower than the $53 million prize pool at last year's U.S. Open. The French Open recently announced an 8 percent increase in prize money for next month's event, taking it to 42.6 million euros ($48 million). Wimbledon's prize money has trebled in the last decade. READ: Tennis's … [Read more...] about News Tennis: Wimbledon prize money rises 11.8 percent