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Andy Murray: “I was always encouraged to practice with girls”

As part of BBC 100 Women, Andy Murray writes about his hopes for a level playing field in sport.

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Belgiums Steve Darcis, left, and captain Johan Van Herck celebrate victory over Australia in the Davis Cup. Picture: Getty.

Belgium fight back to seal place in Davis Cup final with France

David Goffin and Steve 
Darcis won their reverse 
singles matches as Belgium defeated 28-time champions 
Australia 3-2 in the Davis Cup semi-finals yesterday to set up a title showdown with France in 
November.

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Pete Sampras has back Andy Murray to return strong. Picture: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Pete Sampras backs Andy Murray to ‘compete for majors’

Tennis legend Pete Sampras has backed Andy Murray to return to action and compete for majors, labelling him “one of the best in the world”.

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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates after winning against  Serbia's Laslo Djere in their singles rubber in the Davis Cup semi-final in Lille. Picture: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to the rescue for France in Davis Cup

France and Serbia are level at 1-1 in their Davis Cup semi-final after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga dispatched 22-year-old debutant Laslo Djere in straight sets following Lucas Pouille’s shock defeat in the opening singles match.

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Serena Williams has released the first images of her newborn daughter Alexis. Picture: Serena Williams/Instagram/PA Wire

Serena Williams calls baby daughter Alexis a Grand Slam champ

Serena Williams has revealed the name of her baby daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

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Rafael Nadal in triumphant pose after his win over Anderson, below. Right, Nadal with the US  Open trophy. Picture: AP

Rafael Nadal, king of New York, crowns ‘unbelievable’ year

A year ago, when Rafael Nadal and his dodgy wrist were
bundled out of the US Open in the fourth round and Roger
Federer was back at home nursing his sore knee, the age of the two greats seemed to be at an end.

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Sloane Stephens in Central Park yesterday after winning the womens singles at the US Open. Picture: AP

Sloane Stephens breaks mould as she savours US Open victory

Sloane Stephens is not as 
other champions. The story of her comeback from surgery at the start of the year to lifting the US Open trophy on Saturday is, as she says, “insane”. But that is not what makes Stephens different.

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Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis enjoy the moment after winning the mixed doubles. Picture: Getty.

Jamie Murray extends lead over Andy with US Open win

The current score stands at Jamie 5, Andy 3. Jamie Murray increased his lead over his brother on Saturday, winning his fifth grand slam trophy as he and Martina Hingis beat Michael Venus and Chan Hao-Ching 6-1, 4-6, 10-8 to win the US Open mixed doubles title.

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Kevin Anderson will need to have his big serve working. Photograph: Getty

History and Rafa Nadal is against an upset by Kevin Anderson

Pity poor Kevin Anderson. He spends a lifetime waiting to be an overnight sensation, he reaches his first grand slam final by firing 22 aces past Pablo Carreno Busta on Friday and now, in his moment of glory, he has to stand in front of the freight train that is Rafael Nadal on track for a 16th major trophy and his third US Open title.

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Andy and Jamie Murray. Picture: John Devlin

Andy Murray congratulates brother Jamie on US Open win

Scottish Tennis star Sir Andy Murray has lauded his older brother Jamie after he won the US Open Mixed Doubles final with partner Martina Hingis.

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Jamie Murray of Great Britain and Martina Hingis of Switzerland pose during the trophy presentation after defeating Hao-Ching Chan of Taiwan and Michael Venus of New Zealand in their Mixed Doubles finals match. Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis add US Open to Wimbledon title

It is not so much what you know as who you know that matters. And the fact that Jamie Murray knows Martina Hingis – and that she has got to know him – brought the Scot his fifth grand slam title yesterday as the Scots-Swiss partnership won the US Open mixed doubles trophy.

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American pair Sloane Stephens, left, and Madison Keys clash in this weekend's US Open final at Flushing Meadows. Picture: Getty Images

Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys following Williams sisters

It has been a long time coming but at last the Williams effect is starting to produce results. Today, two African-American
women will fight for the US Open title – and neither of them will be called Williams.

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World No 1 Rafael Nadal says he needs 'to play aggressive'. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Nadal and Del Potro can serve up power-packed semi-final

It was supposed to be the year when the young guns took charge at the US Open. With so many of the world’s top men crocked by injury and those left standing either in their 30s or on the verge of them, this was the moment for the new generation to make their mark.

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Roger Federer insisted he did not have an eye on a potential US Open clash with Radael Nadal as he struggled against Juan Martin Del Potro. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Roger Federer admits he ‘struggled’ in Juan Martin Del Potro defeat

Roger Federer conceded he was not in the right shape to challenge for another grand slam title as the elusive US Open clash with Rafael Nadal slipped away again.

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Andy Murray may be out of the top ten by the time he returns from his injury lay-off in 2018. Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Andy Murray opts for rest cure but faces rankings freefall

At long last, there is white smoke puffing from the chimney of Murray Towers: a decision has been reached. Andy Murray will not have surgery to cure his troublesome hip but he is unlikely to play competitively again this year.

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Andy Murray has been plagued by a hip injury in recent months and has confirmed he will miss the rest of the season. Picture: John Devlin

Andy Murray to miss rest of season with hip injury

Andy Murray has confirmed he will miss the rest of the season due to his hip injury.

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Juan Martin del Potro celebrates is fourth round win over Dominic Thiem of Austria. Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Comeback kid Juan Martin Del Potro targets Roger Federer

When the ATP launched its “Next Gen” campaign to promote the young talents of the tour, the marketing men did not have Juan Martin del Potro in mind.

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Jamie Murray speaks to partner Bruno Soares during their fourth round match against Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Horia Tecau of Romania.  Picture: Al Bello/Getty Images

Doubles defeat for Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares at US Open

Jamie Murray’s reign as US Open doubles champion came to an abrupt and sobering end as he and Bruno Soares were flattened 6-1, 6-2 by Horia Tecau, of Romania, and Jean-Julien Rojer from the Netherlands, writes Alix Ramsay.

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Maria Sharapova  feels the strain on her way to a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2  defeat  by Anastaija Sevastov. Picture: AP.

Maria Sharapova sent crashing by Anastasija Sevastova at US Open

Not all fairytales come true in New York and yesterday Maria Sharapova’s was brought to an abrupt end by Anastasija
Sevastova. The dream of her comeback taking her to 
another major final was over: Sevastova won 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

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