PIF, WTA sign multiyear partnership to speed up global growth of women’s tennis

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Zverev serves his way to Italian Open title and sets himself up as a contender in Paris ROME: Alexander Zverev put on a serving clinic in a 6-4, 7-5 win over 24th-ranked Nicolas Jarry to claim his second Italian Open title Sunday and earn his biggest trophy since tearing his ankle apart two years ago. … Read more

Jeddah set to host its first-ever World Table Tennis Championship

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LONDON: Ivan Rakitic hopes his strong brotherly bond with his former Croatia team-mate Luka Modric can persuade the timeless maestro to join him at Al-Shabab in the Saudi Pro League. Modric may be 38 but Rakitic said that his enduring class was something his fellow Real Madrid midfielder, the free-scoring tyro Jude Bellingham, could learn … Read more

Saudi Arabia’s PIF signs sponsorship deal with Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament

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COLORADO SPRINGS: The 2024 USA basketball men’s national team has been announced for this summer’s Olympic Games in Paris, taking place July 26-Aug. 11 The team, selected by national men’s team managing director Grant Hill and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors, will also play two preparation matches in Abu Dhabi against Australia … Read more

Grand Slam champion Simona Halep wins doping case on appeal and is cleared to resume tennis

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Ugo Humbert dominates Alexander Bublik to claim glory at 32nd Dubai Tennis Championships Dubai: Ugo Humbert produced a ruthless masterclass to defeat Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik in straight sets and seal ATP 500 victory in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The French No. 5 seed, who rose to a career-high world No. 14 after his … Read more

Ugo Humbert dominates Alexander Bublik to claim glory at 32nd Dubai Tennis Championships

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Eddie Howe answers Newcastle United tactics critics as Magpies outwit rivals Wolves Newcastle: Criticism, at this level, is only ever just around the corner. One year you may be returning a club to the Champions League after two decades, the next some may be calling for change at the top. That is the situation that … Read more

Medvedev wins to set up Dubai Tennis Championships semifinal with Humbert

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No fairy-tale ending for Andy Murray in Dubai, as Ugo Humbert advances to quarter-finals DUBAI: Andy Murray’s hopes of fairy-tale ending to what seems likely to be his last appearance at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships were dashed by in-form Frenchman Ugo Humbert, who defeated the 36-year-old Scot 6-2, 6-4 on center court at … Read more

Medvedev and Hurkacz book quarterfinal spots at Dubai Tennis Championship

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Man United and Chelsea grab late winners in FA Cup. Youngsters deliver again for Liverpool LONDON: Manchester United and Chelsea kept alive their hopes of silverware this season by scoring late winners in the FA Cup on Wednesday. Liverpool also advanced to the quarterfinals, with their youngsters coming through big again for Jurgen Klopp. Casemiro … Read more

Saudi investment fund PIF buys into men’s tennis in ‘strategic’ deal with ATP

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DUBAI: Former champion Andy Murray dug deep to edge out Canada’s Denis Shapovalov 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 in front of a jubilant center court crowd at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday night. The come-from-behind victory saw Murray — who claimed a solitary Dubai title in 2017 — register a landmark 500th career win … Read more

Jasmine Paolini ends Anna Kalinskaya fairytale to win Dubai Tennis Championship

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DUBAI: World No.1 Iga Swiatek saw off No.15 seed and two-time former champion Elina Svitolina in the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Wednesday night, and in doing so guaranteed a new name will appear on the trophy at this year’s WTA 1000 tournament. Taking her winning streak in the Middle … Read more

Saudi female tennis players challenge stereotypes as sporting dreams become reality

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RIYADH: Cricket is a game that has an almost magical ability to unite South Asian expatriates in their second home Saudi Arabia. On every weekend and whenever there is a time to play, mostly on public holidays, they gather at some grounds, parks and open spaces to play street cricket. For decades, early-morning gatherings were … Read more