World number six Kevin Anderson will miss the clay-court season as he continues to be troubled by an elbow injury.

Anderson withdrew from the Monte Carlo Masters last week due to an issue which also kept him out of the hard-court events in Acapulco and Indian Wells.

The 32-year-old South African, runner-up at Wimbledon last year, revealed on Tuesday that he will focus on getting fully fit for the grass-court season.

"I wanted to let you all know that I will unfortunately be missing the clay season this year," he tweeted.

"After discussing with my doctors and team, we thought the best decision is to rest and rehab my elbow injury for a few more weeks. I will keep working hard each day to get healthy again in time for grass.

"I'm very disappointed to be missing Estoril, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros - all incredible events that have been so great to me and I love going back to - but I know this is the right decision for the long term in my career."

Anderson has played in only three tournaments this year, winning the first one he entered in Pune.

Novak Djokovic believes he can hit top form at the French Open despite a surprise loss at the Monte-Carlo Masters on Friday.

The world number one bowed out in the quarter-finals at the ATP 1000 tournament, suffering a 6-3 4-6 6-2 defeat to Daniil Medvedev.

Djokovic has struggled after winning his 15th grand slam at the Australian Open, holding a 5-3 win-loss record since the tournament in Melbourne.

But the 2016 champion at Roland Garros still feels he can get back to his best before the major begins in Paris on May 26.

"The French Open is the ultimate goal on clay for sure," Djokovic told a news conference.

"It's expected in a way, for me to peak at that tournament and that's what I'm aiming for.

"This is only the first tournament on clay and it's a long season so let's see how it goes."

Djokovic is next expected to be in action at the Madrid Open, which begins in early May.

Bianca Andreescu's former coach Andre Labelle says the teenage sensation can win a grand slam this year after her astonishing Indian Wells Open triumph.

Andreescu made history on Sunday by beating three-time major champion Angelique Kerber 6-4 3-6 6-4 to become the first wildcard to win the prestigious title in California.

The 18-year-old Canadian started the year outside the top 150, but rose to 24th on Monday after seeing off the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Elina Svitolina before stunning Kerber.

Labelle, who nurtured Andreescu's talent for almost four years at Tennis Canada, believes the rising star's maiden WTA Tour triumph will most definitely not be a flash in the pan.

The Tennis Canada national coach told Omnisport: "Before Indian Wells, the goal for Bianca was top 50 at the end of the year.

"So now obviously that will be changed. There are three grand slams and more Premier events to come, so many, many more points to be won

"The sky is the limit for her, it really is. I am saying now she will probably make the WTA Finals and a grand slam, maybe.  

"With a good draw, some luck and with what she has shown last week, you don't want to put too much expectation on her, but she was not expected to win Indian Wells and look what happened.

"A grand slam might be next year, but you just don't know. She has incredible determination and drive. She will stay grounded, there will be no issue with that and she can achieve so much."

Andy Murray hopes to compete again in professional tennis after revealing he has no pain in his hip following a second surgery, and did not rule out a possible Wimbledon return in the doubles.

Before the Australian Open, the former world number one announced plans to end his career at this year's Wimbledon amid continued struggles with his hip, though an emotional Murray conceded his first-round defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut in Melbourne could serve as his last match.

In an effort to potentially continue his career, Murray underwent a hip resurfacing operation five weeks ago, and the three-time grand slam champion expressed cautious optimism over how his recovery has gone.

"I want to continue playing," said Murray, speaking at Queen's Club to announce a new partnership with sportswear brand Castore. "I said that in Australia. The issue is I don't know if it's possible.

"I'm a lot happier now than I was 12 months ago and since having the op. I have no pain in the hip. I was in pain for a long time. The rehab has been slow, it's been going pretty well. I need to wait and see how things progress.

"If it's possible, I'd love to compete again."

 

Speaking later to Sky Sports, Murray suggested he could yet compete at the All England Club in doubles, inspired by Bob Bryan, who made his return from the same surgery at the Australian Open.

He said: "I was struggling for a long time, you could see that in just the way I was walking around, I was limping everywhere I was going, it was tough and in that press conference [in Melbourne] I kind of spoke from my heart and opened up.

"It'd been a tough 18 months, I felt much better after I'd done it and obviously had the operation now and I feel good.

"Rehab is never loads of fun. It's quite tedious, a little bit boring and I've done a bunch of different stints of rehab over the last 18 months, but because I'm seeing progress and because I'm not in pain, it's motivating me each day to be doing it because I'm noticing that things are getting better and I don't have to limp anymore and my hip feels good, which hadn't been the case the last 18 months.

"I'd been doing rehab and my hip was still really sore. Now I'm seeing some good signs and feel positive about the outcome."

Asked if Wimbledon would be too soon for him, Murray added: "For singles it would be, can't say for sure but doubles, I mean Bob Bryan was back playing at the Australian Open after five and a half months.

"Wimbledon comes pretty much five and a half months after I had my operation and I communicate with him daily about the rehab he was doing and things that worked and didn't and he said he feels like he could have done things a bit better at the beginning of rehab, so maybe I can cut a bit of time off that."

Roger Federer became only the second man to win 100 tour-level singles titles as he triumphed 6-4 6-4 over Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Saturday.

The 20-time grand slam champion has become one of sport's true greats since his first triumph in 2001 and will now have Jimmy Connors' record of 109 in his sights.

And as Federer celebrates his latest landmark victory, we take the opportunity to run through some of the key statistics behind his century of wins, courtesy of Opta.

 

2 - Federer's first win came at the Milan Indoor in 2001 and is one of his two titles claimed on carpet. His favourite surface is the hard court (69 titles), with 18 on grass and 11 on clay.

3 - The Swiss has won three grand slam titles in three different years (2004, 2006 and 2007) - the only player to do this in men's singles history.

10 - Rafael Nadal is the man Federer has beaten most often in ATP finals (10 times). He has defeated Andy Roddick in four grand slam finals.

12 - The best year of Federer's career so far came in 2006 when he won 12 titles. Only in 2016 has he failed to win a single tournament since his first triumph.

16 - Rome's Italian Open title continues to evade Federer. It is the event he has played most (16 times) without winning the tournament.

20 - Federer has 20 grand slam titles, the most of any player in men's singles history.

27 - Only Nadal (33) and Novak Djokovic (32) have won more ATP Masters 1000 events than Federer (27).

31 - Federer has won 31 different tournaments. He has won both the Halle Open and Swiss Indoors Basel nine times. An incredible eight titles have come at Wimbledon.

109 - Connors (109) is the only player to have won more men's singles tournaments in the Open Era than Federer. Nadal is on 80, with Djokovic on 73.

Roger Federer's victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Dubai Tennis Championships final on Saturday earned his 100th tour-level singles title.

The Swiss star becomes just the second player to reach that milestone in the Open Era after Jimmy Connors, further bolstering his standing as one of sport's true greats.

Federer's first tournament win came back in February 2001 and his century of titles includes 20 grand slam triumphs, six ATP Finals titles and victory at 27 Masters events.

As the 37-year-old revels in his latest success, we list all of his ATP Tour successes.

 

2001: one title

Milan Indoor (carpet, International/ATP 250)

 

2002: three titles

Sydney International (hard, International/ATP 250); German Open (clay, Masters); Vienna Open (hard, International Gold/ATP 500)

 

2003: seven titles - including Wimbledon, ATP Finals

Marseille Open (hard, International/ATP 250); Dubai Championships (hard, International Gold/ATP 500); Bavarian Championships (clay, International/ATP 250); Halle Open (grass, International/ATP 250); Wimbledon (grass); Vienna Open (hard, International Gold/ATP 500); ATP Finals (hard)

 

2004: 11 titles - including Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open, ATP Finals

Australian Open (hard); Dubai Championships (hard, International Gold/ATP 500); Indian Wells Masters (hard, Masters); German Open (clay, Masters); Halle Open (grass, International/ATP 250); Wimbledon (grass); Gstaad (clay, International/ATP 250); Canadian Open (hard, Masters); US Open (hard); Thailand Open (hard, International/ATP 250); ATP Finals

 

2005: 11 titles - including Wimbledon, US Open

Qatar Open (hard, International/ATP 250); Rotterdam Open (hard, International Gold/ATP 500); Dubai Championships (hard, International Gold/ATP 500); Indian Wells Masters (hard, Masters); Miami Open (hard, Masters); German Open (clay, Masters); Halle Open (grass, International/ATP 250); Wimbledon (grass); Cincinnati Masters (hard, Masters); US Open (hard); Thailand Open (hard, International/ATP 250)

 

2006: 12 titles - including Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open, ATP Finals

Qatar Open (hard, International/ATP 250); Australian Open (hard); Indian Wells Masters (hard, Masters); Miami Open (hard, Masters); Halle Open (grass, International/ATP 250); Wimbledon (grass); Canadian Open (hard, Masters); US Open (hard); Japan Open (hard, International Gold/ATP 500); Madrid Open (hard, Masters); Swiss Indoors (carpet, International/ATP 250); ATP Finals (hard)

 

2007: eight titles - including Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open, ATP Finals

Australian Open (hard); Dubai Championships (hard, International Gold/ATP 500); German Open (clay, Masters); Wimbledon (grass); Cincinnati Masters (hard, Masters); US Open (hard); Swiss Indoors (hard, International/ATP 250); ATP Finals (hard)

 

2008: four titles - including US Open

Portugal Open (clay, International/ATP 250); Halle Open (grass, International/ATP 250); US Open (hard); Swiss Indoors (hard, International/ATP 250)

 

2009: four titles - including French Open, Wimbledon

Madrid Open (clay, Masters 1000); French Open (clay); Wimbledon (grass); Cincinnati Masters (hard, Masters 1000)

 

2010: five titles - including Australian Open, ATP Finals

Australian Open (hard); Cincinnati Masters (hard, Masters 1000); Stockholm Open (hard, ATP 250); Swiss Indoors (hard, ATP 500); ATP Finals (hard)

 

2011: four titles - including ATP Finals

Qatar Open (hard; ATP 250); Swiss Indoors (hard, ATP 500); Paris Masters (hard, Masters 1000); ATP Finals (hard)

 

2012: six titles - including Wimbledon

Rotterdam Open (hard, ATP 500); Dubai Championships (hard, ATP 500); Indian Wells Masters (hard, Masters 1000); Madrid Open (clay, Masters 1000); Wimbledon (grass); Cincinnati Masters (hard, Masters 1000)

 

2013: one title

Halle Open (grass, ATP 250)

 

2014: five titles

Dubai Championships (hard, ATP 500); Halle Open (grass, ATP 250); Cincinnati Masters (hard, Masters 1000); Shanghai Masters (hard, Masters 1000); Swiss Indoors (hard, ATP 500)

 

2015: six titles

Brisbane International (hard, ATP 250); Dubai Championships (hard, ATP 500); Istanbul Open (clay, ATP 250); Halle Open (grass, ATP 500); Cincinnati Masters (hard, Masters 1000); Swiss Indoors (hard, ATP 500)

 

2017: seven titles - including Australian Open, Wimbledon

Australian Open (hard); Indian Wells Masters (hard, Masters 1000); Miami Open (hard, Masters 1000); Halle Open (grass, ATP 500); Wimbledon (grass); Shanghai Masters (hard, Masters 1000); Swiss Indoors (hard, ATP 500)

 

2018: four titles - including Australian Open

Australian Open (hard); Rotterdam Open (hard, ATP 500); Stuttgart Open (grass, ATP 250); Swiss Indoors (hard, ATP 500)

 

2019: one title (so far)

Dubai Tennis Championships (hard, ATP 500)

Naomi Osaka split with her coach, Sascha Bajin, saying she refused to sacrifice her happiness for success. The world has suspected the issue is about money, while others believe there is something more. What do you think?

Novak Djokovic can win as many grand slams as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, according to his former coach Boris Becker.

After over two years without a major victory amid a slump in form and persistent elbow injury, a rejuvenated Djokovic returned to the peak of his powers to win Wimbledon in 2018.

The Serbian has since triumphed at the US Open and Australian Open to take his grand slam haul to 15, two shy of Nadal and five behind Federer.

Djokovic will hold all four majors simultaneously for the second time in his career if he wins the French Open in June, though Becker considers Nadal favourite to triumph at Roland Garros for the 12th time in his career.

However, the German believes his former pupil can still amass a record-breaking number of grand slam titles.

"A lot can happen in a year either way. I mean, you've seen it. Yes, on paper, he's 31, he's won 15 majors, yes, there's a possibility he can reach 20," Becker told Omnisport at the Laureus World Sports Awards 2019.

"But who says that Roger isn't going to win another one. I always liked his chances at Wimbledon on the grass. Who says that Nadal isn't competing for it? He was in the final in Melbourne. He's certainly the favourite in my book for the French Open, and then he has 18, there's only two more for the French.

"So, it's a good problem to have because ultimately, you want to be the most successful of all time and what a challenge. What a moment in all three players' lives."

Expanding on whether Djokovic can depose Nadal at the French Open, Becker said: "First of all, it's amazing that he's in a position to do so. Very few players in the history of tennis can say that.

"Now, playing Nadal at the French is the most difficult tennis match you're ever going to face. Novak has done it a few times, he's beaten him one time on the year when he won the Grand Slam, and that's going to be the match.

"The way the rankings are, I think it's one and two, the earliest it can be is in the semi-final - I mean, what a match! Who wouldn't want to watch that match? History will be re-written, but there's a lot of tennis to be played until then.

"Players are going to the hard courts in America and on the clay in Europe so hopefully nobody gets injured, they keep the momentum, they play enough, but not too much. So the French Open should be an amazing high."

Roger Federer has his sights trained on a ninth Wimbledon crown in 2019 and, at the age of 37, says his position in the ATP rankings is of little concern.

The Swiss legend endured a disappointing exit at the Australian Open last month, going out in the fourth round to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Although he was denied the chance for a third straight triumph at Melbourne Park in sensational fashion, Federer's hunger has not been dimmed as he chases a 100th ATP Tour success, which will surely arrive this season.

And Federer was unequivocal in identifying his goals for 2019 when he faced the media at the launch of the Laver Cup in Geneva on Friday.

"Wimbledon obviously, also now Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami," he said.

"I really would like to make a good season start, maybe that could launch the clay season and Wimbledon but I think Wimbledon yes, the US Open and after also the Laver Cup and the World Tour Finals at the end of the year.

"I continue my career... I'm motivated, I feel good and I'm looking forward to the future.

"The goal is always to have a level of play high enough to beat Rafa [Nadal] and [Novak] Djoko[vic] and as soon as it is so high so you can play against them and maybe win, that means that the classification will normally follow.

"For me, the classification at 37 years is not anymore the priority."

 

 

 

Stan Wawrinka and Donna Vekic have done their best to cheer up Andy Murray following his latest hip operation, gifting the Briton an enormous teddy bear.

Murray could have played his last competitive match, having acknowledged before the Australian Open that he was close to retirement due to continued hip trouble.

The three-time grand slam champion duly had hip resurfacing surgery in London earlier this week, but it remains unclear whether he will attempt to return to the ATP Tour.

As he recovers, Murray has received a boost in the form of an amusing present from Wawrinka - an opponent of his for more than a decade - and the Swiss' girlfriend, WTA star Vekic.

Murray posted a photo on Instagram of a giant teddy, accompanied with the caption: "Big thanks to @stanwawrinka and @donnavekic for the get well soon teddy bear.

It's absolutely huge. My kids will be fighting over this when I get home" #stantheman"

 

Andy Murray hopes a hip resurfacing operation will leave him pain-free in the future, but it remains to be seen if he will return at the highest level after undergoing the procedure on Monday.

Murray broke down in tears at Melbourne Park this month when the three-time grand slam champion revealed the Australian Open could be his final tournament, but he hopes to feature at Wimbledon for one final time.

The Brit said he would make a quick decision over whether to have surgery after losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in the opening round of the first major of the year.

Murray went under the knife in London, knowing the operation may not prolong his career.

Omnisport look at the timeline of Murray's hip woes.


June 27, 2017 – The start of Murray's plight. A sore hip forces him to withdraw from an exhibition match at the Hurlingham Club on the eve of Wimbledon.

July 5, 2017 – Murray reveals he has been managing a hip problem for at least seven years ahead of his Wimbledon title defence. "It is something I have been dealing with since I was 22 or 23 years old, off and on," said Murray, who thought the pain he felt following his French Open semi-final loss to Stan Wawrinka was due to a lack of playing time.

July 12, 2017 – Murray – noticeably struggling with his hip – loses in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, ousted in five sets by Sam Querrey.

August 26, 2017 – After withdrawing from two Masters events, Murray then pulled out of the US Open just two days out from the tournament in New York. "It's too sore for me to win the tournament and ultimately that's what I was here to try and do," said the Scot.

January 8, 2018 – On the back of his Brisbane International withdrawal six days earlier and following consultations with hip specialists during the latter stages of 2017, Murray undergoes surgery in Melbourne. "I'm very optimistic," Murray said. "The surgeon was very happy about how it went. He felt that my hip will be feeling better than it did a year ago."

June 6, 2018 – Murray's return to the court is delayed as he pulls out of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships.

June 19, 2018 – Having not played since Wimbledon, Murray makes his long-awaited comeback in a three-set loss to Nick Kyrgios at Queen's Club.

July 25, 2018 – Murray tastes victory for the first time in almost a year, beating Wawrinka, before falling to compatriot Kyle Edmund at Eastbourne.

July 1, 2018 – Wimbledon comes too soon for Murray, who cites his lack of readiness for best-of-five-set matches.

August 3, 2018 – Murray returns to the ATP World Tour in Washington, where he reaches the quarter-finals of the Citi Open before pulling out of that tournament and the Rogers Cup amid concerns over exhaustion and the potential to suffer a recurrence of his hip injury.

August 29, 2018 – New York sees Murray make his grand slam comeback, falling to Fernando Verdasco in the second round after seeing off James Duckworth.

September 29, 2018 – Murray brings his season to an end by pulling out of the China Open following his quarter-final run at the Shenzhen Open.

January 2, 2019 – His comeback at the Brisbane International ends with a second-round defeat to Daniil Medvedev.

January 11, 2019 – Murray reveals his plans to retire at Wimbledon, but could quit after the Australian Open.

January 11, 2019 – The Scot bows out of the Australian Open with a defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut after fighting back from two sets down to go the distance.

January 28, 2019 – Undergoes hip resurfacing surgery in London, which leaves the 31-year-old feeling "battered and bruised" but hopeful of being pain-free in the future. 

Public speaking may not be Naomi Osaka's forte, but awkwardness in front of a microphone need not harm the commercial prospects of the new Australian Open champion, according to a sports marketing expert.

Novak Djokovic strengthened his grip on the world number one spot after victory at the Australian Open, while breakout stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and Frances Tiafoe earned career-high rankings.

Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic said he will "recharge" and rest before mounting a French Open challenge in his pursuit of the grand slam record.

Djokovic made history on Sunday, becoming the most successful Australian Open men's player with a seventh title after annihilating Rafael Nadal in Melbourne.

World number one Djokovic sent shockwaves through the tennis world following his stunning 6-3 6-2 6-3 demolition of second seed Nadal as the Serb star captured a 15th grand slam.

After a whirlwind 24 hours, which took him to the picturesque Botanical Gardens on Monday, Djokovic was focused on recovery ahead of the French Open.

"The relief is the first thing that happens because there's so many expectations, and emotions and tensions involved in anticipating the grand slam [tournament]," Djokovic told reporters.

"Living through it those three weeks takes a lot out of you. So the first thing I'm going to do is recharge my batteries and obviously then, you know, have time to reflect."

Djokovic is the current Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon holder, with the 31-year-old closing in on Roger Federer's slam record of 20 trophies.

After surpassing Pete Sampras to move into outright third on the all-time list, May's French Open presents Djokovic with the opportunity to hold all four majors simultaneously.

The French Open, however, has been a difficult slam for Djokovic with just one success in 2016 amid Nadal's stranglehold at Roland Garros in Paris.

Nadal will be eyeing a 12th French Open and 18th slam crown, and Djokovic added: "I did put a lot of pressure on myself in the past and lost several finals in a row and then I managed to win it in '16.

"I mean, talking about relief, winning the French Open in 2016 was the biggest relief I ever felt in my entire life. So the approach obviously to the French Open this year will be quite different. I will be more experienced with this situation."

He continued: "I don't want this to sound arrogant but I've done it once, why not do it again? I'm one slam away from that.

"I'm not the only one who has been in this situation before. Nadal and Federer have been holding three out of four many times throughout their careers.

"Everything is possible in life so that's kind of a philosophy that I have."

Novak Djokovic dropped just eight games in his Australian Open final thrashing of Rafael Nadal in an incredibly one-sided decider on Sunday.

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