Healthy Rose eager to start 2014 campaign at Riviera

While U.S. Open champion Justin Rose is champing at the bit to play his first competitive golf of the year, Jimmy Walker will look to maintain his sizzling form at this week`s Northern Trust Open.

Top-ranked Serena out of Doha with back injury

World number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week`s $2.4 million Qatar Open because of a back injury, the WTA Tour announced on Friday.

Tiger Woods happy with Dubai Desert Classic opener

Tiger Woods enjoyed some welcome Arabian comfort on Thursday, opening the Dubai Desert Classic with a 68 that was 11 shots better than his previous round at Torrey Pines last Saturday.

Woodland seizes lead as Woods crashes at Torrey

On a day when Tiger Woods`s woes were the talk of Torrey Pines, Gary Woodland kept mistakes to a minimum to take the Farmers Insurance Open third-round lead.

Asian Li Na keeping the host flag high in the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific

The season opener at Melbourne Park echoes with two distinct geographical denouements, that of Asia and Pacific. There are French Open and US Open each named after the countries which play hosts and of course, the sanguine Wimbledon of all whites.

Sampras laments modern one dimensional tennis

American legend Pete Sampras on Friday lamented the lost art of serve and volley tennis and the one dimensional nature of the modern game, which he likened to "throwing rocks" at each other.

Australian Open: Will faster courts stop Nadal from claiming his second title?

The world`s top ranked tennis player, Rafael Nadal is among the top two contenders to win the win the first Major of the year – Australian Open. Another contender is certainly Serbian tennis ace, Novak Djokovic, who is the second seeded player of the tournament, behind Nadal.

Maria Sharapova overpowers Mattek-Sands to reach second round

Maria Sharapova celebrated her return to the grand slam spotlight on Tuesday with an emphatic 6-3 6-4 win over American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to charge into the second round of the Australian Open.

Musician Redfoo seeking US Open wildcard

World number two Victoria Azarenka says her boyfriend singer Redfoo wants a wildcard for the US Open and has been taking tips from Novak Djokovic.

Nervy Rafter could `choke` in doubles return with Hewitt

Australia`s Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has enjoyed smiting foes in the senior`s tour since his retirement, but fears he may have bitten off more than he can chew by agreeing to partner Lleyton Hewitt in the Australian Open doubles.

Sharapova rebuffs waiter`s `selfie` request

An Australian waiter`s bold request for a "selfie" from Maria Sharapova has met with an icy response from the Russian world number three.

Rafael Nadal to meet Gael Monfils in Doha final

World number one Rafael Nadal will play Frenchman Gael Monfils in the Qatar Open final after beating surprise package Peter Gojowczyk in the semi-final on Frida

Rafael Nadal wins through to Doha final

World number one Rafael Nadal will appear in the final of the Qatar Open for the second time after beating surprise package Peter Gojowczyk in the semi-final on Friday.

Federer insists he can still win a Slam

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer insisted Monday he was still capable of winning a Grand Slam singles crown despite a relatively poor 2013 season which saw him slip to world number six.

All eyes on Federer as season gets underway

Six of the top 10 women`s players will compete in the Brisbane International beginning Sunday but arguably all eyes will be on the men`s draw as Swiss superstar Roger Federer makes his debut in the tournament.

Tiger is top, but challengers abound

Tiger Woods regained the world number one ranking after an absence of two and a half years in 2013, but the debate over who is currently the best golfer in the world rages on.

Myself and Qureshi can do very well in next season, says Rohan Bopanna

Happy to be reunited with doubles partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan, Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna on Tuesday exuded confidence of doing "extremely well" in the upcoming season, starting in January next year.

Nadal shines, Federer fades as big four becomes three

Rafael Nadal defied the career obituary writers with his stunning renaissance in 2013 as he and fellow major winners Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray cut struggling Roger Federer adrift.

Franchise leagues need to learn from IPL: Paes

India tennis star Leander Paes friday said, the city-based franchise league is the way forward to popularise other sports, which need to replicate the model of the popular cricket tournament.

500-mln-dollar revamp of Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to start in February

The 500 million-dollar revamp of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center begins in February, and will continue on and off while the site plays host to the US Open , according to reports.

Maria Sharapova appoints Sven Groeneveld as coach

Four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has hired Sven Groeneveld as her new coach for the 2014 season.

Novak Djokovic ready for one last push at Tour Finals

Novak Djokovic insists he is willing to defy his flagging energy levels in a bid to finish the campaign with more glory at the ATP World Tour Finals.

In-form Rafael Nadal revels in return to the top after injury hell

Rafael Nadal believes his return to the top of the world rankings after a seven-month injury nightmare is one of the greatest achievements of his remarkable career.

Gary Player credits `focus on fitness` for `good health` on 78th birthday

Professional golfer Gary Player, who is widely regarded as South Africa`s greatest ever sportsman celebrated his 78th birthday on Friday.

Andy Murray to headline Barbados Dream Cup

Reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will headline Barbados’ Dream Cup opening next month.

Serena completes dominant season with WTA Championship triumph

Serena Williams capped off a season to remember by capturing her fourth WTA Championship title with a 2-6 6-3 6-0 win over Li Na on Sunday.

Tennis ace Paes praises cricket legend Tendulkar

Veteran Indian tennis player Leander Paes today heaped praise on retiring cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for his longevity in the sport and the way he had conducted himself on and off the field all these years.

Andy Murray aiming for tennis comeback at Brisbane in December

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is set to step up his rehabilitation program by returning to practice next month following a back surgery in September.

Webb Simpson stays four ahead in Vegas

Former US Open champion Webb Simpson moved closer to a fourth victory on the PGA Tour as he maintained a commanding four-shot lead after Saturday`s third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

Gaultier beats Matthew to win US Open squash

Gregory Gaultier, 2006 champion, clinched the Delaware Investments US Open Squash Championships title after beating another former champion, Nick Matthew, in straight games in the final of the fifth PSA World Series event of the year at Drexel University here.