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NADAL NOT RECOGNISED BY GUARD AT PARIS MASTERS

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RAFAEL Nadal, one of the world’s most famous tennis players, has had an awkward moment at the entrance to the Paris Masters courts. A guard initially failed to recognise him and refused to allow him in. “Hello sir, have you got your pass?” the security guard asked the world’s number one tennis player, and a surprised Nadal responded: “I don’t ...

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ZIMBABWE CONFIDENT OF A TURKEY MEAL

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THE first ever Davis Cup meeting between Zimbabwe and Turkey was in 1983 and it ended 5-0 in favour of our boys away in Istanbul. BY Brighton Zhawi The Europeans got their revenge 25 years later, beating Zimbabwe 3-0 in a Group III Europe/Africa round robin tie in Bulgaria in 2008. The Zimbabwe team of 1983 had Orlando Lourenco, Phillip ...

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SWISS MISS RETIRES THRICE

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 Martina Hingis announced last week that she will retire from tennis for the third time in her career at the end of the ongoing WTA Finals. The Swiss initially confirmed the news on Twitter and Facebook after winning her quarterfinal doubles match. The top-seeded pair, Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan of Taipei, defeated Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of ...

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‘HINGIS HELPED ME BECOME SLAM CHAMP’

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ROGER Federer said he wasn’t sad to see fellow Swiss legend Martina Hingis announce her retirement, crediting her with helping him become a record-breaking Grand Slam champion. Hingis (37) called time on her career, which spanned three decades, for a third time on Thursday. Federer, who won the 2001 Hopman Cup alongside Hingis, said he heard at the start of ...

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A FATHER AND SON AFFAIR

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AMBROSE CHIGAAZIRA took it upon himself to ensure his son’s tennis dream stayed alive under the most difficult of circumstances, living up to the adage, “Where there is a will there is a way”.  BY Brighton Zhawi Unable to afford the services of a professional coach, Chigaazira took it upon himself to teach his then seven-year-old son Mark the game. ...

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FEDERER BEATS GREAT RIVAL NADAL TO WIN SHANGHAI MASTERS

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SHANGHAI — Roger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3 yesterday in a showdown between the two best players on the planet. It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and closes the gap on world number one Nadal at the top ...

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MOLIFE CONSTRUCTS OWN TENNIS COURTS

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Not many young children in the rural schools grow up with dreams like pursuing tennis as a sport, unless they move to an urban setting. BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE This is why Molife, a Domboshava-based rural primary school deserves to be praised for breaking new ground by constructing its own two low-cost tennis clay courts in a bid to groom future ...

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VENUS WILLIAMS WON’T PLAY IN AUCKLAND

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THE world women’s tennis number five Venus Williams has decided to play the Sydney International this summer instead of returning to the ASB Classic in Auckland. Williams hasn’t played in Sydney since losing a quarter-final to the legendary Steffi Graf in 1999. The previous year she lost the final to Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario having beaten then world No 1 Martina Hingis ...

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AUSSE OPEN “TOP OF SERENA’S MIND’

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MELBOURNE — Australian Open organisers said they were hopeful of a stunning return by new mum Serena Williams (pictured) in January as they raised the winners’ prize money to a bumper $3,1 million yesterday. Injured former world number ones Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, along with Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka, are set to be back in action in time ...

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ZIM SWEATS OVER GARANGANGA AVAILABILTY

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Tennis Zimbabwe is making frantic efforts to take the country’s US-based number two player Takanyi Garanganga to Egypt ahead of a crucial Davis Cup Africa Zone Group III competition, which kicks off in Cairo tomorrow. BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE The top two teams out of nine will be promoted to the more lucrative Euro/Africa Group II for 2018 at the conclusion ...

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