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  • Murray singer will see his muse despite the rain

    Keith Meisner (@exileofelgin on Twitter) and Andy Murray (Reuters)

    A Scottish fitness teacher who wrote a tribute song about Andy Murray was invited to Wimbledon on Friday by the world number two's mother Judy and thanks to Centre Court's roof he should be able to avoid singing in the rain.

    Amateur musician Keith Meisner's singing career suddenly took off when his fellow Scot shared the song "Under The Lights, Song for Andy Murray" with his 1.5 million social media followers.

    Murray told his fans: "A friend of mine who I grew up playing tennis with came up with this song."

    That provoked an avalanche of interest with the song about the "Diamond of Dunblane"

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  • US tennis reaches new low after Wimbledon flop

    Bobby Reynolds feels the heat against Novak Djokovic (Reuters)

    For the first time in 101 years no American will be playing in the third round of the men's singles at Wimbledon.

    That dismal fact was confirmed on Thursday when their last man standing, 156th ranked qualifier Bobby Reynolds, bowed out to world number one Novak Djokovic on Centre Court.

    His failure completed a dismal day for the US after 33-year-old James Blake was outclassed by Australian Bernard Tomic and Denis Kulda also lost in straight sets to Croat Ivan Dodig.

    The statistics really do make for depressing reading.

    The last time American men failed to reach the third round was 1912, when

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  • Serena up for Vegas ‘battle of the sexes’ against Murray

    Serena Williams' iron grip on the women's game has reached such a level that even Andy Murray fancies taking on the American.

    Williams showed she remains the immovable rock at the top of women's tennis with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over France's Caroline Garcia at Wimbledon on Thursday, exhibiting none of the vulnerability that sent her rivals tumbling 24 hours earlier.

    Murray, second-ranked in the highly competitive men's game, has seen enough to make him think the ultra-athletic Williams has the tools to give him a match, challenging her in his blog to a showdown in Las Vegas.

    Williams is

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  • Olympic champion Mo Farah is usually the subject of praise and adulation wherever he goes since winning a pair of gold medals at the Olympic Games last summer, but landed in hot water this week after uploading video footage of his visit from his smartphone on to Twitter.

    Rules state that phones must be switched off during play to avoid disturbances for one thing, and to ensure there is no threat to the BBC's position as the rights-holders for another.

    A spokesman for the All England Club said it was looking into the matter, and future guests to the Royal Box may be subject to a reminder on

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  • Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki were just three of the big names to blame the state of the grass at Wimbledon for one of the most extraordinary days ever witnessed at SW19.

    “This court is dangerous,” shouted Sharapova at one point of her defeat by Michelle Larcher de Brito, while Azarenka also pointed the finger of blame at the All England Club.

    The biggest shock of the day – Roger Federer going out – was simply down to a legend having a so-so day against an inspired opponent on what John McEnroe dubbed the "craziest day ever at Wimbledon".

    But as for the other

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  • Was this the craziest day ever at Wimbledon?

    In his second career as a media pundit, John McEnroe talks a lot more sense than he sometimes did as a player. He may still express himself with the same kind of Yankee bluster that characterised some of his infamous on-court outbursts but, more often than not, it's difficult to disagree with the brash New Yorker's sentiments.

    The seven-times Grand Slam champion was on the money once again on Wednesday after he labelled what he had just witnessed at the All England Club "the craziest day ever".

    'Black Wednesday', 'Wild Wednesday', 'Wacky Wednesday', 'Wednesday Wipeout' - call it what you

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  • Who on earth is Sergiy Stakhovsky?

    Sergiy Stakhovsky beat seven-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the second round - but who is he?

    Personal life:

    - Born Jan. 6 1986, in Kiev, Ukraine

    - Stakhovsky's father, Eduard, is a urology professor, and his mother, Olga, is a retired university economics teacher

    - He has two brothers, Aleksandr (a doctor, who is older), and Leonard, who plays tennis and is younger

    - Speaks five languages: Ukrainian, Slovak, Czech, Russian and English

    - Favourite players as a boy were Pat Rafter and Pete Sampras

    Career:

    - Began playing tennis aged six at Kiev's Olympic Stadium

    - Turned professional

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  • Fresh from seeing off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Ernests Gulbis humorously rejected Martina Navratilova's suggestion that men's Grand Slam matches should be reduced from five to three sets.

    While he had only been required to contest three sets after France's sixth seed Tsonga withdrew injured, the world number 39 said it was not something he would like to see more of after suggestions men may need to play three-set Grand Slam matches instead of five due to the physicality of the sport.

    "Grand Slam is Grand Slam," the 24-year-old Gulbis said. "You don't need an easy way to win it.

    "If you can't make

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  • World number two Victoria Azarenka launched into an astonishing rant against the All England Club after a knee injury forced her out of Wimbledon.

    Azarenka suffered the injury in her 6-1 6-2 first-round win over Maria Joao Koehler, and the Belarusian was in no doubt that the courts were to blame.

    "I’m wondering (if there is something different about the courts) because the court was not in a very good condition that day," she said.

    "My opponent fell twice; I fell badly; there were some other people who fell after.

    "They are not in a very good condition. I don’t know what the issue is, there

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  • Wimbledon organisers ban Federer’s footwear

    Photo: Reuters

    He may have won seven titles but even Roger Federer is not above the strict Wimbledon dress code.

    According to numerous reports the Swiss master upset the bosses at SW19 by wearing orange-soled Nike trainers during his first-round match against Victor Hanescu.

    The All England Championship rules state that during Wimbledon all players must wear ‘almost entirely white' clothing and while shoes are a bit of a grey area, if you pardon the pun, Federer's are believed to have overstepped the line.

    Nike, who manufacture the trainers, launched them on Monday with their press release stating that

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