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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

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    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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  • Robson laughs off Virginia Wade hype

    Laura Robson had barely wiped the sweat off her brow before she was being backed to do 'something incredible' at this year's Wimbledon by the last British player to win there.

    Virginia Wade, who took the women's singles title in 1977, could barely contain her delight as British number one Robson beat 10th seed Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-4 in stunning style.

    Wade insisted she didn't want to pressurise the young 19-year old - an Olympic mixed doubles silver medallist with Andy Murray last summer - but then did just that by tipping her to do more 'damage' in the days ahead.

    But Robson, who faces
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  • Sharapova’s ‘Sugarpova’ sweets range causes controversy

    Maria Sharapova is under attack for using her fame on court to sell a brand of sweets to her young followers.

    Sharapova, 26, has taken the first steps to becoming her own brand by launching a range of sweets called Sugarpova that includes a variety of sugary and sour confectionery in shapes ranging from tennis balls to lips.

    The sweets went on sale at London's Selfridges department store as the 2013 Wimbledon tennis championships got under way at the All England Club where Sharapova beat France's Kristina Mladenovic on Monday.

    The National Obesity Forum accused Sharapova, the world's top paid

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  • Let my dad into Wimbledon, Bernard Tomic pleads

    Australian Bernard Tomic is asking Wimbledon to change its mind and lift a ban on his father attending the tournament.

    John Tomic faces a court case for allegedly assaulting his son's former practice partner, Frenchman Thomas Drouet, last month in Madrid. He has been suspended from attending ATP events pending the outcome of the case.

    After battling through a five-set marathon to defeat his first round opponent, American 21st seed Sam Querrey, Bernard Tomic said he desperately wanted to have his father courtside.

    "All of a sudden not to have someone there who's been there for you your whole

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  • Critics slam empty seats at Wimbledon

    Critics have blamed corporate and media tickets for the empty seats on Wimbledon's Centre Centre Court on Monday.

    BBC presenter Gary Lineker said on Twitter: "Lots of empty seats on centre court. Corporate lethargy no doubt. What a waste of tickets so many could give their right arm for #wimbledon."

    A spokesman for the All England Club pointed out that people leave their seats to get refreshments due to being in all-day seats.

    The criticism follows the problems at London 2012 last summer when organisers were berated for distributing tickets to sponsors and media prompting empty seats at

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  • Navratilova: Why men’s matches should be best-of-three sets

    Men's Grand Slam matches are brutal best-of-five affairs, tests not just of skill but endurance and mental fortitude. And at least one tennis legend is suggesting that they've outlived their usefulness.

    Martina Navratilova, who's won 18 Grand Slam singles titles of her own, said that men's matches could switch to best-of-three sets in the future in order to prevent injury.

    "It's really becoming so taxing that I believe one day we will have two out of three sets in the Grand Slams, otherwise they're going to be taking people out on stretchers," Navratilova said.

    Her comments came in an

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  • Where does latest crushing defeat leave Rafael Nadal?

    Was he fit enough to take to Centre Court in his Wimbledon opener? Should he have warmed up for the All England Club at another grass tournament? Why didn't he? Whose decision was it to jump straight into action in SW19 following the conclusion of the clay-court season? What are the implications of this latest set-back for his future on grass?

    Twice champion Rafael Nadal's stunning straight-set defeat to unheralded Steve Darcis on the first day of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships raised as many questions in the immediate aftermath of the match as it did eyebrows during it.

    At the same time,

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  • As Wimbledon gets under way, former US tennis champion Billie Jean King is telling the tale of how she struck one of the most famous blows for female equality in a new documentary film.

    "The Battle of the Sexes" recounts King's journey from an amateur player to a feminist sports idol whose 1973 defeat of self-confessed "chauvinist pig" Bobby Riggs set women's rights and tennis on the road to a modern game where Serena Williams can enjoy equal status and prize money with Novak Djokovic.

    At the film's premiere in the Scottish capital this weekend, the 69-year old six-times Wimbledon champion

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