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  • Wow! Rafael Nadal stuns fans with scorching winner in Melbourne

    Rafael Nadal delighted the Melbourne fans with an outrageous passing shot.

    Rafael Nadal has the capability of doing things that no other tennis player is able to do, and he showcased his astonishing power and talent on day one of the Australian Open.

    The muscle-bound Spaniard let rip with a stunning forehand winner down the line to stun the crowd and leave his opponent, Mikhail Youzhny, left looking utterly bewildered.

    Nadal was trying to make an early impact at 2-2 in the opening set when he did just that with the scintillating shot down the line to secure a big break of serve.

    The third seed somehow managed to rip a forehand down the line with incredible power to

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  • Don't like Andy Murray's new logo? Here are five alternates that we reckon are much better

    Scottish tennis superstar Andy Murray revealed his new 'AM' logo on Thursday - and split opinions immediately.

    Andy Murray's logo (pic: http://aesopagency.com/)Andy Murray's logo (pic: http://aesopagency.com/)

    Andy Murray isn't just a tennis player any more - he's a brand. And final proof of that fact came on Thursday when he unveiled his new logo - which combines his initals with the number 77.

    No, the 77 doesn't refer to the bus route he used to take to school as a youngster in Dunblane - but rather to the fact that he won his 2013 Wimbledon title on July 7th (i.e. 7/7) to become the first British man in 77 years to win the tournament.

    He's not the first sports star to do this - in fact, he's the last of tennis's 'big four' to release a logo. Here are (from left to right) Roger Federer's, Rafa

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  • Roger Federer takes on Lleyton Hewitt... on separate speedboats

    The tennis legend took on his old Australian rival in Sydney Harbour, while in speedboats.

    Roger Federer earned his 1,000th career win while also capturing the Brisbane International title, and he celebrated the victory by taking to the water to conquer the sport on a new surface: water.

    The legendary Swiss star was joined by Lleyton Hewitt as the two volleyed back and forth from a pair of speedboats in Sydney Harbour while desperately trying to keep their balance.

    Federer, renowned to be the most graceful player on the ATP Tour, unsurprisingly managed to keep his poise on the boat as it sped along, as did the gritty Hewitt.

    The stunt took place to highlight a new tennis format

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  • Tennis event in Auckland uses dogs as ball boys - and they were pretty good

    The likes of Oscar, Super Teddy and friends could have a serious future in tennis

    Coming off a year that produced the lowest-ever ratings for a men's US Open final, the sport of tennis could use a little added entertainment value.

    Though it might not be a sustainable method for driving television viewership in the future, organizers of the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand took a step in the right direction by turning a practice match between Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova into a must-see event.

    Why, you ask, would a meaningless exhibition in New Zealand qualify as compelling entertainment?

    Dogs. That's why.

    Instead of going the normal route and using human

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  • Julia Lemigova opens up about life in same-sex marriage to Martina Navratilova

    Ex-Miss USSR on first month of marriage, language barriers and Martina's massive trophy collection

    The wife of tennis great Martina Navratilova has opened up for the first time about how their same-sex marriage has affected their personal life and her relationship with her daughter.

    Former Russian beauty queen Julia Lemigova, 42, married 58-year-old Navratilova in a much-publicised same-sex ceremony on December 15.

    Lemigova admitted in an interview with the Daily Mail that their relationship has had its fair share of hiccups.

    It included touching insight into how the couple dealt with some of the harsh things people had been saying to her daughters Victoria, 13, and Emma, eight, at school.

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  • Confirmed! Andy Murray signs £15 million kit deal with Under Armour

    Murray signs lucrative new four-year kit deal with American company.

    Andy Murray with new gear (Under Armour)Andy Murray with new gear (Under Armour)

    Andy Murray has officially ended his association with sportswear giant Adidas and signed a four-year kit deal with American apparel company Under Armour.

    Murray's lucrative four-year deal with the US brand is believed to be worth £15 million.

    The 2013 Wimbledon champion will now sport Under Armour's apparel, footwear and accessories during competitions, in addition to featuring in marketing campaigns for the company.

    "I am very honoured and excited to be joining Team Under Armour and to help them tell their story globally," Murray is quoted as saying in an official Under Armour statement.

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  • BBC could lose exclusive coverage of Wimbledon

    The future of Wimbledon TV rights in the UK is reportedly uncertain, with the BBC said to be in talks over a split-rights deal with BT Sport.

    Andy Murray (Reuters)Andy Murray (Reuters)

    Wimbledon on the BBC has always been one of the cornerstones of the sporting - and TV viewing - calendar, but a sharing deal is reportedly on the cards that could see BT Sport take over some of the hosting rights to the world's premier tennis tournament.

    According to various newspaper reports, the long-term future of the BBC's rights to coverage from the All England Club is uncertain with questions hanging over future budgets.

    The Telegraph has reported that, "The BBC has held talks that could eventually lead to Wimbledon being shown on pay TV.

    "Senior figures in the commercial arm of the

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  • Andy Murray not the first to make apparent 'sponsorship gaffe'

    Murray reportedly 'let slip' a big new deal in a photo, but he's in good company.

    Andy Murray posing with fan (posted on Twitter)Andy Murray posing with fan (posted on Twitter)

    Andy Murray caused quite a stir by posing for a seemingly innocuous photo with a fan, but he's certainly not the only sports star to make an apparent 'sponsorship blunder'.

    The above photo of Murray, which was posted by a fan on Twitter, apparently revealed significant news for the British tennis hero after the prolonged rumours regarding a big new apparel deal.

    The former Wimbledon champion was shown wearing a skin-tight top made by American sports clothing brand Under Armour, and in the eyes of many reporters it was confirmation of a big decision he had made.

    As reports continued to fly

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  • Whoops! Andy Murray news 'slips out' with photo of t-shirt

    Does this photo show that Murray has made big decision?

    Andy Murray posing with fan (posted on Twitter)Andy Murray posing with fan (posted on Twitter)

    A photo of Andy Murray posted on Twitter apparently reveals significant news for the British tennis star after the latest rumours regarding a big sponsorship deal.

    Murray posed for a seemingly innocuous photo with a fan, but it has been taken as confirmation by many that he has finally switched clothing sponsorships.

    The former Wimbledon champion was shown wearing a skin-tight top made by American sports clothing brand Under Armour, who had reportedly been in negotiations with him over a deal.

    It was reported on Tuesday by the Daily Mail that the US company had made an unexpected move for his

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  • Ouch! Elton John's very embarrassing gaffe at tennis event

    Sir Elton John was happily slouching in his chair at a tennis event at the Royal Albert Hall.

    'Don't go breaking my chair!' 'It's a little bit funny!' I'm still standing!' Ouch...

    Sir Elton John was happily slouching in his chair at the Statoil Masters Tennis event at the Royal Albert Hall when he got an unwelcome surprise.

    Suddenly, his chair fell backwards – sending the singer-songwriter extraordinaire on a speedy trip to the court surface.

    It was an incredibly awkward moment for the pop legend as he was left red-faced by falling quite spectacularly to the ground.

    The gaffe delighted fans and left fellow players in fits of laughter, with audible gasps as the 67-year-old fell over,

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