Laura Robson was one of those to fall at the first hurdle

Nightmare for British tennis following mass exit from Australian Open

Laura Robson made an attempt to play down the significance of five defeats out of five for British players on the opening day of the Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal (left) and Roger Federer have had a rare disagreement over possible action about conditions on the tour

Federer and Nadal split over talk of strike

Tensions over schedule and prize-money levels resurface on eve of the Australian Open

Ryan Harrison (right) is a 'serial racket-thrower'; but has a powerful game; Andy Murray practises in Melbourne yesterday

Harrison and Murray share the burden of expectation

British No 1's first opponent is United States' fiery new hope of finally ending a men's Grand Slam drought

Murray has aired players' unhappiness with the prize pool on offer

Players could strike at SW19 over money

World's leading tennis men back calls for drastic action over 'inadequate prize money'

Ivan Lendl (second from left) watched Andy Murray in action yesterday

Murray is the perfect fit for me, says Lendl

Czech sees similarities with his own career as British No 1 targets elusive Grand Slam

James Ward is looking to join Andy Murray in the men's main draw

James Ward faces struggle to qualify for Australian Open

British number two James Ward went one set down against Spain's Inigo Cervantes-Huegun in the first round of Australian Open qualifying before rain in Melbourne forced play to be suspended.

A view of the Margaret Court Arena

Margaret Court embroiled in same-sex row that threatens to spill over into Australian Open

Tennis great Margaret Court told Reuters today she was sad her religious views were being used as fuel for a planned protest at next week's Australian Open, but said she remained staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage.

Venus Williams' injury woes continue

Venus Williams withdraws from Australian Open

Venus Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open, prolonging her absence from the tennis tour because of an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue and joint pain.

After four years without a major title following surgery, Maria Sharapova is back in Melbourne and back in form

Maria Sharapova: The granny of tennis, age 24

Maria Sharapova launched her Grand Slam career by winning Wimbledon at 17 and is now sport's highest-paid woman, but she starts the Australian Open feeling like a veteran, she tells Paul Newman

Andy Murray secures Brisbane title

Top seed Andy Murray secured his first title of 2012 in clinical fashion at the ATP Brisbane International with victory over Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Photography: Power and Movement: Portraits of Britain's Paralympic Athletes, By Richard Booth

Somehow evoking movement and stillness at the same time, the commercial photographer Richard Booth's graceful monochrome portraits of Britain's confirmed and hopeful 2012 paralympians also seek, as he says in his introduction, to "redefine traditional perceptions of disability, fitness and power".

Andy Murray turns to the trick shots during his quarter-final victory in Brisbane

Murray ups the pace to reach Brisbane semi-finals

Top seed Andy Murray showed no mercy to doubles partner Marcos Baghdatis as he cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International yesterday.

Andy Murray is congratulated by Marcos Baghdatis

Andy Murray storms into Brisbane International semi-finals

Top seed Andy Murray showed no mercy to doubles partner Marcos Baghdatis today as he cruised to a 6-2 6-2 victory in the quarter-finals of the ATP Brisbane International.

Ivan Lendl won eight Grand Slams after losing four finals

Murray employs Grand Slam ace Lendl

Andy Murray has always had a reputation for unpredictability and the 24-year-old Scot yesterday sprang the biggest surprise of the tennis off-season by naming Ivan Lendl as his new coach.

Lleyton Hewitt, a former World No 1 is now ranked 188th in the world

Lleyton Hewitt awarded wild card for Australian Open

Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt has been awarded a wild card to play at next month's Australian Open.

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