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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Venus Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open, prolonging her absence from the tennis tour because of an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue and joint pain.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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