Sport Andy Murray holds the Wimbledon trophy after winning the tournament last summer

The Brit heads into the tournament this summer as defending champion

David Ferrer on his way to defeat by Stanislas Wawrinka at the O2

British players must stand on own feet as LTA cuts handouts

The days of the Lawn Tennis Association handing out significant financial support to a wide range of British players are coming to an end.

Laura Robson

Laura Robson splits from coach Miles Maclagan after just four months together

Maclagan helped Robson to the Wimbledon fourth round this year but results have since dropped significantly

Roger Federer searches for answers

The Last Word: Roger Federer, don’t tarnish the memories... bow out now

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Laura Robson was victorious in Beijing on Sunday

Laura Robson suffers disappointing defeat in Japan

The Brit lost to Kimiko Date-Krumm

Nadal has completed an incredible recovery, which has seen him return to the to of the world rankings

Rafael Nadal back on top of world rankings by reaching China Open final

Eight months after many doubted whether he would ever play at the highest level again, Rafael Nadal will complete a remarkable recovery from injury when he returns to the top of the world rankings tomorrow.

Power games; Novak Djokovic (left) and Andy Murray resume hostilities in the final of the Australian Open

Australian Open prize money increases by £1.7m

The tournament follows the other Grand Slams

Laura Robson was victorious in Beijing on Sunday

Laura Robson overcomes world No 33 Klara Zakopalova at the China Open

Briton seals first win over a top-50 player since Wimbledon

On the line: Tennis clubs fear a lack of funding may now squander the interest generated by Andy Murray’s 2013 Wimbledon win

Tennis funds frozen despite Andy Murray's success

Decision by sport's ruling body is 'elitist' and 'incomprehensible' say coaches and local clubs

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 26 September 2013

Hernandez takes United through as Suarez returns

Johanna Konta's Asian run continues

Briton Johanna Konta's impressive form in Asia continued as she cruised into the third round of the Yinzhou Bank International Women's Open.

Michael Downey is credited with turning fortunes of Canadian tennis in his nine years in charge

LTA turns to 'cheaper' Michael Downey as new head

Given the frequent criticisms that the Lawn Tennis Association can be too lavish with its money, perhaps it was appropriate that the governing body followed the Bank of England's example in naming a Canadian to direct its future operations. For Mark Carney, who took over as Governor at Threadneedle Street in the summer, read Michael Downey, who will start work as chief executive of the LTA in January.

Andy Murray gives the thumbs up from hospital

Andy Murray tweets 'thumbs up' picture from hospital bed following surgery on his back

The British number one is not expected to play again this season

LTA announce new chief executive

Mike Downey joins from Tennis Canada

Andy Murray has had a lower back problem for 18 months

Clay slays Andy Murray and threatens glorious year with a premature end

Davis Cup gamble does not pay off as Croatia tie aggravates back injury resulting in operation

Sue Barker is overseeing a post-watershed series of Question of Sport

Sue Barker steps down as host of BBC's Sports Personality Of The Year after 19 years

Sue Barker has stepped down as host of the BBC's Sports Personality Of The Year ceremony after 19 years.

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