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The 2016 Koori Knockout will bring together more than 100 Indigenous rugby league teams together this long weekend, and the women want spectators to know their games will be the most exciting.
Hundreds of keen navigators from across Australia travel to the Scenic Rim, south of Brisbane, to battle it out in tough terrain for the 2016 Australian Orienteering Championships.
A former Footscray player who missed the club's only premiership in 1954 because he was best man at his brother's wedding will be at the MCG on Saturday thanks to the generosity of a stranger.
ABC cricket commentator Jim Maxwell remembers Max Walker as an underrated cricketer, a joy to work with and "a wonderful yarn spinner".
Sam Allardyce admits an "error of judgement" after his one-game career as England manager came to a humiliating end following controversial comments made to undercover reporters.
Raheem Sterling nets at both ends as Manchester City are made to fight for a 3-3 draw with Celtic in a Champions League thriller.
Joint Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo says he has no plans to code-swap and wants to end his career playing rugby league.
Tecnifibre player Daniil Medvedev has graduated this year from ITF Futures tournaments to ATP Challenger Tour events and it may not be long before he becomes a regular fixture on the ATP World Tour.
Medvedev is currently at a career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 136 and is still in a position to crack the Top 100 by the end of the season.He's also vying for $50,000 in the Young Guns on the Road competition.
Competing at this week’s $125,000+H ATP Challenger Tour event in Orleans, France, the 20 year old Russian defeated fourth seed and defending champion Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in the opening round.
“A lot of the guys told me how good this tournament is, but it’s my first time here and I’m very impressed,” said Medvedev. “It looks a lot like an ATP World Tour event to me.“
Starting out 2016 at No. 329 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Medvedev began the year playing ITF Futures events. But as his game has continued to flourish, so have the surroundings he has found himself competing in.
“It’s definitely a difference to be playing Challengers now,” said Medvedev. “The level of the players is stronger and the organisation is better. Everything is just bigger and better now.”
Medvedev has won 10 of his past 11 ATP Challenger Tour matches. After reaching the finals in August at the $50,000 ATP Challenger Tour event in Portoroz, Slovenia, he broke through last month with his first Challenger title at the $50,000 tournament in St. Remy, France.
“It was a big moment for me,” said Medvedev. “Anytime you win your first tournament, whether it’s in juniors or ITF Futures, it’s a very strong moment. I’d be trying to do that for awhile, so I was very happy to finally achieve it.”
But while Medvedev has already created a season that he’s happy with, he’s still not completely content yet.
“It’s been a very good year. My [Emirates ATP] ranking has gone up a lot,” he said. “I have no points to defend now, so I hope to finish inside the Top 100 by the end of the season.”
Having only played a handful of league games before the season, Suliasi Vunivalu will cap off an extraordinary debut year when he takes the field in Sunday's NRL grand final.
After standing by the Western Bulldogs through many dark days, the most die-hard fans will finally get to see the team of the mighty west play in the AFL grand final for the first time in 55 years. And they couldn't be more ecstatic.
Shenzhen Open – Shenzhen, China
Tomas Berdych, David Goffin, Jiri Vesely and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez were among the stars to attend the players’ party at Shangri-la Hotel. Berdych and Goffin, the top two seeds, also learned the art of calligraphy at the event.
Elsewhere, Goffin learned to make traditional Chinese dishes during a private cooking lesson. The Belgian joined chef Anthony Dong at Shang Palace restaurant at Shenzhen Shangri-La Hotel to whip up Tofu Soup and Peking Duck. Read More
Top seed Berdych visited Kaisa City Plaza for a Q&A session.
Thomaz Bellucci and Stephane Robert kicked off the Shenzhen Open with some mini tennis at the Futian Shangri-La Hotel.
Jonathan Erlich and Santiago Gonzalez visited with students from a CSR partner school and signed racquets and t-shirts for the kids.
Richard Gasquet and Ze Zhang attended a meet-and-greet tennis clinic, while Ryan Harrison visited the Longgang Experimental School for a hit and Q&A with kids.
Chengdu Open – Chengdu, China
Kevin Anderson and John Millman took time to experience the Chengdu culture, visiting the historic Wenshu Monastery, located in the centre of Chengdu city. They received a crash course in the art of “Chang Zui Hu”, the ancient Chengdu practice of pouring tea out through an extremely long spout. Combining martial arts with technical ability, this unique practice was created as a form of entertainment in local tea houses many hundreds of years ago. “It was really cool,” said Anderson. “Just the whole architecture and this whole place is incredible.”
Russian #NextGen star Karen Khachanov and 17-year-old Casper Ruud visited one of Chengdu’s unique attractions, Kuanzhai Alley, which translates as Wide and Narrow Alley. Read & Watch
Grigor Dimitrov, Anderson, Diego Schwartzman, Nicholas Monroe and Artem Sitak took a trip to the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in Chengdu. Read More
Dominic Thiem, Dimitrov and Feliciano Lopez were among the stars to enjoy the players’ party festivities at the St. Regis Hotel Tuesday night.
Marcos Baghdatis, Yen-Hsun Lu, Schwartzman, Jordan Thompson, Sitak, Monroe, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah were among the players to meet fans at autograph sessions.
“I am very sad not to be able to compete at the China Open this year. I am still recovering from my elbow injury and have been advised not to play tournaments until my condition improves and allows me to compete. I will continue with my rehabilitation and hope to be able to return to the ATP World Tour as soon as possible,” Djokovic said. “The China Open is one of my favourite tournaments. I have had a lot of success there, winning the title six times. I love competing in front of the passionate Chinese fans, and I look forward to coming back to Beijing in the future.”
The six-time China Open champion owns a perfect 29-0 record at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament in the Chinese capital.
Charles Hsiung, China Open Tournament Director, said: “Novak is a fan favourite in Beijing and a tremendous champion at the China Open. It is unfortunate that he will not be able to defend his title this year due to injury. We wish him a successful recovery and look forward to seeing him on tour again soon, maintaining his position as World No. 1.”
The Frenchman lost only eight points on serve and broke Whittington five times as he sealed his 27th win of the season. The 30-year-old Gasquet is looking to get back on track after a disappointing recent stretch, which saw him forced out of Toronto with a rib injury and suffer a first-round exit to Kyle Edmund at the US Open.
Zverev, who came through qualifying, fired 10 aces and won 79 per cent of his service points as he claimed victory in 81 minutes. His last quarter-final showing came in Valencia last year, where he also defeated Fognini before falling to Roberto Bautista Agut.
Mischa’s younger brother, 19-year-old Alexander Zverev, was forced to withdraw from this ATP World Tour 250 tournament, citing fatigue after arriving late from St. Petersburg, where he won his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday (d. Wawrinka).
Fognini was not the only seed to exit on Wednesday. Malek Jaziri ousted second seed David Goffin 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2 in just over two hours. The Tunisian is through to his second ATP World Tour quarter-final in as many weeks after reaching the last eight in Metz (l. to Simon).
"I'm really happy today for my win," said Jaziri. "I've played very good the last few weeks and now I'm keeping the positive results up here. David is playing really well this year, so it was a very good win and hopefully I can continue."
Goffin was coming off a semi-final showing in Metz (l. to Pouille) and dropped to a 38-19 match record on the season.
Jaziri goes on to face Janko Tipsarevic, who battled past Benoit Paire 6-0, 6-7(5), 7-5 in two hours and 29 minutes. After a dominant first set, Tipsarevic was pegged back as Paire fought to level the match. The Frenchman then served for the match at 5-4 in the decider, but was broken to 15 as Tipsarevic claimed the final three games of the contest, converting his third match point.
Second Seeds Reach Semis
Second seeds Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin reached the Shenzhen semi-finals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Mikhail Kukushkin and Stephane Robert. The Austrian/French duo are 15th in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London and are chasing their third title of the season after victories in Chennai and Delray Beach.
DAY 4 PREVIEW: Defending champion and No. 1 seed Tomas Berdych begins his Shenzhen Open title defense Thursday against Mikhail Kukushkin. A model of consistency since 2010, Berdych has qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and finished at No. 6 or No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Rankings each of the last six seasons. Both of those streaks are in jeopardy because the Czech is currently No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Race to London. With only the Top 8 players assured a spot at The O2, Berdych could trim No. 8 Rafael Nadal’s lead from 580 to 330 points by repeating as Shenzhen champion. On the other side of Centre Court, Kukushkin looks to end a 10-match losing streak against Top 10 opponents (2-27 overall).
Berdych is one of three men who share the same first name on Thursday’s order of play, though none are spelled the same. Thomaz Bellucci and Thomas Fabbiano open the schedule with their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. Fabbiano replaced No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev as a lucky loser on Wednesday only minutes before his first-round match against Yoshihito Nishioka, which the Italian won in three sets.
A pair of players born in 1992 will follow when No. 4 seed Bernard Tomic faces qualifier Ryan Harrison. It’s been more than 18 months since Harrison last reached a quarter-final at Acapulco, but the American has already earned three wins in Shenzhen. Tomic, on the other hand, has had a hard time putting together back-to-back victories at this level. The Aussie has received a first-round bye as a Top 4 seed at eight ATP World Tour 250 events in the last 12 months. He is 3-8 with all eight losses to lower-ranked opponents.
In a nailbiting finish, Cooper Cronk and Jason Taumalolo each record 26 points to share victory in the Dally M Medal.
After a breakthrough week on the ATP Challenger Tour, Renzo Olivo is on the verge of achieving yet another milestone: reaching the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.
The 24 year old from Argentina won his first Challenger at last week’s $40,000 event in Santos, Brazil. Having started the year at No. 173 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Olivo now sits at a career-high standing of No. 102.
"It's very important to me. I've been fighting for a Challenger title for a long time,” said Olivo. “I've reached a few finals and many semi-finals in the past three years and it's been a barrier that I've had to overcome. I'm very happy."
Another strong result at this week’s $50,000 event in Medellin, Colombia, would put him inside the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. Olivo is off to a strong start after recording an opening-round win over local favourite Orlando Luz.
His recent Challenger success was inevitable after having his best results this season on the ATP World Tour. He reached the semi-finals in July at the German Tennis Championships 2016 and produced a quarter-final finish in February at the Ecuador Open Quito. But while some fans may have been surprised with those results, Olivo always knew he was capable of achieving them.
"I wouldn't say that I exceeded my expectations, but I took my opportunities and played at the right level to do it,” he said. “And mentally, I managed it well."
Olivo is now hoping to use another opportunity in Medellin to crack the Top 100. But while the achievement would be the fruition of years of hard work, the Argentine is making it a point to not put pressure on himself.
"The Top 100 is a big goal. The truth is you need to play well consistently and stay strong physically to reach it. To finish the year there is the objective,” said Olivo. “[But] I have no pressure… If I play my game and stay strong, I will have many chances to go far."