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It is unthinkable Wimbledon can go ahead while the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, said the German Tennis Federation vice-president, Dirk Hordorff. Andrew Redington-Getty Images

Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since World War II due to coronavirus

Wimbledon has been cancelled, due to the coronavirus pandemic, for the first time since the Second World War, with All England Club chiefs making the tough decision at an emergency board meeting on Wednesday.
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Lebron James won’t play in empty arenas as NBA mulls coronavirus strategy

Basketball superstar LeBron James said Friday he won’t play if his Los Angeles Lakers have to hold games behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A man walks past an NBA logo at an NBA exhibition in Beijing, China October 8, 2019. REUTERS-Jason Lee

NBA looks at coronavirus contingency plans – report

The NBA has reportedly told teams to look into strategies on how to play games without fans in the arena amid concerns over the new coronavirus outbreak.
Five Italian Serie-A weekend matches including Sunday’s clash between Juventus and Inter Milan have been postponed due to the novel Coronavirus, the Italian football league said Saturday.

How coronavirus has hit global sport

The Six Nations rugby union match between Italy and England was postponed on Thursday, the latest high-profile sports event to be scratched from the international calendar due to the global spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Birhanu Legese of Ethiopia won the virus-hit Tokyo marathon reduced from a mass participation event of 38,000 runners to just elite athletes on Sunday because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ethiopian Birhanu Legese sets new record in Tokyo marathon

Birhanu Legese of Ethiopia won the virus-hit Tokyo marathon reduced from a mass participation event of 38,000 runners to just elite athletes on Sunday because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
China have withdrawn from a Davis Cup tie due to the coronavirus epidemic, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Tuesday, adding that Romania will advance to the World Group I as a result.

China withdraws from Davis Cup tie due to coronavirus

The Chinese team were due to travel to Romania for a March 6-7 playoff but will be unable to do so due to “increased restrictions” in response to the outbreak, the ITF said in a statement on Twitter here.
In his first start of the season, Barcelona star Lionel Messi was removed at half-time against Villarreal on Tuesday.

Barcelona deny criticising players, including Lionel Messi, on social media

Barcelona have denied trying to boost the image of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu by hiring a company that criticised current and former players, including Lionel Messi, on social media.
Top seed Rafael Nadal routed fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta for the loss of just seven games at the Australian Open Saturday despite staying up late to watch Roger Federer's five-set epic the night before.

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal crushes Pablo Carreno Busta after watching Roger Federer five-set epic

Top seed Rafael Nadal routed fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta for the loss of just seven games at the Australian Open Saturday despite staying up late to watch Roger Federer's five-set epic the night before.
Rafael Nadal instigated a Spanish comeback against Russia in the Davis Cup on Tuesday by capitalising on a raucous home crowd to beat Karen Khachanov in straight sets.

Rafael Nadal renews call for ATP Cup and Davis Cup to merge

World number one Rafael Nadal renewed his call Sunday for the new ATP Cup to merge with the Davis Cup, urging tennis chiefs to fix it “for the health of our sport”.
Novak Djokovic has described his longtime rival, Andy Murray, as a “warrior” and says he is “inspired” by the former world No.1’s journey back from a career-threatening injury.

Rafael Nadal’s Spain to meet Novak Djokovic’s Serbia in ATP Cup final

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will face each other in the final of the inaugural ATP Cup after winning epic three-set matches Saturday to steer Spain and Serbia into the decider.
Novak Djokovic was at his battling best to topple gutsy fifth-ranked Daniil Medvedev on an epic Saturday and send Serbia into the inaugural ATP Cup final.

ATP Cup: Battling Novak Djokovic leads Serbia into final

Novak Djokovic was at his battling best to topple gutsy fifth-ranked Daniil Medvedev on an epic Saturday and send Serbia into the inaugural ATP Cup final.
Novak Djokovic has described his longtime rival, Andy Murray, as a “warrior” and says he is “inspired” by the former world No.1’s journey back from a career-threatening injury.

ATP Cup: Novak Djokovic sends Serbia into semis after scare

Novak Djokovic dropped his first set of the ATP Cup Friday in a titanic struggle with Canada’s Denis Shapovalov, surviving a scare before rallying to guide Serbia into a semi-final against Russia.
Novak Djokovic has described his longtime rival, Andy Murray, as a “warrior” and says he is “inspired” by the former world No.1’s journey back from a career-threatening injury.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal lead calls for ATP Cup, Davis Cup to merge

Superstars Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal said Thursday there was little point in having two men’s team tennis competitions so close together and suggested the new ATP Cup should merge with the Davis Cup.
Rafael Nadal crashed out to Fabio Fognini in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals on Saturday with the Spanish star admitting his 6-4, 6-2 loss was his “worst clay court match in 14 years”.

Rafael Nadal not focused on Roger Federer’s grand slam record

Rafael Nadal insists he is not focused on chasing Roger Federer’s record Grand Slam haul but admits it would be “amazing” if he manages to eclipse the Swiss star’s tally of 20 majors won.
Andy Murray has been named in Great Britain’s squad for the new-format Davis Cup in Madrid next month.

Andy Murray reveals emotional impact of Dunblane Massacre

Former world tennis number one Andy Murray reveals for the first time in a new documentary that he suffered from breathing problems and anxiety following the Dunblane School massacre.
Roger Federer

Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev play in front of over 42,000

Roger Federer may not be playing at the new-look Davis Cup in Spain but the 38-year-old was still pulling in the crowds when he met Alexander Zverev in an exhibition match in Mexico City on Saturday.
Rafael Nadal instigated a Spanish comeback against Russia in the Davis Cup on Tuesday by capitalising on a raucous home crowd to beat Karen Khachanov in straight sets.

Rafael Nadal hails ‘amazing atmosphere’ as Spain beat Russia at Davis Cup

Rafael Nadal instigated a Spanish comeback against Russia in the Davis Cup on Tuesday by capitalising on a raucous home crowd to beat Karen Khachanov in straight sets.
Top (L-R) Barcelona’s French defender Clement Lenglet, Barcelona’s Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets, Barcelona’s Spanish defender Gerard Pique and bottom (L-R) Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi, Barcelona’s Brazilian midfielder Arthur, Barcelona’s Portuguese defender Nelson Semedo, Barcelona’s Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez and Barcelona’s Spanish defender Jordi Alba pose before the UEFA Champions league first leg quarter-final football match between Manchester United and Barcelona at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on April 10, 2019. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Gerard Pique: Barcelona’s players offered to change contracts to sign Neymar

Gerard Pique has said Barcelona’s players offered to alter their own contracts to help the club buy Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

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