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Stefanos Tsitsipas enters ATP top five for the first time

Washington Open semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas has for the first time climbing into the top five of the latest ATP rankings released Monday.
Ashleigh Barty reacts after winning against Amanda Anisimova. Ashleigh Barty reacts after winning against Amanda Anisimova. Yoan Valat-EPA

Tennis rankings unchanged for top women post-Wimbledon

The women’s world rankings were unchanged at the top on Monday with Ashleigh Barty of Australia at number one after leading players took the week off post-Wimbledon.

Injured Luis Suarez included in Uruguay’s Copa America squad

Barcelona star Luis Suarez was included in Uruguay’s Copa America squad on Thursday despite undergoing knee surgery just three weeks ago.
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Naomi Osaka maintains lead over Halep in WTA rankings

Japan’s Naomi Osaka maintained a slender lead over Romanian Simona Halep at the top of the WTA rankings released on Monday.
Novak Djokovic on Friday continued his quest for a record seventh Australian Open crown by swatting aside French 28th seed Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 to set up a final against Rafael Nadal.-1

Novak Djokovic heads into clay season secure as world number one

The Serb is almost 2,500 points ahead of Rafael Nadal while third-placed Alexander Zverev will hope to pick up points at the Marrakech claycourt event this week when Britain’s Kyle Edmund will hope to make moves to regain his place in the top 20.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 28/ Simona Halep of Romania plays a point against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during day 11 of the Miami Open presented by Itau at Hard Rock Stadium on March 28, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Simona Halep closes on world number one Osaka

Simona Halep cut the gap to world number one Naomi Osaka in the WTA rankings on Monday after the Romanian made the semi-finals at the Miami Open last week.
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Roger Federer goes fourth in rankings after Miami triumph

Roger Federer jumped up one spot to fourth in the ATP rankings released on Monday after capturing his 101st career title with his victory over John Isner in Miami.
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep named top seeds in Australian Open

World number ones Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named top seeds on Thursday for next week’s Australian Open, with 23-time major winner Serena Williams lurking at 16 on the women’s side.
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Ballon d’Or 2018 – all the nominees

All the nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or, ahead of Monday's ceremony in Paris:
Anthony Martial

Manchester United’s Anthony Martial earns recall to France squad

Anthony Martial has been rewarded for his impressive recent form with Manchester United by being recalled to the France squad by coach Didier Deschamps on Thursday.

Kevin Anderson up to sixth as Rafael Nadal faces battle to stay top

South Africa's Kevin Anderson climbed up two places to sixth in Monday's ATP rankings after sealing a berth at the Tour Finals following his title in Vienna at the weekend.
Spain's Rafael Nadal practices at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2018, on the eve of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament. - AFP PHOTO - Ben STANSALL -

Rafael Nadal maintains lead as Russian breaks into ATP top 20

Russia's Karen Khachanov moved into the top 20 in the latest men's ATP tennis rankings released Monday following his win in the Kremlin Cup.
FILE PHOTO- Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates with the French Open trophy at Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 9, 2018. REUTERS-Charles Platiau-File Photo

Simona Halep secures second year-end No. 1 ranking

Simona Halep has secured the year-end number one ranking in the WTA standings for the second year running.
Naomi Osaka of Japan speaks during a press conference at the Hong Kong Open tennis tournament on October 8, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - Anthony WALLACE

Japan’s Naomi Osaka claims fourth place in women’s rankings

Japan's US Open champion Naomi Osaka rose to fourth place in the latest WTA rankings released Monday on the strength of her outstanding form in recent weeks.
Sep 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain faces Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in a men's semi-final match on day twelve of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS

Rafael Nadal still untroubled atop ATP rankings

Spain's Rafael Nadal maintained his comfortable lead in the latest ATP tennis rankings released on Monday ahead of second-placed Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in third place.

Injured Diego Costa misses out on Spain squad

Diego Costa was left out of the Spain squad announced by coach Luis Enrique on Thursday, ahead of games against Wales and England.
(L-R) Arsenal's Spanish defender Hector Bellerin, Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka and Arsenal's English striker Danny Welbeck celebrate their first goal an own goal scored by Watford's Northern Irish defender Craig Cathcart during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Watford at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS /

Arsenal out to maintain winning run on long Europa League trip

Unai Emery's Arsenal are looking to keep up their winning run when they make their longest ever journey for a competitive game to face Qarabag in Azerbaijan in the Europa League on Thursday.

Nicolas Otamendi returns but Argentina leave out Lionel Messi again

Manchester City center-back Nicolas Otamendi was recalled to the Argentina squad on Friday but as expected, Lionel Messi was left out of the group due to play arch-rivals Brazil in Saudi Arabia.

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