Tenniss attention should be on Andreescus exploits, not boardroom coups | Kevin Mitchell

There have been some remarkable results at Indian Wells not least Bianca Andreescus continuing meteoric rise but upsets in the boardroom are less edifying Tennis continues to rock in the Californian desert. At the Indian Wells Open (which would like to be the sports fifth major), the on-court excitement of upsets in both draws had just about wiped out the lingering vapour trail from last weeks @guardian_sport Facebook: like our sport pages Instagram: our favourite football and Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Of course not. It was, as he says, the decision of … himself, Gimelstob and Inglot. As Rick in The Young Ones, used to say: It wasnt me, it was the …

Tennis the loser in feud between Novak Djokovic and Chris Kermode | Kevin Mitchell

The ousting of the ATP chairman, Chris Kermode, will leave a vacuum at the top of tennis at a time when strong leadership is required This is the story of a pointless coup. Engineered by Novak Djokovic and facilitated by a small group in the ATP players council, it has delivered up the head of the association, Chris Kermode, one of the most innovative administrators in sport, leaving tennis in a perilous limbo at the very time it needs strong leadership. There has been animus between the world No 1 and the executive chairman for years, which soured their working relationship to the point of collapse in Indian Wells, California, on Thursday, when three representatives each of the players and …

Naomi Osaka honored with doll as Barbie celebrates 60th birthday

(CNN)Two grand slam titles, the world No. 1 spot and now Naomi Osaka has been honored by Barbie. She said: “Recently a lot of parents have been coming up to me and telling me that their kids look up to me, those words literally blew me away. I was honestly so shocked and felt this huge responsibility because I remember how important my role models are. “Fast forward a few days and I’m here at Indian Wells, I see all these kids that look so happy to see me and they ask for pictures and autographs … Honestly I wanted to cry because my heart feels so full in these moments and I realize that it isn’t just about tennis, …

Roger Federer claims 100th title with revenge victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas

(CNN)Roger Federer claimed the 100th title of his remarkable career with a straight sets victory over Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the Dubai Open Saturday for the eighth time. “It’s an absolute dream come true right now,” Federer said after wrapping up his latest triumph 6-4 6-4 in just 69 minutes.

Martina Navratilova dropped by LGBT group over trans athletes row

(CNN)An LGBT group has cut ties with tennis great Martina Navratilova after she said it was a form of “cheating” for transgender women to be allowed to compete in women’s sport. “Trans women are women, period. They did not decide their gender identity any more than someone decides to be gay, or to have blue eyes,” the group added. “They are women, and want to compete in the sport they love, just as any other athlete would.” The move follows a flurry of criticism directed at Navratilova, a gay rights campaigner who herself suffered homophobic abuse when she came out in 1981, for her Sunday Times column. Navratilova, who competed for Czechoslovakia and the United States, wrote that “it would …

Martina Navratilova criticized for comments about trans women in sport

(CNN)Tennis great Martina Navratilova has been criticized after claiming it is a form of “cheating” for transgender women to be allowed to compete in women’s sport. Follow @cnnsport Her comments led to her becoming embroiled in an online argument with cyclist Rachel McKinnon, the first transgender woman to win a world track cycling title in October 2018. Navratilova, a nine-time Wimbledon champion, wrote on Sunday that this debate had led to her going away to do more research on the subject, adding: “Well, I’ve now done that and, if anything, my views have strengthened. “To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win …