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MARTIN SAMUEL: The fight against drug has a new hero, and his name is Bernard Giudicelli. You won’t know him. That doesn’t matter. Giudicelli is the head of the French Tennis Federation.
MIKE DICKSON: With a decisive 'Non!' the French tennis authorities have well and truly lobbed the ball into Wimbledon’s court with a principled decision on Sharapova that resists commercial pressures.
MIKE DICKSON: Before Tuesday night’s crushing blow from the French Open, Maria Sharapova claimed she was unaware how Wimbledon’s qualifying event even works.
Triple champion Maria Sharapova retired injured from her second round match with Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the Italian Open on Tuesday.
British No 3 Aljaz Bedene put in a valiant effort against Novak Djokovic before falling to a 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 second round defeat in Rome.
Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the Italian Open with a hip injury. Tournament organizers made the announcement Tuesday, shortly before he was to face Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.
Johanna Konta began her Internazionali BNL d'Italia campaign with a straight-forward 6-3 6-0 victory over Yulia Putintseva to reach the third round in Rome.
Mitsuhashi, who reached a career high ranking of 295 in 2009, was found guilty of 'making corrupt approaches to other players and betting on tennis matches'.
Former world No 1 Maria Sharapova says she is not looking too far ahead after returning from a doping suspension but concedes she is eager to be competing for the biggest titles in tennis again.
Roger Federer has announced he will not be playing at Roland Garros this year as the 2009 champion has decided to focus on winning more titles on grass and on hard courts this year.
Juan Monaco, the former world number 10, has retired from tennis at the age of 33. Monaco won nine ATP World Tour titles and three on the doubles circuit, including in 2015 alongside Rafael Nadal.
Canadian Milos Raonic, ranked No 6 in the world, is the first player to be named in the rest of the world team that will take on Europe in the inaugural Laver Cup from September 22-24.
Aljaz Bedene will face Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome after getting through via a retirement.
Maria Sharapova's unique brand of high-volume hitting will return to Wimbledon in some form this summer after she earned enough points to guarantee a place in the qualifying event.
The world No 1, who turned 30 on Monday, has not won a title since the Dubai Open in February, but is preparing to defend his title at this week's Rome Masters.
World No 2 Novak Djokovic said he lost motivation after winning the French Open to complete a career grand slam last year, but now feels he is on the right path to recover his 'mojo'.
Maria Sharapova's loud battle cries in her matches may have a gladiatorial element to them and the former world No 1 looked right at home inside the Colosseum.
Rafael Nadal maintained his impressive clay-court form by taking a record-extending fifth Madrid Open on Sunday, beating world No 9 Dominic Thiem 7-6, 6-4.
Aljaz Bedene booked his place in the first round proper of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia by beating Argentina's Renzo Olivo in straight sets.
Cristiano Ronaldo was watching on from courtside as his friend Rafael Nadal pulled off a huge victory over World No 2 Novak Djokovic to reach the Madrid Open final.