Federer, 39, is making his long-awaited comeback at the Qatar Open – where he plays Britain’s Dan Evans in the second round – after two knee surgeries ended his season last year.
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Following the recurring thigh injury he sustained during the African Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tunis at the weekend, Africa’s best ranked player, Aruna Quadri, has been ruled out of action for three weeks.
World No 1 Simona Halep has ended her collaboration with the Belgian coach Thierry van Cleemput following her loss in the final of the Qatar Open.
World Number one and two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka has pulled out of next week’s Qatar Open because of a back injury, tournament organisers said on Tuesday.
Former world number one, Simona Halep, has appointed Thierry Van Cleemput as her new coach and will officially begin working with the Belgian at next week’s Qatar Open.
The world No 2 split with his entire backroom team earlier in the year, following a poor start to 2017
The News Agency of Nigeria reports however that Murray remains world number one in spite of the 3-6 7-5 4-6 defeat by the Serbian world number two
Murray, who had not conceded a set in his previous five encounters against the Belgian, was beaten 6-7 (4-7) 4-6