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Nov 3, 2014

Tennis-Nishikori carries four billion Asian hopes on modest shoulders

PARIS, Nov 3 (Reuters) – His mere presence causes hysteria and pandemonium in the Land of the Rising Sun and he has no tennis equal in a continent heaving with 4.427 billion inhabitants, yet self-effacing Kei Nishikori thinks he is simply “one” of the best players in Japan.

One of the best? More like ‘the best’.

For a continent that has failed to produce a single male grand slam champion in decades of trying, Nishikori now finds himself as the torch bearer of Asian tennis.

Nov 2, 2014

Cilic cannot get enough of seeing his new friend

PARIS (Reuters) – Marin Cilic cannot get enough of pursuing his new number one hobby — polishing the life-size replica U.S. Open trophy that now sits proudly on a mantelpiece in his Zagreb home.

“I have to (polish it myself), it’s my friend now. I have to see it every day,” the 26-year-old Croatian told Reuters in an interview as he broke into laughter.

Nov 2, 2014

‘Stanimal’ Wawrinka eager to pounce in London

PARIS (Reuters) – The man known as “Stanimal” will be eager to prey on his rivals when he turns up as a bonafide member of the grand slam winner’s club at next week’s ATP World Tour Finals.

Just how lethal Stanislas Wawrinka can be on a tennis court was clear for all to see when he ferociously clawed Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal into submission to win his debut grand slam title at January’s Australian Open — thus becoming the first man in 21 years to beat the top two seeds at a major.

Nov 2, 2014

Tennis-’Stanimal’ Wawrinka eager to pounce in London

PARIS, Nov 2 (Reuters) – The man known as “Stanimal” will be eager to prey on his rivals when he turns up as a bonafide member of the grand slam winner’s club at next week’s ATP World Tour Finals.

Just how lethal Stanislas Wawrinka can be on a tennis court was clear for all to see when he ferociously clawed Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal into submission to win his debut grand slam title at January’s Australian Open — thus becoming the first man in 21 years to beat the top two seeds at a major.

Nov 2, 2014

Tennis-Cilic cannot get enough of seeing his new friend

PARIS, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Marin Cilic cannot get enough of pursuing his new number one hobby — polishing the life-size replica U.S. Open trophy that now sits proudly on a mantelpiece in his Zagreb home.

“I have to (polish it myself), it’s my friend now. I have to see it every day,” the 26-year-old Croatian told Reuters in an interview as he broke into laughter.

Oct 28, 2014

Spanish federation made a mess of Leon appointment, says Murray

PARIS (Reuters) – British number one Andy Murray believes Gala Leon’s appointment as Spain’s Davis Cup captain was handled “horribly”.

The British number one publicly congratulated Leon on Twitter when she was announced as Carlos Moya’s successor in September to become Spain’s first female Davis Cup captain.

Oct 28, 2014

Tennis-Spanish federation made a mess of Leon appointment, says Murray

PARIS, Oct 28 (Reuters) – British number one Andy Murray believes Gala Leon’s appointment as Spain’s Davis Cup captain was handled “horribly”.

The British number one publicly congratulated Leon on Twitter when she was announced as Carlos Moya’s successor in September to become Spain’s first female Davis Cup captain.

Oct 8, 2014

Pietersen blames Flower for ‘choking’ England

LONDON (Reuters) – There were many villains in the England dressing-room but none was bigger than coach Andy Flower, Kevin Pietersen said as he launched a fresh attack on the man he blames for master-minding a covert operation to get rid of him.

Forty-eight hours of Flower-bashing did not seem enough to satisfy Pietersen as even when he was asked about his so-called ‘back-stabbing’ team mates or the England and Wales Cricket Board’s desire to produce “choir boy” players, the 34-year-old turned the focus back to his nemesis-in-chief.

Oct 8, 2014

Cricket-Pietersen blames Flower for ‘choking’ England

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – There were many villains in the England dressing-room but none was bigger than coach Andy Fowler, Kevin Pietersen said as he launched a fresh attack on the man he blames for master-minding a covert operation to get rid of him.

Forty-eight hours of Flower-bashing did not seem enough to satisfy Pietersen as even when he was asked about his so-called ‘back-stabbing’ team mates or the England and Wales Cricket Board’s desire to produce “choir boy” players, the 34-year-old turned the focus back to his nemesis-in-chief.

Oct 8, 2014

Reuters Q&A – Pietersen the misunderstood maverick

LONDON (Reuters) – Maverick, innovator, game-changer, big-hitter, showman – accolades that Kevin Pietersen has lapped up ever since he decided to up sticks from his native South Africa and try his luck in England.

But when the axe fell on his decade-long England career following last winter’s 5-0 Ashes humiliation, everyone involved in the gentleman’s game knew that the one thing Pietersen was not capable of was staying tight-lipped.