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Djokovic accepts Queen's Club wildcard ahead of Wimbledon

Tuesday, 2018-06-12 06:32:14
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic acknowledges the crowd after losing his quarter final match against Italy's Marco Cecchinato, Roland Garros, Paris, France, June 5, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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Novak Djokovic boosted his chances of playing at Wimbledon after he accepted a wildcard to compete at next week’s Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club, tournament organizers said on Monday.

The former world number one has been trying to recapture his top form after undergoing elbow surgery earlier this year and reached the quarter-finals of the French Open, where he was knocked out by Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato. The tournament begins next Monday, two weeks before Wimbledon starts on July 2.

* Swansea City have appointed Graham Potter as their new manager on a three-year contract from Swedish side Ostersunds, the Championship club said on Monday. The 43-year-old gained recognition after leading Ostersunds from the Swedish fourth-tier to the top-flight in seven years at the club. He also guided them to the last-32 of the Europa League last term, where they were knocked out by Arsenal. Potter replaces Portuguese boss Carlos Carvalhal, who left Swansea after the Welsh club's relegation from the Premier League last season.

* New York City FC manager Patrick Vieira has left his position to join French Ligue 1 club OGC Nice, both teams said on Monday. Vieira, who took charge of the American Major League Soccer club in 2016, will replace Lucien Favre at Nice, who finished eighth in the French league last season.

* Rafael Nadal has cast doubt on his participation at Wimbledon, saying he needs to see how his body recovers after a long clay court campaign culminated in an 11th French Open title. Two of the Spaniard's 17 Grand Slam titles came on the All England Club's lawns, but the 32-year-old has struggled to make an impact there in recent years.

* Italian tennis player Sara Errani's ban for an anti-doping violation has been increased from two to 10 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Swiss-based tribunal said on Monday. The 2012 French Open runner-up tested positive for letrozole - a substance used in the treatment of breast cancer - in an out-of-competition test in February 2017.

* Promising young Spanish Moto3 rider Andreas Perez has died from injuries sustained in a crash in Barcelona over the weekend. The 14-year-old was racing in the second Repsol Moto3 FIM CEV event of the day for his team Reale Avintia at the Circuit Barcelona Catalunya on Sunday when he crashed on turn number five at the course, before being struck by riders behind him. After being immediately attended to on the scene, Perez was transferred to Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona with serious brain injuries, however was later pronounced dead.

* Manchester United will play reigning Budesliga champions Bayern Munich this summer in a pre-season game ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, the Premier League side announced on Monday. United will face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Sunday August 5, kicking off on 8.15 pm.

* Brazilian football great Ronaldo and British pop star Robbie Williams will participate in Thursday's World Cup opening ceremony before the first match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, FIFA announced on Monday. Russian soprano Aida Garifullina will also take part in a revamped version of the traditional pre-tournament extravaganza at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, football's governing body said in a statement.

Reuters, Xinhua