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Murray unsure about Wimbledon after comeback defeat

Wednesday, 2018-06-20 07:41:31
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Great Britain's Andy Murray reacts during his first round match against Australia's Nick Kyrgios. (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
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Andy Murray was back at one of his favourite stomping grounds on Tuesday and while the resumption of his career ended in defeat by Nick Kyrgios, the Scot remained upbeat about his return from injury, if guarded about his Wimbledon participation.

Murray’s ranking has slipped to 156 but there were times during a compelling two hour 39 minute clash with Kyrgios in the first round of the Queen’s Club championships when it looked as though he had never been away. Ultimately, however, he could not last the pace and Kyrgios buckled down after a torrid first set to win 2-6 7-6(4) 7-5.

* Less than a fortnight after Novak Djokovic raged out of Roland Garros, threatening not to play at Wimbledon, the Serb was a picture of calm as he opened his grasscourt season on Tuesday. Djokovic swapped his tennis shoes for hiking boots in the intervening period and the break clearly worked wonders as he demolished John Millman 6-2 6-1 in the first round of the Queen's Club championships.

* The Republic of Korea’s full back Park Joo-ho has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat by Sweden on Monday that will sideline him for up to three weeks. The 31-year-old sustained the injury in the first half while trying to keep a wild pass in play and was taken off the pitch on a stretcher before being replaced at left back by Kim Min-woo.

* West Ham United have signed French defender Issa Diop from Ligue 1 side Toulouse for club record transfer fee, the Premier League side announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but British media reported West Ham paid around 22 million pounds for Diop, eclipsing their previous record signing of forward Marko Arnautovic.

* Brazil forward Neymar left training early on Tuesday after feeling pain in his right ankle and will spend the rest of the day undergoing physiotherapy, the Brazilian Football Confederation said. Neymar stopped training in Sochi after a few minutes, leaving his team mates to continue preparations for their second World Cup game against Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday. He was fouled ten times in the first match against Switzerland which Brazil drew 1-1.

* Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said on Tuesday that he was leaving the Premier League club after 17 years, while the north London side earlier announced that Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno was moving to north London. Wilshere, who was left out of the England World Cup squad, said on his Instagram that he would leave Arsenal when his contract expired at the end of June after discussions with manager Unai Emery, who replaced Arsene Wenger last month.

* Colombian pop singer Maluma was robbed of luxury items worth over 50 million roubles (US$785,000) from his hotel room near Moscow's Red Square, Russian media reported on Tuesday, citing police sources. An intruder stole valuables including a Louis Vuitton bag, 11 luxury watches, various items of Cartier jewellery and 10 glasses studded with diamonds and pearls. Maluma, who is one of the biggest names in Latin music, is in Russia to watch the soccer World Cup.

* Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova kicked off their grass court seasons on Tuesday with comfortable victories in the first round of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham. Spaniard Muguruza, the defending Wimbledon champion, dismantled Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 6-2 in just over 59 minutes to book a second-round clash against Czech Barbora Strycova. Defending the Birmingham title, Kvitova looked close to her best as she hit 26 winners, including five aces, to ease past Johanna Konta 6-3 6-4, extending her head-to-head record against the British number one to 3-1.