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Murray to step up singles comeback in Nadal's Challenger event

Friday, 2019-08-23 07:42:36
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FILE PHOTO: Aug 12, 2019; Mason, OH, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) serves against Richard Gasquet (FRA) during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center. (Reuters)
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Former world number one Andy Murray will compete in his first Challenger Tour event in 14 years at next week's Rafa Nadal Open in Mallorca, tournament organisers confirmed. The 32-year-old pulled out of the doubles event at the US Open to focus on his singles comeback after undergoing career-saving hip resurfacing surgery.

* Wolves moved to the brink of the Europa League group stages on Thursday (Aug 22) with an impressive 3-2 play-off, first leg win at Torino.

* Frankie Dettori was in tears after he guided equine superstar Enable to her 10th Group One victory in the Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday (Aug 22). It was the ideal tune-up for the five-year-old mare as she attempts to become the first horse to win Europe's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, for a third time at Longchamp on Oct 6.

* The United States will begin their quest for a 19th Fed Cup title when they take on Latvia on Feb. 7-8 next year after the draw was held at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) office in London. The UK will travel to Slovakia while Romania host Russia. Belarus, the 2017 finalists, play away at the Netherlands while Switzerland host Canada for the fifth time.

* Top seed Wang Qiang of China sailed into the Bronx Open quarter-finals with a convincing 6-1 6-4 victory over French qualifier Fiona Ferro on Wednesday. Wang will face Russia's Anna Blinkova, who came back from a set down to beat Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu 1-6 6-3 6-3.

* Chen Xuyuan has been elected president of the Chinese Football Association (CFA. The 63-year-old, formerly president of Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), which owns Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, was elected to the post at the 11th membership conference at Xianghe National Football Training Centre, Xinhua said on Thursday.

* Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz has been declared doubtful for the Vuelta a Espana two days before the final Grand Tour of the year begins after hurting his shoulder in a crash.

* Neymar remains no closer to getting his desired move away from Paris Saint-Germain amid reports Thursday (Aug 22) the French club have rejected an offer from Real Madrid of 100 million euros (US$111 million) plus players.

* Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal to sell French midfielder Georges-Kevin Nkoudou to Turkish Super League side Besiktas, the Premier League club said on Thursday (Aug 22). Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but the UK media reported Spurs will receive 4.6 million pounds for the 24-year-old, who made 27 appearances for Spurs in all competitions.

* India's Davis Cup tie against Pakistan at Islamabad next month has been postponed to November under "exceptional circumstances" after a security review, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Thursday.

* Real Madrid's Japan international Takefusa Kubo has joined fellow La Liga side Real Mallorca on loan for the remainder of the season, both clubs said on Thursday.

Reuters, CNA