Djokovic impresses as gets back in grasscourt groove

Wednesday, 2019-06-26 06:30:45
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia meets with fans during a training session in Belgrade, Serbia, Jun 19, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
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Reigning champion Novak Djokovic said he is looking forward to getting back on the All England Club’s “sacred” Centre Court as his build-up for Wimbledon began in earnest on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old Serb has not played a competitive match since losing in the semi-final of the French Open this month, preferring to spend some family time in Serbia. He hit his stride quickly at The Boodles exhibition event in the leafy surrounds of Stoke Park on Tuesday, producing a polished display in a 6-2 6-4 win over Chilean Cristian Garin.

* Manchester City midfielder David Silva has said he will leave the Premier League champions at the end of the 2019-20 season. Silva, who joined City from Valencia in 2010, has won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the League Cup four times.

* Everton have signed Andre Gomes from Barcelona, both clubs said on Tuesday, after the Portugal midfielder completed a successful loan spell at the Premier League side last season. Gomes, 25, endured a disappointing two years at Barca following a move from Valencia in 2016 for an initial fee of €35 million, making only six La Liga starts in his second campaign.

* Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber continued her impressive build-up with a 6-4 6-4 defeat of Australian Sam Stosur in her opening match at the Eastbourne championships on Tuesday. German left-hander Kerber, twice a runner-up at Eastbourne, was pushed hard by the former US Open champion but broke serve four times on her way to victory and a place in the last 16.

* Real Madrid announced they will form a women's team for the first time after purchasing local side CD Tacon, subject to approval by club members. Tacon, who were founded in the Spanish capital in 2014, won promotion to the top flight last season and will continue to operate under their original name for the next campaign, but will use Madrid's training ground as their headquarters.

* Asian Champions League holders Kashima Antlers and twice winners Guangzhou Evergrande reached the quarter-finals after getting past Sanfrecce Hiroshima on away goals and Shandong Luneng on penalties respectively in their second legs on Tuesday.

* Breakdancing and three other sports took another step towards appearing at the Paris 2024 Olympics after the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday voted in favour of their inclusion. On Tuesday the IOC session voted unanimously for their inclusion in the 2024 programme, but the sports face one final review in late 2020 before a final decision is taken.

* Vincent Kompany began his managerial career at Anderlecht on Tuesday by saying he was no Pep Guardiola but the Belgian club can expect a student of the game who has learnt a lot. The Belgium central defender held his first news conference on his second day in the job, having ended his stellar career at Manchester City to return to his first club as player-coach.

* The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have generated record domestic sponsorship revenues of more than US$3.0 billion. the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday: three times more than any previous summer Games. Local sponsorship agreements were up to 62 companies for all three tiers of sponsorship arrangements.

* Former technical director Paddy Lowe is leaving Williams with immediate effect and has stepped down from the board of directors, the Formula One team said on Tuesday.

* Ajax Amsterdam have started spending some of their earnings from reaching the Champions League last four and the sale of Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona by buying Dutch international Quincy Promes from Sevilla for a fee that could rise to 17.2 million euros.

* Andy Murray has met his Waterloo in men's doubles for the first time after returning from hip surgery in January. At Eastbourne ATP tournament, the top-seeded players Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah beat Murray and his Brazilian partner Marcelo Melo with 6-2, 6-4 in the first round on Tuesday.

* Ligue 1 club Lyon announced the arrival of Brazilian defensive midfielder Jean Lucas for five seasons on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Lucas has been regarded as a key signing for new-look Lyon since former Brazilian great Juninho became the club sporting director.

* Former player Frank Lampard looks set to be named as the new coach of Chelsea after his current club, Derby County confirmed on Tuesday they have given Chelsea permission to speak to him.

Reuters, Xinhua