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Top seed Gasquet quits Rotterdam with groin injury ROTTERDAM: Richard Gasquet handed the Rotterdam World Tennis tournament another box office body blow as the top seed quit on Tuesday a day before his opening match with a groin strain.The pullout came a week after Roger Federer was unable to play after undergoing knee surgery which will keep him off the ATP for at least a month.Frenchman Gasquet said that he felt his pain the day before winning the Montpellier tournament for the third time at the weekend.The 29-year-old ranked 13th came to Rotterdam in hopes he could heal but said that he is also now feeling ill and had no choice but to quit the indoor event.Marin Cilic, the second seed, now takes the role of favourite at the tournament where he finished runner-up in 2014.Gasquet said that he hopes to be able to play in the Marseille event later this month."Of course I'm disappointed, I wanted to ...

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Murray joins fathers' club after wife Kim gives birth LONDON: Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has joined the fathers' club at the top of men's tennis after his wife Kim gave birth to a daughter at the weekend.Media reports said Kim gave birth to a baby girl. Messages of congratulations flooded in on Twitter.World number two Murray, 28, joins top-ranked Novak Djokovic, 17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer and reigning French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, who all juggle top-flight tennis with parental duties.Federer has ...

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Two umpires banned, four probed over corruption LONDON: Two tennis umpires have been banned for corruption and four more are currently suspended while under investigation, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Tuesday.Kirill Parfenov of Kazakhstan was banned for life in February 2015 for contacting another official in a bid to "manipulate the scoring of matches", the ITF said in a joint-statement with the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU).Croatia's Denis Pitner was suspended for a year last August after passing on information about ...

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O'Brien and Kearney set for Irish returns DUBLIN: Flanker Sean O'Brien and full-back Rob Kearney look set to ease Ireland's injury troubles ahead of Saturday's trip to Paris in the Six Nations.Both players missed Sunday's 16-16 draw at home to Wales but should boost the reigning champions at the Stade de France in Paris."Sean O'Brien trained fully today," said assistant coach Richie Murphy on Tuesday."Rob Kearney took a part in training today and is being assessed by the medical team."He should train ...

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Sharapova to miss Fed Cup tie with Belarus MOSCOW: World number six Maria Sharapova will skip her country's upcoming Fed Cup play-off tie against Belarus, Russia's tennis federation said Tuesday. "Sharapova will definitely not play," R-Sport agency quoted Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev as saying. "She will be busy with tournaments in the US."Sharapova remained on course to compete at this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games after being named to Russia's doubles team for the country's Fed Cup first-round tie with the ...

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Springbok Pollard to miss Super-18 season JOHANNESBURG: South Africa international fly-half Handre Pollard will miss the entire Super Rugby season after rupturing knee ligaments, his Bulls side said on Tuesday.The 21-year-old suffered the injury on his first day back in training on Monday and will undergo surgery on Wednesday."Handre was easing back into training, his first phase of final rehab before being cleared to play and was busy with a passing drill when he injured himself," said Bulls coach Nollis Marais. ...

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Kristoff wins Tour of Qatar second stage DOHA: Norway's Alexander Kristoff won a sprint finish ahead of Britain's Marc Cavendish for Tuesday's second stage of the Tour of Qatar.For the second day, the 135km stage was around the campus of the University of Qatar taking in the 15.3km circuit of the artificial island The Pearl, on a course prepared for the world road race champioships in October.Dimension Data rider Cavendish holds the overall race lead by 5sec on Katusha's Kristoff with Italian ...