After a routine drug test at the Australian Open tennis tournament, Maria Sharapova tested positive to a banned substance, meldonium. Upon being notified of the result she called a press conference, accepting…
Maria Sharapova’s fundamental skill is the same whether she takes the banned substance meldonium or an allowed natural enhancer such as beetroot extract.
We have an intuitive bias against "artificial" drugs in favour of "natural" drugs, but that distinction is not only false, it is dangerous.
Tennis star Maria Sharapova could be banned for two years following a positive drug test for a banned substance.
Overnight, Maria Sharapova called a press conference to announce she had tested positive for a banned substance (mildronate) during this year's Australian Open.
The biggest losers from tennis fixing are the sport’s authorities.
Fans are entitled to feel ripped off by revelations of match fixing in tennis; the sport's officials have let us down.
The cluster of marathon men’s matches in the opening rounds of this year’s Australian Open attests to a broader trend.
Extreme match durations are more common today than at any other time in the modern tennis era. This poses a threat to the sport’s standard of excellence.
Tennis provides an excellent example of a sport of global significance being tainted by gambling’s influence.
The current controversy over match-fixing in tennis has some ironic elements. Anyone watching the Australian Open on free-to-air TV will notice the proliferation of sports betting ads.
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You might think statisticians could work out if a player has been cheating – it's not that simple.
Allegations have been made about throwing games in tennis – but what would lead a player to agree to swing a game?
Tennis is a sport very suitable for corruption in this hyper-commercialised era.
For the most part, Australian sports are heavily regulated and proactive in addressing doping. The same cannot be said about gambling.
Who wants to gamble on a sport if they know the result has been fixed before the game is played?
The tennis world is the latest sport to be rocked by allegations of corruption, this time by reports of match fixing. So who are the winners and losers when such allegations are made?
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Andy Murray has some big boots to fill.
Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios used an on-court sexual insult against an opponent in a recent match.
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If a misogynistic atmosphere is allowed to prevail in men’s individual and team sports, then all the platitudes about sport being a socially positive force stand exposed.
This is what sexism looks like.
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Leave debates about on-court banter aside and focus on the victim here.
Williams is on track to eclipse Court, Navratilova and Graf ... but she's not there yet.
At Wimbledon 2015 there have been widely published, powerful criticisms about Nick Kyrgios’ conduct, both on court and in press conferences. Much of that advice is well intended, with the hope that a behaviourally…
Nadal in training for Wimbledon.
As Wimbledon 2015 gets underway, the writing looks to be on the wall for Rafael Nadal. Will the Spaniard succeed where so many other top athletes have failed?
Worth their weight in gold (the trophies).
A look at some of the tournament's revenues and how it compares with the other grand slams.
Andy Murray triumph at Queen’s on June 20.
The genetics behind sporting ability are getting more complicated all the time - so don't waste your money on online tests.
Pilates, strength and training: how to handle those long Paris rallies.
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Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard has topped the list of most marketable athletes.