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australian open: bernard tomic going home to 'count my millions’ after qualifyin


bernard tomic will not feature in the main draw for the australian open for the first time since 20082018 australian opendates: 15-28 january venue: melbourne parkcoverage: watch highlights on bbc two, the bbc sport website and app. live commentary on the best matches on bbc radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online.bernard tomic said he was heading home to "count my millions" after failing to qualify for the australian open.the australian lost 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 to italian lorenzo sonego in the final round of qualifying in melbourne.it will be the first time since 2008 that 25-year-old tomic has not featured in the main draw, with tennis australia having chosen not to offer the world number 142 a wildcard."i just count money, that's all i do," he told channel 7."you go do what i did. yo






tomic’s wimbledon words draw $15k fine, racket sponsor loss


london (ap) — bernard tomic was fined $15,000 at wimbledon and dropped by his racket sponsor thursday — not for something he did during his first-round loss, but for what he said during a news conference afterward.the penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct was announced two days after the 24-year-old australian was beaten by mischa zverev 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, then spoke to the media about feeling “a little bit bored out there.”tomic also said tuesday that he “just couldn’t find any motivation” to compete this year and acknowledged that when he called for a medical timeout against zverev, he did so not because of an injury issue but to “try to break a bit of momentum.”racket maker head issued a statement via its twitter feed on thursday saying: “we were extremely disappointed with the statements mad






column: tomic the tank engine lives up to tennis nickname


that's $15,000 that won't find its way into bernard tomic's retirement account.the australian is on the lookout for a new racket manufacturer, too, after being fined by wimbledon officials and then dumped by head for some incredibly clueless comments following his ouster from the tournament.if not for his past, tomic's alleged crime would have probably been written off as just being too honest for his own good. but fellow players weren't exactly lining up to support the petulant former junior star after he admitted to having no motivation to try and win his first round match against mischa zverev.how could they, when it goes against everything they believe in tennis.listen to this, from someone who hits a ball back and forth for a living:"i feel holding a trophy or, you know, doing well, i






tomic can't 'find any motivation' at wimbledon


london — after all the hard work and dedication it takes to get to wimbledon, at least one player couldn't be bothered with actually trying to win.bernard tomic, a 24-year-old australian who reached the quarterfinals at the all england club in 2011, said tuesday he "just couldn't find any motivation" to compete this year."i felt a little bit bored out there," tomic said, "to be completely honest with you."tomic was playing at wimbledon for the eighth time. he lost to mischa zverev 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 on court 14."i feel holding a trophy or, you know, doing well, it doesn't satisfy me anymore," tomic said. "it's not there. i couldn't care less if i make a fourth-round u.s. open or i lose (in the) first round. to me, everything is the same. i'm going to play another 10 years, and i know after my c






the latest: tomic says he has lost 'commitment to work hard'


london — the latest from wimbledon (all times local):___4:15 p.m.bernard tomic just "wasn't there" during his first-round loss at wimbledon.the 24-year-old australian, playing at the all england club for the eighth time, lost to mischa zverev 6-4, 5-3, 6-4."i just started bad the first set, and then, mentally, i wasn't there after he broke me in the second," tomic said."some weeks i play well and beat a bunch of players and do super well in tournaments. ... but now it's a roller coaster, and i just can't seem to find, like, the commitment to work hard, to enjoy (playing) and to lift trophies."tomic has won three titles, breaking through to win in sydney in 2013 before claiming consecutive titles in bogota, colombia, in 2014 and 2015."i feel holding a trophy or, you know, doing well, it doe






wimbledon executive 'disappointed' by critical comments by tomic


so far, wimbledon has been largely free of controversy. then there’s the case of australia’s bernard tomic, who caused a stir last week when he confessed to reporters he was “a little bit bored” in his first-round loss to alexander zverev and that he called for a trainer – even though he wasn’t injured – to disrupt his opponent’s momentum.tomic, who lost in straight sets, was fined $15,000 by the international tennis federation, and lost his sponsorship deal with head. “his opinions in no way reflect our own attitude for tennis, our passion, professionalism and respect for the game,” the racket maker said in a statement. “therefore, we have decided to discontinue our collaboration with bernard tomic.”in a group interview monday, richard lewis, chief executive of the all england lawn tennis






murray looks to rebound on barcelona's clay, nishikori out


barcelona, spain — needing to make up for lost time before the french open, andy murray decided at the last minute to squeeze in another clay-court tournament in barcelona.the top-ranked murray was going to pass on the barcelona open until he bowed out at monte carlo in the third round on thursday, when he blew a 4-0 lead in the deciding set to albert ramos-vinolas.murray and ramos-vinolas could meet again this week in spain in a potential semifinal.murray is trying to regain his form following a right elbow injury that kept him out of the miami open and the davis cup quarterfinals.but even before hurting his arm, murray hasn't quite carried his excellent form from 2016 into this year. he lost to the 50th-ranked mischa zverez at the australian open, won at dubai, then flopped to 129th-rank






cameron davis wins australian open by one stroke


sydney — cameron davis came from six shots behind going into the final round to win the australian open by one stroke on sunday, shooting a 7-under 64 that included a birdie on the 18th and an eagle after holing a 100-meter approach shot.the 22-year-old australian finished with an 11-under total of 273 at the australian golf club, where gusty and unpredictable afternoon winds made scoring tough for all four rounds."i didn't know where i was, to be honest, after the third round," davis said of his six-stroke deficit. "i'm just glad i did enough today to get the job done."sweden's jonas blixt, who missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have forced a playoff, shot 68 to finish tied for second with matt jones (68) while third-round leader jason day was fifth after a 73, three stro






fritz saves 3 match points to beat no. 8 seed lu in memphis


memphis, tenn. — taylor fritz saved three match points in a third-set tiebreaker to beat no. 8 seed yen-hsun lu 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) on tuesday night in the first round of the memphis open.fritz, the runner-up in this event last year, won without ever breaking lu's serve.earlier tuesday, qualifier darian king defeated no. 5 seed bernard tomic 6-4, 6-4. king, ranked 140th in the world, dropped just 12 points in 10 service games against the 32nd-ranked tomic.other winners tuesday included no. 7 seed steve darcis, ryan harrison, matthew ebden and tim smyczek.harrison won 6-3, 7-5 over konstantin kravchuk to advance to a second-round matchup with no. 3 seed sam querrey. darcis won 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 over radu albot. smyczek beat frances tiafoe 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.ebden rallied from a break down in each






the latest: thiem beats tomic to reach french open 2nd round


paris — the latest from the french open (all times local):___5:26 p.m.sixth-seeded dominic thiem is safely through to the second round of the french open.thiem, who reached the semifinals last year, comfortably beat bernard tomic 6-4, 6-0, 6-2.the 23-year-old thiem is an outside favorite to win the tournament. he is the only player to have beaten rafael nadal on clay this season.___4:30 p.m.the official french open twitter account appeared to forget that all grand slam men's matches are best of five sets.with grigor dimitrov leading 6-2, 6-3 against stephane robert, a picture was posted with the caption: "no. 11 dimitrov d. frenchman robert 6-2, 6-3 in 69 minutes to reach 2r."the tweet was later deleted and an almost identical one — but with the final result — posted when dimitrov won what






maria sharapova: french open decides against giving former champion a wildcard


sharapova is playing at the italian open in rome this weekmaria sharapova will miss the french open after tournament officials decided not to give the two-time champion a wildcard.the russian, 30, was ranked too low to gain direct entry as she continues her return from a 15-month drugs ban."there can be a wildcard for the return from injuries - there cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping," french tennis federation chief bernard giudicelli ferrandini said.the french open begins on 28 may.sharapova had been hoping to receive a wildcard either into the main draw or the qualifying tournament."i'm very sorry for maria, very sorry for her fans," added giudicelli ferrandini."they might be very disappointed, she might be very disappointed, but it's my responsibility, my mission, to prote






maria sharapova: french open decides against giving former champion a wildcard


sharapova is playing at the italian open in rome this weekmaria sharapova will miss the french open after tournament officials decided not to give the two-time champion a wildcard.the russian, 30, was ranked too low to gain direct entry as she continues her return from a 15-month drugs ban."there can be a wildcard for the return from injuries - there cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping," french tennis federation chief bernard giudicelli ferrandini said.the french open begins on 28 may.sharapova had been hoping to receive a wildcard either into the main draw or the qualifying tournament."i'm very sorry for maria, very sorry for her fans," added giudicelli ferrandini."they might be very disappointed, she might be very disappointed, but it's my responsibility, my mission, to prote






loyola's connor brown finishes first at u.s. open local qualifying tournament


junior connor brown of loyola shot a six-under-par 66 to lead all qualifiers at the u.s. open local qualifying tournament at industry hills golf club.the top five players advance to sectional qualifying on june 5.brown shot 71 earlier in the week at the southern section individual qualifying tournament.






day has late trouble, still among australian open leaders


sydney — jason day's first tournament round in australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early thursday at the australian open.day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey six on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. he hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down."that was brutal," day said of the 440-meter hole that played into gusting winds.but day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow australian and early leader cameron davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at the australian golf club.in between the two was australian taylor macdonald, who shot 65."it was a pretty solid round, i






davis cup: australia takes 2-0 lead over czech republic


melbourne, australia — nick kyrgios and jordan thompson gave australia a 2-0 lead after singles victories friday over their czech republic opponents in a davis cup world group first-round match.the 22-year-old thompson made his davis cup debut by defeating czech no. 1 jiri veseley 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, finishing the match with an ace. thompson was called into the team when australia's no. 2-ranked player, bernard tomic, made himself unavailable for selection.kyrgios beat jan ral 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the second singles match on hard courts at kooyong.in his first match following his second-round australian open loss to andreas seppi, the 15th-ranked kyrgios made light work of the world no. 157 ral. kyrgios won the first three games of each set but needed six match points to clinch it in 96 minutes.tho






the latest: venus williams advances at her 20th french open


paris — the latest from the french open (all times local):___7:35 p.m.in a record 20th appearance at the french open, venus williams eased into the second round with a straight sets victory over qiang wang of china.williams, who is seeded 10th, saved two set points to win 6-4, 7-6 (3).the 36-year-old american will play kurumi nara of japan in the next round.___7:15 p.m.the point of the day at the french open came from dominic thiem, one of the brightest talents in the game.the sixth-seeded thiem won a spectacular 12-shot rally during his 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 win over bernard tomic. thiem first chased a drop shot, hit a shot between his legs and sealed the point with a stunning passing shot. check it out here .___6:50 p.m.american teenager amanda anisimova's grand slam debut ended in defeat as she






davis cup: american sock to play aussie thompson to open qf


brisbane, australia — american no. 1 jack sock will play australia's jordan thompson to open their davis cup quarterfinal on friday, followed by nick kyrgios' match against john isner.the match will be played on hard courts at pat rafter arena, with doubles set for saturday and reverse singles on sunday.the winner will play either italy or belgium in the semifinals in september.sock is 15th and isner 23rd in the current atp rankings, while kyrgios is 16th and thompson 79th. australia's second-ranked player, bernard tomic (43rd) is not playing.other team members are sam groth and john peers for australia and sam querrey and steve johnson for the u.s, who will likely meet in doubles.






emotions of us open qualifying include those not there


columbus, ohio — the range of emotions was to be expected when some 750 players were spread across 10 cities to compete for 53 spots in the u.s. open.only that wasn't limited to the final stage of u.s. open qualifying.or even the golf course."it kills me not to be there," patrick rodgers said."it was a tough decision," geoff ogilvy said. "obviously, that's a tournament that means a lot to me."they were among nearly two dozen pga tour players who withdrew from u.s. open qualifying before it even began on monday. others didn't sign up, leaving them open to one of the oldest refrains in golf: you can't win if you don't enter.in some cases, however, there was a lot to lose.like their jobs.the competition is stronger than ever on the pga tour, and there was no doubt that that played a role in s






day and spieth go in opposite directions at australian open


sydney — jason day and jordan spieth went in opposite directions friday at the australian open.day had four consecutive birdies on the back nine, including a 30-footer, for a 3-under 68 that left him a stroke out of the second-round lead. australian lucas herbert, who shot 66, is in front with a 9-under total of 133 on the australian course.first-round leader cameron davis, who shot 72 friday, is another stroke behind in third.defending champion spieth earlier failed to take advantage of ideal morning scoring conditions and had a 71 to fall further behind the leaders — eight strokes behind herbert and tied for 19th place with 10 others.spieth, who hasn't played since the presidents cup in late september, has won the australian open two out of the last three years and finished second the ot






tony romo to try qualifying for u.s. open at erin hills in wisconsin – the denve


aledo, texas — tony romo’s next pursuit of a championship will be in golf.and it’s a long shot.a month after the dallas cowboys quarterback retired, romo is among nearly 9,500 players who signed up for the u.s. open. he plays an 18-hole local qualifier monday at split rail links and golf club about 30 minutes west of fort worth.if he advances, the next step is sectional qualifying on june 5 to get into the u.s. open at erin hills in wisconsin.this isn’t the first time romo has tried to qualify. he made it out of local qualifying in 2010. in a 36-hole sectional qualifier where only two of the 35 players advanced, romo opened with a 71 and withdrew in the afternoon after two weather delays.orville moody in 1969 was the last player to go through local qualifying and win the u.s. open.






sharapova misses out on french open wild card after doping


paris — two-time champion maria sharapova has missed out on a wild-card entry for the french open because of her doping ban.announcing the decision on a live facebook broadcast on tuesday, french tennis federation president bernard giudicelli said he told sharapova in person that it was not possible."i decided not to give maria sharapova a wild card. i'm very sorry for maria, very sorry for her fans. they might be disappointed, she might be very disappointed," giudicelli said. "but it's my responsibility, it's my mission to protect the game and protect the high standards of the game."sharapova returned to tennis only last month following a 15-month ban for doping."this suspension is over and she can take her path toward new success," giudicelli said. "but while there can be a wild card for






spieth sets the bar high at the australian open


jordan spieth has another tough act to follow at the australian open.spieth won the tournament in 2014 in his first appearance down under when it was played at the australian golf club in sydney. he won it again in 2016 in a playoff at royal sydney, a year after finishing tied for second with adam scott and a shot behind winner matt jones at the australian.beginning thursday at the australian, spieth will attempt to make it three australian open titles in four appearances. jason day, playing back home in australia for the first time in four years, is his major opponent.spieth won the masters and u.s. open in 2015 and day won the pga championship. both players were also within one shot of a three-man playoff in the british open that year.they are playing together in australia for the first






maria sharapova not given wild-card entry for french open – the denver post


paris — two-time champion maria sharapova has missed out on a wild-card entry for the french open because of her doping ban.announcing the decision on a live facebook broadcast on tuesday, french tennis federation president bernard giudicelli said he told sharapova in person.“i decided not to give maria sharapova a wild card. i’m very sorry for maria, very sorry for her fans. they might be disappointed, she might be very disappointed,” giudicelli said. “but it’s my responsibility, it’s my mission to protect the game and protect the high standards of the game.”sharapova returned to tennis only last month following a 15-month ban for doping.“this suspension is over and she can take her path toward new success,” giudicelli said. “but while there can be a wild card for return from injury, ther






will power leads penske qualifying sweep at gateway


madison, ill. — will power took the 50th pole of his career friday night, leading team penske to a four-team, two-row sweep in qualifying for the indycar race saturday night at gateway motorsports park.the 36-year-old australian set a track record with a two-lap run of 47.4579 seconds at 189.642 mph on the newly paved 1.25-mile oval. power has six poles this season."it was not like it was uncomfortable," said power, who was quickest in practice (24.2521 for one lap at 185.551 mph) and the last to hit the track for qualifying. "i'm very happy for the pole. qualifying is something i really enjoy. qualifying is something we (the team) can give absolutely everything."points leader josef newgarden will start on the outside of the front row after a run of 47.7921 seconds at 188.316 mph,helio cas






maria sharapova to miss wimbledon qualifying through injury


sharapova, a five-time grand slam winner who is now ranked 178 in the world, had been offered a wildcard for next week's aegon classicmaria sharapova will be unable to compete in wimbledon qualifying at roehampton because of injury.the five-time grand slam champion has not played since retiring with a thigh problem from her second-round match at the italian open on 16 may.the russian, 30, is hoping to return at the end of july, by which time the grass court season will have ended.she returned in april after a 15-month doping ban and had a wildcard for next week's aegon classic in birmingham.wimbledon qualifying at roehampton begins on 26 june.as a result of missing the entire grass court season, she will not be ranked highly enough to gain direct entry into the us open.as at wimbledon, she






top-seeded angelique kerber loses her opening match at the french open


paris – a french open already missing serena williams and maria sharapova is now without no. 1-ranked angelique kerber, too, lending even more of a feeling that the women's championship is anyone's to win.kerber became the first woman seeded no. 1 to lose in the french open's first round in the professional era, falling to 40th-ranked ekaterina makarova of russia on sunday 6-2, 6-2.kerber, who replaced williams atop the wta rankings this month, was gone from roland garros by lunchtime on day 1. it's the latest in a string of early exits for kerber, who reached her first three major finals in 2016."this year, i mean, the expectations are much bigger, especially in the big tournaments and the grand slams. and the expectations are also, from me, really big, of course, because i know what i ca






native cameron smith leads golf's australian open


defending champion jordan spieth struggled in gusty afternoon winds thursday at the australian open in sydney, while jason day took advantage of more calm morning conditions.each of those marquee players was overshadowed by cameron smith, who shot an 8-under 63 at the australian golf club.that left day, making his first competitive appearance in his home country since 2013, three strokes behind after a 66. spieth, the winner here twice in the past three years, shot a 70.taylor macdonald was two strokes behind fellow australian davis and alone in second place, while two other australians, nick cullen and alex edge, were level with day at 5 under, tied for third.all but two of the leading 18 players had morning tee times.day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the eighth hole






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defending champion serena williams out of australian open


melbourne, australia (ap) — defending champion serena williams has withdrawn from the australian open, saying she is not ready to return to tournament tennis.williams was pregnant with her first child when she won last year’s tournament at melbourne park, the 23rd grand slam singles title of her career.she gave birth to her daughter, alexis, in september.williams played in an exhibition tournament last week in abu dhabi and indicated after her loss to french open champion jelena ostapenko that she might not make it to melbourne.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the australian open begins jan 15.“after competing in abu dhabi i realized that although i am super close, i’m not where i personally want to be,” williams said in a statement released friday by australian op






maria sharapova: french open decides against giving former champion a wildcard


sharapova is playing at the italian open in rome this weekmaria sharapova will miss the french open after tournament officials decided not to give the two-time champion a wildcard.the russian, 30, was ranked too low to gain direct entry as she continues her return from a 15-month drugs ban."there can be a wildcard for the return from injuries - there cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping," french tennis federation chief bernard giudicelli ferrandini said.the french open begins on 28 may.sharapova had been hoping to receive a wildcard either into the main draw or the qualifying tournament."i'm very sorry for maria, very sorry for her fans," added giudicelli ferrandini."they might be very disappointed, she might be very disappointed, but it's my responsibility, my mission, to prote






italian open win allows sharapova to qualify for wimbledon


rome — three tournaments into her return from a 15-month doping ban, maria sharapova has already gained enough rankings points to enter qualifying for wimbledon.the five-time grand slam winner took advantage of another wild card and overcame a shaky opening set to defeat 58th-ranked christina mchale 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the italian open on monday.the win earned sharapova enough points to enter the top 200 of the rankings and earn at least a spot in qualifying at the all england club."winning matches will get me places, so if that's where it got me today, then i will take it," said sharapova, who entered this week at no. 211. "the fact that i'm back and playing three weeks in a row now and three events in a row for me is a big deal. that's my focus."sharapova will learn on tuesday






drive-thru viewing comes to memphis funeral home


closeskip in skipxembedxshare r. bernard funeral services debuted drive-thru viewing when it opened in january. yolanda jones/the commercial appealthe drive-thru is a convenience for those who have difficulty getting out of their cars, said ryan bernard, owner of r. bernard funeral services in memphis. the funeral home is located in an old bank building.(photo: brad vest, the (memphis) commercial appeal) 795 connect 1 linkedinemailmorememphis — when ryan bernard bought an old bank building in southeast memphis, he found an unusual use for the drive-thru window.bernard, owner of r. bernard funeral services, offers grieving loved ones the chance to pay their last respects conveniently from their car. guests drive up and view the body through a bullet-proof window. the drive-thru visitation s






drive-thru viewing comes to memphis funeral home


closeskip in skipxembedxshare r. bernard funeral services debuted drive-thru viewing when it opened in january. yolanda jones/the commercial appealthe drive-thru is a convenience for those who have difficulty getting out of their cars, said ryan bernard, owner of r. bernard funeral services in memphis. the funeral home is located in an old bank building.(photo: brad vest, the (memphis) commercial appeal) 944 connect 1 linkedinemailmorememphis — when ryan bernard bought an old bank building in southeast memphis, he found an unusual use for the drive-thru window.bernard, owner of r. bernard funeral services, offers grieving loved ones the chance to pay their last respects conveniently from their car. guests drive up and view the body through a bullet-proof window. the drive-thru visitation s






drive-thru viewing comes to memphis funeral home


closeskip in skipxembedxshare r. bernard funeral services debuted drive-thru viewing when it opened in january. yolanda jones/the commercial appealthe drive-thru is a convenience for those who have difficulty getting out of their cars, said ryan bernard, owner of r. bernard funeral services in memphis. the funeral home is located in an old bank building.(photo: brad vest, the (memphis) commercial appeal) 869 connect 1 linkedinemailmorememphis — when ryan bernard bought an old bank building in southeast memphis, he found an unusual use for the drive-thru window.bernard, owner of r. bernard funeral services, offers grieving loved ones the chance to pay their last respects conveniently from their car. guests drive up and view the body through a bullet-proof window. the drive-thru visitation s






stosur wins all-australian final in strasbourg


strasbourg, france — sam stosur rallied past fellow australian daria gavrilova 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 to win the strasbourg international on saturday and remain the top player in her country.gavrilova, who was chasing her first wta title at the french open warmup, would also have dethroned stosur as the australian no. 1 player with a win.stosur made the decisive break for a 4-2 lead in the decider after gavrilova double-faulted. the 2011 u.s. open champion served out to love to finish the nearly three-hour final.stosur has been the australian no. 1 for 450 straight weeks, since october 2008.






lewis hamilton takes pole in record pace at f1 australian gp


melbourne, australia — something that surprised lewis hamilton after he posted the fastest lap ever at the albert park circuit and equaled ayrton senna's record of six pole positions at the australian grand prix was that his time wasn't even quicker.new technical and tire regulations for the 2017 season were designed to make the f1 cars faster and maybe reduce mercedes' dominance. hamilton maintained mercedes' status quo at the front of the grid, although ferrari is showing signs of competing for the top of the podium. sebastian vettel split the mercedes drivers with the second-fastest time in qualifying, and kimi raikkonen was fourth.the times kept improving during the three practice sessions and the mercedes driver's last flying lap in qualifying saturday was 1 minute, 22.188 seconds. it






seattle to cut ties with wells fargo over oil pipeline


seattle — the seattle city council on tuesday voted to cut ties with banking giant wells fargo over its role as a lender to the dakota access pipeline project as well as other business practices.the crowd erupted in cheers and chanted "water is life" when the council unanimously p ed the measure, which directs officials to end the city's contract with the san francisco-based bank once it expires in 2018 and not to make new investments in wells fargo securities for three years."the example that we have set today can become a beacon of hope" for activists across the country, said councilmember kshama sawant, who co-sponsored the legislation.seattle's measure comes on the same day that the army told congress that it will allow the $3.8 billion dakota access oil pipeline to cross under a misso