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Canada’s most decorated wheelchair tennis athlete Sarah Hunter announces retirement

Tennis Canada announced on Thursday that former Paralympian and 17-time national singles and doubles champion Sarah Hunter (Surrey, B.C.) has confirmed her retirement from wheelchair tennis following an illustrious 17-year career on the ITF circuit. As Canada’s most decorated wheelchair tennis athlete, Hunter holds a long list of accomplishments to her name.

“It’s been an amazing way to spend the last 17 years,” Hunter said. “The places I’ve been, people I’ve met, and experiences I’ve had are all just incredible. I never imagined I would have all these opportunities when I was first injured. It was a difficult decision to retire, but I feel both a combination of sadness and satisfaction. My body said it was time but my mind was not as sure.  I will miss my many friends on the Tour and the adventures we got into. It has been both a lot of hard work and a lot of fun."

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Djokovic preps for Wimbledon with win at Eastbourne

Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic on Saturday defeated France's Gael Monfils to clinch the Eastbourne International title ahead of Wimbledon, which kicks off in two days. The top-seeded Serb defeated Monfils, who reached his first grass-court final in 13 years, 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 16 minutes. Djokovic's win was just his second of the season, following his January victory in Qatar.

Djokovic shared after his triump, “It was a great week. Obviously it feels right, looking back on the decision-making process and whether or not I should come here, now it feels like it was a good decision. But also a few days ago it felt right because I had a lot of time spent on the court, some good match play. But most of all, I felt very welcomed here by the people. On and off the court I was greeted, I was respected. So, for me, it was just a phenomenal experience that I will definitely take with me to Wimbledon.”

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Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic to return for 2018 Hopman Cup

Swiss superstar and eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and compatriot Belinda Bencic will return to Western Australia for the Hopman Cup in 2018.

The dynamic duo of Federer and Bencic starred in three record-breaking sessions at the event this year, with 13,917 fans turning out for the tie between Switzerland and France, the biggest tennis crowd in WA history.

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Federer routs Zverev in one-sided Halle final

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer claimed his ninth title at the Halle Open after beating German Alexander Zverev, World No.12, in Sunday's final.

The World No.5 Swiss star won his fourth trophy this season with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over his 20-year-old German rival in 53 minutes. The 35-year-old victor claimed the Halle Open title one week ahead of Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the season, which he has won seven times. Wimbledon is to be held from July 3 to 16.

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Lopez, Cilic to square off in Queen's Club final

Spain's Feliciano Lopez overcame sixth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 to reach the final of Queen's Club, a tune-up event for Wimbledon.

The unseeded Spaniard will next take on fourth-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic - a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 winner, earlier in the day over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller - in Sunday's final of this grass-court event, which is known as the Aegon Championships for sponsorship reasons.

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Federer - Zverev to clash in mouthwatering Halle final

Swiss legend and top seed Roger Federer defeated Russian Karen Khachanov on Saturday thus advancing to the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

Federer, who is a step away from his ninth title at the tournament, took an hour and 25 minutes to win 6-4, 7-6 (5) against the 6 foot 6 inch Russian. Federer had to dig deep to come away from the contest in straight sets, saving two set points on his own serve at 5-6 late in the second set. In the final, the Swiss will play German Alexander Zverev, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 winner against Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

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Leander Paes and Adil Shamsdin clinch Ilkey Challenger title

Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and his Canadian partner Adil Shamsdin clinched the men's doubles title at the Aegon IIkley Challenger Trophy on Saturday. The top seeds defeated local wild card entrants Brydan Klein and Joe Salisbury 2-6, 6-2, [10-8] to clinch the trophy.

The match was evenly poised till the end with the UK pair outclassing the Indo-Canadian duo in the first set. The second set though was the complete opposite as the 44-year Indian and his teammate turned things around impressive.

The decisive match tiebreak went to the wire, with both the pairs trying hard to take a lead. The duo of Paes and Shamsdin took a slender lead to clinch the set and the trophy.

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