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Former world No. 1 Tracy Austin to be inducted into Rogers Cup Hall of Fame

Tennis Canada announced on Friday that former world No. 1 and Grand Slam champion Tracy Austin will be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame at the 2017 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto. She will be celebrated in a special Centre Court ceremony to be held at Aviva Centre on Friday August 11 before the evening’s two quarter-final matches.

“We are thrilled to be honouring Tracy Austin at this year’s Rogers Cup,” said Karl Hale, Rogers Cup Toronto tournament director. “It’s definitely appropriate that in our 125th anniversary year we are inducting one of our great former women’s champions into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame. Tracy was part of an incredible era of tennis and her talent combined with her competitive attitude made her a fan favourite and always exciting to watch. We can’t wait to welcome Tracy back to Toronto and celebrate her many achievements.”

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Philip Bester announces decision to retire

Philip Bester announced Wednesday, at the Granby National Bank Challenger, that he is retiring from professional tennis. After winning the doubles title three times and reaching the singles final in 2015, Bester felt he had a special bond with the Granby Challenger and wanted to say a few words on court to the tournament’s fans who have been loyal to him throughout his career.

“I’ve come to the end of my tennis journey and am closing the chapter in my competitive career. The game of tennis has given me a once in a lifetime opportunity, which I am extremely grateful for as it has shaped me into the person I am today through all my experiences,” Bester said.

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Garbine Muguruza overcomes Venus Williams to win first Wimbledon title

23-year-old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza overcame the challenge of 37 year old American fan favourite Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 in a lopsided final to claim her first ever Wimbledon title.

Muguruza, a runner-up to Serena Williams at Wimbledon a couple of years ago, showed that she had learnt plenty from her previous big day outing at SW19 to win the big points towards the business end of the first set before running away with the second as Venus faded badly.

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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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Federer recovers from sluggish start to ease into Round 3 at Wimbledon

Seven-time champion Roger Federer eased into the third round at Wimbledon with a straight sets victory over Serbia's Dusan Lajovic. Federer, who turns 36 next month, won 7-6 (0), 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday at Centre Court in the evening light of Day Four.

Lajovic, ranked 79th in the world, broke Federer first to take a 2-0 lead. But Federer broke back soon and the pair then headed to the tie-break, which Federer dominated 7-0. He kept up that pressure in the second set, bullying the 27-year-old and eventually breaking him to take a 3-1 lead. The 18-time Grand Slam champion did not look back and took the win easily.

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Sania Mirza advances to second round of Wimbledon Women's Doubles

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium defeated Naomi Osaka and Shuai Zhang in straight sets to advance to the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday.

It was a cake walk for the Indo-Belgian pair as they outplayed their Janapese-Chinese opponents 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 12 minutes at Court 11.

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Djokovic advances to third round of Wimbledon, Del Potro and Isner crash out

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round at Wimbledon, defeating Czech Adam Pavlasek 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday. The 22-year-old Pavlasek conceded his serve seven times against former World No. 1 in the match that lasted an hour and 34 minutes.

The three-time Wimbledon champion is now set to play against the winner between Latvian Ernests Gulbis who beat the no. 29 seed Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

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