Dan Evans beat Andy Murray as England clinched the tournament with an 8-4 win over Scotland.

However, Murray and older brother Jamie teamed up to beat Evans and Neal Skupski 6-3 6-4 in the final match of the event.

“I haven’t played here since 2006 I think it was,” Andy Murray said.
“Great to be back. I wish I had done more of this during my career. I regret that a little bit after experiencing the last couple of days, it was great.”

Three-time Grand Slam and 2015 Davis Cup winner Murray, 35, has played at Glasgow’s Emirates in recent years but last year’s Battle of the Brits had to be postponed because of rising Covid cases.

The Aberdeen event is organised by Jamie Murray, 36, and came as the younger Murray brother finished 2022 with a ranking of 49 after 26 wins from 45 singles matches.

“My movement was good this week,” added Andy Murray.

“I’m hoping that in 2023 there’s some good things coming and I want to finish my career off strong.”

World number one Rory McIlroy has been vocal in his opposition against LIV Golf while competing during a hectic schedule.

Tiger Woods has complimented friend Rory McIlroy, confessing that the World No.1 had the ‘toughest’ job by facing constant questions about the rebel circuit while playing an extensive programme of events. McIlroy won three PGA Tour events this season and finished runner-up at The Open.

McIlroy and Woods led the PGA Tour fightback against the LIV Golf series and hosted a players-only meeting in Delaware ahead of the BMW Championship. As a result of the meeting and ongoing discussions PGA Tour chief Jay Monahan confirmed that the circuit’s top players had committed to play at least 20 events across the season, with an average of a ‘$20 million purse’ at each.

Also to combat LIV Golf the commissioner announced that the Tour’s Player Impact Programme list will be doubled from 10 to 20 players, as will the pay-out with prize money going from $50 million (£42m) to $100 million (£84 million). For those lower ranked players there has also been an ‘earning assurance programme’ which provides a guaranteed £424,000 to help pay for expenses for PGA Tour members.

Woods has only played a ‘part-time’ golf programme while he recovers from horrific leg injuries sustained in a crash last year. However, the 15-time major winner has paid tribute to McIlroy – who has played a packed schedule while also leading the fight against LIV Golf.

We all as players want to compete against each other and beat our brains in,” Woods said, as quoted by Eurosport. “The key is how. Rory has had the toughest deal of all here because he had to compete and play.

“I wasn’t playing that much. He had to answer all these questions. We had all the meetings and conference calls together and were communicating and in lock-step behind each other.

“But I was not out front having to deal with questions in the media, he had to deal with that and not only that he had to try and play and win events, which he was able to do. So hats off to him for doing what he did this entire year.”

Woods and McIlroy teamed up earlier this month in The Match exhibition event when they were beaten by Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth in Florida.

Despite struggling with mobility issues, Woods also competed alongside son Charlie in the PNC Championship.

By Christmas 2021, the wheels were already in motion on a story that went well beyond tennis and into a global event that ended with the world No 1 leaving Australia under a huge cloud and facing an uncertain future in tennis.

Still l unvaccinated against Covid-19, Djokovic is set to return to Australia in the coming days after being given permission by the country’s governing powers to return and here, we look back at the mistakes made by all sides in a story that produced no winners.

There was a widespread belief that Djokovic would not take a vaccine against Covid-19 after several comments made in both press conferences and podcasts.

The Serbian’s decision not to confirm his vaccine status added fuel to the story, with Australia’s firm policy that unvaccinated travellers would not be allowed into the country set in stone.

So the stage was set for Djokovic to either take the vaccine and play at the Australian Open or apply for a medical exception to enter Melbourne.

What came next was a concoction of Djokovic’s making.

The defending Australian Open champion had a short window after the ATP Finals and the period he needed to apply for a medical exemption to enter Australia to contract Covid and obtain medical proof he had the virus.

The timing of the week Djokovic stated he had Covid fell neatly into that window, yet it also coincided with public events in Serbia and a big media interview.

He later claimed he knew he had Covid as he did his media duties, with that level of recklessness fuelling the animosity towards him.

His other big mistake was a smiling social media message (above) confirming he had been given a medical exemption, with the mood changing among the Australian public when it appeared Djokovic was being given special treatment to enter the country.

That reaction forced Australian politicians to change their approach as they could see the mood had become toxic and their own positions were being threatened if they did not react.

What came next was a news story that ended in the most unpleasant fashion.

By the time Djokovic’s plane landed in Melbourne, Australian government chiefs had decided they wanted to block him.

Border police interrogated him and after Djokovic confirmed he was unvaccinated, the wheels were set in motion to block his entry to Australia.

Days in a detention center were a traumatic experience Djokovic should not have endured as he was entering the country with an exemption that had been agreed upon before he boarded a plane to Australia.

This story had become a global news event way beyond the tennis community, with the world No 1 caught in the eye of a storm.

Eventually, Djokovic’s courtroom appeals came to nothing and he was deported from Australia.

Some of the most viewed video content on Tennis365 in 2022 evolved around this story, with former British No 1 Tim Henman giving Tennis365 his verdict on the Djokovic drama.

“I can’t really paint too many scenarios where there is much of an upside here,” Henman told Tennis365, in his role as a Eurosport analyst.

“To reflect on the whole saga, I think it has been a shambles from start to finish.

“It hasn’t reflected well on Tennis Australia, the Australian Open, the state of Victoria, the Australian government, Djokovic or tennis itself.

“Leading into one of the biggest events in our sport, you want the tennis to do the talking and this has massively overshadowed that.

“From Djokovic’s point of view, it is his prerogative to have a vaccine or not.

“That’s his choice, but those choices do have consequences and he has now suffered severely as an outcome of that decision.”

Djokovic was the biggest loser in a story that ran throughout 2022.

He missed all the north American events including the US Open and four ATP 1000 events, with the sacrifice he confirmed he was prepared to make to avoid taking a Covid vaccine costing him way too much.

Djokovic would have been favourite to win the US Open if he had been allowed to compete, with his form as he won Wimbledon and the end-of-season ATP Finals confirming he is still the best player in the world when he is fit and competing at his highest level.

Had Djokovic handled himself a little differently at the back end of 2021, the animosity towards him from the sporting world as he tried to navigate a route into Australia and subsequent events without being vaccinated may have been diluted.

Yet there is no doubt he paid a brutally heavy price for his vaccine decision.

“I just think the whole thing is a mess. Not being able to play Australian and the US Open was just ridiculous,” former British No 1 Annabel Croft told Tennis365.

“Certainly by the time we got to the US Open in August, the mood had changed towards Covid around the world it was crazy that he wasn’t able to play in New York.”

Djokovic will return to Melbourne to play in the Australian Open next month with a substantial majority of Australians opposing his presence in the country.

From a tennis perspective, there is no doubt that Djokovic needs to be in the draw for every big event while he remains the ultimate champion in the game.

Yet he must look back at the events of January 2021 and reflect that it could have been handled better on so many levels.

Australian government officials take a share of the blame for encouraging Djokovic to enter the country and then changing their stance.

Australian Open chief Craig Tiley came under fire for his role in the affair at the center of the whirlwind was a tennis player who was, in many respects, innocent of the charges against him.

Only Djokovic can decide whether his decision to avoid being vaccinated against Covid was worth the chaos he endured in Australia and his absence from key tournaments in 2022.

Decorated gymnast, Simone Biles, is popular for her methods of celebration. These celebrations may be for any festive occasion or just a random auspicious moment in her life. Biles really doesn’t care about it as long as she has her fiance, Jonathan Owens, and her family by her side. Since it’s the holiday season, the ace gymnast is having a blast at her home with her beloved family.

Biles flooded Instagram with Christmas celebrations. There were stories, posts, and whatnot! Recently, she posted her picture with her fiance, Jonathan Owens. The post said, “Merry Christmas.” She also flooded her Instagram stories with Christmas celebrations. But after some time, all the celebrations were hit by a bad omen.

The twist that changed the whole Christmas scene for Simone Biles
In her first Instagram story, she was seen arguing with her brother for some reason, although they were just discussing a story. The whole Biles family is gathered for the special occasion of Christmas, and they are even joined by her fiance. Simone Biles’ mother, Nellie Biles, was seen holding the new member of the family. Last month, only her brother Ron and sister-in-law Sammi were blessed with a girl.

Owens and Biles are seen celebrating their third Christmas together in her Instagram story. She didn’t also leave her cute little dogs alone on Christmas. She decorated them by making them wear Santa-themed suits. Although this is where the bad omen hit the Biles family, and that was a water pipe crisis.

Biles’ house water supply leaked just when she was having a good time with her family. This made the gymnast troubled, as nobody would like this to happen at a time when one is having a blast with their family. In her next story, it is shown that her boots are wet because she went to check on the site where the leak happened. Such a mishap during a good time is enough to ruin the festive mood. Although just after that, she also posted about her dog, so it is safe to assume that things have settled down.

Croatia tennis player Borna Coric has revealed his mindset when playing against the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, describing the occasion as an “honour”, and spoken of what it will be like on the ATP Tour with the Swiss star no longer present.
The 26-year-old believes the iconic trio have been too good for the chasing pack to challenge them, but nonetheless has enjoyed previous match-ups and relished the prospect of coming up against them, especially Federer who has done “amazing things” for the sport.
He also made it clear that he feels “it is strange” to not have Federer on the tennis circuit.

“It is an honour to play against them,” Coric told All Court Tennis Club. “I also did very well against them and played some of the best tennis of my career.
“I’ve said many times that I like the big crowds and big stages. When you play against them, that’s a guarantee.
“It’s strange now that Federer is not around anymore, but it is also going to be a little bit easier for many players. He has done amazing things for the sport.
“I was really able to focus on the match against Federer because I tried not to think about the other aspects. It was just me against him and that is the way I try to treat every match.
“Once I get into the match, I don’t think anymore about who I am against and what they have achieved.”
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Coric certainly rose to the occasion when he beat Nadal on the way to winning his first ATP 1000 event in Cincinnati.
He beat Nadal 7-6 4-6 6-3 in the second round, before victories against Roberto Bautista Agut, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Cameron Norrie, and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final to claim the title.
The Croatian, who claimed a career-high world ranking of No. 12 last year, is desperate to make his mark in the upcoming Australian Open after a period of preparation in Dubai.

“I don’t want to set too many goals, but that would be the next step for me,” he added. “I have been No.12 in the world and hopefully I can make it even higher now by reaching the top ten.
“The most important thing is to be healthy and then the results will come.
“In the Slams it’s always different because it’s over best of five sets making it much more physical, but that week in Cincinnati has shown me that I can compete at the highest level.
“It has given me the motivation to go on court and work even harder. It shows that I can become a top ten player and hopefully even more one day.”

Rafael Nadal admits that becoming a father to a baby boy has been “a drastic change” in his life but noted he is happy and doing his best to balance well his professional and private life. In October, Nadal became a father for the first time in his life after his wife Xisca gave birth to a baby boy.

“Well, of course it has been a drastic change, but I have to organize myself to be able to continue doing my professional life in the best possible way. I am happy, enjoying a new phase, which was also due. I always thought that all this would come when I retired.

That’s what I always had in my head. The thing is that my career, luckily, has lasted much longer than I expected. So I have to learn to live with this new stage of my life and try to remain as competitive as possible,” Nadal told Marca.

What did Nadal do after becoming a father?
After finishing his US Open run, Nadal flew to the Laver Cup in late September to be a part of Roger Federer’s farewell. However, Nadal didn’t stay in London for too long as he arrived in the city the day before the start of the tournament.

On Friday, Nadal and Federer teamed up for a doubles match and the following morning the Spaniard returned home to be with his pregnant wife. Then on 13 October, Spanish media reported that Nadal and his wife welcomed a baby boy.

In early November, Nadal played his first tournament since becoming a father. After finishing his 2022 season at the Paris Masters and ATP Finals, Nadal went to South America to hold the Latin America Tour he had organized for late 2022. Now, Nadal is preparing to fly to Australia as he is set to represent Australia at the inaugural United Cup.

Aged 52, it would have been normal for Phil Mickelson to slowly slip down golf’s rankings, but the American’s fall has been truly spectacular.

That’s because he won the 2021 PGA Championship, so was clearly still one of the best in the world just last year.

However, despite that recent victory, Mickelson has now fallen down the rankings and sits in 213th position right now.

This is the first time since the end of July 1992 that he has been outside of golf’s top 200.

Not since 1993 had he even been outside the top 100 until he fell out of again in March of 2021, but his 2021 PGA Championship victory then shot him back up to 35. Now, not long after that success, he has plummeted.

What caused Phil Mickelson’s fall down the rankings?

The main reason for his fall is the fact that he took a hiatus from golf earlier this year, after the backlash to some of his comments about Saudi Arabia during the LIV Golf saga.

He has only played the US Open and the British Open as scoring tournaments since then, but didn’t make the cut in either.

Longtime coach to tennis phenomenon Serena Williams disclosed he isn’t expecting her to make a “serious comeback” to the sport.

Patrick Mouratoglou told Eurosport in an interview that while he would love to see her compete at “her best level,” he doesn’t see her peaking much further unless she gives it her “absolute all.”

“Do I want to see her play? I want to see her play again,” Mouratoglou said. He further indicated that “playing at her best is something that every tennis fan really wants to see.”

Mouratoglou, who joined Williams’ team in 2012 is now setting his hopes on Holger Rune, who he currently works with and who recently graduated from his Academy.

“I think to be exceptional at something, and God knows she’s been exceptional, you have to be a little bit obsessive about it,” he said, adding that “you have to be 100% focused on the activity, otherwise even for tennis geniuses, it’s complicated.”

He continued: “Williams will be kept far too busy away from the court to ever seriously contemplate a proper return.”

The 52-year-old coach said that since giving birth to her daughter, he feels that the last leg of her career may soon be forgotten.

“I think if she’s happy at the end of her career, that’s all that matters because nobody will remember the end of her career. You remember it now because it’s fresh, but everyone will remember what a champion she was, all the Grand Slams she won, the things she brought to tennis and how she made history. The end of her career is an anecdote.”

Williams’ clinched the top spot of the 2017 Grand Slam while pregnant with her first-born named Alexis. That same year, she beat her sister Venus in the Major final for the Austrialain Open. At the time, it was her eighth in ten meetings on the Grand Slam stage.

She returned to to the championship match in 2018 and 2019 during both editions of the Wimbledon and US Open but lost in both matches.

With the 2023 season just days away and, somehow, actually starting in December 2022, Express Sport’s writers and editors have taken a punt at predicting the Grand Slam champions, world No 1s and disappointing players of next year. Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek remain favourites to carry their dominance into the new year while Emma Raducanu has divided opinion and either been tipped for title success or an underwhelming display. And it’s the first time someone dares to bet against ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal at the French Open.

Yasmin Syed: Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek. The Serb is getting his 10th Aussie Open and matching Nadal’s 22 Grand Slam titles record. After he was kicked out last year he’ll be hungrier than ever to prove himself on his return to his favourite Slam, and if his form at the end of 2022 is anything to go off then he’ll be unbeatable. And Swiatek is another obvious choice, she’s also not done winning just yet and will continue her dominance into 2023.

Stuart Ballard: Men = Novak Djokovic Women = Jessica Pegula. The redemption tour for Novak in Australia is going to be one of the highlights of 2023 and he’s going to be on a mission to make up for what happened last year. Jessica Pegula threatened at every major in 2022 and after her WTA Finals win she looks the one to beat heading into the tournament.

Alex Milne: Novak Djokovic – On his first return Down Under following one of the most extraordinary sagas in sporting history, it seems written in the stars that Djokovic will get his revenge on those who wronged him and claim his tenth title in Melbourne. Iga Swiatek – Following her incredible 2022 season, Swiatek will be desperate to add the Australian Open to her French and US triumphs, and it is hard to look past the Pole.

Mikael McKenzie: Novak Djokovic – The Serb will have a point to prove after the 2022 debacle. Iga Swiatek – Swiatek was unstoppable at the US Open and should take that form into the new season.

Neil McLeman: Novak Djokovic will win a 10th singles title in Melbourne a year on from his infamous deportation. Ash Barty won’t be defending her title so Iga Swiatek, who reached the semis last year, will continue her world domination.

Joe Krishnan: Novak Djokovic. It seems that only the threat of deportation can stop the 35-year-old winning in Australia and, with eight titles in the past 12 editions of the tournament, the Serbian should reclaim his crown. Iga Swiatek. Her 37-match winning streak in 2022 was incredible and her composure in high-pressure moments, despite only turning 21 this year, will ensure she sees off any competition to add the Australian Open to her growing collection of Slams.

Who will be the French Open men’s and women’s singles champions and why?

YS: Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek. Rafa is always a favourite at his most successful tournament ever. With his age and injury issues, there may not be many French Opens left where he is the undeniable favourite but he definitely has at least one more year before the next generation come for his clay crown. It’s tough to go against Swiatek as is but even more so on clay, and she’ll match her idol Rafa’s feat from 2022 by winning the first two Majors of the season.

SB: Men = Carlos Alcaraz Women = Iga Swiatek. Carlos Alcaraz is only going to get stronger in 2023 and it’s the French Open where he will see his chance at dethroning Rafael Nadal. Nobody came close to touching Iga Swiatek on clay last year and she’ll fancy her chances at defending her 2022 French Open title.

AM: Rafael Nadal – Could this be Nadal’s swansong? The 36-year-old has insisted that he still has a few miles left in the tank yet, but having recently become a father for the first time and with injuries still a constant problem, it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise if he called it a day after one more Roland Garros triumph. Ons Jabeur – Having tasted the agony of defeat in two finals last year, neutrals would love to see the popular Jabeur finally get her hands on a Grand Slam. Tunisian tennis’ big moment could well come in Paris this year.

MM: Rafael Nadal – Only a fool would bet against the King of Clay here. Iga Swiatek – Most of Swiatek’s success has come on clay, winning the 2020 and 2022 titles at Roland Garros.

NM: A last dance for Rafa Nadal to win his 15th and final Roland Garros title before the next generation take over in Paris. He would also equal Serena Williams’ mark of 23 Grand Slam titles. Iga Swiatek won last year and will be unstoppable again on clay.

JK: Rafael Nadal. The king of clay will only be dethroned when he retires, and even if his levels are finally on the wane, he is still capable of dishing out a humiliating defeat to anyone at Roland Garros when he’s on it. That 112-3 record says it all. Iga Swiatek. The Pole already has two French Open titles to her name and remarkably, has only ever dropped six sets in Paris. She is primed to assert her dominance once again.

Who will be the Wimbledon men’s and women’s singles champions and why?

YS: Novak Djokovic and Ons Jabeur. Djokovic has become the new king of Wimbledon and he’ll prove it by equalling Roger Federer’s record of eight titles at SW19. Jabeur seems overdue a Grand Slam title given her recent form and is strong on the grass, plus she will avenge her three-set loss to Elena Rybakina from this year’s final when she was the favourite to win.

SB: Men = Matteo Berrettini Women = Ons Jabeur It should have been his year in 2022 at Wimbledon after back-to-back titles in Stuttgart and Queen’s, only for a positive Covid test to scupper his chances. Next year should be his time to finally take that Wimbledon crown. The women’s draw will be wide open once again and expect a number of top seeds to drop out early, but Ons Jabeur has the game on grass to beat anybody.

AM: Matteo Berrettini – The Italian was cruelly denied a shot at the Wimbledon title last year when he was struck down with Covid. He will, therefore, be extra motivated to avenge his 2021 final loss and take the extra step this time around. Iga Swiatek – After her surprising third round defeat to Alize Cornet last year, Swiatek will be extra focused and determined that there will be no such slip-ups on this occasion.

MM: Daniil Medvedev – If Russians are allowed to compete at Wimbledon this year then expect Medvedev to have extra motivation. Ons Jabeur – The 2022 finalist has all the tools to go one step further.

NM: Novak Djokovic will win the men’s singles title for a fifth consecutive year – no-one else can match his play on grass. He would equal Roger Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon singles titles. The women’s event is wide open with Swiatek yet to get beyond the fourth round in SW19. Losing finalist Ons Jabeur has the all-round skills to go one better this year.

JK: Matteo Berrettini. A rogue shout, but I think there’s a real chance for the Italian to break his duck. He reached the final in 2021 and gave Djokovic a run for his money before losing. A big server but so powerful on the forehand too, and that’s a double asset on grass. Ons Jabeur. At the top of her game and she reached two Grand Slam finals last year, including Wimbledon. She would have learned a lot from those matches and has the resilience to come back stronger. There’s also been six different winners in the women’s singles, so you can expect another name this year.

What’s your one other big tennis prediction to happen at any point in 2023?

YS: Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu both win tour titles at some point next season – they have the ability to get through at least a 250-point draw. Viva British tennis.

SB: Andy Murray to retire next. He’s inside the top 50 now but Andy Murray wants to be challenging for titles. It feels like 2023 is going to be make-or-break for the British sporting legend. He’s already teased that retirement is on his mind and if that first ATP Tour title since 2019 doesn’t come then it feels inevitable that he’s going to call it a day.

AM: A match will be forced to be abandoned due to a fan protest.

MM: Serena Williams to come back from retirement – even if just an exhibition match.

NM: Venus Williams to follow her sister Serena into retirement. The older Williams sister, now 42, has accepted a wildcard to the Australian Open and could bow out at the US Open.

JK: I’m nothing if not bold. Taylor Fritz to reach a Grand Slam final.

Tiger Woods may still possess all the talent in the world with the golf club in his hand, but his inability to walk comfortably around a golf course over four days could prove to be his “biggest challenge” in 2023, according to Paul McGinley. Woods appears to have accepted his fate that he won’t be able to play much more than the major tournaments at this stage of his career.

It’s not since 2019 that Woods has played in more than 10 tournaments in a single year. The limitations on his body have meant that Woods has had to drastically scale back his schedule just to be able to be ready for when the majors roll around and even then he wasn’t able to be fit enough for the US Open this year.

All four majors are played within a four-month span, starting in April with The Masters and ending with the British Open in July. Most professionals accept that in order to have a chance at winning any of the majors, they need to play themselves into some kind of form.

Woods has proven throughout his career that he isn’t like anybody the golfing world has ever seen and his 2019 Masters triumph will go down as one of the most remarkable comeback stories in all of sports. But McGinley points out that Woods’ last major win also came at a time when the American icon was playing lots of golf in the build-up to that moment.

He’s played twice this month – albeit in exhibition events at The Match and the PNC Championship – but looked far from comfortable throughout and needed a golf cart in both. Woods doesn’t seem likely to change his schedule any time soon, meaning the next time he arrives at a competitive event may not be until the 2023 Masters.

And McGinley doubts where Woods’ game will be come April if he’s not able to play in a few warm-up events. “By all accounts, I think he’s done brilliant rehab on his golf game,” he told Express Sport.

“His ball speed is up in the 180s, which is top 10 per cent on tour, and his golf by all accounts is very good. But obviously the issue is walking and when you’re unable to walk, you’re unable to play a lot of tournaments and it’s very hard to just turn up at majors and hit the ground running competitively when you haven’t got a body of work in terms of playing week-to-week on the PGA tour.

“If you look at before he won The Masters a few years ago, he had a great run of six months before that. Not long did he win the Tour Championship at the end of the previous year, but he had some pretty decent performances early in the season before he went on to win The Masters.

“You can’t just turn up four weeks of the year and hit the ground running competitively so that’s his biggest challenge. But by all accounts his golf is very good and it’s a shame that he can’t play more golf.”

He added: “Tiger Woods, he’s not the norm we know that and you’re never gonna discount him fully from anything but the odds are stacked against him. If he’s not able to physically play some PGA Tour events in between the majors, it’s very difficult to just peak at the majors.”

Woods has said repeatedly that he still hasn’t lost that competitive edge, but he struggled at the three majors in 2022 that he competed at to stick with it throughout the whole weekend. Heading into 2023, Woods won’t want to be simply making up the numbers and will likely be facing even more questions over his future on the PGA Tour if that continues.