Novak Djokovic kicks an Australian rules football after leaving quarantine in Adelaide on Friday. Agence France-Presse
Eight-time champion Novak Djokovic was made to toil before he could advance at the Australian Open on Wednesday as Serena Williams made serene progress in her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
Serena Williams admitted on Monday that she might have been forced to skip the Australian Open if it hadn’t been delayed over the coronavirus, saying she needed extra time to shake off the achilles injury which cut short her 2020 season.
Australian Open chief Craig Tiley said he was “absolutely confident” the tournament will start next week despite a fresh coronavirus case that forced the ongoing warm-up events to be halted on Thursday and sent hundreds of players and officials
Eight-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic served a reminder of why he is the greatest Australian Open champion in history in a clinical 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 demolition of Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, thus demonstrating that normal service had resumed
The Dubai Police combination of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi powered their way to a 11.77 secs third race victory from Tomaso Polli and Matteo Nicolini in six, opening up a 13-point championship lead from Tayer and Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 5.
Racing at Sharjah on Saturday was highlighted by the fourth edition of the GCC Cup, a 1700m conditions contest afforded prestige status, carrying a prize fund of Dhs150,000 and won in a thrilling finish by Al Mustafiz, the race going to Oman as it had last season when it was staged in January.
Atkins beat Russian Sergei Perelgin, who finished second, 32 seconds behind the champion, and former two-time world champion Jonathan Albon, who came in third.