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New Zealand tennis player Artem Sitak has captured a fourth career ATP title after teaming up with Israel's Jonathan Erlich to win the Hall of Frame Open in Rhode Island.
Serena Williams has climbed 153 spots in the WTA rankings after her runner-up finish at Wimbledon, putting her back in the women's tennis world top-30 at No 28
OPINION: Who is the best women's tennis player in the world? Could it be Wimbledon winner Angelique Kerber, or vanquished all-time champion Serena Williams? Sorry, no, wrong and wrong again.
As a man firmly in touch with his spiritual side, who once enlisted a Spanish "love and peace" guru specialising in long hugs, Novak Djokovic might have been expected to go heavy on Monday morning (NZT) on the concept of rebirth.
Novak Djokovic was disconsolate and injured when he left Wimbledon a year ago, quitting during his quarterfinal because of a painful right elbow that would need surgery.
Angelique Kerber was so steady, so patient, so accurate throughout the Wimbledon final. She never really gave Serena Williams much of a chance.
Michael Venus may be naturally disappointed at missing out on the chance to win his second grand slam, but he's still proud of what he's achieved at Wimbledon over the past fortnight.
Breaking and creating records weren't the most special parts of winning the Wimbledon women's doubles title for Barbora Krejcikova.
From the way Novak Djokovic repeatedly smacked his racket against his shoe after one miss, to the shouts directed at himself and his coach after others, it was clear how much he wanted to prove he's past the roughest patch of his career.
It was the kind of tennis that Wimbledon's Centre Court crowd would gladly have watched all night long.
From a New Zealand point of view, all eyes will be on Michael Venus he takes to Centre Court for the gentlemen's doubles final at Wimbledon on Saturday
Colombian tennis player Robert Farah has been banned for three months and fined US$5000 (NZ$7388) for facilitating betting by promoting a gambling website on social media.
Kevin Anderson won the longest Centre Court match in history and earned a chance to try to collect his first Grand Slam championship, edging John Isner 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 at Wimbledon in a six-hour, 36-minute marathon between two big servers.
Spanish men's doubles team Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero are being investigated for suspected match-fixing in a first-round contest at Wimbledon.
OPINION: Warning: I'm going to talk tennis. I know the World Cup is amazing and England were doing the sporting version of the parting of the Red Sea until Croatia swamped them, but something just as incredible is happening at Wimbledon.
Yes, this will be Serena Williams' 10th Wimbledon final. Yes, it's her 30th title match at any major. And, well, sure, she's widely regarded as not just the best of her era, but any era.