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Serena Williams to make comeback in Abu Dhabi after giving birth

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The American, 36, will play world number seven Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match on 30 December during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Williams, who has won an Open-era record 23 Grand Slams, said she was "delighted to be returning to the court". She gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September. Former world number one Williams has not played since winning the Australian Open in January. Coach Patrick Mouratoglou said in November that no decision had been made over whether Williams would play in the season's fi... Read More »

Adidas expands its Boost franchise in tennis with two new silhouettes


The Barricade 2016 Boost is the weapon of choice of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. It's the perfect shoe for players looking for more energy return in their footwork, while maintaining superior stability. Equipped with an extremely durable outsole, the Barricade 2016 Boost delivers incredible traction in every direction. Its Boost Capsules are responsible for an unparalleled responsive energy return that allows you to go all out at every single point. The women's adidas by Stella McCartney Barricade Boost is designed by long-term adidas partner Stella ... Read More »

Tomáš Berdych joins the adidas ranks


The 30-year-old Czech has signed a multi-year head-to-toe deal, sporting the renowned Barricade range on his quest for Grand Slam gold. Berdych has long since been a force to be reckoned with on the ATP World Tour, having earned himself a solid position in the top 10 from 2010 onwards. His recent career highlights include the Davis Cup Trophy, ATP World Tour titles in Rotterdam, Shenzhen, Stockholm and Montpellier, semi-finalist at the US Open, the Australian Open, in Madrid, Miami and Dubai, as well as quarter-final performances at Wimbledon, ... Read More »

Hotels to get BT Sport from just £77 a month Plus Two Months Free


In a typical week on BT Sport, hotels can offer customers live domestic football action from the Barclays Premier League, Scottish Premiership and Championship. Plus European football from the Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and the UEFA Europa League, whilst for those interested in Rugby, BT Sport will bring you exclusive Aviva Premiership Rugby together with the top pick matches from the new European Rugby Champions Cup. And if it isn’t football or rugby, BT Sport offers MotoGPTM, NBA, Major League Soccer in the US, UFC and WTA tennis. Bruce ... Read More »

GDF SUEZ brings a new dimension to its commitment to tennis by becoming an Official Partner of Roland-Garros


This partnership is also another opportunity to raise the profile of the Group’s long-term commitment to women’s tennis. GDF SUEZ is actually the historic partner of the French Fed Cup team; the Group also has a team bringing together the best French women’s players, and a network of around fifteen “Open GDF SUEZ” across France. Finally, GDF SUEZ has been a partner of the “Fête le Mur” association for more than 15 years. At the signature of the partnership, Valérie Bernis, Executive Vice-President in charge of Communications, Marketing and S... Read More »

Top British Sportswomen say body image insecurities rife in sport


BT Sport survey delivers stark confirmation that body image issues are a worrying problem within women’s sport, with 80% of the athletes stating that they feel pressure to conform to a certain look and body type 89% say that they empathise with the feelings of insecurity expressed by the former swimmer and Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington. An overwhelming number feel these issues are not just confined to sport, with 97% claiming the problem stretches to women in wider society. Victoria Pendleton said “I kind of accept it as part of bein... Read More »

Wimbledon joins Grand Slams in support of biological passports


The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme Working Group, comprised of representatives of the ITF, Grand Slam tournaments, ATP and WTA have expressed unified support to implement an Athlete Biological Passport Programme starting in 2013. The Athlete Biological Passport generates an individual profile of biological markers of doping over a period of time that can be used to detect variances from an athlete’s established levels that might indicate doping. The introduction of the Athlete Biological Passport will require an increase in the number of bl... Read More »

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