ON NEIGHBOURING courts at the Australian Open, the old and new of British tennis both succumbed to the same fate deep into the Melbourne night.
First, Andy Murray, appearing at his 14th Australian Open, was knocked out in straight sets by Taro Daniel. Then tournament debutant Emma Raducanu, seemingly curtailed by heavy blisters on her right hand, bowed out in three tight sets to Danka Kovinic 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
And so a day which begun with high expectations ended with just one Briton left in either main draw. Dan Evans’ passage into the third round came without a ball being struck as his opponent, Arthur Rinderknech, pulled out before the match, while Heather Watson joined Raducanu in exiting as she lost 7-6, 6-4 to No29 seed Tamara Zidansek.
Murray is no stranger to Australian Open heartache and, three years after his last appearance in Melbourne, his tournament came to a premature end.
Five times a beaten finalist, Murray stepped off court in 2019 after a firstround defeat thinking his career was quite conceivably at an end.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the newspaper
City fears energy handout will force sharper rate rises
Raising recession risk: warning that Rishi Sunak's £15bn package to cover fuel bills may force the Bank of England to raise rates more rapidly, which will send up borrowing costs and reduce consumer spending power
Things are about to get stranger in Stranger Things
Season Four of the creepy hit is here... so Vicky Jessop gives us a cheat sheet to remind us who's who
Gunman 'was not confronted by anybody'
Anger grows over apparent delays in police response to Texas school attack
I've had thousands of death threats, Heard says in final court showdown
AMBER Heard said she has received thousands of death threats during her libel battle with Johnny Depp as she told jurors in her final evidence session: "I am a human being".
RISHI IS WARNED BOOST MAY NOT BE ENOUGH
CHANCELLOR 'MAY HAVE TO PROP UP HIS £15BN AID PACKAGE AGAIN NEXT SPRING'| 'Risk of pushing inflation even higher if Chancellor dishes out more help'
KANE OPEN TO SIGNING NEW DEAL AT SPURS
STRIKER WILL WAIT TO SEE HOW CLUB'S TALKS WITH CONTE GO, BUT SIGNS ARE GOOD THAT HE WILL STAY
Raducanu draws positives from defeat despite playing with 'a target on her back'
EMMA RADUCANU believes she is playing with a target on her back because of her US Open heroics, after another early Grand Slam exit.
Celebs slammed by City boss for pushing crypto onto public
A TOP City boss today criticised the celebrities that have been promoting cryptocurrencies to ordinary folk and admitted the lockdown-inspired share trading boom is over.
£20,000 reward to break 'wall of silence' on shooting
A £20,000 reward was today offered for information a year on from the shooting of Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson, who was left with "catastrophic" injuries when she was shot at a party.
Elite Putin troops 'are slaughtered in bungled operations'
VLADIMIR PUTIN'S airborne forces have suffered heavy casualties after being thrown into battles better suited to armoured infantry units, British defence chiefs said today.
BILL MURRAY IS SCROOGED!
Sex creep charges shutter new movie as pals fear boozing has ruined his liver
Within the big tent, a divide over libertarianism’s limits
‘SNL' BOOZE BROTHERS DAN & BILL STILL PLAY SPIN THE BOTTLE!
Fears aging comics need to slow it down
The one new car I most want to drive.
The Big Picture
WRITER AND SPORTS CARTOONIST MURRAY OLDERMAN ACCOMPLISHED A LOT IN HIS 98 YEARS, INCLUDING DRAWING SOME OF THE EARLIEST SKETCH CARDS
FROM BASIC TO EMBELLISHED, GOOD KNIVES ARE THE WORKHORSES OF THE KITCHEN
Murray returns to MetLife
The first two quarterbacks taken in the 2019 NFL Draft could face off for the second time win Week 14. Kyler Murray is having an electric second season, and his team has a legitimate chance to make the playoffs.
AROUND THE NFC WEST
The NFC West division was tough enough already. But after the 49ers and Seattle Seahawks combined for three playoff victories last year — and the Los Angeles Rams also would have advanced to the postseason if the NFL’s new expanded playoff format had been implemented last year — the wild West looks even tougher this year, universally considered as the toughest division in the entire league with the Arizona Cardinals also an up-and-coming team. The NFC West promises to be a veritable battle royale this season, and here’s a look at what’s new and what’s different from last year while reviewing San Francisco’s three divisional rivals moving into the early stages of the 2020 season.
In the Groove
Charlotte hums with urban amenities and outdoor beauty.
MOONWALKER MICHAEL'S FEET WERE ROTTED MESS!
MICHAEL JACKSON tried to keep a nasty secret under wraps: His feet were rotting away!