As the summer draws ever closer we take a look at some of the biggest stories of the week ahead of Wimbledon 2016, the world’s most prestigious grass-court tennis championships. The biggest stars in the game will compete at the hallowed courts of SW19 across two fantastic weeks of action – Monday 27th June – Sunday 10th July 2016.
Sharapova ruling likely to happen before Wimbledon 2016
The ruling in the doping case of five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is likely to be delivered before the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.
Sharapova was banned from tennis earlier in the year after testing positive for the newly banned substance meldonium, a drug usually used to help out with heart conditions. After failing the test the International Tennis Federation (ITF) banned her from the sport as of 12th March 2016.
The former Wimbledon champion claimed that she had been prescribed the drug in 2006, but it wasn’t added to the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) list until the 1st January 2016.
But the 29-year-old could still feature at the Wimbledon Championships 2016 if her ban is only a short one. International Tennis Federation President, David Haggerty has said that doping cases usually take ”two to three months” to deliver their verdicts.
Is it possible that Sharapova could compete at the Wimbledon Championships?
Former Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal claims ninth Monte Carlo Masters title
Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal claimed his ninth Monte Carlo Masters title as he continues his preparation for the French Open.
The World No.5 saw off Andy Murray in the semi-finals to set-up a final against Frenchman Gael Monfils. But the ‘King of Clay’ was in spectacular form, showing all his class and fighting spirit to claim the title with a 7-5 5-7 6-0 victory.
After two hard-fought sets, the game was perfectly poised. But Nadal was simply unplayable in the final set, using his crushing forehand to devastating effect. Sealing the match with a glorious shot down the line.
After the match the former Wimbledon hero said, “I had a tough season last year, but I’ve had better preparation this year, even with a tough start to the season.
“It’s great to win a Masters title again. I hope this week will help me a lot.”
Wimbledon Champions Djokovic and Williams win top Laureus World Sports Awards
Wimbledon champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams claimed the sportsman and sportswoman of the year accolades at the Laureus World Sports Awards.
The pair enjoyed phenomenal seasons in 2015, both reached the finals of all four Grand Slam events, winning three of them. Djokovic claimed his third Wimbledon title with a four-set victory over Roger Federer.
While Williams an astonishing sixth Wimbledon title as she defeated Garbiñe Muguruza in straight sets.
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