Elena Baltacha, who blazed a trail in British women's tennis for more than a decade, announced her retirement yesterday after 16 years as a professional, saying her body no longer allowed her to compete at the top level.
Novak Djokovic, Serbia's world No.2, will face his toughest Davis Cup weekend after his team-mate Janko Tipsarevic was forced to pull out of the final against the holders Czech Republic with a heel injury.
Rafael Nadal may have ended the year ranked No.1 but Novak Djokovic demonstrated last night that the title is only on a timeshare holiday after outhinking and outplaying the Spaniard to win the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the second successive year and the third time overall.
As Roger Federer exited centre stage at the O2 Arena yesterday, it was tempting to think that it might be the last time the 17-times grand slam champion makes it to the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Rafael Nadal completed a stunning comeback at the Barclays World Tour Finals in London yesterday as he clinched the year-end No.1 ranking for the third time, yet attention was swiftly deflected from that achievement by events elsewhere.