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# Grand Slam

Last year
2022
# Looking Back
Emotional Boris Becker relied on 'blood brothers' to protect him in prison
The 55-year-old was deported to Germany after being released last week.
# ITIA
Simona Halep provisionally suspended after failed drug test
The Romanian tested positive for the anti-anaemia drug Roxadustat at the US Open but has vowed to clear her name.
# shots fired
'I've admired Serena but I don't think she has ever admired me,' says record-holder Court
The 80-year-old Australian feels under-appreciated in the sport despite her dominance in the 1960s and early ’70s.
# Take a Bow
History-making Jabeur sets up Wimbledon semi with 'BBQ buddy' Maria
The Tunisian went one set down to Czech opponent Marie Bouzkova but lost only two games after that.
# The Grand Design
Jordan Spieth looking for career grand slam at US PGA Championship
The presence or absence of defending champion Phil Mickelson which will dominate the conversation at Southern Hills.
# Dominant
England Women on track for Slam with big win over Wales in front of record crowd
France will likely have something to say about this English team’s bid for the championship.
# Augusta
Tiger Woods playing at the Masters would be 'phenomenal' - McIlroy
Woods has not competed in a top-level event since a car accident last year.
# doubt
Boris Becker doesn't know where his Wimbledon trophies are
The former world number one denies 24 charges under the Insolvency Act.
# Trés Bien
Ireland have to settle for second as France claim glorious Grand Slam
France have won their first title since 2010 after beating England in Paris.
# Trés Bien
France march on in Grand Slam bid with bonus-point win against Scotland
Fabien Galthié’s men were too strong for the Scots at Murrayfield.
# Tennis
Djokovic 'not anti-vax' but would rather skip events than be forced into jab
The Serbian was deported in extraordinary circumstances on the eve of last month’s Australian Open.
# William Hill
Ireland to bring the intent: Key talking points ahead of Saturday's Six Nations clash in Paris
Ciaran Kennedy previews a massive game at the Stade de France.
# The Boss
'Onto the next one' - Farrell a happy man as Ireland look to Paris
An opening-day victory against Wales tees this Irish side up for a visit to France.
# Novak Djokovic
Djokovic lawyers say positive Covid-19 test cleared way for vaccine exemption
Djokovic has won a legal reprieve from deportation, but it’s unclear whether he will be able to play in the January 17-30 Australian Open.
All time
# True Great
'It was instantly obvious to me that she was a player ahead of her time'
Claire Molloy made a huge impact for Ireland over the course of 74 caps.
# sadness
Tsitsipas learned of grandmother's death minutes before French Open final
Novak Djokovic overturned a two-set deficit to win 6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and secure his 19th Grand Slam title.
# Roland Garros
Federer impresses with straight-sets win on grand slam return at French Open
The 39-year-old is playing in his first major tournament since last year’s Australian Open after two knee operations.
# Trailblazers
'I just burst into tears': Remembering the Ireland team that won the Grand Slam and toppled New Zealand
In the final part of our ‘Trailblazers’ series, we relive a historic 18 months for the national women’s side with players who were there.
# On track
Wales are one win away from a Grand Slam after hammering Italy
Wayne Pivac’s men made it four from four ahead of next weekend’s visit to France.
# Grand Slam
Osaka wins second US Open title and says she's keeping Kobe Bryant's legacy alive
The 22-year-old lost the opening set to Victoria Azarenka 6-1 but fought back to claim the silverware in New York.
# Potential
Grand Slam dream denied but Ireland U20 stars have bright futures
Many of Noel McNamara’s young squad are already making progress with their provinces.
# Slammers
Quiz: How well do you know Ireland's Grand Slam success years?
Let’s find out what you know here.
# Off
World Rugby U20 Championship in Italy set to be cancelled
The competition was scheduled to take place in Northern Italy this summer.
# the fear
Sexton: ‘Our biggest challenge is up ahead’
Despite being on course to win another grand slam, Johnny Sexton is preaching caution ahead of the trip to Twickenham.
# golden years
‘I’m not going to try and over-egg it, we got lucky in 2009’ – BOD opens up about Ireland’s grand slam year
The former Irish captain outlined in an exclusive podcast with The Times of London how he was riddled with self-doubt in the run-in to that season.
# triumph
21-year-old American Kenin claims sensational Australian Open title win
She stunned two-time Major champion Garbine Muguruza.
# New START
Ireland U20s seeking right attitude as they launch defence of their title
Noel McNamara’s youngsters kick their campaign off against Scotland in Cork tonight.
# Grand Slam
38-year-old Federer to play French Open ahead of gold medal bid in Tokyo
Federer has only won the French Open once.
# NOT FINISHED YET
Murray to make Grand Slam return after fearing his career was over
The former world number one is working his was back from hip surgery and has been confirmed for the Australian Open.
# Mixed Fortunes
Unseeded teenager triumphs as tearful Serena Williams retires from Toronto final
Bianca Andreescu won by default after just four games.
# Taking A Break
Former Ireland captain Molloy announces 'sabbatical' from rugby
The 31-year-old tweeted that she is training for her emergency medicine qualification in Wales.
# Pairings
McIlroy joined by Rahm and Leishmann for opening rounds of US Open
Graeme McDowell, meanwhile, returns to the scene of his 2010 major success when he touches down at Pebble Beach.
# battle hardened
Osaka survives second scare as Djokovic and Williams cruise at French Open
The two-time Grand Slam winner fought back from the brink again, this time against the experienced Victoria Azarenka.
# welcome return
'I missed it so much' - Federer ends four-year Paris absence with victory
The 2009 champions will now meet German Oscar Otte for a place in the third round.
# Georgia on my mind
'This is the best golf I’ve ever seen Rory play. There’s no doubt he's had the best form of anybody this year'
Paul McGinley says the four-time major winner has the code to crack The Masters puzzle next week in Augusta.
# Halfbacks
'Those two guys are not the reason we lost' - Schmidt on Sexton and Murray
The Ireland boss only replaced his starting halfbacks in the closing 10 minutes in Cardiff.
# Battle
Ireland look to blow the roof off Wales' Grand Slam party in Cardiff
A bruising encounter in the rain awaits at Principality Stadium.
# Bien Joue
Superb Ireland U20 tackles stifle Joseph before French star shows fair play
The 18-year-old France number eight was clearly targeted by Noel McNamara’s charges.
# War of Words
Tomic's father threatens 'liar' Hewitt with legal action
He also denied that he had threatened the Australian Davis Cup captain’s family.
# Emotional
Tearful former champ Azarenka determined to end slump
The former world number one was dumped from the season-opening Grand Slam in a gut-wrenching loss.