Murray gets tough in downing Dimitrov for Brisbane title


Murray is a  master return of server

Murray is a master return of server

By Matt Cronin

BRISBANE – In a little more than a week

Sharapova Finally Tops Sexiest Poll; Nadal wins Men’s

Maria has rematch with Lisicki.

It took eight years for Sugarpova to rule as sexiest female player.

For the first time in seven years, Maria Sharapova has won the Readers’ Poll for Sexiest Female of the Year. Sharapova

Time for the 8th Readers’ Poll

Readers: Vote for your top and sexiest players in the annual Readers’ Poll.
Rafa put a dent in Federer's GOAT label.

Rafa put a dent in Federer’s GOAT label.

It’s the eight annual Readers’ Poll, designed for our readers to sound off on their preferences.

Our most popular categories are Male and Female Players of the Year and, of course, the Sexiest Players. We’re allowing comments on the polls for the first time ever.

Sexiest Female Player Award is named after Ana Ivanovic after she won for five straight years. Sexiest Male Player Award is named after Marat Safin after he was also a five-time winner.

Last year’s winners included Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova for Players of the Year along with Rafael Nadal and Carolina Wozniacki as the sexiest. Last year’s voting can be found by clicking here. editors do not necessarily support the results of the vote, especially in the Player of the Year categories. We realize that many readers will vote for their favorites as opposed to the players who have had better results.

Polls are open for one week to Saturday, Dec. 29 with results posted on Sunday, Dec. 30.

2012 Top 50 Breakdown: the men, Nos. 41-50


Nicolay was once a top 3 player but he’s fallen back to the pack.

Thus begins a review of the top 50 singles players on the ATP and WTA Tours. Every day for the next 10 days we will look at 10 new players. We begin with the men ranked Nos. 41 -50.

41: Jarrko Nieminen

The never-say-retire Fin remains a cagey and threatening all court player at the age of 31. No he

Wimbledon Day 2 Picks: Upsets should abound


Despite numerous injuries Hewitt is still dangerous on grass




I am going with an upset here of the No. 5 seed, which is I realize appears to be improbable on paper , but not when you consider that the Frenchman is playing with an injured finger and 2002 champion Hewitt is a fantastic player on grass and has shown over the two years that he can walk into Slams and play well even when he