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Great Britain's bid for Davis Cup glory ends in Naples

Great Britain's Davis Cup squad has failed in its bid to reach the national tennis competition's semi-finals for the first time in more than 30 years.

Final day defeats for Andy Murray and James Ward on the Naples clay saw Italy overturn a 2-1 deficit in the quarter-final tie and progress as 3-2 winners.

Andy Murray suffered a straight-sets defeat to Italy's Fabio Fognini, the world number 13, to send the tie to a decisive fifth rubber. Credit: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi
The Wimbledon champion and the squad had been bidding to reach the Davis Cup last four for the first time since 1981. Credit: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi
British No. 2 James Ward fell to a straight-sets defeat to Andreas Seppi in the fifth rubber to surrender the tie. Credit: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Andy Murray splits with his coach Ivan Lendl

Andy Murray has 'mutually split' with his coach Ivan Lendl. The partnership between Murray and Lendl brought an Olympic Gold Medal, US Open title and London Wimbledon Championship.

Andy Murray of Britain trains, with his coach Ivan Lendl
Andy Murray of Britain trains, with his coach Ivan Lendl. Credit: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Murray said: “I’m eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years, the most successful of my career so far."

Read the full statement here

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UK tennis stars support Baltacha's cancer fight

UK tennis stars have rallied behind former British women's tennis number one Elena Baltacha after she revealed she has liver cancer.

Current British number one Laura Robson and Anne Keothavong who was at the top of British female tennis with Baltacha for many years, took to Twitter to show their support.

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She's one of the people I most admire for her courage and determination. You'll fight through this @elenabaltacha xxx http://t.co/MGOF8A0vsw

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Ukrainian-born Baltacha vowed to fight the cancer "with everything I have" after revealing her diagnosis yesterday.

More: Former tennis ace Elena Baltacha diagnosed with cancer

Baltacha was diagnosed with a liver condition at 19

At the age of 19 former British tennis number one Elena Baltacha was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a chronic liver condition which affects the immune system.

Elena Baltacha. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Elena managed the condition throughout her career with medication and regular blood tests. She went on to win 11 singles titles.

She has been a patron of the Children's Liver Disease Foundation since 2010.

Judy Murray: Elena Baltacha 'determined and upbeat'

Judy Murray, captain of the Aegon GB Fed Cup Team has said former tennis British number one Elena Baltacha remains 'determined and upbeat'.

Great Britain's Elena Baltacha in 2013.

Judy said: "Obviously this is a tough time for Bally, Nino and her family but she is a such a determined, upbeat person and everyone around her is staying positive as well. I know she'll be really grateful for all the support that she's getting."

Read: Former tennis star Elena Baltacha reveals she has liver cancer

Former tennis ace Elena Baltacha diagnosed with cancer

Former British tennis number one Elena Baltacha has revealed on Twitter that she has been diagnosed with cancer of the liver.

"I have recently been diagnosed with cancer of the liver. I'm currently undergoing treatment and fighting this illness with everything I have," said Elena.

She and her husband Nino said they would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

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Andy Murray's marriage tweet 'was a joke on a fan'

Andy Murray's spokesman has told ITV News that the tennis star's tweet about getting married this summer was "a joke on a fan".

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3 things.. I don't smoke grass, I'm not getting married(yet) and I don't want to kill rafael Nadal..

Murray had earlier tweeted:

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@saravana_24 we are getting married just after Wimbledon should be a great day

Andy Murray to marry Kim Sears 'just after Wimbledon'

British tennis number one Andy Murray has told a Twitter fan that he and girlfriend Kim Sears will marry after this year's Wimbledon tournament.

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@saravana_24 we are getting married just after Wimbledon should be a great day

Murray, 26, has been dating Sears, 25, since 2006.

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