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Robson uses protected ranking to make French Open

Laura Robson will be one of seven British singles players in the main draw of the French Open next month.

The former British number one is ranked down at 465 but is using her protected ranking of 58 following her long absence with a wrist injury.

Robson last played at Roland Garros in 2013. Credit: PA

Robson had surgery in April 2014 and her progress has been frustratingly slow but the 22-year-old is at least free of pain.

Her only two victories this season were in qualifying for a small tournament in the United States, with her last tour-level win coming way back in September 2013.

Robson, who last played at Roland Garros in 2013 and has never been beyond the first round, joins Australian Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and Naomi Broady in the women's singles.

Broady's only previous grand slam appearances have come courtesy of Wimbledon wild cards but the 26-year-old goes straight into the main draw after reaching 79th in the rankings.

World number two Andy Murray is joined by Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund in the men's singles, making it the most British players in the singles main draws at Roland Garros since 1985.


Bedene loses appeal to represent GB in the Davis Cup

Bedene failed in his appeal. Credit: PA

Aljaz Bedene's hopes of playing Davis Cup tennis for Great Britain have been dashed once again after he lost his latest appeal.

The 26-year-old, who was granted a British passport last March, presented his case to the International Tennis Federation board on Sunday.

He said: "Of course I am very sad with today's result and that it has not gone the way I had hoped.

"I would like to thank all the fans, my team and the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) for continuing to support me all the way. I will have to assess my situation now before I decide on what steps to take next."

Bedene has fallen foul of a rule brought in at the start of 2015 preventing players competing for more than one country in the competition.

Because he played in three dead rubbers for his native Slovenia between 2010 and 2012, he is ineligible to represent Britain.

Raymond Moore resigns after comments on women's tennis

BNP Paribas Open tournament director Raymond Moore has resigned. Credit: Reuters

Indian Wells chief Raymond Moore has resigned after saying that female players were riding "on the coat-tails of men's tennis".

The BNP Paribas Open tournament director was criticised after he said that female players should "go down every night on (their) knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born".

A statement on the tournament website by Indian Wells owner Larry Ellison said: "Earlier today I had the opportunity to speak with Raymond Moore. Ray let me know that he has decided to step down from his roles as CEO and tournament director effective immediately. I fully understand his decision."

Moore resigned after women's tennis legend Martina Navratilova said his comments were "disheartening".

"It would be hard to imagine any women to want to go and play at Indian Wells if Moore stays as the tournament director," she said.


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