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Evans proves a point after beating Tomic in US Open

British player Dan Evans' US Open dream continued with victory over Bernard Tomic - 17 months after being told he was not good enough to practise with the Australian.

The 23 year old revealed after reaching the third round of the Grand Slam that last year at the Masters tournament in Miami he had been due to practise with Tomic - only to be told to leave by the Australian's father John.

British player Dan Evans is through to the third round of the US Open.
British player Dan Evans is through to the third round of the US Open. Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

"I was there playing qualies," Evans said. "His dad sort of fobbed me off and said I wasn't good enough to practise with him. I remembered that."

"We went to practise, it was all booked. I got to the court. His dad said, 'No, no, he's a qualifier, I'm not hitting with you.' It was a bit embarrassing," he added.

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Dan Evans showed 'natural ability' from young age

The former coach of Dan Evans, who knocked the 11th seed out of the US Open, said it was clear from an early age that the British player had a natural ability.

The 23-year-old, who is ranked 179th in the world, clinched a 6-4 6-4 6-2 victory against Kei Nishikori in New York.

Read: Surprise win for British player at US Open

Scott Key told ITV News: "I think this a big opportunity for him to take on this as a big move forward in his career. Undoubtedly we all knew he had the talent but I think it's actually having the belief in his own talent and that's what's changing."

Surprise win for British player at US Open

Library picture of British player Dan Evans. Credit: PA Wire

A British player ranked 179 in the world produced the performance of his life to defeat the 11th seed in the first round of the US Open.

Dan Evans was not even ranked high enough for the qualifying tournament originally but withdrawals got him in and three wins put him in the main draw in New York.

The 23-year-old clinched a 6-4 6-4 6-2 victory against Kei Nishikori - the first British man other than Andy Murray, Tim Henman or Greg Rusedski to beat a top-15 player at a grand slam for more than 20 years.

Sharapova hopes to become Sugarpova for US Open

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova hopes to legally change her surname to Sugarpova for the duration of the US Open - to promote a brand of sweets, according to The Times (£).

The former world No. 1 has approached the Supreme Court of Florida about a “quickie” name-change, but would return to Sharapova after the two-week tournament, sources close to the 26 year old said.

Maria Sharapova's line of sweets is Sugarpova.
Maria Sharapova's line of sweets is Sugarpova. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Sharapova plans to wear the logo of the sweets brand - a pair of red lips - on her kit during the last grand slam of the year.

Should the court and the grand slam committee allow Sharapova to proceed, she could be introduced, addressed and have scores called out as Miss Sugarpova for as long as she remains in the event.

High hopes for Brits dashed at US Open

The final round of the US Open got off to an extraordinary start after a wayward shot from British hopeful Luke Donald struck a volunteer.

Luke Donald gets under-way at the US Open. Credit: Reuters

Donald needed a driver to try to reach the par-three third and hooked it well left of the green, where it struck a young woman apparently walking with the group ahead.

She needed medical attention before eventually being helped to her feet by two police officers, with a visibly shaken Donald ensuring she was okay before playing his second shot onto the green and two-putting for bogey.

Justin Rose dropped a shot on the same hole to fall three behind. Credit: Reuters

Playing partner Justin Rose also dropped a shot on the same hole to fall three behind, while Rory McIlroy's frustrations at taking a quadruple-bogey eight on the 11th boiled over when he leant on one of his clubs so hard that he bent the shaft.

Donald and Rose are aiming to claim their first major titles and end a 43-year wait for an English winner of the US Open.

American Shawn Stefani had carded the first ace in a US Open at Merion thanks to a lucky bounce on his four-iron tee shot to the 229-yard 17th.

US star Phil Mickelson is favourite to win the US Open. Credit: Reuters

Steve Stricker, one shot off the lead held by Ryder Cup team-mate Phil Mickelson starting the day, hit his tee shot out of bounds on the par-five second and, after finding the fairway with his second ball, shanked that out of bounds as well.

The resulting triple-bogey eight dropped Stricker four behind Mickelson and South African Charl Schwartzel, the former Masters champion having birdied the first.

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Andy Murray greeted by cheers on returning to Britain

US Open winner Andy Murray arrives back at Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, west London
US Open winner Andy Murray arrives back at Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, west London Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

US Open champion Andy Murray has arrived back on British soil to cheers following his historic win in New York.

The champion flew into Heathrow's Terminal 5 at around 9am with girlfriend Kim Sears and was greeted by British Airways staff and excited members of the public.

The Scot became the first British man in 76 years to win a major singles title when he beat Novak Djokovic over five sets in the US Open final.

The US win completed a successful few months for the 25 year old, who followed a Wimbledon final with Olympic gold.

Murray family celebrate US Open success back in Dunblane

Andy Murray's first major win has been celebrated by his family back in Dunblane.

His uncle Neill Erskine and aunt Tracey posed with the tennis star's nine-year-old twin cousins Cora and Ailsa at the Dunblane Sports Club, where the now US Open champion first picked up a racket.

Murray family
Neill and Tracey Erskine pose with daughters Cora (left) and Ailsa alongside 'Andy'. Credit: Paul Ward/PA Wire
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