US Open 2017: Danny Willett withdraws before second round

England’s Danny Willett has withdrawn from the US Open before starting his second round due to an ongoing back injury. The 2016 Masters champion shot a nine-over-par opening round of 81 on Thursday, the joint second worst score of the day. The 29-year-old, who has a history of back injuries, was due to tee off…

Aegon Championships 2017: Rafael Nadal withdraws from Queen's Club

Former champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club after being advised to rest by his doctor. The 31-year-old Spaniard, who won a record 10th French Open on Sunday, said he had had a “long clay court season”. “My body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to…

Commonwealth Games 2022: London withdraws hosting interest

London has withdrawn interest in hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, leaving Birmingham and Liverpool as the UK’s potential candidate cities. Manchester had already said it did not want to host on its own, but the city could still stage some events as part of a successful bid from Liverpool. Australia, Canada and Malaysia are also…

Murray through as Tomic withdraws in Barcelona

Andy Murray is through to the third round of the Barcelona Open after Australia’s Bernard Tomic withdrew before the match with an injured back. Murray, 29, will play the winner between Spanish pair Albert Montanes and Feliciano Lopez in the last 16. The world number one accepted a late wildcard for Barcelona after his third-round…

Peter Sagan wins Tirreno-Adriatico stage five as Adam Yates withdraws

World champion Peter Sagan won stage five of Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy as Britain’s Adam Yates abandoned the race because of illness. Orica-Scott rider Yates, 24, started Sunday second overall but climbed off with 75km of the 210km stage remaining. Slovak Sagan won an uphill sprint to take his second victory of the race, ahead of…

Johanna Konta withdraws from Dubai with a foot injury

British number one Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the Dubai Duty Free Championships with a foot injury. Konta was seeded sixth and travelled to Dubai but was then forced to pull out on the eve of the tournament. The world number 10 last played in Britain’s successful Fed Cup Group I campaign in Estonia last…