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JUVENTUS got their sixth consecutive Serie A win as they play relegation-threatened Genoa.

Juve remain sitting right at the top of the table, while Genoa are right at the other end in 17th place, just one point clear of the relegation zone.

Full-time score: Genoa 1-3 Juventus (Dybala ’50, Ronaldo ’56, Douglas Costa ’73, Pinamonti ’76)

Venue: Luigi Ferraris Stadium

TV/live coverage: Premier Sports

Genoa XI: Perin; Romero, Soumaoro, Masiello; Ghiglione, Behrami, Cassata, Schone, Sturaro; Favilli, Pinamonti.

Juventus XI: Szczesny; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Bonucci, Danilo; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot; Bernardeschi, Dybala, Ronaldo.

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GB rank and file strive to fill void left by Wimbledon as ‘British Tour’ gets underway at Roehampton

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Wimbledon‘s Centre Court rocked on first Friday last year, when 15-year-old Coco Gauff saved two match points in edging out Polona Hercog to reach the last 16. And 12 months later there was still professional tennis going on in south west London on Friday, although the scene could hardly have been more different.

A highly restricted audience were dotted around on the grass in front of the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton, watching lower-ranked GB players trying to control the ball in the gusts that swept through the first event of the reconstituted ‘British Tour’.

No Pimm’s or strawberries and cream, no need for the umpire to ask ‘Quiet, please’, just the sound of aspiring pros grinding through the gears as they returned to competition after four months off. 

Cameron Norrie is one of many GB players in action at this month's British Tour event

Cameron Norrie is one of many GB players in action at this month's British Tour event

Cameron Norrie is one of many GB players in action at this month’s British Tour event

The winners of the singles in the 16-strong draws for men and women will take home £900 each, which is £175,000 less than Gauff received for her sensational progress to the fourth round aged only 15. The players at Roehampton have had to take what staff at the Lawn Tennis Association HQ call the ‘Yellow Brick Road’, an assigned pathway through the NTC building which leads to the outside courts being used.

It might not be the All England Club, but everything is still frightfully well organised.

Even at an event with names recognisable only to the cognoscenti, no chances are being taken. There were temperature checks at the door, hand sanitiser everywhere and a strict limit of one coach per player on site. Small details have included the use of six balls in play for a match, rather than the usual number of four at this level, to reduce the possibility of them becoming what Boris Johnson would term a ‘vector for the disease’. 

It all seemed a very far cry from the conduct of the recent Adria Tour, which collapsed into a Covid-ridden shambles for its chief promoter Novak Djokovic. A sign by the courts at Roehampton warns that handshakes are forbidden, let alone the kind of mobbing in Djokovic’s social football matches or the now infamous trip to a Belgrade nightclub. 

Coco Gauff rocked Wimbledon on the first Friday last year by beating Polona Hercog

Coco Gauff rocked Wimbledon on the first Friday last year by beating Polona Hercog

Coco Gauff rocked Wimbledon on the first Friday last year by beating Polona Hercog

The fact is that at the lower level of tennis, players are much more used to doing what they are told, whereas at the top there are some who consider themselves above instruction.

The US Open is currently wrestling with what disciplinary measures to put in place for those who do not follow the rules, although the GB men at the ‘Battle of the Brits’ last week appeared to behave in an exemplary fashion.

This week is the first chance since lockdown that the women have had to compete. Among them is Emma Raducanu, the promising 17-year-old from Kent who, in a parallel universe, may well have received a Wimbledon wildcard.

‘It’s great to be back competing, I didn’t play for nine weeks, and practice and matches are very different,’ she said after reaching the semi-final. ‘Unfortunately Wimbledon didn’t happen. The LTA have done a good job in getting these tournaments on behind closed doors. The first few days we were a bit confused, but it didn’t take much getting used to.’

Raducanu plans to play several more domestic events ahead of the official circuit resuming next month, although the tournaments in America are far from certain to happen.

The lockdown has been mostly beneficial for individual sports in the UK like tennis and golf, which were among the few able to resume eight weeks ago.

LTA chief executive Scott Lloyd last week reported that automated tennis court bookings are showing a 250 per cent increase this summer.

Promising 17-year-old Emma Raducanu may well have received a Wimbledon wildcard

Promising 17-year-old Emma Raducanu may well have received a Wimbledon wildcard

Promising 17-year-old Emma Raducanu may well have received a Wimbledon wildcard

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Atletico Madrid 3-0 Real Mallorca: Alvaro Morata scores brace as Diego Simeone’s side prevail

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Atletico Madrid stayed firmly on course to secure Champions League football next season after two goals by Alvaro Morata and a late strike from Koke gave them a 3-0 home win over struggling Mallorca in La Liga on Friday.

The result left Atletico third on 62 points from 34 games, five ahead of fourth-placed Sevilla and eight in front of fifth-placed Villarreal who both have a game in hand.

Mallorca have a only slim chance of avoiding relegation as they remained third-bottom on 29 points from 34 games, five behind 17th-placed Celta Vigo who have played a game less. 

Alvaro Morata put Atletico Madrid ahead as he scored from the penalty spot after 29 minutes

Alvaro Morata put Atletico Madrid ahead as he scored from the penalty spot after 29 minutes

Alvaro Morata put Atletico Madrid ahead as he scored from the penalty spot after 29 minutes

Morata is congratulated by his Atletico team-mates after his goal put his side 2-0 ahead

Morata is congratulated by his Atletico team-mates after his goal put his side 2-0 ahead

Morata is congratulated by his Atletico team-mates after his goal put his side 2-0 ahead

The striker celebrates after he doubled both his and Atletico's tallies against Mallorca

The striker celebrates after he doubled both his and Atletico's tallies against Mallorca

The striker celebrates after he doubled both his and Atletico’s tallies against Mallorca

Morata fired Atletico ahead in the 29th minute with a twice taken penalty after goalkeeper Manolo Reina was harshly adjudged to have come off his line when he saved the initial spot-kick.

Morata doubled the home side’s lead on the stroke of halftime when he tapped the ball in from close range after a fine cut-back by Marcos Llorente from the right flank.

Atletico dominated the game but Joao Felix wasted two good chances in the opening half and substitute Renan Lodi shaved the crossbar with a fine shot from a tight angle in the 73rd minute. 

Koke scored in the 79th minute to make sure of Atletico's victory in their clash versus Mallorca

Koke scored in the 79th minute to make sure of Atletico's victory in their clash versus Mallorca

Koke scored in the 79th minute to make sure of Atletico’s victory in their clash versus Mallorca

Morata competes for the ball with Real Mallorca defender Aleksandar Sedlar in the first half

Morata competes for the ball with Real Mallorca defender Aleksandar Sedlar in the first half

Morata competes for the ball with Real Mallorca defender Aleksandar Sedlar in the first half

The result boosts the chances of Diego Simeone's side finishing in third place in La Liga

The result boosts the chances of Diego Simeone's side finishing in third place in La Liga

The result boosts the chances of Diego Simeone’s side finishing in third place in La Liga

MATCH FACTS

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Gimenez, Sanchez (Lodi 62); Llorente, Koke, Saul (Partey 80), Carrasco (Vitolo 55); Felix (Correa 54), Morata (Costa 62)

Subs: Adan, Arias, Garcia, Moya, Lemar, Herrera, Saponjic 

Goals: Morata 29 (pen), 45, Koke 79 

Booked: Saul, Costa 

Mallorca: Reina; Pozo, Sedlar, Raillo, Gamez (Sastre 70); Trajkovski (Lago 57), Mohammed (Chavarria 80), Febas (Sevilla 57), Rodriguez; Hernandez (Prats 70), Kubo 

Subs: Gonzalez, Salibur, Parera, Ruiz, Sene, Campos, Romero 

Booked: Sedlar 

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Midfielder Koke sealed the win in the 79th with a deflected shot from outside the penalty area, as his swerving volley left Reina stranded after it clipped substitute Juan Sastre’s heel.

Atletico next visit Celta on Tuesday, while Mallorca host 12th-placed Levante on Thursday.

Atletico forward Diego Costa challenges for possession with Iddrisu Baba of Mallorca

Atletico forward Diego Costa challenges for possession with Iddrisu Baba of Mallorca

Atletico forward Diego Costa challenges for possession with Iddrisu Baba of Mallorca

Atletico Madrid's Koke attempts to retain possession while under pressure from Aleix Febas

Atletico Madrid's Koke attempts to retain possession while under pressure from Aleix Febas

Atletico Madrid’s Koke attempts to retain possession while under pressure from Aleix Febas

Takefusa Kubo of Mallorca finds himself pursued by Marcos Llorente during the LaLiga clash

Takefusa Kubo of Mallorca finds himself pursued by Marcos Llorente during the LaLiga clash

Takefusa Kubo of Mallorca finds himself pursued by Marcos Llorente during the LaLiga clash

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Steer we go again: dispute over Mercedes device as Red Bull try to halt Hamilton’s bid for 7th title

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No sooner had the scream of V6 engines filled the Styrian valley than those seeking to prevent Lewis Hamilton winning a seventh world title blew the cobwebs off the rulebook.

How very Formula One, with all its arcane squabbling.

On Friday night, Red Bull protested the legality of Mercedes’ reinvention of the steering wheel ahead of Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, which marks the return of major international sport after the coronavirus-created famine.

Red Bull have protested the legality of Mercedes' reinvention of the steering wheel

Red Bull have protested the legality of Mercedes' reinvention of the steering wheel

Red Bull have protested the legality of Mercedes’ reinvention of the steering wheel

Lewis Hamilton and his fellow racing drivers will finally start the season this Sunday in Austria

Lewis Hamilton and his fellow racing drivers will finally start the season this Sunday in Austria

Lewis Hamilton and his fellow racing drivers will finally start the season this Sunday in Austria 

It is not a case of back to normal. Spectators are banned. Masks are worn. Sanitiser is rubbed in. But certain verities pertain: Hamilton led the way in both practice sessions again, his car still the cream at the top of the bottle.

The man himself looks in prime physical shape, a touch more muscular after three and a half months of hibernation in the gym and pounding the pavements.

As for his machine — black-liveried rather than silver, as a nod to the racial equality cause he is espousing — it is helped by the controversial, Red Bull-challenged DAS system (dual axis steering). This enterprising device allows him and team-mate Valtteri Bottas to move the panel they hold in their hands not only right and left but forwards and backwards.

The novel adjustments deliver optimum set-up for both straights and corners by altering the angle of the wheels.

Hamilton posted the fastest time in both first and second practice sessions on Friday

Hamilton posted the fastest time in both first and second practice sessions on Friday

Hamilton posted the fastest time in both first and second practice sessions on Friday 

‘It’s a very clever system,’ said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. ‘All credit to the ingenuity behind it. The fundamental question for us is, does it comply with the regulations?

‘We’re after some clarification from the FIA. We have questions about it.’ Deliberations were ongoing on Friday night.

Ironically, Red Bull have set about emulating DAS, which broke cover in pre-season testing a lifetime ago in February, and are believed to be close to fitting their own version soon if the FIA declare the Mercedes within the rules. A Red Bull surge is the best hope of Hamilton and Co being threatened this season, however long it might last.

All we know for sure of the schedule for now is that eight races are planned over the next 10 packed weekends. So 18 rounds, finishing in Abu Dhabi in December, is the aim. There are no guarantees.   

Christian Horner wants clarification from the FIA regarding the steering wheel system

Christian Horner wants clarification from the FIA regarding the steering wheel system

Christian Horner wants clarification from the FIA regarding the steering wheel system

Seizing opportunities, reacting nimbly, will be more important factors than usual. Max Verstappen, in the Red Bull, is the man most likely, just conceivably, to stop Hamilton. He is fearless, young, aggressive.

‘He has the ingredient of self-belief,’ said Horner of the 22-year-old who is remarkably starting his sixth season.

Last year he took a second successive victory at this track — the Red Bull Ring, owned by the drink manufacturers’ boss Dietrich Mateschitz, born 40 miles from here in Wiener Schnitzel territory.

This place at the foot of the Alps, when still known as the Osterreichring, used to be one of the most picturesque killing fields in sport.

Hamilton is looking to equal Michael Schumacher's record of seven world championships

Hamilton is looking to equal Michael Schumacher's record of seven world championships

Hamilton is looking to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world championships

Now it is tamer, and a golden-horned bull, made of 1,200 pieces of rusted steel, ‘jumps’ through a hoop on the infield. Hamilton has won here once, in 2016.

Another winner in Austria is Bottas, the following year. One feels the Finn needs a flying start to launch his season.

If he should fail to land an early blow, it is hard to imagine him keeping his confidence high or denting Hamilton’s.

There are two reasons why the champion could waver. First, the uncertainty over his future at Mercedes. As we report on Saturday, he is asking for twice as much as his team want to pay him in these Covid-hit days of reduction, £40million to £20m. Will the gap breed ill-feeling? Secondly, will his political activism, fervently supporting the anti-racism cause, act as a distraction (or indeed as motivation)?

John Watson, a five-time race winner in the more dangerous era of the Seventies and Eighties, thinks it might be a negative.

‘Has he reached a tipping point?’ he wondered. ‘Have outside interests become bigger in Lewis’s mind than his racing? Has he the capacity to separate the two things?

‘Bottas is the sleeper this weekend and maybe this season. Judging by his social media output he is fitter than ever, never off his bike, and has been spending his time contentedly in Finland with his new girlfriend. He’s one to watch.’

What else is there to watch? Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari. The German has been told he has no future at Maranello from the end of the season, which means he is now slipped the pressures of corporate responsibility.  

His relationship with the team and his replacement as No 1, Charles Leclerc, has the potential to turn toxic. It will be political at best.

Talking of politics, all eyes will be turned towards the grid on Sunday and the planned statement on the big racial contention of the day. To take a knee or not to take a knee?

This was the question discussed at a long meeting of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association on Friday night. The millionaires’ trade union decided as one to wear ‘End Racism’ T-shirts.

As it stands, so to speak, some of them will kneel, some won’t.

2020 FORMULA ONE CALENDAR 

Austrian Grand Prix (Spielberg): July 5

Styrian GP (Spielberg): July 13

Hungarian GP (Budapest): July 19

British GP (Silverstone): August 2

70th Anniversary GP (Silverstone): August 9

Spanish GP (Barcelona): August 16

Belgian GP (Spa-Francorchamps): August 30

Italian GP (Monza): September 6

STILL PLANNED

September-November: Eurasia (Russia), Asia (Vietnam and China) and Americas (Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil)

December: Middle East (Bahrain and Abu Dhabi)

CANCELLED

Australia, Monaco, France, Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Singapore, Japan

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