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Andy Murray will arrive at the Aegon Championships in June as a Grand Slam champion for the first time, and targeting a third title on his return to The Queen's Club - the scene of his first ATP World Tour match victory.
Eight years on from that first win against Santiago Ventura of Spain in 2005, Murray returns having won the Aegon Championships twice, a gold medal at the London Olympics, and having reached six Grand Slam singles finals.
As it celebrates its 40th year of existence, the WTA has announced an enhanced digital offering for fans of women's tennis that features a redesigned WTA official website and mobile site with richer content and improved navigation, as well as the launching of a new app designed to bring fans closer to their favorite players and events than ever before.
The WTA's social media and digital network growth has fueled the development of the sport's fanbase in recent years, with the online community of women's tennis now embracing more than 52 million fans around the world, including the WTA's own social media and digital platforms and those of its players across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Instagram, Sina Weibo, QQ and Baidu, among others.
Rafael Nadal's long-awaited return to the ATP Tour begins in Chile next week and, as he flies out to Latin America to acclimatise, it is being reported that he will be sporting a new racket.
According to Wikipedia, Nadal has used the AeroPro Drive with a 41⁄4-inch L2 grip since he was 12 but, from the 2010 season, these frames have been painted to resemble the new Babolat AeroPro Drive with Cortex GT racket for marketing purposes.
The LTA has announced that the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie between the Aegon GB Davis Cup team and Russia will be staged at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
The Europe/Africa Zone Group I second round tie will take place from 5-7 April 2013, with the winners to compete in the 16-nation World Group Play-offs from 13-15 September.
Clare Balding is the latest big name presenter to sign a deal with BT Vision and will host her own BT Sport chat show from August onwards.
The TV star has signed up to the network to present and co-produce its flagship show after being poached from the BBC, who wanted her to host something similar for them.
The return of the UK TIA Forum was welcomed by members as a great success, particularly because of the choice of Guest Speaker.
The Forum was held at the NTC in Roehampton on Tuesday 29 January when Dave Miley, the Director of Development for the ITF, presented details on the recent dramatic changes to the Rules of Tennis and the impact of current programmes to attract beginners, both young and old, to our game.
His words struck a resonant chord among the audience.
A reported peak audience of more than 5 million viewers watched Andy Murray's defeat to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open tennis final on BBC1 on Sunday morning.
The broadcast averaged 4.1 million viewers for a 38% share of the audience between 8:15am and 12:45pm.
A 15-minute peak of 5.1 million tuned in between midday and 12:15pm.
British players Heather Watson and Laura Robson have both risen to career highs in the WTA rankings as a result of their performances at the recent Australian Open.
They both move up 10 places, with Watson climbing to No 40 in the world and Robson now at 43.
In January they became the first pair of British women to be ranked in the top 50 at the same time for 26 years, a feat not achieved since Jo Durie and Sara Gomer in 1987.
Andy Murray's run at the Australian Open came to an end at the hands of the world number one, Novak Djokovic in Melbourne.
There was no shame in it, just disappointment for Murray, who was seeking to win his second Grand Slam title in a row, and to his many fans.
"At this level it can come down to a few points here and there," said Murray.
LTA Chief Executive Roger Draper has welcomed Sport England's announcement that they will be supporting tennis clubs across the country through their Inspired Facilities fund.
More than 30 tennis venues are set to benefit as Sport England announced an investment of £16.6 million in National Lottery funding to 310 sports groups in England.
The investments will be used to improve tennis clubs' facilities, from building new courts to constructing changing rooms and clubhouses.