Sports World: Nadal's Rio hopes hang in the balance

Nadal's Rio hopes hang in the balance

MADRID • Rafael Nadal's injury situation is "delicate" ahead of the Rio Olympics, according to Spanish tennis team-mate David Ferrer.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion has not played a competitive match since May 27, when a left wrist injury forced him to pull out of the French Open after the second round and miss Wimbledon.


Ribery blasts ex-boss Guardiola

CHICAGO • French winger Franck Ribery has again criticised his former Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola during the German football club's tour of the United States, claiming that he talks too much and lacks experience.

The Spaniard is now manager of Manchester City after three seasons with Bayern and Ribery has wasted no time in slamming his former boss.


UK firm to keep eye on Olympic wagers

LAUSANNE • The International Olympic Committee has chosen a London-based firm to watch for suspicious gambling during next month's Olympics, which might point to cheating.

Genius Sports' Sports Integrity Monitor service will use data from regulated and unregulated betting markets, looking for patterns that suggest match-fixing.


Djokovic pushed hard by Muller

TORONTO • Novak Djokovic was given a scare in his North American hard-court season opener. But he managed to prevail with a 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) victory over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller on Wednesday to reach the third round of tennis' Rogers Cup.

The world No. 1, playing his first match since a shock Wimbledon loss to Sam Querrey, fell behind 1-3 in the tie-break before switching gears and taking the next six points to win in 1hr 43min.


Sakho sent home for disrespect to Klopp

NEW YORK • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he sent Mamadou Sakho home from their pre-season tour of the United States because of a lack of "respect" from the player. THE GUARDIAN

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 29, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe