Sports World: Djokovic accepts Queen's Club wild card

Djokovic accepts Queen's Club wild card

LONDON • Novak Djokovic will aim to get his troubled season back on track at Queen's Club after he accepted a wild card entry into the Wimbledon warm-up event.

The Serb, who had elbow surgery earlier this year, crashed out of the French Open quarter-finals last week. The 31-year-old tennis star had said he might miss Wimbledon, which gets under way on July 2.

But he has instead decided to start his preparations for the grasscourt Grand Slam earlier than usual by entering the prestigious Queen's tournament, which starts in west London next Monday.


Wilder agrees to Joshua heavyweight bout

NEW YORK• American Deontay Wilder has agreed terms to fight Anthony Joshua in Britain later this year in a bout that would crown the first undisputed heavyweight boxing champion since 2000, ESPN reported on Monday.

Briton Joshua (21-0) is the holder of the International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organisation and International Boxing Organisation titles while Wilder (40-0) is the World Boxing Council world champion.

Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel told ESPN that they had agreed to the latest terms offered by Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn.


Former world champion Haye hangs up gloves

LONDON • Former world heavyweight boxing champion David Haye announced his retirement from the sport yesterday following his defeat by Tony Bellew in May.

The 37-year-old Briton won 28 and lost four of his 32 fights since turning professional in 2002. In a statement on his website, Hayes also said that his retirement is not the end of his story but simply "the start of something new".


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2018, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe