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Former world No 1 Ana Ivano-
vic has admitted she quit tennis
before she started to “despise”
The 29-year-old, whose sole
Grand Slam success came at the 2008
French Open, announced her retire-
ment earlier this week after years of
battling against a variety of injuries.
But Ivanovic told The Times she
had reached a position where she
felt unfit to carry on at the top of the
sport, both physically and mentally.
“The last few years have been a
struggle with injury,” Ivanovic said.
“It was always a fight coming back
and so much work on the court, off
the court, and then not sometimes
being in the best shape.
“For me, the IPTL (International
Premier Tennis League who hosted
events in Singapore and India re-
cently) was a last test.
“I didn’t have the feeling in my
body and in my heart that I should
“It’s never easy to step back from
something you love, but I wanted
it to remain my love rather than
something that I have to do or end
up despising because it hurt.”
Ivanovic’s break from tennis looks
like being a complete one as coaching
does not appeal to her.
“I do not have ambitions of com-
ing back as a coach,” said Ivanovic,
who married Manchester United
and Germany midfielder Bastian
Schweinsteiger in July.
“I’m really happy with the career
I’ve had. Now it’s time to try differ-
Andy Murray and Mo Farah
have been awarded knighthoods
in the New Year Honours.
Farah and Murray are joined in be-
ing honoured by Paralympics eques-
trian great Lee Pearson, while Jessica
Ennis-Hill and Katherine Grainger
have been made dames.
Murray ended a sensational 12
months on top of the tennis world
after claiming his second Wimbledon
title over the summer.
The Scot also successfully defend-
ed his Olympic Games title in Rio and
his victory at the ATP World Tour
finals in London last month meant
Murray won the last five tournaments
he participated in to take home more
than £13.3m in prize money.
He said: “Obviously it is the high-
est honour you can get in this coun-
try. But I feel like I’m too young for
something like that.
“I am still young and there are still
a lot of things that can go wrong. I
could still mess up and make mis-
“I am just trying to keep doing
what I’m doing, working hard and
Farah also played a massive part
in Team GB’s success at the Olym-
pics, where he repeated his feat from
London 2012 of winning gold in the
men’s 5,000m and 10,000m.
The 33-year-old now has four
Olympic gold medals to go with
five at both the World and European
Farah said: “I’m so happy to be
awarded this incredible honour from
the country that has been my home
since I moved here at the age of eight.
“Looking back at the boy who ar-
rived here from Somalia, not speak-
ing any English, I could never have
imagined where I would be today -
it’s a dream come true. I’m so proud
to have had the opportunity to race
for my country and win gold medals
for the British people, who have been
my biggest supporters throughout
“My successes have only been
possible because of their support and
the commitment, sacrifices and love
of my amazing family and the team
around me now and over the years.”
Pearson took his Paralympic gold
medal tally to 11 with further success
in Rio, where he won the individual
freestyle event after claiming silver
in the team competition.
Ennis-Hill and Grainger have long
been two of the country’s leading
sportswomen and both brought
down the curtain on their careers
Grainger won silver alongside
Vicky Thornley in the double sculls
event at the age of 41 after returning
to rowing after London 2012, where
she originally announced her retire-
And Ennis-Hill also called time
on her athletics career after finish-
ing second in the heptathlon in Rio,
narrowly failing to defend the crown
she had won in London. She retires
as an Olympic, World and Europe-
an champion in the multi-discipline
Sir Roger Bannister receives the
Order of the Companions of Hon-
our, an award also previously given to
athletics greats Lord Coe and Dame
Four more Olympic stars - cy-
cling’s power couple Jason and
Laura Kenny, showjumping great
Nick Skelton and dressage super-
star Charlotte Dujardin - have been
Jason Kenny took his Olympic gold
medal haul to six with three more
successes in Rio, where he won the
individual sprint and keirin events as
well as being part of the successful
team sprint squad.
Wife Laura was successful in both
of her events in Brazil, winning the
omnium and team pursuit competi-
tions she had also won gold in four
Skelton became Britain’s second
oldest Olympic gold medallist when
he won the individual showjumping
title aboard Big Star in Rio.
Dujardin’s domination of the dres-
sage world continued when she won
the individual dressage title aboard
the incredible Valegro, who has since
been retired from the sport.
Para-equestrian gold medallist
Sophie Christiansen is also honoured
with a CBE as is swimmer Sascha
Kindred, another winner in Rio,
and British Paralympic Association
chairman Tim Reddish.
Wales manager Chris Coleman has
been honoured with an OBE while
his Northern Ireland counterpart Mi-
chael O’Neill receives an MBE along
with Chelsea Ladies and England
striker Karen Carney, Arsenal Ladies
defender Alex Scott and referee Sian
There is also an MBE for former
Sky Sports rugby league commen-
tator Mike “Stevo” Stephenson, who
marked the end of his career behind
the microphone at the 2016 Grand
Multiple gold medallists from Rio
have also been honoured including
women’s boxing star Nicola Adams,
who previously had an MBE and now
receives an OBE.
Rowers Pete Reed and Andrew
Triggs Hodge also receive OBEs
along with cyclists Ed Clancy and
Scottish cyclist Katie Archibald
and Elinor Barker become MBEs
along with Paralympic star Kadeena
Cox, who won golds in athletics and
cycling in Rio.
New Zealand-born Paralympian
Stephen Bate and Paralympic javelin
gold medallist Hollie Arnold, table
tennis player Will Bayley and rower
Olympic golf champion Justin
Rose, swimming star Adam Peaty and
dual gold medal-winning gymnast
Max Whitlock receive MBEs.
Sailors Hannah Mills, Saskia Clark
and Giles Scott, canoeists Joseph
Clark and Liam Heath, and diving
duo Jack Laugher and Chris Mears
are also new MBEs.
All of the gold-medal winning
women’s hockey team also make
the list of honorees with Kate Rich-
ardson-Walsh receiving an OBE and
Helen Richardson-Walsh, Alex Dan-
son, Maddie Hinch, Giselle Ansley,
Hannah Macleod, Sophie Bray, Crista
Cullen, Shona McCallin, Lily Ows-
ley, Sam Quek, Susannah Townsend,
Georgie Twigg, Laura Unsworth,
Hollie Webb and Nicola White all
honoured with MBEs.
Away from the Olympics there is
an MBE for motor racing driver Su-
sie Wolff and an OBE for racehorse
trainer John Gosden.
Andy Murray and Mo Farah are among sport’s new knights.
Ana Ivanovic felt she
had to retire before
love for tennis
Get use to saying—Sir Andy and Sir Mo
love for tennis
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