Olympic24: Murray learns World Tour Finals opponents, Adcocks advance
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Olympic24: Murray learns World Tour Finals opponents, Adcocks advance

13 November 2015 / 07:59

Andy Murray and Jamie Murray learn who they will face in the round robin stages of the ATP World Tour Finals while Chris and Gabby Adcock progress into China Open quarter-finals. Here’s our review of the latest news.

  • Andy Murray to play Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer at ATP World Tour Finals while brother and doubles player Jamie Murray is drawn in same group as Bryan brothers
  • Chris and Gabby Adcock beat Huang Kaixiang and Huang Dongping 21-10, 23-21 to reach China Open mixed doubles quarter-finals
  • Rio-bound shooter Scott inspired by support network
  • Sarah Ayton named World Sailor of the Year

Murray brothers learn World Tour Finals groups

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Andy Murray has been drawn to face Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal ad David Ferrer in the group stages of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

It means the Brit avoids world number one Novak Djokovic and seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the initial stages, which the pair drawn in the other group alongside Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori.

The tournament, which starts on November 15, is held in a round-robin format before the top two players in each group progress to the semi-finals.

In the doubles, Jamie Murray and John Peers have been drawn in the same group as 16-time Grand Slam champions Mike and Bob Bryan of America.

Adcocks into China Open quarter-finals

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It's a case of so far so good for mixed doubles duo Chris and Gabby Adcock in Fuzhou after they progressed through to Friday's quarter-finals at the China Open.

The Adcocks matched their own run from two years ago when they disposed of local hopes Huang Kaixiang and Huang Dongping 21-10, 23-21 in 36 minutes.

 Seeded sixth this week, they will now play their third Asian opponents in a row in the form of China's Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin.

That match will represent the Adcocks' 12th quarter-final of the year outside of the World Championships, although they have not yet reached the semi-final stage at the China Open.

"The first set went perfectly to plan, they came out fighting which we had expected but we were happy with how we reacted,” said Chris.

"We have been happy with our two performances so far here, and now come up against another very strong pair. We know if we play well, we stand a very good chance.

Support network leaves Scott well placed for Rio

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Steve Scott isn't short of expert of advice as he prepares for next year's Olympics in Rio.

His coach is Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Hasher Al Maktoum, who won Olympic double trap shooting gold in 2004 and coached Team GB's Peter Wilson to success in London eight years later.

And within half an hour of being confirmed on the Rio team, Scott had also received three text messages from Wilson, who retired three years ago and is now also a trusted advisor.

Scott made his Olympic debut in Beijing, finishing 12th in his double trap event, but missed the team for London, watching from the stands as Wilson won Team GB's first shooting gold since Richard Faulds in Sydney 12 years earlier.

"I was there when Peter won and that's pushed me on tremendously," admits Scott.

"I've got the best coach behind me. He's won Olympic gold himself and coached a pupil to win gold, so he knows exactly what it takes.” Read more here.

Ayton scoops World Sailor award

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Two-time Olympic champion Sarah Ayton has been named World Sailor of the Year.

Ayton, who won gold in Athens and Beijing, was honoured in recognition for her outstanding performance as the only female sailor on the Extreme Sailing Series.

She said: “I’m overwhelmed, it is such a huge honour to even be nominated for an award that so many inspirational women have won or been nominated for in the past.

“My heart was racing and when my name was called as the winner – I was more nervous than before the final race at the Olympic Games.”

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