Russell Fuller

Tennis correspondent

Analysis and opinion from our tennis correspondent

About Russell

I started life as the BBC's tennis correspondent in the... Read more about Russell Fuller wake of Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph, and will be reporting here on events at each of the four Grand Slams, as well as the best other stories as the circuit zigzags the globe.

I joined BBC Sport in the late 1990s, as a presenter on 5 live and the World Service, and have covered four Olympic Games, South Africa's 2010 World Cup, and more Open Championships than I care to remember.

Russia tennis player Maria Sharapova

'Sharapova wants titles, not friends'

Read full article on Maria Sharapova returns from doping ban focused and frosty

From Maria Sharapova's perspective, Wednesday 26 April could not have gone much better.

She is in possession of WTA ranking points once again after proving too strong for Roberta Vinci in her first match since a 15-month ban for taking the banned drug meldonium.

Great Britain Fed Cup team's Anne Keothavong, Johann Konta, Heather Watson, Laura Robson and Jocelyn Rae pose for pictures

GB ready to end 24-year Fed Cup wait

Read full article on Fed Cup: GB women can end 24-year World Group absence by beating Romania

It's 24 years since Great Britain's women last contested a Fed Cup World Group tie, although that is very recent history to the residents of the Black Sea resort they find themselves in this weekend.

Constanta is the oldest continually inhabited city in Romania. The sun will soon be beating down on the thousands of holidaymakers who flock here every summer, although these early British tourists have been treated to rain, strong winds, single digit temperatures - and even the occasional flurry of snow.

GB Davis Cup fans

Davis Cup - loved but in need of change

Read full article on Davis Cup: Why competition is loved but needs to change

The absence of Andy Murray and Milos Raonic may not prevent a dramatic weekend from unfolding in snowy Ottawa, but after the thrills of the Australian Open, the Davis Cup is struggling to make its voice heard as it returns for another year.

Great Britain start clear favourites to reach the quarter-finals for the fourth year in a row. While Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund are both ranked in the world's top 50, Canada are unable to field any singles players in the top 100. And they are not alone.

Novak Djokovic

Has Djokovic's obsession burned itself out?

Read full article on Novak Djokovic: The waning of his winning obsession has led to a lost sense of direction

When asked what he would take away from his stunning defeat by Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic said he would take his bags and go home.

The world number two exuded the utmost class in the aftermath of Istomin's five-set victory in the Rod Laver Arena. He signed autographs, offered sincere congratulations to the current world number 117, and declined the opportunity to comment further on the malaise which has affected him since winning his first French Open title last June.

Konta and Murray

Murray & Konta lead GB Aussie Open hopes

Read full article on Australian Open 2017: Andy Murray & Johanna Konta lead British challenge

Andy Murray says it feels no different to enter the Australian Open as the world number one. A few players do now address him as 'Sir' - but that, he says, is with tongue firmly in cheek.

The challenge, though, remains as tough as ever. Murray has lost five finals in Melbourne in the past seven years, while Novak Djokovic - now the number two - has won the title six times in all.

Andy Murray

'This may be Murray's greatest achievement'

Read full article on Andy Murray: World number one 'may be his greatest achievement'

When Novak Djokovic won the French Open in early June, his lead at the top of the world rankings was more than 8,000 points. He had just beaten Andy Murray in a Grand Slam final for the third time in 18 months; their rivalry felt jaded because of its one-sided nature.

The announcement, just seven days later, of Ivan Lendl's return to Murray's coaching team caused a surge of optimism. But even after a second Wimbledon title was secured in July, and a second Olympic gold medal won in Rio in August, topping the world rankings before the year was out seemed inconceivable.

Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl

'We both enjoy a little laughter'

Read full article on Wimbledon 2016: Ivan Lendl on Andy Murray, laughter - and losing

Ivan Lendl won 94 singles titles as a player, including eight Grand Slams. But he also lost 11 Grand Slam finals, and his dislike of finishing second remains very much alive.

"I lost on the golf course yesterday, so I'm not a happy person," he says, as we meet to talk about his return to Andy Murray's coaching team.

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova: The story behind her downfall

Read full article on Maria Sharapova: The story behind her downfall and two-year ban from tennis

Former world number one Maria Sharapova has been banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation for using a prohibited drug. But what led to that suspension and the damning verdict of the tribunal panel?

The year after winning Wimbledon as a 17-year-old, Maria Sharapova was taken to Russia by her father to visit Moscow's Centre for Biotic Medicine.