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Murray, Djokovic given groups for ATP Finals

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LONDON — Andy Murray, the world’s new top-ranked men’s player, has been drawn in a group with Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Maric Cilic for the ATP finals.

Former No. 1 Novak Djokovic was drawn Monday with Milos Raonic, Gael Monfils and Dominic Thiem for the year-end tournament starting Sunday at the O2 Arena in London.

Murray, who officially took over the No. 1 ranking for the first time on Monday, has never won the ATP finals.

Djokovic, who has won the tournament the past four years, could reclaim the No. 1 spot if he defends his title.

Djokovic will open play Sunday against ninth-ranked Thiem, followed by No. 4 Raonic vs. No. 6 Monfils. On Monday, No. 3 Wawrinka will face No. 5 Nishikori, with Murray playing No. 7 Cilic in the night match.

U.S. Open singles champions to earn record $3.7 million

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Total player compensation at the U.S. Open will top $50 million for the first time this year, with a record $3.7 million going to each of the singles champions.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced Tuesday that the total purse for the tournament will be $50.4 million, a nearly 9 percent increase from last year. The previous winners of the final Grand Slam tournament of the season – Stan Wawrinka and Angelique Kerber – earned $3.5 million.

Runners-up will get $1.825 million, up from $1.75 million.

Both the men’s and women’s doubles champions will earn $675,000, the highest in U.S. Open history. A player who loses in the first round of singles at Queens’ Flushing Meadows will make $50,000, an increase of $6,700.

The U.S. Open starts on Aug. 28.

Hingis and Murray win mixed doubles title at Wimbledon

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LONDON — It’s not a good idea to turn down Martina Hingis. Jamie Murray is glad he didn’t.

Hingis and Murray won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title on Sunday, beating Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court.

Murray hadn’t played mixed doubles since the 2016 French Open, but when Hingis contacted him before Wimbledon, he couldn’t resist.

“I mean, the (men’s) doubles for me is obviously my biggest goal of the year,” Murray said. “It’s going to take something pretty special to kind of maybe potentially take my eye off the ball with it.”

The duo had both previously won the title playing with different partners, Murray with Jelena Jankovic in 2007 and Hingis with Leander Paes in 2015.

Hingis, who has won five Grand Slam singles titles, 11 women’s doubles and six mixed doubles, usually gets her way.

“I’m not used to `no,”‘ Hingis said. “No, I don’t take `no’ as an answer pretty much.”

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