Ex-coach loses rape appeal
An appeals court in Draguignan, France, on Tuesday upheld a rape conviction against a former top tennis coach and added two years to his sentence, for a total of 10 years behind bars. Regis de Camaret had been convicted in 2012 of raping two under-age girls at the tennis training camp he ran at Saint Tropez in the 1980s and early 1990s. Camaret, now in his early 70s, counted former Wimbledon runner-up Nathalie Tauziat and former French national champion Isabelle Demongeot among his pupils. Demongeot was among those who filed complaints against Camaret. She told the lower court she had been raped for nine years, beginning when she was in her early teens.
Louise Brough dies
American four-time ladies singles Wimbledon title winner Louise Brough has died aged 90, the Times of London announced. Brough, who also won the US Open singles title in 1947 and the Australian Open singles crown in 1950, won three successive Wimbledon titles from 1948 to 1950, and even more remarkably, in 1948 and 1950, she also won the women’s doubles and the mixed doubles. However, perhaps her greatest Wimbledon was when she won the singles in 1949, beating her doubles partner Margaret Osborne DuPont 10-8, 1-6, 10-8, then teamed up with the latter to take the doubles title on the same day. Having retained those titles, she had to go back out on court again on the same day to play the mixed doubles final with partner John Bromwich, but lost in three sets 9-7, 9-11, 7-5 to leave her exhausted having played for five-and-a-half hours, encompassing 117 games. Brough, who was to add a further Wimbledon singles title in 1955, was introduced to tennis at an early age by her ambitious and driven mother and won her first tournament aged 15. However, it being before the professional era, Brough never made her fortune out of it. She was married just once, to a dentist, who died in 1999, and had no children.
Sulaiman son heads WBC
Mauricio Sulaiman has been elected president of the WBC, replacing his father, who died last month. Sulaiman, 44, was chosen unanimously on Tuesday in a vote by the leadership, the WBC said. Sulaiman becomes the sixth president of the organization. Jose Sulaiman, who died last month at 82, was the long-time head of the WBC. He managed to institute new rules and regulations regarding boxers’ safety and welfare and was considered a friend of his fighters. In a statement, Sulaiman said: “The World Boxing Council will not be the same because Jose Sulaiman is gone, but the WBC has its core and we want to work to follow in the footsteps of my father.”
Bastia beat Toulouse 3-1
Veteran striker Djibril Cisse scored his first goal since joining Bastia as the Corsican club won 3-1 at Toulouse to climb to 10th place in the French league on Tuesday. Cisse joined last month after an unhappy spell with Russian club Kuban Krasnodar. The 32-year-old forward put Bastia ahead in the 11th minute, picking up a loose ball 20 meters out and firing home a powerful shot. Israel striker Eden Ben Basat equalized for Toulouse in the 25th, when he headed in Martin Braithwaite’s cross, only for right back Francois-Joseph Modesto to restore the lead on the stroke of halftime. After Toulouse midfielder Clement Chantome was sent off in the 73rd, substitute forward Gianni Bruno sealed the win with a penalty in injury time.