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Kyrgios labels ATP chief 'potato' in U.S. Open blast

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The ever-controversial Nick Kyrgios criticizes the decision to resume the tennis season in the US

OUTSPOKEN. Like other top-ranked players, Nick Kyrgios feels uneasy returning to action amid the pandemic. File photo from AustralianOpen

Kyrgios blasts 'selfish' ATP for U.S. Open drive

Jun 12, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Australian showman Nick Kyrgios says tennis should rethink before returning to action: 'Obviously COVID, but also with the riots’

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 30: Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot during his Men's Doubles first round match on day five of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

ATP cancels 8 more events, WTA scratches 4

May 16, 2020 - 5:18 PM

Tennis tournaments continue to fall to the coronavirus pandemic

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 27: Rafael Nadal of Spain serves against John Millman of Australia during their Men's Singles first round match on day two of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

WTA chief backs Federer's ATP merger suggestion

May 06, 2020 - 2:25 PM

A unified tennis circuit 'may not take as long' following calls led by superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

epa08150504 Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning his second round match against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, 22 January 2020. EPA-EFE/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

ATP chief hoping for French Open, clay court season in September

Apr 10, 2020 - 7:08 PM

ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi says they could still save 3 Grand Slams and 6 Masters 1000 if the tennis season resumes in August

KING OF CLAY. Rafael Nadal will try to win a fourth straight and 13th overall title in the French Open, which was pushed back to September. Photo from Twitter/@atptour

Nadal cruises past Fritz to win Acapulco title

Mar 01, 2020 - 4:21 PM

A month after his quarterfinal exit in the Australian Open, world No. 2 Rafael Nadal bags his first 2020 crown

PERFECT. Rafael Nadal didn't drop a set in the tournament. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Djokovic urges Davis and ATP Cups to merge or die

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:51 PM

Novak Djokovic suggests the idea of 'one super cup' after always having to choose between the two competitions

CHANGE. Novak Djokovic says having two competitions, which are held less than two months apart at the end of one season and the start of the next, is not "sustainable" for tennis. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Australian Open win puts Djokovic back on top of ATP charts

Feb 03, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Novak Djokovic returns to the No. 1 spot for the first time since October as he unseats Rafael Nadal

MAGIC EIGHTH. Novak Djokovic picks up his eighth Australian Open title. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Djokovic closes gap on world No. 1 Nadal in new rankings

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in the final of the ATP Cup to close the gap between the world's top two players

CHAMP. Novak Djokovic goes unbeaten in 8 matches to lead Serbia to an ATP Cup title. File photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Emotional Djokovic beats Nadal, steers Serbia to ATP Cup title

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:07 PM

Novak Djokovic fires an Australian Open warning after leading Serbia past Rafael Nadal and Spain in the final

Novak Djokovic  Photo by William West/AFP

Nadal's Spain to meet Djokovic's Serbia in ATP Cup final

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:38 PM

The world's top players Nadal and Djokovic will collide for the 55th time since their first showdown in 2006

FACE OFF. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are set to meet in the ATP Cup Final. File photo  by David Gray/AFP

Djokovic survives scare to send Serbia into ATP Cup semis

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:37 PM

After dropping a set for the first time in the tournament, Novak Djokovic storms back against Canada's Denis Shapovalov to book Serbia a Final Four ticket

CHALLENGED. Novak Djokovic figures in a tight battle against Denis Shapovalov for the first time. Photo by William West/AFP

World No. 1 Nadal upset by Goffin at ATP Cup

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:31 PM

'I had to hold my nerve for a long time, which wasn't easy,' says Belgian David Goffin after dealing Rafael Nadal a rare defeat

SHOCKER. Rafael Nadal (left) congratulates David Goffin after the Belgian won their men's singles match at the ATP Cup Photo by William West/AFP

Unbeaten Serbia through to ATP Cup quarterfinals

Jan 08, 2020 - 10:29 PM

Novak Djokovic makes easy work of Cristian Garin as Serbia remains spotless

WARM UP. Novak Djokovic looks to build up momentum in the ATP Cup for his title-retention bid in the Australian Open. File photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images/AFP

Sharapova slams 'second-hand' Brisbane event as men take over

Jan 08, 2020 - 10:33 AM

As top women's tennis players get relegated to outside courts to make way for the men, Maria Sharapova says many of them are 'deserving of that center court spot'

Maria Sharapova Photo by Albert Perez/ EPA-EFE

Nadal flawless as Djokovic braves brutal conditions in ATP Cup

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Rafael Nadal makes quick work of Pablo Cuevas, while Novak Djokovic endures sapping heat and humidity against Gael Monfils

INCHING CLOSER. Rafael Nadal and Spain move closer to the quarterfinals of the ATP Cup. Photo by Tony Ashby/AFP

'Big Three' hold top spots in ATP rankings

Jan 06, 2020 - 9:33 PM

Tennis royalty Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer remain at the top of the world rankings

BIG THREE. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have shared the last 12 Grand Slams among them. Photos by Glenn Kirk/AFP (Federer and Nadal), Ben Stansall/AFP (Djokovic)

Tsitsipas whips Zverev as top names crash at ATP Cup

Jan 05, 2020 - 10:48 PM

Stefanos Tsitsipas, who won the 2019 season-ending ATP Finals, shows he is in a different league against Alexander Zverev

RED-HOT. Stefano Tsitsipas carries the momentum he gained from last season to the ATP Cup. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

'Not easy': Nadal gets 2020 season underway with a win

Jan 05, 2020 - 12:21 AM

'It was a tough first matchup of the season,' says Rafael Nadal as the world No. 1 kicks off the year where he plans to equal Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia during their men's singles match on day two of the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Perth on January 4, 2020. (Photo by TONY ASHBY / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

Djokovic sees off Anderson to give Serbia opening ATP Cup win

Jan 04, 2020 - 11:51 PM

'What a way to start the year,' says world No. 2 Novak Djokovic after surviving a spirited challenge from South African Kevin Anderson

HOT START. Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory against Kevin Anderson during their men's singles match in the ATP Cup. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Djokovic, Nadal lead calls for ATP Cup, Davis Cup to merge

Jan 02, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Tennis superstars think it's 'confusing to have two World Cups' in one month

TOO TIGHT. Rafael Nadal (left) and Novak Djokovic say the proximity of events make it hard for players to commit. Photo by David Gray/AFP

New tennis era kicks off with ATP Cup

Jan 01, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic look for a winning start to their 2020 season in the new ATP Cup

TOP TWO. Rafae Nadal and Novak Djokovic see action in a team event before plunging into the season's first Grand Slam. Photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

Japan's Nishikori pulls out of Aussie Open, ATP Cup

Dec 30, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Still recuperating from an elbow injury, Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori won't see action in the inaugural ATP Cup and the Australian Open

SIDELINED. Kei Nishikori says he's 'not 100% ready to compete.' Photo by Will Oliver/EPA

Sleepless Tsitsipas targets top 3 breakthrough

Dec 18, 2019 - 8:22 PM

Stefano Tsitsipas says he needs to surpass one of tennis' 'Big Three' in Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer

COMING FOR THE BIG NAMES. Stefano Tsitsipas is currently ranked No. 6 in the world. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Tsitsipas aims for 1st Grand Slam title after ATP finals triumph

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:46 AM

'I believe I'm really close to being crowned a Grand Slam champion,' says Stefanos Tsitsipas

NEW ERA? Stefanos Tsitsipas believes that a new generation of tennis players can conquer the Grand Slams. Photo from ATP Tour Twitter

Nadal ends 2019 as No. 1 for 5th time

Nov 18, 2019 - 8:34 PM

Rafael Nadal draws level with rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who have also finished the year in the top spot 5 times

CLOSE TO HISTORY. Rafael Nadal moves one behind six-time end-of-year No. 1 Pete Sampras. Photo from Twitter/@ATPTour

Nadal bows out on top of the world

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Rafael Nadal nabs the yearend No. 1 ranking for a fifth time to pull level with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

PHENOMENAL. Rafael Nadal overtakes Novak Djokovic in the final stretch to top the rankings. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Federer outclasses Djokovic to reach ATP Finals semis

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:43 PM

Roger Federer shows his best form when it mattered as he avenges his Wimbledon defeat to Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer spoils Novak Djokovic's bid to knock Rafael Nadal off the No. 1 spot in the rankings. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Nadal loses ATP Finals opener to Zverev as Tsitsipas triumphs

Nov 12, 2019 - 1:53 PM

'The only excuse is I was not good enough tonight,' says Nadal who gets booted out of the ATP Finals opener

NO EXCUSES. Rafael Nadal admits that he did not play his best against his conqueror Alexander Zverev. Photo from ATP Tour Twitter

Djokovic braces for onslaught from Federer fans

Nov 12, 2019 - 12:57 AM

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer face in the ATP Finals – a repeat of the epic Wimbledon finale this year

EYES ON THE PRIZE. Novak Djokovic guns for a sixth ATP Finals title. Photo from Twitter/@atptour

Nadal racing to be fit for ATP Finals with No.1 up for grabs

Nov 09, 2019 - 12:12 PM

'For me the main goal is to be healthy for Monday more than to have a huge amount of services,' says Nadal

RACE TO NO.1. Rafael Nadal hopes he will be fit enough to end the year at the top of the standings. Photo from Twitter/@atptour

Nadal's late-season injury jinx strikes again

Nov 04, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Rafael Nadal pulls out of the Paris Masters with an abdominal muscle strain, which has also put in doubt his participation in the ATP Tour Finals and the Davis Cup

RECOVERY MODE. Rafael Nadal is set to leapfrog Novak Djokovic for the No. 1 spot in the world rankings, but could lose the distinction if he fails to work his way back to health. File photo Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic ready for 'big task' to grab 'fantastic' year-end No. 1

Nov 04, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Novak Djokovic seeks to equal Pete Sampras' record of finishing 6 years as the world No. 1

TALL ORDER. Novak Djokovic would be sure of the year-end top ranking should he win the ATP Tour Finals and Rafael Nadal does not reach the semifinals. Photo from Twitter/@atptour

'Very proud' Murray wins first ATP title since 2017

Oct 21, 2019 - 1:02 PM

From contemplating retirement earlier this year due to chronic hip pain, Andy Murray works his way back to top form for his 46th career title

COMEBACK. Andy Murray says winning the European Open "means a lot." Photo from Twitter/@atptour

Kyrgios on 'best behavior' after tennis suspension

Sep 27, 2019 - 11:08 AM

After a series of on-court meltdowns, the temperamental Nick Kyrgios promises to be in his 'best behavior' for the next 6 months

FIREBRAND. The ATP orders Nick Kyrgios to seek a specialist in behavioral management. Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP

Mercurial Kyrgios slapped with 16-week ban

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:07 PM

After Nick Kyrgios' several on-court outbursts, the ATP mandates the Australian tennis star to see a specialist in behavioral management

VOLATILE. The ever controversial NIck Kyrgios can still appeal the ATP suspension. Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic in Brisbane, Nadal in Perth as ATP Cup draw made

Sep 16, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The ATP Cup, the lead-up to the next Australian Open, will feature 24 nations split into 6 groups

TENNIS GREATS. Novak Djokovic will lead Serbia while Rafael Nadal will spearhead Spain. File photo by Nic Bothman/AFP

Murray routs French teen for 1st singles comeback win

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:59 AM

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray sweeps past French 17-year-old Imran Sibille

COMEBACK. Andy Murray continues his climb back to the top with his first singles match win in the 2019 ATP Challenger Tour. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Murray hoping for match practice, faces $150 French player in Mallorca

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Andy Murray has shunned the bright lights of the US Open to play in a second-tier Challenger event as he continues his injury comeback

COMEBACK. Andy Murray is taking it slow as he seeks to regain his old form that saw him win 3 Grand Slam titles. File Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Federer won't let Cincy setback spoil U.S. Open prep

Aug 16, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Roger Federer isn't exactly worried despite absorbing a shock loss a week before the US Open

Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Temperamental Kyrgios hits 'new low' in Cincinnati outburst

Aug 16, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios gets fined $113,000 and faces suspension after another on-court meltdown

EMBARRASSING. Australian media describes Nick Kyrgios’ latest meltdown as his 'most vile outburst yet.' Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP

Andy Murray to return to singles in Cincinnati next week

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray gets back to singles competition months after fearing that his career has come to an end

ALL SET. Andy Murray gears up for his first competitive singles game since the Australian Open in January. Photo from AFP

Nadal, Federer make joint decision to re-enter ATP politics

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:03 PM

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been on the opposite side of ATP Council president and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on various controversial issues

Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Eager Nadal leads ATP Montreal field

Aug 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

As Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic take a break from action, Rafael Nadal returns to court to be 'well prepared and ready' for the US Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after a point against Australia's Matthew Ebden during their men's singles match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2019. (Photo by Peter PARKS / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

Murray moves nearer return as Tsitsipas inches into top 5

Aug 03, 2019 - 2:05 PM

'Physically, I'm so much better now. To be competing again and pain-free is brilliant,' says former world No. 1 Andy Murray

BACK SOON. After fearing that his operation could force him into retirement, Andy Murray is back practicing singles. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP)

Nadal calls Wimbledon seedings 'unfair'

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Rafael Nadal argues that the ATP should have more say over the Wimbledon seedings

'UNFAIR'. Rafael Nadal calls out Wimbledon for seeding him at No.3 when he's current the World No. 2.  File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Federer looks to Wimbledon after 10th Halle title: 'It sets me up nicely'

Jun 24, 2019 - 9:09 AM

'Often when it went well for me here, I also had successful Wimbledons,' says Roger Federer after winning a record 10th Halle crown

GRASS KING. Roger Federer cops the Halle title to stay unbeaten in grass this season. Photo by Carmen Jaspersen/AFP

Federer looks ahead to life after tennis: 'My future is open'

Jun 23, 2019 - 2:43 PM

'It's a shame, because I am at the end of my career now, and it has gone by so quickly,' says Roger Federer

STILL AT IT. Roger Federer reaches another ATP final event at the Halle Open. Photo by William West/AFP

Kyrgios fined heavily for Queen's antics

Jun 22, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Temperamental Australian Nick Kyrgios gets slapped with a near $20,000 fine for separate counts of unsportsmanlike behavior

NOTORIOUS. Nick Kyrgios’ notoriety on and off court continues. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Djokovic tops ATP rankings ahead of Nadal, Federer

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The top 3 remains unchanged despite Rafael Nadal claiming the French Open title recently

STILL NO. 1. Novak Djokovic retains his top spot in the world rankings. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)