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Alex Eala in main draw of career-first women's tournament

Feb 28, 2020 - 1:02 PM

Junior tennis star Alex Eala finally gains her first women's berth in the ITF Women's Futures in Tunisia

DEBUTANT. Alex Eala finally realizes her dream of joining a women's tournament in her budding career. Photo from Rafa Nadal Academy Facebook

Alex Eala bags 1st ITF juniors Grade A title

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Teen tennis sensation Alex Eala unlocks another career milestone as a Grade A tournament champion in South Africa

MILESTONE. Alex Eala is now a juniors Grade A tournament title holder. Photo from Alex Eala's Facebook

PH girls tennis team clinches world juniors berth

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Alex Eala leads the national 14-under girls squad to the world stage for the first time in 26 years

LONG WAIT. Philippines nails a world group berth for the first time since 1993. Photo courtesy of Mike Eala

ITF blasts Sharapova for saying they tried to make an example of her

Oct 06, 2016 - 6:06 AM

Maria Sharapova says the ITF wanted to suspend her for 4 years a claim they have denied

EARLY RETURN. Maria Sharapova will be back sooner than expected after winning an appeal to shorten her suspension to 15 months from two years. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP

ITF recognizes Villanueva as PHILTA acting president

Aug 12, 2016 - 6:41 PM

Villanueva vows to overhaul the Philippines tennis program saying existing bylaw and constitution is run by only a handful of people all based in Metro Manila and who don’t represent the entire tennis population

NEW BOSS. Randy Villanueva (C) wants to usher in a new era for Philippine tennis, which he says is held back by outdated bylaws. Photo from Villanueva's Facebook

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Nike stands by Sharapova, resumes sponsorship after doping ban

Jun 09, 2016 - 5:18 AM

Maria Sharapova gets a much need ally as she vows to appeal her two year suspension by the International Tennis Federation

RENEWED SUPPORT. Maria Sharapova is getting a boost of support from Nike after insisting she didn't dope intentionally. File photo by Peter Foley/EPA

Maria Sharapova: From rags to riches to doping shame

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:08 AM

The world s richest sportswoman finds herself on the outside looking in after a failed drug test costs her a two year suspension

HEAVY PRICE. Everything Maria Sharapova touched seemingly turned to gold until she failed a drug test at the Australian Open earlier this year. File photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Maria Sharapova handed two-year doping suspension, vows to appeal

Jun 08, 2016 - 11:27 PM

Maria Sharapova s positive doping test for meldonium at the Australian Open will cost her a two year suspension from the ITF

MANDATORY VACATION. Maria Sharapova will be banned from tennis until January 2018 after failing a drug test at this year's Australian Open. File photo by Peter Foley/EPA

Rafa Nadal fires back at drug test cover-up claim

Mar 13, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Rafael Nadal hits back at a claim that he faked an injury in 2012 to cover up a failed drugs test saying I am tired of all of this

CLEAN CLAIM. Rafael Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champ, did not take kindly to a suggestion that he had covered up a failed drug test. File photo by Ena Terol/Rappler

Sharapova lashes out at critics: 'I’m proud of how I have played the game'

Mar 12, 2016 - 11:41 AM

Sharapova disputes claims that she had been warned on 5 occasions about meldonium being added to WADA s banned list

YOU GOT SERVED. Maria Sharapova isn't keeping quiet in the face of the criticism she has received. File photo by Peter Foley/EPA

Maria Sharapova remains determined to play again after drug test fail

Mar 10, 2016 - 3:21 PM

Sharapova posted on Facebook that her inbox was full capacity of love and compassion following her announcement that she failed a drug test

Sharapova's lawyer confident of a lenient ban after failed drug test

Mar 10, 2016 - 3:36 AM

Sharapova s team begins the process of securing a penalty less than the 4 year ban she could face for failing a drug test

FACING SUSPENSION. Maria Sharapova is hoping for a shorter ban than the possible 4-year suspension she could face. File photo by Peter Foley/EPA

Serena: Sharapova ‘showed a lot of courage’ in drug confession

Mar 09, 2016 - 2:23 AM

Serena Williams gives high marks to her Russian rival for being up front and very honest in addressing her failed drug test

FRIENDLY RIVALRY. Serena Williams (R) expressed support for Maria Sharapova (L) after her failed drug test at the Australian Open. File photo by Filip Singer/EPA

Normal Meldonium course is 4-6 weeks - not 10 years, says manufacturer

Mar 09, 2016 - 1:48 AM

The manufacturer of the drug which Maria Sharapova tested positive for says the course can be repeated 2 3 times a year

DRUG CONTROVERSY. Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova shocked the sports world after admitting that she had failed a drug test at this year's Australian Open. Photo by Mike Nelson/EPA

Pacquiao, Sharapova are not the first to fall out with Nike

Mar 08, 2016 - 10:58 PM

Look back at the athletes Nike has dropped and stuck by through controversy

UN-ENDORSED. Maria Sharapova and Manny Pacquiao are not the first athletes to fall out with Nike. Sharapova file photo by EPA, Pacquiao file photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Porsche becomes latest sponsor to suspend Sharapova

Mar 08, 2016 - 8:43 PM

German car manufacturer Porsche becomes the third big name sponsor to distance themselves from Maria Sharapova

FALLOUT CONTINUES. Maria Sharapova's deal with Porsche is now up in the air after failing a drug test at the Australian Open. Photo by Filip Singer/EPA

Doping now shadows Maria Sharapova's rags-to-riches story

Mar 08, 2016 - 10:43 AM

The world s richest sportswoman is now challenged with the task of rewriting the ending of her career after failing a drug test at this year s Australian Open

Maria Sharapova came clean about her positive test for Meldonium, which was added to the banned substances list this year. Photo by Mike Nelson/EPA

Serena, Djokovic named tennis 'world champions' for 2015

Dec 22, 2015 - 9:43 PM

The men s and women s number ones both won 3 of the 4 Grand Slams in 2015

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. Serena Williams (L) and Novak Djokovic (R) have been the cream of the tennis crop in 2015. Photo by Thomas Lovelock/AELTC/AFP

Stranded Filipino seafarers in New South Wales now safe

Apr 01, 2015 - 12:29 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is told to notify Araw Manning Agency which deployed the seafarers