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'Ugly schedule': Nadal wavers over US Open, Roland Garros

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Rafael Nadal finds the tennis restart schedule unrealistic while Andy Murray fears for the players’ safety

UNDECIDED. Rafael Nadal remains unsure if he’s going to defend his crowns in the US Open and French Open. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

French Open to start September 27 with fans, new-look calendar

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:52 AM

Unlike the US Open in New York, the French Open rejects the scenario of playing behind closed doors

BIG CHEERS. Rafael Nadal gets to defend his title in front of fans. Photo from Roland Garros

Roland Garros planning for fans not empty seats

May 29, 2020 - 1:34 PM

The postponed French Open plans to return this September with fans still attending but practicing physical distancing

SUPPORT. There may still be fans cheering Rafael Nadal's bid for another French Open crown. Photo from Roland Garros

French Open could be behind closed doors

May 10, 2020 - 1:28 PM

'We haven't ruled out any option,' says French tennis chief Bernard Guidicelli

ON STANDBY. Defending champion Rafael Nadal and all other tennis players await for the final season schedule. Photo from Roland Garros

French Open now eyeing September 27 start

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:44 PM

The claycourt Grand Slam tournament may be pushed back again to a later date

NO ACTION. Superstars Roger Federer (left) and Rafael Nadal discuss how they’ve been coping amid the tennis shutdown in a recent Instagram Live chat. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

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

Wimbledon chief fears 'no more tennis this year'

Apr 03, 2020 - 1:50 PM

'I don't think it's unrealistic to say that there may be no more tennis this year,' says All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

French Open date change over pandemic rocks tennis

Mar 19, 2020 - 11:14 AM

Players call out for better collaboration among rival tournaments as the global tennis calendar gets thrown into disarray

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot during his Men's Singles semi-final match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day twelve of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

French Open delayed to September due to coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Although the decision to postpone the French Open ensures the 'health and safety of everyone involved,' some players slam the lack of communication

SHELVED. Rafael Nadal puts his title defense on hold. Photo by Philippe Lopez AFP

Roger Federer pulls out of French Open after knee surgery

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:31 PM

After resolving a nagging injury, Roger Federer won't see action in this summer's Grand Slam

ONE STAR MISSING. This year's French Open loses one major superstar in Roger Federer. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Murray into first semifinal since 2017 French Open

Oct 19, 2019 - 2:29 PM

Andy Murray is two wins away from his first title since the Dubai Open in 2017

RECOVERY. Andy Murray continues to work his way back to top form following a major hip surgery earlier this year. File photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Federer to play French Open next year

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Roger Federer says he needs 'some time away' from tennis but promises to see action in the French Open

FAMILY FIRST. Roger Federer says family will be his priority in the next few months. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Ashleigh Barty: From quitting tennis to world No. 1

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Following a brief stint as a professional cricketer, the Australian works her way back to tennis form and rises to the summit of the rankings

CLIMB TO THE TOP. Ashleigh Barty becomes the Australia's first women's world No. 1 since 1976. Photo from WTA's Twitter account (@WTA)

French Open triumph propels Barty to world No. 2

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Naomi Osaka narrowly retains the top spot as Ashleigh Barty jumps 6 places by ruling at Roland Garros

MAIDEN. Ashleigh Barty captures her first Grand Slam title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

Thiem 'closer' to 'dream' Grand Slam title

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:49 PM

Dominic Thiem has been beaten by Rafael Nadal for back-to-back years in the French Open final

BOUNCE BACK. Dominic Thiem says he will try again next year to capture the French Open title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

I was almost down and out before French Open triumph, says Nadal

Jun 10, 2019 - 12:14 PM

The Spaniard captures a record-extending 12th French Open title and seizes his 18th Grand Slam crown

STILL HUMAN. Rafael Nadal says that his troubled season leading up to the French Open had left him facing new fears about his ability to defend his title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

Nadal tells Thiem: 'You'll win it one day'

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:57 AM

For the second straight time, Thiem falls prey to Nadal in the French Open final

I'LL BE BACK. Dominic Thiem (right) says he will try again after getting beaten by Rafael Nadal for the French Open crown. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

History man Nadal cruises to 12th French Open title

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:02 AM

Capturing his 18th Grand Slam crown, the Spanish great is now just two behind the all-time record of 20 majors set by old rival Roger Federer

LEGEND. Since 2005, there were only 3 times Rafael Nadal did not win the French Open title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

Barty ends Australia's 46-year wait for French Open title

Jun 09, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The 23-year-old will rise to world No. 2 and will be the best-ranked Australian woman since 1976

HISTORIC. Ashleigh Barty dominates Marketa Vondrousova for her first Grand Slam title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

'Incredible' dream: Nadal faces Thiem for 12th French Open title

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Written off numerous times in his career, the Spanish great continues to showcase his mastery as he guns for a record-extending Roland Garros crown

REMATCH. Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem clash again in the French Open final. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

Thiem ends Djokovic history bid, faces Nadal for French Open title

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:13 AM

Austrian Dominic Thiem upsets world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to set up a final showdown against defending champion Rafael Nadal

GRUELING. Austria's Dominic Thiem (right) and Serbia's Novak Djokovic shake hands at the end of their grueling semifinal match played over two days. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Federer won't rule out 2020 Roland Garros return

Jun 08, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Despite suffering his worst Grand Slam loss in 11 years, Roger Federer says he might just come back for another clay court season

TOUGH RIVAL. Roger Federer admits there's no one who plays like Rafael Nadal on clay. Photo by William West/AFP

Nadal hands Federer worst Slam loss in 11 years to reach French Open final

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Delivering a masterful performance, Rafael Nadal easily disposes of long-time rival Roger Federer to reach his 12th final at Roland Garros

BLOCKBUSTER DUEL. Rafael Nadal (right) hugs fellow tennis great Roger Federer after winning their men's semifinal showdown. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Nadal braces for 'trouble' in Federer showdown

Jun 07, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Defending champion Rafael Nadal may be a heavy favorite but the Spanish star expects rejuvenated rival Roger Federer to 'play aggressive'

Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Djokovic embracing history and Thiem's 'Ringo Starr' threat

Jun 07, 2019 - 11:31 AM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic faces an 'unheralded' Dominic Thiem in the French Open semifinals

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Germany's Alexander Zverev during their men's singles quarter-final match on day twelve of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 6, 2019. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Federer dreaming of toppling Nadal: 'There's always a chance'

Jun 06, 2019 - 1:24 PM

Despite losing all 5 of his French Open meetings against Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer still holds hope that he can achieve another milestone

UNDERDOG. Roger Federer braces for another tough semifinal duel against Rafael Nadal. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Federer, Nadal clash in French Open semis blockbuster

Jun 05, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Rafael Nadal holds a phenomenal 91-2 record at Roland Garros, including a 5-0 stranglehold over Roger Federer

STAR-STUDDED SEMIS. Roger Federer (left) may have 3 more Grand Slam singles titles over Rafael Nadal, but the Spanish clay specialist remains favored to advance. File photos by Glyn Kirk (Federer) and Oli Scarff (Nadal)

Nadal, Federer one match away from dream Roland-Garros duel

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:41 PM

Nadal faces Nishikori while Federer battles Swiss compatriot Wawrinka in the 2019 Roland-Garros quarterfinals

DREAM DUEL. Roger Federer (left) and Rafael Nadal are the favorites to advance to the 2019 French Open semis. File photos by Glyn Kirk (Federer) and Oli Scarff (Nadal)

Thiem 'forgets' Serena incident, hits 'tweener' past Monfils

Jun 04, 2019 - 11:05 AM

'So I think it was a little bit (of a) mistake of her, mistake of the officials, but as I said, it's forgotten,' says Thiem

TWEENER. Dominic Thiem flashes his skills in scoring a tweener past Gael Monfils. Photo from Roland-Garros Twitter

Djokovic powers into record 10th straight French Open quarterfinal

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The world No. 1 keeps alive his bid to hold all 4 Grand Slam titles simultaneously for the second time

PERENNIAL CONTENDER. Novak Djokovic becomes the first player to reach the French Open quarterfinals for the 10th straight time. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

Thiem blasts Serena 'bad personality' in French Open press conference row

Jun 03, 2019 - 3:08 PM

The Austrian is booted out of his own press conference so that organizers could accommodate the American star

FRUSTRATED. Dominic Thiem says every player needs to wait for their turn on press conferences. Photos from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

Nadal racks up 90th French Open win after 'impossible' Paris career

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:16 AM

The 11-time champion barges into the Roland Garros quarterfinals for the 13th time

LIKE FINE WINE. Turning 33, Rafael Nadal defies the belief that he would end his career earlier. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

Federer eases into 12th French Open quarterfinal

Jun 02, 2019 - 10:50 PM

At 37, Roger Federer becomes the oldest man in 28 years to make the last 8 of a Grand Slam

READY. Roger Federer says he has been ‘prepared for the worst scenario.’ Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thiem rages at press conference eviction for Serena

Jun 02, 2019 - 2:04 PM

'I have to leave the room because she's coming. What the hell, I don't care,' says Austrian star Dominic Thiem after getting kicked out of his media conference to give way to Serena Williams

Austria's Dominic Thiem returns the ball to Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik during their men's singles second round match on day five of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 30, 2019. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

Serena's Slam history bid halted in Roland Garros shock

Jun 02, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Booted out by 20-year-old Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams suffers her earliest Grand Slam exit since 2014

UPSET. Three-time French Open champion Serena Williams falls short again in her bid to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 majors. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

World No. 1 Osaka's Paris dream shattered by Siniakova

Jun 02, 2019 - 8:19 AM

Naomi Osaka crashes out of Roland Garros as Novak Djokovic cruises into the fourth round

OUSTED. Naomi Osaka’s hopes of winning a third successive Grand Slam comes to an end. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Nadal into last 16 on 10th anniversary of Soderling shock

Jun 01, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal advances to the French Open round of 16, exactly 10 years since his shock 2009 exit to Robin Soderling

INCREDIBLE. Clay specialist Rafael Nadal disposes of David Goffin to prop up his phenomenal Roland Garros win-loss record to 89-2. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Nostalgic Federer marks 'impressive' 400th Grand Slam match record

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:19 AM

'I feel that my 20 years on the tour went too fast,' says Roger Federer after becoming the first player to contest 400 Grand Slam matches

LEGEND. The 37-year-old Roger Federer bids to become the oldest men's Grand Slam champion of all time. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

'Everything feels harder' for Serena despite Roland Garros progress

May 31, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Serena Williams aims to power through her bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title despite going through a 'tough year'

BATTLING ON. Serena Williams vies for a last 16 spot against fellow American Sofia Kenin. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Generation game: Federer to face son of 1999 French Open rival

May 30, 2019 - 9:24 AM

Roger Federer sets up a clash with Norway's Casper Rudd, who was just 5 months old when the Swiss star debuted in Roland Garros

ON TO THE NEXT. Roger Federer reaches the third round of Roland Garros for the 15th time. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Nadal powers on in Paris, Tsitsipas battles through

May 30, 2019 - 12:06 AM

Rafael Nadal dispatches German qualifier Yannick Maden to up his Roland Garros win-loss record to an incredible 88-2

CRUISING. Everything continues to go as planned for Rafael Nadal as the clay king advances to the last 32. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

'Never been so nervous,' says Osaka after French Open escape

May 29, 2019 - 4:19 PM

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka comes within a whisker of becoming just the second top seed to lose in the first round in Paris in the modern era

SCARE. Naomi Osaka survives a 'bagel' and avoids a catastrophic Roland Garros exit. Photo by Philippe Lopez/ AFP

'I can make history again': Novak eyeing second 'Djoko Slam'

May 28, 2019 - 11:47 AM

The Serbian is one of only 3 men, along with Don Budge and Rod Laver, to have won 4 straight Slam tournaments

'DJOKO SLAM'. Novak Djokovic is on course to copping all 4 Grand Slam titles like his feat in 2016. Photo from Roland Garros Twitter

'Being Serena is a lot to carry': Williams struggles to 800th victory

May 28, 2019 - 8:52 AM

'It was just to remind everyone that they can be champions and are queens. So I love that about it,' says Serena of her 2019 dress and cape

BEING SERENA. Serena Williams wants to remind women that they are queens in whatever role they take. Photo from Roland Garros Twitter

Nadal opens French Open title defense with easy victory

May 27, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Spanish great dominates Yannick Hanfmann to start his bid for a record-extending 12th title

MORE TITLES. Rafael Nadal seeks for his 18th Grand Slam crown. File photo Christophe Simon/AFP

'Frustrated' Wozniacki says opponent got 'lucky' after French Open loss

May 27, 2019 - 9:03 PM

The former world No. 1 crashes out of the opening round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in 3 years

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. Caroline Wozniacki says she will now focus on turning the season around. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Russian teen Potapova ends 'idol' Kerber Grand Slam bid

May 27, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Playing in the main draw of the tournament for the first time in her young career, the 18-year-old claims her first-ever victory over a top-10 player

QUEEN SLAYER. Anastasia Potapova pulls off a massive upset early in the French Open. Photo from Roland-Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgorras)

'Outsider' Federer delighted to have ended four-year French Open exile

May 27, 2019 - 11:57 AM

It is as if the Swiss great had never been away as he swept into victory for his 60th successive first round win at a Grand Slam

BACK AT IT. Roger Federer plays his first French Open match since losing in the quarterfinals in 2015. Photo from Roland-Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

Grand Slam clock ticking for weary Serena

May 26, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Amid doubts over her match fitness, Serena Williams continues to chase the all-time record of 24 Grand Slams

STILL POSITIVE. Serena Williams heads into the French Open with a winning mindset despite admitting it hasn’t been easy the past months. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

Federer plays down title chances on Roland Garros return

May 25, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Seeing action in the French Open for the first time in 4 years, Roger Federer heads into the tournament as a dark horse

Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP