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'No player parties here,' says Berlin tennis chief

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:45 PM

Wary of the fallout from the Adria Tour, the Berlin tennis event vows to implement strict health protocols

LESSON. Dominic Thiem (left) and Alexander Zverev are among the world top players who saw action in the much-maligned Adria Tour. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Federer hopes to play in front of crowds on 2021 return

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:27 PM

'I want to come back healthy. We'll see how long that lasts,' says Roger Federer, who targets a 2021 return

SPORTS ROYALTY. Roger Federer tops the list of highest-earning athletes in 2019.  Photo by Laurence Griffiths/AFP

Kyrgios, Zverev withdraw from Berlin tournament amid virus spat

Jul 09, 2020 - 4:02 PM

The anticipated fiery showdown between Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev won’t happen after all

OLD TIMES. Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios (right) hugs German ace Alexander Zverev after winning the Mexico ATP Open men's singles final in Acapulco. Photo by Pedro Pardo /AFP

Djokovic still undecided over U.S. Open

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:45 PM

After recovering from coronavirus, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has only confirmed to play at the French Open in September

BASHED. Novak Djokovic says the widespread criticism he received felt like a 'witch hunt.' Photo by Martin Bureau /AFP

'What are you talking about?' Kyrgios blasts Thiem in virus row

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:21 PM

The ever-controversial Nick Kyrgios continues to call out erring top tennis players

OUTSPOKEN. Nick Kyrgios fires back at world No. 3 Dominic Thiem this time. Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

Tiafoe barred from TeamTennis after positive coronavirus test

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:10 PM

'While I've been so excited to get back out there, the health and safety of everyone continues to be a top priority,' says Tiafoe

BARRED. American Frances Tiafoe withdraws from World TeamTennis after testing positive for coronavirus. File photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFP

Tiafoe joins list of tennis stars testing positive for coronavirus

Jul 05, 2020 - 12:21 PM

World No. 81 Frances Tiafoe pulls out of the All-American Team Cup tennis exhibition event

ANOTHER CASE. France Tiafoe says he tested negative as recently as last week. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFP

'Doughnut, Rat': Becker, Kyrgios trade insults over Zverev party video

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:51 PM

Boris Becker and Nick Kyrgios engage in a Twitter war after the Australian blasted Alexander Zverev's viral party video

WOKE. Nick Kyrgios makes a stand in calling out Alexander Zverev's 'selfish' behavior after his participation in the coronavirus-stricken Adria Tour. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Kyrgios lashes 'selfish' Zverev after viral party video

Jun 29, 2020 - 3:32 PM

Alexander Zverev vowed to self-isolate after playing in the coronavirus-hit Adria Tour only to be spotted at a busy bar partying

HOT WATER. Alexander Zverev draws flak for violating his supposed self-isolation. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Davis Cup, Fed Cup finals postponed to 2021

Jun 27, 2020 - 6:47 PM

The International Tennis Federation says staging an international team event 'poses too great a risk'

TEAM LEADER. Rafael Nadal powers Team Spain to the Davis Cup crown last November. Photo by Tony Ashby/AFP

Tennis in spotlight: What went wrong in disastrous Adria Tour?

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Several high-profile tennis players, including world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, test positive for coronavirus after playing in the Adria Tour

SORRY. Novak Djokovic apologizes for staging the Adria Tour, which saw several participating player not follow social distancing guidelines. Photo from Twitter/@atptour

#Djokovid: Tennis star mauled over coronavirus 'horror show'

Jun 24, 2020 - 6:38 PM

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios hits out at Novak Djokovic’s 'stupidity' as three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray admits it’s not a ‘great look for tennis’

BLASTED. More criticisms come Novak Djokovic’s way. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Djokovic admits organizers 'wrong' to host tennis event

Jun 24, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Serious questions are raised on tennis’ planned official return as 4 players test positive for coronavirus after playing in an exhibition event

NO DISTANCE, Novak Djokovic and several players were seen not practicing social distancing during the exhibition event. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Not fade away: Venus Williams still dreaming at 40

Jun 21, 2020 - 11:34 PM

Venus Williams reveals she wants to challenge for the French and Australian Opens in a bid to complete a 'Golden Slam'

PASSIONATE. Venus Williams says she loves winning just as much as she did when she started her professional career in 1994. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic says players may skip U.S. Open and start on clay

Jun 11, 2020 - 3:47 PM

‘Most of the players I've talked to so far have a rather negative view of the possibility of going,’ says world No. 1 Novak Djokovic

WARY. Novak Djokovic finds the proposed tennis return guidelines too restrictive. Photo by William West/AFP

Federer out until 2021 after knee surgery

Jun 10, 2020 - 3:34 PM

Roger Federer won’t see action for the rest of the year, renewing speculations on retirement

(Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Djokovic worried by 'extreme, impossible' U.S. Open health restrictions

Jun 06, 2020 - 4:34 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic thinks some of tennis' return guidelines, like putting a cap on a player’s support team, might be difficult

FEARS. Novak Djokovic speaks out a day after world No. 2 Rafael Nadal similarly expressed his concerns. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

No tennis 'until it's completely safe', says Nadal

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:17 PM

'In my mind, if the whole world is suffering… we cannot imagine organizing a huge sporting event with lots of people from around the world,’ says world No. 2 Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal. Photo from Twitter/@DavisCup

What now for tennis in 2020?

Jun 01, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The 2020 editions of the two remaining Grand Slams – the French Open and US Open – might be played behind closed doors

NO HUGS. There will be no physical contact between players when tennis returns. Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA-EFE

Tennis star Osaka adds powerful voice to protests over police brutality

May 31, 2020 - 11:13 AM

Superstar athletes continue to condemn the death of George Floyd, who died at the hands of Minneapolis police

BEYOND SPORTS. Naomi Oaska voices her outrage as protests continue in the US. File photo

Murray to return to action in June

May 30, 2020 - 3:28 PM

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray returns to the court for charity after an injury-enforced absence

HELPING OUT. Andy Murray teams up with fellow British tennis players for a cause. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Kyrgios tells Murray 'you are better than Djokovic'

May 17, 2020 - 1:51 PM

Known for his cutting comments on top tennis players, Nick Kyrgios takes a swipe at world No. 1 Novak Djokovic again

STILL NICK. The ever controversial Nick Kyrgios chats with former world No. 1 Andy Murray amid the lockdown. Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/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

Djokovic: 'I can beat Slam titles and world No. 1 record'

May 16, 2020 - 12:01 PM

'I think that I still have things to do in this sport,' says Novak Djokovic as he sets his sights on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s records

ON TOP. Turning 33 this month, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has time on his side. Photo by William West/AFP

'A lot of regrets': Tennis star Osaka says shyness holding her back

May 15, 2020 - 2:53 PM

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka speaks candidly about her struggles with success

SOUL-SEARCHING. Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka hopes she could be more assertive. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Algerian tennis player hits back at No. 3 Thiem over hurtful words

May 13, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Ines Ibbou wins support with an emotional video after world No. 3 Dominic Thiem said lower-ranked players are not ‘going to starve’ amid the tennis shutdown

PASSION. Ines Ibbou says helping players also means helping the game survive. Photo from Ibbou’s Instagram (@ines_ibbou)

Serena eager to return after lockdown break

May 13, 2020 - 10:35 AM

'I felt like my body needed it, even though I didn't want it,' says Serena Williams as tennis remains on hiatus

TOP FORM. Serena Williams joins sister Venus in an online workout. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Tennis relief fund raises $6 million

May 06, 2020 - 9:44 PM

World tennis organizations unite to raise funds for lower-ranked players affected by the COVID-19 crisis

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JULY 25: Matthew Ebden of Australia returns a forehand to Bernard Tomic of Australia during the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on July 25, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Logan Riely/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

Nadal: 'I see 2020 as practically lost' for tennis

May 05, 2020 - 9:34 PM

'I'm more looking to the Australian Open than what happens later this year. I see 2020 as practically lost,' says Nadal

OUT WITH 2020. Rafael Nadal looks forward to the 2021 season instead as the coronavirus pandemic halts the world of sports. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

No shaking, no showering, no sharing: Welcome to post-virus tennis

May 03, 2020 - 1:50 PM

New competition guidelines limit tennis players from interacting with fans and fellow athletes

TOO CLOSE. Tennis players can no longer meet mid-court. Photo by Raigo Pajula/AFP

Players back Federer over tennis merger as Kyrgios hits out

Apr 23, 2020 - 12:46 PM

The ever controversial Nick Kyrgios ends up as the dissenting voice as Roger Federer's proposal gets a wave of support

OPPOSITE. Nick Kyrgios (right) says he has yet to be convinced by Roger Federer's suggestion to merge tennis' governing bodies. Photo by Matthew Stockman/AFP

Laver Cup postponed until 2021 due to French Open clash

Apr 18, 2020 - 12:16 PM

The Boston debut of the Europe vs World men's team tennis tournament won’t happen this year

NEW CALENDAR. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal hope to be back to lead Europe in the 2021 Laver Cup. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Gauff suffered depression before Wimbledon breakthrough

Apr 17, 2020 - 2:33 PM

'I realized I needed to start playing for myself and not other people,' teen tennis sensation Coco Gauff shares

TRAILBLAZERS. Coco Gauff knows she’ll always be compared to the legendary Williams sisters of Serena and Venus. File photo Australian Open

Montreal WTA tournament put off until 2021

Apr 12, 2020 - 7:28 PM

Tennis absorbs another blow as Montreal cancels the Rogers Cup, one of the key build-up events ahead of the US Open

CANCELED. Canadian champion Bianca Andreescu won't get to defend her crown this year. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Murray, Kerber to play in virtual Madrid Open

Apr 10, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber will play in a tennis video game to raise money for those struggling in the sport and people affected by the coronavirus

CALLED OFF. Andy Murray was supposed to see action in the Madrid Open, but it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Former tennis chief Buddy Andrada dies

Apr 08, 2020 - 12:51 PM

Nicknamed 'Buddy' for his friendly demeanor, Salvador Andrada served as head of Philippine tennis for two decades

DEDICATED. Buddy Andrada staged the Andrada Cup for 30 years to promote juniors tennis. File photo from PSA

What now for tennis in 2020?

Apr 03, 2020 - 11:18 PM

Former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo puts its succinctly: 'No vaccine = no tennis'

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns against Japan's Kei Nishikori during their men's singles quarter-finals match on the ninth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

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

LIST: How the coronavirus has hit global sports

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:59 PM

(UPDATED) Sporting events worldwide come to a complete standstill as the virus continues to wreak havoc

MAJOR HIT. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been pushed back to 2021. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

WTA suspends women's tennis season until May

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:07 PM

The WTA tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul, and Prague will not be held as scheduled

HIATUS. It would take weeks – or even months – before Serena Williams and other tennis stars return to the court. File photo Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Eala siblings pulled out of tournaments due to coronavirus threat

Mar 12, 2020 - 12:02 PM

The Rafael Nadal Academy orders all its students to travel back to Mallorca from their respective international tournaments

PRECAUTION. Rafael Nadal Academy students Alex (middle) and Miko Eala (right)  pose with their father Mike Eala. Photo from Michael Eala's Facebook

Stefanos Tsitsipas leads Greece to Davis Cup triumph vs Philippines

Mar 07, 2020 - 4:27 PM

World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas powers Greece to a long-awaited Davis Cup World Group II promotion

TIE VICTORY. World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas plays his 2nd match in the Philippines. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Unreal': AJ Lim happy to play against Stefanos Tsitsipas

Mar 06, 2020 - 8:36 PM

'He was just unreal. He's obviously really good, he's No. 6 in the world,' says AJ Lim about facing Stefanos Tsitsipas

HONOR. AJ Lim feels honored to have played against Stefanos Tsitsipas again. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Dominance: Stefanos Tsitsipas routs AJ Lim for Greece Davis Cup lead

Mar 06, 2020 - 1:12 PM

World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas leads Greece to its first win in the Davis Cup World Group II playoffs tie

DOMINANT. Stefanos Tsitsipas breezes past Filipino AJ Lim in the Davis Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alex Eala misses quarterfinals berth in Tunisia tournament

Mar 06, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Alex Eala falls to the tournament No. 3 seed in the 2nd round of her women's pro debut

PRO DEBUT. Alex Eala impresses in her first women's pro tournament. Photo from Rafa Nadal Academy Facebook

Alex Eala advances to 2nd round of Tunisia pro tournament

Mar 05, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Teen tennis sensation Alex Eala reaches the second round of her maiden women's tournament in the W15 Monastir

NEXT ROUND. Alex Eala advances to the next stage of her women's pro tournament debut in Tunisia. Photo from Rafael Nadal Academy Facebook

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

Sharapova 'legend with mind of champion,' says Djokovic

Feb 27, 2020 - 3:58 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads the tennis greats who hailed Maria Sharapova as a legend following the five-time Grand Slam champion's retirement

Photo by Mast Irha/EPA-EFE

Sharapova ends a career that was stuff of Hollywood

Feb 27, 2020 - 12:04 PM

After leaving Russia in 1994 with her father and just $700 to their names, Maria Sharapova turned into a global tennis star with earnings of least $300 million

PHENOMENAL. Maria Sharapova was the first female Russian tennis player to rank No. 1 in the world. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA-EFE