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SHOWS: BERLIN, GERMANY (JULY 14, 2020) (UCOM - SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE) PETRA KVITOVA (ALL WHITE OUTFIT) V KIKI BERTENS 1. VIEW OF COURT AND STADIUM STANDS 2. KVITOVA HITTING A FOREHAND WINNER 3. KVITOVA HITTING A BACKHAND WINNER 4. KVITOVA TAKING THE OPENING SET WHEN BERTENS' RETURN GOES INTO THE NET 5. KVITOVA HITTING A VOLLEY WINNER 6. KVITOVA WINNING THE MATCH 6-3 6-2 WITH A FOREHAND WINNER 7. KVITOVA 8. PLAYERS TOUCHING RACQUETS AT NET WITH KVITOVA THANKING THE CROWD AFTERWARDS STORY: Petra Kvitova eased past Kiki Bertens of the...
Despite a lowly ranking just inside the top 400, Katie Boulter still finds herself the star attraction - and clear favourite - at the Progress Tour Women's Championships, after the withdrawal of four players since the weekend. Katie Swan and Eden Silva both pulled out on Tuesday, after the two top seeds Heather Watson and Harriet Dart had done the same on Monday. But Boulter - who missed the bulk of last season with a spinal stress fracture - was unperturbed as she eased past late call-up Alice Gillan by a 6-1, 6-4 margin. "It was really nice to be back out there," said Boulter after her first competitive match for 19 weeks. "It's been a mix of emotions. I want to be back playing how I...
The USTA has canceled several amateur events scheduled in August due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is still planning to hold the U.S. Open.
Lucas Pouille will have surgery on his right elbow and miss the return of sanctioned tennis from the pandemic-forced hiatus.
Sam Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champion, is now a mom.
WTT's nine teams have come together at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia for their three-week season.
Former top-10 tennis pro Lucas Pouille will have surgery on his right elbow and miss the return of sanctioned tennis - if the tours do return in August from their pandemic-forced hiatus. The 26-year-old Frenchman said Tuesday on Twitter that he would have the operation in Paris this month. ''After new medical exams, it appeared it was the best solution in order to finally be able to play pain-free,'' Pouille's post said.
RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SHOTLIST VIDEO SHOWS: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BETT1ACES TENNIS TOURNAMENT WITH DOMINIC THIEM BEATING JANNIK SINNER AND MATTEO BERRETTINI BEATING ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT TO ADVANCE TO THE MEN'S FINAL, WHILE ELINA SVITOLINA BEAT ANASTASIJA SEVASTOVA IN THE WOMEN'S SEMI-FINALS SHOWS: BERLIN, GERMANY (JULY 14, 2020) (UCOM - SEE RESTRICTIONS) DOMINIC THIEM (WHITE T-SHIRT) V JANNIK SINNER 1. VIEW OF COURT AND STADIUM STANDS 2. THIEM HITTING A BACKHAND WINNER 3. THIEM HITTING A FOREHAND WINNER 4. THIEM TAKING THE OPENING SET WITH A FOREHAND WINNER 5. SINNER...
The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled several amateur events scheduled in August because of the coronavirus pandemic but is still planning to hold the U.S. Open starting Aug. 31. USTA National Championships in certain junior age groups for singles and doubles are being scrapped.
Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said Tuesday during a Zoom call with reporters that he tested positive for the coronavirus last month. Stricklin said he quarantined for 10 days after the test results and emphasized the importance of "wearing the masks and physical distancing." Jockeys riding at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York won't be allowed to return to the track if they compete elsewhere during the upcoming summer meet.
Andrea Petkovic has dealt with a critic on social media by telling him to try dealing with Petra Kvitova's serves after the German lost in straight sets to the former Wimbledon champion at an exhibition event in Berlin. "Missed this!," Petkovic replied after defeat in her first match for ten months.
Judy Murray has revealed how years of critical comments prevented her from stepping forward to congratulate her son Andy when he won his first Wimbledon title in 2013. After overcoming Novak Djokovic in a tense final, Murray climbed up towards the player box to embrace his wife and members of his backroom team. But he didn't see Judy, who was sitting a couple of rows further back, and he only turned back to share his triumph with her after fans started shouting "What about your mum?" Murray was already Great Britain's Fed Cup captain at this point, so her expertise as a coach and was not in doubt. But her gender led to her being stereotyped as a "Tiger mum" when a male parent would have...
Sam Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champion, is now a mom. The 36-year-old Australian tennis pro announced Monday on Instagram that her partner, Liz, gave birth to a girl in June. ''Life in lockdown during coronavirus has been challenging in many ways but personally it's been one of the most exciting and happy times of my life,'' Stosur wrote.
World number three Dominic Thiem said on Monday tennis players "must learn" from the ill-fated Adria Tour and described Nick Kyrgios' criticism of those who took part as "unnecessary". Thiem played in the Belgrade leg of last month's ill-fated tournament organised by world number one Novak Djokovic.
Little did people know that when Andy Murray won Wimbledon for the first time in 2013, his mother felt unable to celebrate with him after years of being branded a 'pushy mother'. In a new interview with The Tennis Podcast, Judy Murray describes the inner turmoil that was raging inside her as she watched her son clamber up the stands to celebrate with his team, friends and family. "The main feeling when he won the final point was just complete and utter relief, but he didn't see me when he climbed up because I was sitting a few rows away from the player box," Murray told The Tennis Podcast presenter, Catherine Whitaker. "I could have gone over to him quite easily, but the reason I didn't...
Tennys Sandgren celebrated a game-clinching point in pandemic-appropriate fashion, retrieving the ball himself in the absence of ball kids, and exchanging an awkward fist-to-elbow bump with a teammate as the World TeamTennis season started before mask-wearing fans on Sunday. WTT's nine teams have come together The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia for their three-week season. Matches normally are played at various sites around the country but everyone was brought to one location because of the coronavirus pandemic.
When anyone mentions the name Rafael Nadal, most people think of the winner of 12 French Open titles. While that is statistically one of the greatest achievements ever, his 2008 triumph over the greatest male Wimbledon champion in the Open era, Roger Federer, on grass, may rank alongside. On Wimbledon Re-Lived from The Tennis Podcast, Nadal's win over Federer is dissected and his Wimbledon story told.
Standing on the podium to celebrate his latest win, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton raised a clenched right fist and then delivered a message to his fellow drivers not to slow down in the fight against racism. It's 52 years since American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos introduced that powerfully defiant gesture to a worldwide TV audience when standing on the podium during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. On Sunday Hamilton and the other 19 F1 drivers wore black T-shirts with "End Racism" on them, as they had done at last weekend's season-opening Austrian GP.
EDITOR'S NOTE - Tennis history is filled with wonderful rivalries, and so many are remembered because of matchups in Wimbledon finals. One rivalry is known for one particularly memorable match involving one particularly memorable tiebreaker: John McEnroe vs. Bjorn Borg in the 1980 Wimbledon final. McEnroe won the tiebreaker 18-16; Borg won the title.
Organisers of a Berlin exhibition tennis tournament aimed a thinly-disguised jibe at Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev on Saturday by declaring: "There'll be no player parties here." Germany's world number seven Zverev was due to be one of the headline acts in Berlin but pulled out last week.
VIDEO SHOWS: NEWS CONFERENCE AHEAD OF THE BETT1ACES TENNIS TOURNAMENT IN BERLIN, WHICH WILL BE THE FIRST SPORTS EVENT IN GERMANY TO ALLOW FANS SINCE START OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT SHOWS: BERLIN, GERMANY (JULY 11, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. FORMER WORLD NUMBER 2 TONY HAAS AND JULIA GOERGES ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE 2. PHOTOGRAPHER 3. (SOUNDBITE) (German) BITT1ACES ORGANISER, EDWIN WEINDORFER, SAYING: "That means we are well positioned, we have done everything in our hands to meet the requirements so that we can have a safe tournament. A few weeks ago, we decided in...
The Tennis Integrity Unit has raised concerns over 24 "suspicious matches" at exhibitions organized while the men's and women's tours are shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. The TIU, which investigates match-fixing cases in the sport, said Friday it received reports of the matches at private tournaments staged between April and June. The reports are filed by gambling companies who track unusual betting patterns around matches.
EDITOR'S NOTE - Tennis history is filled with wonderful rivalries, and so many are remembered because of matchups in Wimbledon finals. The Associated Press is republishing stories about a handful of such matches while the canceled grass-court Grand Slam tournament was supposed to be played. One memorable rivalry involves Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, who played in three consecutive Wimbledon finals.
Strawberries and cream are just as much part of the Wimbledon experience as tennis in pristine whites on the lush green lawns of the All England Club. AFP Sport spoke to two people at the core of the catering operation who have had to adapt after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the tournament, with the men's and women's singles finals having been originally scheduled for this weekend. The 30 tonnes of strawberries usually consumed at Wimbledon -- picked on the morning of each day's play -- have not gone to waste.
On Richmond's Monument Avenue, the collection of towering statues honoring Confederate veterans was interrupted by one noticeably different: a monument to Black tennis legend and civil rights activist Arthur Ashe. The Ashe statue seemed safe from defacement during recent protests over racism and police brutality, when protesters covered Confederate statues with graffiti and pulled down a statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States during the Civil War.
The world's leading tennis players might be suffering from a shortage of tournament earnings, but the All England Club stepped up on Friday with a £10million payout that should help cover any unpaid bills. The money is some way short of what would normally be on offer at Wimbledon - which supplied a £38m prize-money pool in 2019 - but it is still a generous contribution from an event that announced its cancellation all the way back on April 1. The AELTC's pandemic insurance will cover the cost of this latest contribution to the wider game, which comes on top of an earlier relief effort shared by all seven of tennis's stakeholders. Up to 620 players will receive a payment, across five...
Wimbledon will pay out $12.5 million in prize money to 620 players despite the tournament's cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club said Friday. After consulting with its insurance provider, club officials said 256 players who would have competed in the main draw will each receive 25,000 pounds ($31,000), while 224 players who would have competed in qualifying will each receive 12,500 pounds ($15,600). ''Immediately following the cancellation of The Championships, we turned our attention to how we could assist those who help make Wimbledon happen,'' All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said.
The men's singles seedings will revert to the world rankings at next year's Wimbledon, after almost two decades of being based on grass-court form, organisers announced on Friday. The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) said they had taken the decision after consultations with various player groups. Next year's Championships will run from June 28 to July 11 after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
EDITOR'S NOTE - Tennis history is filled with wonderful rivalries, and so many are remembered because of matchups in Wimbledon finals. One memorable rivalry involves Andy Murray against Novak Djokovic. One of their seven Grand Slam finals is known for ending a drought: Murray became the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon.
The WTA Tour will allow players to count results from March 2019 through December 2020 under a revised rankings system when tennis resumes next month. Players will count their best 16 results in singles and best 11 in doubles during that window to determine their rankings points. Players cannot use the same event twice if it was played in both 2019 and 2020.
Ukrainian world number 25 Dayana Yastremska apologised Thursday for posting pictures of herself with one half of her face painted black as her attempt to support anti-racism protests spectacularly backfired. Yastremska has won three WTA titles in her career and has a Grand Slam best run of a fourth round spot at Wimbledon last year.
The WTA Tour revised its provisional 2020 schedule and player rankings method Thursday as women's tennis prepare to return from a coronavirus pandemic shutdown. The WTA plans to return August 3 with the Palermo Ladies Open and two more events were unveiled Thursday for the week of August 10, the Prague Open in the Czech Republic and the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky. The US event replaces a hardcourt Washington stop that typically was played alongside an ATP Tour event.
Roger Federer, who turns 39 next month, says he hopes to play again in front of crowds as he targets his comeback from a knee injury in 2021. Having beaten long-time rival Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match in Cape Town in February, in front of a record crowd of 52,000, Federer has not played since knee surgery at the end of that month.
In 2004, 17-year-old Maria Sharapova thrashed Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final and the world hailed a new rivalry. Sharapova would beat Williams once more, later that year, and never again, with Williams concluding their head-to-head 16 years later leading 20-2. The Tennis Podcast re-lives that 2004 final in the latest show, and tries to get to the bottom of why the tables turned so dramatically thereafter.
Britain's latest tournament impresario Jamie Murray announced a new event on Thursday afternoon - Battle of the Brits Team Tennis - while questioning the communication around next month's planned resumption of the official men's tour in the USA. It is now three weeks since the US Open confirmed that it planned to go ahead on its original dates, starting on Aug 31. At that time, the number of Covid-19 cases being reported in the New York area had dipped encouragingly. But they have not dwindled away completely, and there are numerous new hotspots flaring up across America. Both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have made recent comments which suggest that they are unlikely to attend the US...
-EDITOR'S NOTE - Tennis history is filled with wonderful rivalries, and so many are remembered because of matchups in Wimbledon finals. The Associated Press is republishing stories about a handful of such matches while the canceled grass-court Grand Slam tournament was supposed to be played. One memorable head-to-head rivalry is Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, who have met in nine Grand Slam title matches, an Open era-record for men.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic said he has been the subject of a "witch hunt" by his critics since several players tested positive for the coronavirus during his regional Adria Tour tennis event last month. Djokovic also admitted on Wednesday to being uncertain as to whether he will participate in the U.S. Open, scheduled from Aug. 31-Sept. 13. The 33-year-old Djokovic came under fire after images and videos of players embracing at the net, playing basketball together and partying at the tournament were revealed on social media during the Adria Tour event.
Alexander Zverev has hired David Ferrer as a coach on a trial basis, the seventh-ranked German said Wednesday. Zverev was Ferrer's last opponent on tour. Zverev was one of the players who faced public criticism for their involvement in Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour series, after which four players including Djokovic tested positive for the coronavirus.
Goran Ivanisevic watched Pat Rafter's return sink into the net on a fourth Championship point and fell flat on his back. He had finally won Wimbledon after a decade of trying. Rafter ruffled the Croatian's hair with a sporting smile, and the world rejoiced. Rafter was ok with it. Rafter was fine. Everyone loved him, he had won two US Opens, made enough money, and would retire and live happily ever after with his family and friends. But in an interview with The Tennis Podcast, as part of their daily Wimbledon Re-Lived series, Rafter admitted things had not been quite as easy as people thought. "I can laugh about it now, but at the time I had no laughter in me when that final point went his...
Under-fire Alexander Zverev announced his withdrawal on Wednesday from a tennis tournament in Berlin next week with the German at the centre of a war-of-words between Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem, who are still due to play in the German capital. "I was planning this month to play in Berlin, but I have made the decision to stay put and train with my team and not play any tournaments at the moment," Zverev, ranked seventh, wrote on social media. "It's never nice to miss the chance to play at home, but I will be back soon," added Zverev who said that ex-pro David Ferrer has joined his coaching team on a trial basis.
Paul Goydos turned his season around when fired a 59 on this date in 2010 in the opening round of the John Deere Classic.
In his first interview since the Adria Tour fiasco, world No1 Novak Djokovic said that he is unlikely to play the US Open, while hitting out at those who criticised his own event for its lack of health and safety precautions. Speaking to the Sportski Zurnal reporter Vojin Veličković, Djokovic was unrepentant about any unfortunate consequences that might have flowed from the lack of social distancing at his Adria Tour event, which involved a first leg in Belgrade on June 13 and 14, followed by a second leg in the Croatian city of Zadar a week later. "Lately, I only see criticism, very malicious," Djokovic said. "Obviously, there is something more than that criticism, as if there is an...
Novak Djokovic, who recently tested negative for coronavirus after testing positive during his Balkans charity event, told a Serbian newspaper on Wednesday that he still was not sure if he would play the US Open. The ATP and WTA tours are set to resume next month, even though several professional players have contracted COVID-19. Djokovic resumed training on Tuesday and said he would take part on clay events.
EDITOR'S NOTE - Tennis history is filled with wonderful rivalries, and so many are remembered because of matchups in Wimbledon finals. One memorable head-to-head rivalry was Steffi Graf vs. Martina Navratilova, who met in three consecutive Wimbledon finals from 1987-89. The following story, about their third title match there, was sent July 9, 1989.
The odds on Rafael Nadal showing up to defend his title at next month's US Open grew much longer on Wednesday when Nadal confirmed that he will play in the rescheduled Madrid Masters event on clay. This starts on Sunday September 13, the same day as the US Open final. Even though Nadal would not have to start his campaign in Madrid until the Tuesday or even the Wednesday, it would still be a big ask to switch from hard courts to clay in such a short time. On top of that, it is possible that players could be required to quarantine themselves after returning from the USA. Should Nadal not travel to New York, he would be the first male to voluntarily concede a grand-slam title without...
Rafael Nadal said on Tuesday that he will take part in the Madrid Open, raising doubts about whether he intends to defend his title at the US Open. The US Open, whose fate still hangs in the balance, is scheduled to run from August 31 to September 13 on the hard courts of New York while the main draw at the Madrid event on clay starts on September 14. Madrid will serve as a warmup for the rescheduled French Open, the claycourt Grand Slam that begins on September 20.
In 2001, a teenager faced the most successful male Wimbledon champion in the Open era. The teenager was Roger Federer. The seven-time champion was Pete Sampras. In the end, the teenager won in five sets, and proved to himself and everyone else what he was capable of. In the latest edition of Wimbledon Re-Lived from The Tennis Podcast, Sampras's coach that day and Federer's some years later - Paul Annacone - describes what Sampras said about Federer afterwards, and the conversation the champions had at dinner together 10 years later. Presenters Catherine Whitaker, David Law and Matt Roberts re-watch the match and examine what happened next for both players.
EDITOR'S NOTE - Tennis history is filled with wonderful rivalries, and so many are remembered because of matchups in Wimbledon finals. The Associated Press is republishing stories about a handful of such matches while the canceled grass-court Grand Slam tournament was supposed to be played. One memorable head-to-head rivalry is a sibling rivalry: Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams.
The 18-time Grand Slam winner and ESPN analyst also discusses launching a summer tennis camp for kids.
The ATP announced a revised system for calculating the men's tennis world rankings when the coronavirus disrupted season resumes in August. The ATP believes the system can adapt to further changes in the calendar if necessary. The world rankings have been frozen since March 16, just days after the ATP Tour suspended play because of the COVID-19 pandemic.