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Group monitoring tennis gambling ties alert rise to COVID-19
Group monitoring tennis gambling ties alert rise to COVID-19

The group charged with monitoring gambling and punishing corruption in tennis found a near-doubling in the number of suspect matches during the first three months of 2020 - an increase it tied to the coronavirus pandemic. The London-based Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) issued its quarterly report Wednesday and said it received a total of 38 alerts from the regulated betting industry about matches on lower-level tours from the start of the year through March 22. An alert means unusual betting patterns were noticed but does not necessarily indicate there was match-fixing.

Want feedback from Federer? Tweet him your volleying video
Want feedback from Federer? Tweet him your volleying video

Roger Federer offered stuck-at-home amateurs the ultimate online fantasy camp of sorts, a chance to get tennis tips from a guy many consider the greatest of all time. While people all over the world are cooped up because of the new coronavirus - social distancing while trying to stay healthy and help others do the same - a bunch of athletes have been posting workouts and drills on social media with suggestions for staying in shape. This time, the 38-year-old Federer donned an all-white outfit - perhaps a nod to Wimbledon, the grass-court tournament he's won eight times, which was canceled for 2020 last week?

Kvitova relishes
Kvitova relishes 'weird' training return with no goal

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said she enjoyed her first outdoor training on Tuesday as the Czech government reopened sports grounds to ease its COVID-19 measures, but she complained practicing with no goal felt 'weird'. Kvitova's native Czech Republic, which reported 4,828 COVID-19 cases including 80 deaths on early on Tuesday, closed borders, pubs, most shops as well as sports facilities in March to combat the coronavirus pandemic. "Frankly, it feels very weird, motivation is at zero right now, and I don't know what to aim my training at," Kvitova said in a recording provided by her Sparta Prague club.

Kristie Ahn turning Indian Wells disappointment into viral TikTok videos
Kristie Ahn turning Indian Wells disappointment into viral TikTok videos

When Indian Wells was cancelled early last month, it spelled the beginning of a domino effect in the tennis calendar, as tournaments the world over were postponed or deferred to 2021 due to coronavirus. For American tennis player Kristie Ahn, the severity of the situation was not lost on her - but neither was the irony. Last year was her best season to date, as she secured her first ever win at a major at the US Open, progressed to the last 16, and broke into the top 100 for the first time in her career. The 27-year-old earned her first ever wild card for Indian Wells as a result, but the tournament's cancellation - the day before it was meant to begin - stopped her in her tracks....

Players to swap rackets for game controllers as Madrid Open goes online

The world's top tennis players will swap rackets for game controllers this month after organisers of the cancelled Madrid Open said they will stage a virtual competition to raise funds for struggling professionals amid the coronavirus shutdown. The men's ATP Tour and the WTA, which runs the women's circuit, suspended all tournaments until at least mid-July after countries started locking down their borders. The Madrid Open, an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA Premier Mandatory event in early May featuring total prize money of $8.3 million, was one of the events called off.

Kyrgios offers to drop off food to hungry people during lockdown
Kyrgios offers to drop off food to hungry people during lockdown

Controversial tennis star Nick Kyrgios has offered to deliver food to people finding themselves hungry during the coronavirus lockdown, his latest charitable effort after spearheading sporting donations to help Australia's bushfire crisis. The Canberra-based Kyrgios, infamously outspoken and known for his fiery on-court antics, said he would personally drop food on doorsteps after COVID-19 restrictions closed down entire industries, forcing huge numbers of people out of work across Australia. "Please don't go to sleep with an empty stomach," Kyrgios, the world number 40, posted on Instagram late Monday.

Wimbledon champ Simona Halep says injured foot is pain-free
Wimbledon champ Simona Halep says injured foot is pain-free

Two-time major champion Simona Halep's injured foot is well enough that she has started running on it without pain.

Tennis tours coordinating possible post-virus rescheduling
Tennis tours coordinating possible post-virus rescheduling

The men's and women's professional tennis tours are examining contingency plans for post-coronavirus rescheduling, including the possibility of pushing back the end of the 2020 season.

Halep says foot injury improving as tennis remains on hold
Halep says foot injury improving as tennis remains on hold

Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep had good news for her Twitter followers on Monday, saying she can run without pain on her injured right foot. The Romanian star had barely wrapped up a victory at the WTA tournament in Dubai in February when she pulled out of the following tournament in Doha with the injury, which an MRI showed to be tendinitis and inflammation. With tennis on indefinite hold -- and Wimbledon, where Halep won in 2019, cancelled this year -- Halep told fans that she was longing to get back to action.

Wimbledon champ Simona Halep says injured foot is pain-free
Wimbledon champ Simona Halep says injured foot is pain-free

Two-time major champion Simona Halep's injured foot is well enough that she has started running on it without pain.

Tennis tours coordinating possible post-virus rescheduling
Tennis tours coordinating possible post-virus rescheduling

The men's and women's professional tennis tours are examining contingency plans for post-coronavirus rescheduling, including the possibility of pushing back the end of the 2020 season. The heads of the WTA and ATP said Monday their groups are working together on ways to assemble a new calendar. Under consideration: moving postponed tournaments into weeks that already have events and making the season longer than it already is by playing past the tours' originally slated November finishes.

U.S. Tennis Association says best to not play now
U.S. Tennis Association says best to not play now

The U.S. Tennis Association says its best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Granderson: Has tennis bid an early farewell to the Bryan brothers?
Granderson: Has tennis bid an early farewell to the Bryan brothers?

Wimbledon 2020 is canceled; so too perhaps is the farewell tour of tennis' dominant Bryan twins, Bob and Mike.

Eyes of the tennis world would turn to the Citi Open if hosted this year
Eyes of the tennis world would turn to the Citi Open if hosted this year

With all events on the tennis calendar being suspended until July 13, the Citi Open currently sits in a unique situation if play will resume as scheduled.

Patrick Keane suspended, fined for gambling
Patrick Keane suspended, fined for gambling

Patrick Keane was suspended for at least three months and fined at least $500 for betting on six matches involving other players.

What now for tennis in 2020?
What now for tennis in 2020?

Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since World War II and no resumption of the ATP and WTA Tours until July 13 at the earliest as the coronavirus continues to cause havoc. -- Before the season went into cold storage, Novak Djokovic had captured an eighth Australian Open and was on an 18-0 winning streak since the turn of the year. Talk was of Djokovic, now a 17-time Grand Slam title winner, going on to match his 2011 and 2015 seasons.

With Wimbledon lost, Federer and Williams running out of Grand Slam opportunities
With Wimbledon lost, Federer and Williams running out of Grand Slam opportunities

The cancellation of Wimbledon this week has not only fanned the possibility of a total tennis wipeout for the rest of the season but may also have put an end to the Grand Slam title chase for both Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Wimbledon was scrapped for the first time since World War Two on Wednesday due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the suspension of professional tennis extended to July 13. Tennis Australia head Craig Tiley has said it would be tough for the sport to return before 2021 while All England Lawn Tennis Club CEO Richard Lewis agreed that it was not unrealistic to believe tennis might be done for the year.

Wimbledon chief fears
Wimbledon chief fears 'no more tennis this year'

Wimbledon chief Richard Lewis admitted on Thursday that he feared the remainder of the 2020 tennis season could be wiped out. Tennis has been in lockdown since early last month and is not scheduled to return until July 13 at the earliest following the cancellation of Wimbledon for the first time since World War II on Wednesday. The decision to axe the sport's oldest and most prestigious Grand Slam event due to the coronavirus pandemic followed the French Open's unilateral switch from its traditional May-June slot to September-October.

'There may be no more tennis this year', says Wimbledon chief Lewis

Tennis may not return until 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of the entire grasscourt season and most of the claycourt campaign, All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chief executive Richard Lewis said on Thursday. The outbreak has played havoc with the global sporting calendar and the Wimbledon championships were cancelled by the AELTC on Wednesday for the first time since the second World War.

Prudent Wimbledon should withstand cost of cancellation
Prudent Wimbledon should withstand cost of cancellation

Forced to cancel Wimbledon for the first time since World War II on Wednesday, All England Club chiefs can at least breathe a sigh of relief that the chaos caused by the coronavirus should not take a heavy toll on their finances. The historic decision to write off the world's most famous tennis tournament due to the pandemic left eight-time champion Roger Federer "devastated" and seven-time winner Serena Williams shocked and shaken. Wimbledon, which had been scheduled between June 29 and July 12, should return in 2021 once the virus is controlled, leaving the club hierarchy to focus on dealing with the financial fall-out from cancelling the 134th Championships.

Elliott: Wimbledon 2020 is canceled because of COVID-19 pandemic
Elliott: Wimbledon 2020 is canceled because of COVID-19 pandemic

This year's edition of Wimbledon has been canceled, adding yet another premier sports event to the list of those canceled around the world.

Who
Who's saying what as Wimbledon suffers first peacetime cancellation

London (AFP) - Who's saying what as Wimbledon is cancelled for the first time since World War II due to the coronavirus:

Wimbledon cancellation is heartbreaking - wheelchair tennis players rely on that money
Wimbledon cancellation is heartbreaking - wheelchair tennis players rely on that money

The idea of no Wimbledon this year is so hard to get my head around. Even if you do not like tennis, everyone knows when Wimbledon is on and tunes in, even just to watch a little bit. It is so traditionally British but it appeals to so many. I understand the decision but it does not make it any less heartbreaking for all those people who work there, the fans and then us athletes. I am not alone in saying it is my favourite tournament of the year. During that fortnight, you book a hotel but you may as well have booked a random bed. You sleep there but you do everything else at Wimbledon. You shower there, all of your clothes are always in your locker ready, you eat there, there are the...

Federer
Federer 'devastated' as Wimbledon cancelled due to virus

Former champion Roger Federer said he was "devastated" that Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus. Wimbledon chiefs pulled the plug on the oldest Grand Slam tournament on Wednesday in response to the continued chaos caused by the pandemic. Federer, who has won a record eight Wimbledon men's singles titles, reacted with a single word, tweeting: "devastated."

Wimbledon canceled for first time since World War II
Wimbledon canceled for first time since World War II

Tennis' most famous major was officially canceled on Wednesday, something that had previously only happened during World Wars.

US Open tennis still set for Aug. 31 start: organizers
US Open tennis still set for Aug. 31 start: organizers

US Open organizers still plan to host the Grand Slam event starting August 31 in New York, the US Tennis Association said Wednesday in the wake of Wimbledon being cancelled. "At this time, the USTA still plans to host the US Open as scheduled, and we continue to hone plans to stage the tournament," the USTA said in a statement. "The USTA is carefully monitoring the rapidly changing environment surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and is preparing for all contingencies."

Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII because of virus
Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII because of virus

Wimbledon was canceled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won't be played. The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the event it refers to simply as The Championships is being scrapped for 2020. Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the club's grass courts on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.

Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII because of coronavirus
Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII because of coronavirus

Wimbledon was canceled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won't be played.

Wimbledon Championships canceled due to coronavirus for the first time since World War II
Wimbledon Championships canceled due to coronavirus for the first time since World War II

Wimbledon was canceled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won't be played.

Unranked British tennis player suspended, fined for gambling

LONDON (AP) -- A 24-year-old unranked British tennis player was suspended Wednesday for at least three months and fined at least $500 for betting on six matches involving other players.

Djokovic wins frying pan tennis rally
Djokovic wins frying pan tennis rally

VIDEO SHOWS: NOVAK DJOKOVIC AND FRIEND PLAYING TENNIS WITH FRYING PANS IN THE LIVING ROOM SHOWS: MARBELLA, SPAIN (MARCH 31, 2020) (TWITTER / @DJOKERNOLE - NO RESALE. MUST COURTESY TWITTER/@DjokerNole) 1. NOVAK DJOKOVIC AND FRIEND PLAYING TENNIS WITH FRYING PANS WITH CHAIRS AND CUSHION PUT BETWEEN THEM AS AN IMPROVISED NET STORY: Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic had to get creative to pass the time and stay in shape as the coronavirus pandemic brought the tennis season to a halt with both the men's ATP Tour and the women's WTA Tour suspended till June 7. A video posted on Djokovic's social...

Wimbledon set to be cancelled for first time since WWII
Wimbledon set to be cancelled for first time since WWII

Wimbledon looks certain to be scrapped for the first time since World War II by tournament chiefs on Wednesday as the coronavirus wreaks further havoc on the global sporting calendar. The cancellation of the only grasscourt Grand Slam tournament at the All England Club would leave the tennis season in disarray after the French Open was controversially moved and all events cancelled until June 7. Wimbledon, in leafy southwest London, is due to run for two weeks from June 29, with Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep set to defend their singles titles.

The Latest: Wimbledon cancels for virus; 1st time since WWII
The Latest: Wimbledon cancels for virus; 1st time since WWII

Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic. The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis would not be held in 2020. Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.

Wimbledon 2020 cancelled: Coronavirus halts Championships for the first time since Second World War
Wimbledon 2020 cancelled: Coronavirus halts Championships for the first time since Second World War

The All England Club have announced the cancellation of Wimbledon after holding an emergency board meeting on Wednesday. The showpiece of the tennis summer had been expected to fall by the wayside as sporting events continue to be ruled out due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the grass court season only six weeks long and played at the height of the British summer when daylight hours are at their longest, it was deemed impossible for the event to be postponed to a later date. The French Open had already been postponed, provisionally shoehorned into the schedule in late September. It will be the first time since the Second World War that Wimbledon has not been staged. More to follow...

Patrick McEnroe has COVID-19
Patrick McEnroe has COVID-19

Former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe says in a video posted on social media that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Isner: No 2020 Wimbledon would be
Isner: No 2020 Wimbledon would be 'tough pill to swallow'

John Isner, who won the longest-ever tennis match over three days at Wimbledon in 2010, says it will be a "tough pill to swallow" if this year's event is canceled. A decision is expected soon by tournament officials about whether or not they can stage the classic event at the All England Club as planned starting June 29, postpone it or cancel it outright due to the coronavirus pandemic. "We're hoping that they're going to be somewhat optimistic about playing the event this year," Isner told ESPN on Tuesday.

Former US Davis Cup captain Pat McEnroe tests positive for virus
Former US Davis Cup captain Pat McEnroe tests positive for virus

Davis Cup-winning former US captain Patrick McEnroe said Tuesday he has tested positive for coronavirus but is feeling well and no longer has symptoms. The 53-year-old younger brother of seven-time Grand Slam singles champion John McEnroe said in a video posting on Twitter that he was tested at a drive-up facility in Westchester County, the New York suburb where a major outbreak took place. "I got some minor symptoms 10 or 11 days ago," McEnroe said.

Retired tennis player Patrick McEnroe tests positive for coronavirus
Retired tennis player Patrick McEnroe tests positive for coronavirus

ESPN commentator and former tennis player Patrick McEnroe has tested positive for COVID-19, but he said he's feeling better as he remains in quarantine.

Former French Open champion Patrick McEnroe confirms he has coronavirus
Former French Open champion Patrick McEnroe confirms he has coronavirus

* 53-year-old won doubles title in Paris in 1989 * McEnroe is a familiar voice on ESPN alongside brother JohnThe tennis commentator and former French Open doubles champion Patrick McEnroe has confirmed he has tested positive for Covid-19.The 53-year-old announced the news in a video posted on his Twitter account. "We've been on full quarantine, our entire house now, for well over two weeks," he said. "I encourage everyone to do the same. Let's get this thing. Let's nail this thing. I'm an example of someone who has been able to fight through it. I'm doing absolutely fine. Thoughts and prayers to people who are struggling with this."> Update... pic.twitter.com/5P1diSt98D> > - Patrick...

U.S. Open site to house temporary hospital
U.S. Open site to house temporary hospital

The site of the U.S. Open is going to be used for 350 temporary hospital beds and to prepare food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tennis, anyone? Coaching videos offered online
Tennis, anyone? Coaching videos offered online

The ITF is offering interactive online courses and making videos and other content to help coaches during the coronavirus pandemic.

WTA working on better pay, considers extending Tour

With lower-level players reeling financially from the tennis shutdown over the coronavirus, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) told Reuters it is working to boost players' earnings when the sport resumes and considering extending the 2020 season. The tennis season screeched to a halt in early March due to the virus, leaving players in the lowest tiers without any opportunity to earn their livelihoods. "The WTA is diligently working with our tournaments to maximize earning possibilities when the professional tennis circuit is able to resume and is considering an extension to the current 44-week season to enable more tournaments to take place," the association told Reuters in a statement.

U.S. Open venue to host 350-bed temporary hospital amid coronavirus pandemic
U.S. Open venue to host 350-bed temporary hospital amid coronavirus pandemic

A portion of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is set to transform into a 350-bed temporary hospital on Tuesday, the USTA said, as the coronavirus outbreak strains resources in New York City, which as been dramatically affected by the pandemic. Chris Widmaier, spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association, which owns the tennis center, told Reuters that the conversion of an indoor tennis facility on the venue would begin Tuesday. "New York is our home, we're all in this together."

Wimbledon will be cancelled, believes Jamie Murray
Wimbledon will be cancelled, believes Jamie Murray

Cancelling Wimbledon is the only realistic option open to organisers as they grapple with the chaos caused by the coronavirus, says two-time Grand Slam men's doubles champion Jamie Murray. Tennis is at a standstill until June 7, with the entire European clay-court season already wiped out and the only Grand Slam event played on grass is expected to be officially cancelled on Wednesday. Wimbledon organisers have ruled out playing the two-week tournament, slated to run from June 29 to July 12, behind closed doors.

The Latest: US Open tennis site to house temporary hospital
The Latest: US Open tennis site to house temporary hospital

The site of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York is going to be used for 350 temporary hospital beds and to prepare food packages during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier says an area that houses indoor courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows will begin to be converted into a medical facility starting Tuesday.

My Sporting Isolation: Jordanne Whiley -
My Sporting Isolation: Jordanne Whiley - 'I wanted to start growing the family, but I can't give up on my Tokyo dream'

Life has changed so quickly. Just recently I was filling in Paralympic village accreditation forms and sending kit measurements. Now I'm in self-isolation following advice to wheelchair tennis players to stay at home. It's me, my fiancee Marc and our two-year-old son Jackson. Rather than Paralympic preparations, I'm thinking about whether I can organise childcare now the Tokyo Games have been postponed to next year. Will my sponsors extend for another year? And then there is my wedding and honeymoon in November, which could be impacted by a rearranged calendar. We've seen the French Open moved to September, I really hope Wimbledon doesn't move. As for the Games, it is the right decision...

Wimbledon will be canceled, says German tennis official - report
Wimbledon will be canceled, says German tennis official - report

All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) officials earlier said the June 29-July 12 event would not be played behind closed doors and postponement was not without significant risk and difficulty. "Wimbledon has stated that they will have a board meeting next Wednesday and will make the final decision there," Hordorff told Sky Sports Germany.

Wimbledon to be cancelled this week, German tennis official claims
Wimbledon to be cancelled this week, German tennis official claims

The vice-president of the German tennis federation has predicted that Wimbledon will be cancelled on Wednesday and slammed the French Tennis Federation for moving the French Open to the autumn. Dirk Hordorff told French sports daily L'Equipe that he expects Wimbledon, scheduled for June 29-July 12, to be scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. "This is not a rumour, they will announce that they are cancelling Wimbledon," he said.

The Latest: Spanish league raises $740,000 for virus relief
The Latest: Spanish league raises $740,000 for virus relief

The Spanish league says more than 665,000 euros ($740,000) has been raised for the fight against the coronavirus outbreak with the help of athletes and musicians in Spain. The final tally was announced a day after the athletes and musicians took part in a four-hour online global music festival organized by the league to help purchase medical supplies and support fans confined to their homes. Barcelona's Gerard Piqué, Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and tennis star Rafael Nadal were among those who participated in the charity event.

Hunger games?: Tennis foot soldiers struggle in time of virus
Hunger games?: Tennis foot soldiers struggle in time of virus

Now, Georgian player Sofia Shapatava is pleading with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to dig deep and help out the hundreds of players who lost their livelihoods when the men's and women's tours went into a three-month lockdown. "Players lower ranked than 250 will not be able to buy food in two-three weeks' time," warned Shapatava, who is not optimistic the ITF will look favourably on her plea.


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