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Expected Australian honor for tennis great Court stirs controversy
Expected Australian honor for tennis great Court stirs controversy

Australia is to award tennis great Margaret Court the country's highest honor next week, media reported on Friday, a decision that has stoked controversy because of her history of anti-gay views. The awards are usually announced during the Australia Day holiday on Jan. 26, which comes this year just as the Australian Open, one of the world's big four tennis Grand Slams, begins in Melbourne after a delay caused by the coronavirus. Court is to be awarded a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC), the highest category of honor, after previously receiving recognition in 2007, media reported.

Adelaide quarantine no different to Melbourne, says Thiem
Adelaide quarantine no different to Melbourne, says Thiem

Tennis Australia Chief Executive Craig Tiley said earlier in the week that the top players were sent to Adelaide to ensure organisers did not exceed the limit set by the authorities for people quarantining in Melbourne. Some of those isolating in Melbourne have accused organisers of favouring the top players but Thiem said there was no real difference between the locations.

Tennis: Tough draw for Djokovic
Tennis: Tough draw for Djokovic's Serbia in ATP Cup

Reigning champions Serbia, led by world number one Novak Djokovic, will play Germany and Canada in the group stage of the ATP Cup in Melbourne next week after the draw was made on Friday. The men's team competition made its debut in cities around Australia last year but will be truncated and played only at Melbourne Park from Feb. 1-5 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Djokovic led Serbia to the inaugural title with a victory over Rafa Nadal's Spain in Sydney last year but his path to a return to the final was not helped by a tough draw in Group A.

Victoria govt confirms new COVID-19 case in Australian Open quarantine
Victoria govt confirms new COVID-19 case in Australian Open quarantine

The Victoria state government on Friday confirmed one new case of COVID-19 in the group of people in quarantine in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open, a few hours after Spanish player Paula Badosa said she had tested positive for the virus. Badosa was the first player entered for next month's Grand Slam to confirm a positive test, although four were among the 10 cases announced earlier this week. Badosa, the world number 67, flew to Australia from Abu Dhabi and was halfway through her 14 days of quarantine when her test came back positive and she was moved to a "health hotel".

Ash Barty to make return in Adelaide exhibition
Ash Barty to make return in Adelaide exhibition

Ash Barty is set to return to the tennis court for something other than practice for the first time in 11 months.

Laura Robson hints her career may be over after third hip operation
Laura Robson hints her career may be over after third hip operation

Laura Robson - the Olympic medallist who is one of Britain's most charismatic yet unfulfilled players - has hinted that her career may be over after she underwent a third hip operation. Robson has been battling the same sort of issue as Andy Murray - the deterioration of cartilage in her hip socket - and started training for a possible comeback in December. But the extra workload only seems to have made the condition flare up again. As Robson told her Instagram followers: "I was desperate to carry on with training but was in so much pain that surgery was unavoidable … A decision has been made to prioritise the long-term health of my hip. Where that leaves me with tennis I'm really not...

Spanish tennis player says she tested positive for COVID-19
Spanish tennis player says she tested positive for COVID-19

Paula Badosa says she tested positive for COVID-19, after potentially being exposed to the coronavirus on an Australian Open charter flight.

No. 1 Ashleigh Barty to make return at Adelaide event
No. 1 Ashleigh Barty to make return at Adelaide event

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will end a nearly year-long layoff during a pre-Australian Open exhibition event in Adelaide later this month, organizers announced Thursday. Dubbed "A Day at the Drive," the star-studded eight-player field also includes Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Jannik Sinner. The event will take place at Adelaide's Memorial Drive Tennis Centre starting on Jan. 29.

Badosa first player to confirm COVID-positive in Australian Open quarantine
Badosa first player to confirm COVID-positive in Australian Open quarantine

As many as 72 players are confined to their hotel rooms for two weeks and are unable to train for the Feb. 8-21 Grand Slam after some passengers on three charter flights ferrying them to Australia tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Badosa, 23, arrived in Melbourne after playing in Abu Dhabi earlier this month and was on her seventh day in quarantine when she said her test came back positive.

Anderson urges players to show more respect for Australia
Anderson urges players to show more respect for Australia's COVID-19 fight

Former U.S. Open and Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson appealed to players at the Australian Open to show more respect for the local community's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, following a chorus of complaints about quarantine conditions in Melbourne. As many as 72 players are confined to their hotel rooms for two weeks and unable to train for the Feb. 8-21 Grand Slam after passengers on three charter flights tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Complaints by some players over the severity of the health measures, food quality and even mice infestations in their rooms have sparked a backlash in Australia, which has many citizens stranded overseas due to pandemic-linked border...

World No.1 Barty joins elite field for Adelaide exhibition
World No.1 Barty joins elite field for Adelaide exhibition

World number one Ash Barty will join Serena Williams, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic in playing a pre-Australian Open exhibition event in Adelaide at the end of the month, organisers confirmed on Thursday. U.S. Open winners Dominic Thiem and Naomi Osaka and women's No. 2 Simona Halep will be part of the eight-player field, which also includes 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner. The Adelaide event, dubbed "A Day at the Drive", will launch Australia's summer of tennis and take place at the city's Memorial Drive Tennis Centre on Jan. 29.

World number one Barty to end year-long absence in Adelaide
World number one Barty to end year-long absence in Adelaide

World number one Ashleigh Barty will make her first top-level tennis appearance in nearly a year when she joins a star-studded exhibition in Adelaide this month, organisers said on Thursday.

Brazilian umpire hospitalized after heart attack in Melbourne

Photos of Bernardes being wheeled into an ambulance were posted on social media on Wednesday. Both Tennis Australia and the ATP did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. An ATP Tour official since 1990, Bernardes took charge of the 2006 and 2008 U.S. Open men's finals as well as the 2011 Wimbledon men's title decider.

Anderson urges players to show more respect for Australia
Anderson urges players to show more respect for Australia's COVID fight

Former U.S. Open and Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson appealed to players at the Australian Open to show more respect for the local community's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic following a chorus of complaints about quarantine conditions in Melbourne. As many as 72 players are confined to their hotel rooms for two weeks and unable to train for the Feb. 8-21 Grand Slam after passengers on three charter flights tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Novak Djokovic was panned after writing to ask Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley for reduced isolation periods and having players moved to "private houses with tennis courts".

Top-ranked Ash Barty to make return in Adelaide exhibition
Top-ranked Ash Barty to make return in Adelaide exhibition

Ash Barty is set to return to the tennis court for something other than practice for the first time in 11 months. The world No. 1-ranked Barty on Thursday said she'll play in a one-day exhibition event in Adelaide on Jan. 29 which includes Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep. Called '''A Day at the Drive,'' the exhibition at Memorial Drive also features four of the top men's players, with the field playing afternoon and evening sessions.

Houston event off as men
Houston event off as men's tennis tour makes schedule tweaks

The U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston was canceled for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic, part of a series of changes to the men's tennis calendar by the ATP.

Global sport hails new Biden-Harris administration

Sports trailblazers Billie Jean King, Megan Rapinoe and Lewis Hamilton were among those hailing the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday, saying they hoped the new administration can foster a more inclusive society. Former President Donald Trump was critical of athletes who used their platforms to highlight issues such as police brutality, especially when those protests took the form of kneeling during the playing of the U.S. national anthem. "Let us not waste this opportunity to reckon with our past, and move forward justice and equality," Megan Rapinoe, twice a World Cup winner with the U.S. women's team, said on Twitter.

Novak Djokovic tries to clarify criticisms over COVID-19 measures at Australian Open
Novak Djokovic tries to clarify criticisms over COVID-19 measures at Australian Open

After being forced into quarantine when charter flights resulted in 5 positive COVID-19 cases, Novak Djokovic complained about restrictions..

Novak Djokovic defends himself against charges of insensitivity over criticisms of quarantine
Novak Djokovic defends himself against charges of insensitivity over criticisms of quarantine

World No 1 Novak Djokovic has defended himself against charges of insensitivity towards the people of Melbourne, claiming that his much-criticised letter to Tennis Australia had been "misconstrued". Djokovic had come under fire for sending a six-point list of requests to Craig Tiley, tournament director at the Australian Open, concerning the plight of the 72 players serving a 14-day hard quarantine. The letter began by asking for the players to be granted fitness equipment and "decent food", before moving on to "reduce the days of isolation" and "move as many players as possible to private houses with a court to train". At the time, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews brushed the requests...

Houston event off as men's tennis tour makes schedule tweaks

The U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston was canceled for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic, part of a series of changes to the men's tennis calendar announced by the ATP on Wednesday. The Houston tournament was supposed to be played April 3-11. Until then, the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship had been held every year since 1929.

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The Latest: NBA's Wizards cleared to return to practice

The Washington Wizards say they've been cleared to return to practice after a COVID-19 outbreak on the team led to the postponement of five of their games. The team tweeted that it was going to be allowed to practice Wednesday night. The Wizards haven't played since Jan. 11.

Djokovic hits back at criticism over Australian Open quarantine stance
Djokovic hits back at criticism over Australian Open quarantine stance

World number one Novak Djokovic on Wednesday hit back at criticism of his letter to Australian Open chief Craig Tiley in which he suggested easing of quarantine restrictions, saying his good intentions were "misconstrued". As many as 72 players are confined to their hotel rooms for 14 days and unable to train for the Feb. 8-21 Australian Open after passengers on three charter flights carrying them to Melbourne tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Djokovic reportedly asked for reduced isolation periods and having players in hard quarantine moved to "private houses with tennis courts", drawing a backlash from Australians.

Novak Djokovic:
Novak Djokovic: 'My good intentions have been misconstrued as selfish'

Novak Djokovic insists his letter to Australian Open organisers has been 'misconstrued' after a heavy backlash to his suggestions on how to support players in quarantine. Following a raft of charter flights from Los Angeles, Doha and Abu Dhabi over the weekend, 72 players are confined to their hotel rooms in Melbourne after positive coronavirus tests. A number of stars have expressed criticism at the handling of the situation which means they are unable to practice for two weeks ahead of next month's Australian open. In a letter to tournament director Craig Tiley, men's World No 1 Djokovic asked for the isolation time to be reduced, better food and for players to see their coaches. These...

Locked down players should get preferential treatment: Vallverdu
Locked down players should get preferential treatment: Vallverdu

Tennis coach Daniel Vallverdu says players who have been locked down in their hotel rooms for 14 days ahead of the Australian Open should get preferential treatment from organizers such as prime practice times and matches scheduled in the cooler hours of the day. More than 70 players are confined to their rooms and unable to train for the Feb. 8-21 Grand Slam after passengers on three charter flights carrying them to Melbourne tested positive for the novel coronavirus. While those in hard quarantine are left to hit balls against mattress in their rooms, the other arrivals are able to spend five hours a day outside to prepare.

Two more Australian Open tennis players test positive for coronavirus
Two more Australian Open tennis players test positive for coronavirus

Two more Australian Open players have tested positive for the coronavirus, authorities revealed on Wednesday, taking to the number of cases linked to the tennis tournament to 10. It is the latest blow to preparations for the year's first Grand Slam in Melbourne - which has already be delayed by three weeks due to the pandemic. A string of infections detected by Australian authorities have forced 72 players to be confined to their hotel rooms 24 hours a day for two weeks. Victoria state police minister Lisa Neville said a total of four more people associated with the tournament had tested positive since Tuesday. "One of those is a player who has absolutely been in hard lockdown because he...

Australian Open cluster grows as two more players test positive
Australian Open cluster grows as two more players test positive

Two more Australian Open players have tested positive for the coronavirus, authorities revealed Wednesday, taking to the number of cases linked to the tennis tournament to 10.

3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open, total is 10

Three more people linked to the Australian Open have tested positive for COVID-19 in Melbourne, increasing to 10 those associated with the Grand Slam tennis tournament which begins Feb. 8. Victoria state Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville confirmed the new cases had been detected on Wednesday, adding that authorities are ''very confident'' one of the cases is a tennis player who is shedding the virus and is not infectious. The player is already in hard lockdown as they were on board a flight into Melbourne with another positive case.

Two more Australian Open players test positive for COVID-19
Two more Australian Open players test positive for COVID-19

Two more Australian Open players have tested positive for COVID-19, government officials said on Wednesday, as authorities were at cross-purposes over who would pay for the tournament's quarantine bill. Victoria state police minister Lisa Neville said two players and a non-playing Australian Open participant comprised three new infections reported on Wednesday. A total of 10 people associated with the Grand Slam, including four players, have now tested positive for the virus.

3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open arrivals
3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open arrivals

Two players are among the three latest COVID-19 cases that have emerged from testing conducted on passengers who arrived on charter flights bringing people to Melbourne for the Australian Open.

Djokivic watches young tennis players from hotel balcony
Djokivic watches young tennis players from hotel balcony

Novak Djokovic will join Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Rafael Nadal playing a pre-Australian Open warm-up exhibition in Adelaide after serving their quarantine in the South Australian city, Tennis Australia (TA) said. More than 70 players and their entourage are confined to their hotel rooms for 14 days and unable to train for the February 8 - 21 Australian Open after passengers on three chartered flights returned positive tests for the coronavirus. The Serbian world number one is not in this group of players. Some players have complained about the conditions, while Djokovic sent governing body Tennis Australia requests for quarantine restrictions to be eased, drawing a backlash from...

The Tennis Podcast: Billie Jean King on what would have happened with Battle of the Sexes defeat
The Tennis Podcast: Billie Jean King on what would have happened with Battle of the Sexes defeat

Billie Jean King won 20 titles at Wimbledon in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, and 39 Grand Slam titles in all, but she will be remembered more for her achievements off the court than on it. Equal prize money between women and men at the biggest tournaments, an established women's tennis tour, and global, instantly recognisable female stars are the result of her work and leadership, and she is as dedicated to making a difference at the age of 77 as she ever was. In an interview with The Tennis Podcast, King talks about what was at stake in her 1973 Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby Riggs, when more than 30,000 people packed into the Houston Astrodome and 90 million people...

Australian Open organisers rule out change of dates, format
Australian Open organisers rule out change of dates, format

Organisers of the Australian Open on Tuesday ruled out reducing the men's tournament at the Grand Slam to best-of-three sets due to players' inability to train at required level amid the strict COVID-19 quarantine rules. A total of 72 players are currently not allowed to leave their hotel rooms for 14 days after some passengers on three charter flights to Australia tested positive for COVID-19 infections. The rest of the players, who travelled by 14 other charter flights from across the world, are allowed five hours daily outside their hotel rooms to spend on preparing for the year's first tennis major from Feb. 8-21.

China tells tennis players to avoid overseas after virus case
China tells tennis players to avoid overseas after virus case

Chinese tennis authorities have warned players against going abroad after teenager Wang Xiyu failed to make it to the Australian Open after testing positive for coronavirus.

Australia says
Australia says 'no' to tennis stars' demands

Some of the world's top tennis players including No. 1 Novak Djokovic have questioned Australia's strict quarantine rules ahead of the Australian Open tournament that kicks off next month. But Australian authorities again echoed their earlier stance, that the rules would not be bent for anyone. More than 70 players and their entourages are confined to their hotel rooms after passengers on three charter flights tested positive for the coronavirus. On the top of the list for requests, players demanded that they should be allowed to train on tennis courts during their mandated 14-day hotel quarantine. On Tuesday, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said the answer was simply "no"....

Two players test positive in new Australian Open blow
Two players test positive in new Australian Open blow

Two Australian Open tennis players have tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said on Tuesday, in a new blow for the tournament which is facing a backlash from a wary public.

3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open arrivals
3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open arrivals

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has ruled out any change in the best-of-five set format for men's singles matches at the season-opening tennis major as three more COVID-19 cases were reported among the international arrivals for the tournament. There are 72 players now in hard quarantine and unable to practice because of nine active coronavirus cases - an increase in three since the weekend - among the incoming travelers to Melbourne. There was no immediate indication from health officials Tuesday that there would be any increase in the number of affected players.

Kyrgios slams
Kyrgios slams 'tool' Djokovic as Australian Open tensions run high

Australia's Nick Kyrgios dismissed world number one Novak Djokovic as a "tool" as a backlash grew against tennis players flown in for the Australian Open during a raging pandemic.

Australian Open boss says "vast majority" of players back hard quarantine
Australian Open boss says "vast majority" of players back hard quarantine

Australian Open boss Craig Tiley said on Tuesday most players supported being locked down in hard quarantine as a government official reported three new cases of COVID-19 might be linked to the Grand Slam. More than 70 players and their entourage are confined to their hotel rooms for 14 days and unable to train for the Feb. 8-21 Australian Open after passengers on three charter flights returned positive tests for the coronavirus. Some players have complained about the conditions, and men's world number one Novak Djokovic sent governing body Tennis Australia requests for quarantine restrictions to be eased, drawing a backlash from Australians.

Lockdown: Players getting on with life in Australia
Lockdown: Players getting on with life in Australia

With no way out, players in lockdown are figuring out ways to keep themselves fit within the confines of their Melbourne hotel rooms as they prepare for the Australian Open.

Davis Cup Finals up to 11 days in 2021, could be in 3 cities
Davis Cup Finals up to 11 days in 2021, could be in 3 cities

The Davis Cup Finals will expand to 11 days from seven in 2021, and the International Tennis Federation is considering holding the competition in three European cities instead of just Madrid.

Australian Open 2021: Why is the tournament in chaos and why is there a Covid backlash against players?
Australian Open 2021: Why is the tournament in chaos and why is there a Covid backlash against players?

The Australian Open is due to take place from February 8 in Melbourne. There has been a large logistical operation to comply with Australia's strict coronavirus regulations which has resulted in players being put into quarantine in hotels for 14 days. How did it all unfold and what has the reaction been? Why has there been such a backlash to tennis players arriving in Australia? To understand how we got to the stage where a local Australian politician was blasting former champion Stan Wawrinka as an example of the "double standards" in play for tennis, one must understand the way Melbourne and the rest of the country has dealt with this pandemic. On Monday, Australia recorded just 19 new...

Davis Cup Finals up to 11 days in 2021, could be in 3 cities
Davis Cup Finals up to 11 days in 2021, could be in 3 cities

The Davis Cup Finals will expand to 11 days from seven in 2021, and the International Tennis Federation is considering holding the competition in three European cities instead of just Madrid. Under the proposed three-site setup, the two new cities each would host two group stages and one quarterfinal matchup. Madrid, where the current season-ending format made its debut in 2019, would have two group stages, two quarterfinals, the semifinals and the final.

Tennis: Davis Cup Finals to take place over 11 days, three cities
Tennis: Davis Cup Finals to take place over 11 days, three cities

The 2021 Davis Cup Finals will be held over 11 days rather than seven and will almost certainly be staged across three cities, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) confirmed on Monday. The ITF confirmed that two more European cities are being sought to share the staging of the 2021 Finals with Madrid which hosted the first edition of the revamped competition in 2019. "We want to make it better for the players, better for the fans and better for the teams," Kris Dent, ITF Senior Executive Director, Professional Tennis, told Reuters.

Tennis players get creative in quarantine
Tennis players get creative in quarantine

Tennis players prepare for the Australian Open in quarantine Tunisia's Ons Jabeur made use of her hotel room mattress Courtesy: Karim Kamoun Iga Swiatek turned her hotel room into a private gym (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) NEW ZEALAND DOUBLES PLAYER QUARANTINING AHEAD OF THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN, ARTEM SITAK, SAYING: "My plan is just to do a big workout for three hours in a row every day which would a little bit mimic how the long match in the Australian Open would be about three hours for a doubles guy. It's not the same of course I understand that, but at least it's something." Around 1,200 players and coaching staff arriving in Australia have entered a mandatory two-week quarantine period ahead...

'A tool': Nick Kyrgios again blasts Novak Djokovic, who complained about Australian Open COVID-19 protocol

Nick Kyrgios has called out Novak Djokovic for being lax on coronavirus protocols before, and he did it again ahead of the Australian Open.

Lockdown: Tennis players getting on with life in Australia

With no way out, tennis players in lockdown are figuring out ways to keep themselves fit within the confines of their Melbourne hotel rooms as they prepare for the Australian Open. Angelique Kerber, who won the Australian Open in 2016, spent her birthday in quarantine on Monday. This year, with the season-opening Grand Slam event not starting until Feb. 8 because of travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, she had to settle for a message posted on social media by Australian Open organizers to mark the occasion.

Tennis: German Zverev splits with Federer
Tennis: German Zverev splits with Federer's management firm

Zverev, who recently split with coach David Ferrer, reached his maiden Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open, picked up two ATP titles in Cologne and made the final of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris in 2020. "I reached my first Grand Slam final without my parents and brother being court-side due to them contracting COVID-19," Zverev wrote on Instagram. "I want to thank TEAM8 for the great work and tremendous experience, but we both feel that it's the right decision to have my family take on a bigger role once again."

Australian Open to plough ahead despite COVID-19
Australian Open to plough ahead despite COVID-19

Australian Open tennis players arrived in Melbourne on the weekend, but it's been a rocky start. A handful of participants have tested positive with COVID-19 and frustration soared as they began the first days of strict quarantine. Hitting a ball against the hotel wall or bouncing it off the window. While players posted videos of improvised training inside their rooms, health authorities in Victoria reported nine with COVID-19 infections among passengers on Australian Open charter flights. Some players have lashed out online as 70 players on three of the charter flights have been sent to hard quarantine for 12 days and unable to hit the courts to train because of people testing positive...

Australia says
Australia says 'no special treatment' after tennis stars' hotel quarantine complaints

Dozens of tennis stars stuck in hotel quarantine ahead of the Australian Open were told on Monday they would get no "special treatment" to leave their rooms to train, despite complaints from some players. Australian health authorities rejected demands for tough isolation rules to be eased, as players resorted to hitting balls off windows, walls and upturned beds in the hope of being ready for the year's first Grand Slam. The Australian Open is due to make a delayed start on February 8, but its troubled build-up hit further problems after positive coronavirus cases were detected on three of the 17 charter flights that carried players and staff. The 72 players on the three planes have been...

Victorian premier tells tennis players "there
Victorian premier tells tennis players "there's no special treatment here"

Andrews made the comments after four more Australian Open participants, including one player, have been recorded with COVID-19 infections and more cases may come to light as testing continues. Passengers on three Australian Open charter flights have now been sent into hard quarantine, including more than 70 players who are unable to train for 14 days ahead of the year's first Grand Slam. The year's first Grand Slam is scheduled to begin on Feb. 8, which will give quarantined players one week of practice to get into shape.


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