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Swiatek pulls out of Stuttgart Open, to begin clay court swing in Madrid
Swiatek pulls out of Stuttgart Open, to begin clay court swing in Madrid

Swiatek, 19, said her focus is on playing in Madrid and Rome -- both WTA 1000 events -- before her title defence at Roland Garros which begins on May 30 after it was postponed by a week due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Unfortunately I won't play in Stuttgart this year," she said in a statement.

Goffin and Thompson reach 2nd round at Monte Carlo Masters
Goffin and Thompson reach 2nd round at Monte Carlo Masters

David Goffin beat an erratic Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 to reach the second round of the clay-court Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday.

Turin and Innsbruck join Madrid as Davis Cup Finals hosts

This year's Davis Cup Finals will be staged in three cities with Turin and Innsbruck added as co-hosts with Madrid, the International Tennis Federation announced on Monday. The men's team event will also be played over 11 days rather than seven after changes ratified by the ITF Board and partner Kosmos Tennis, the Spanish-based investment firm who are ploughing $3 billion into the sport over 25 years. Each city will host two of the six groups, with Madrid staging two quarter-finals, and Innsbruck and Turin one each.

Medvedev comes clean:
Medvedev comes clean: 'I don't like clay'

Medvedev replaced Rafa Nadal as No. 2 last month, becoming the first player outside the Spaniard, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to be ranked in the top two since Lleyton Hewitt in July 2005. "Honestly, there's nothing I like on clay," Medvedev told reporters with a wry smile on Sunday.

Sinner on right path to becoming a champion, says Djokovic
Sinner on right path to becoming a champion, says Djokovic

The 19-year-old is at a career-best ranking of 22 and made his maiden ATP Masters 1000 final earlier this month at the Miami Open. Sinner could meet Djokovic for the first time if he gets past Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the opening round of this week's Monte Carlo Masters. "I have seen his development, his trajectory, his road to where he is at the moment," said the Serbian, who has a opening round bye at the ATP Masters event on clay.

Paire unfazed by early exit from Monte Carlo
Paire unfazed by early exit from Monte Carlo 'cemetery'

A win against Chile's Nicolas Jarry, who was ranked 1,165th at the time, in Cordoba in February is the only win Paire has managed this year. Barring the ATP 250 event in Cordoba and the French Open, where he lost in the second round, Paire has lost his opening match at every tournament he has played since the tour resumed last August after a five-month break due to the pandemic.

Kudermetova wins her first WTA title on clay in Charleston
Kudermetova wins her first WTA title on clay in Charleston

Veronika Kudermetova took home her first WTA title Sunday after defeating Danka Kovinic at the Volvo Car Open.

Maiden title for Kudermetova with Charleston win
Maiden title for Kudermetova with Charleston win

Russia's Veronika Kudermetova secured her maiden WTA title on Sunday, defeating Danka Kovinic of Montenegro in straight sets to claim the Charleston clay court title in South Carolina.

Sonego fights back to beat Djere in Sardegna Open final
Sonego fights back to beat Djere in Sardegna Open final

Lorenzo Sonego defeated Laslo Djere to win the Sardegna Open Sunday, becoming the the first Italian in 15 years to capture an ATP Tour clay-court title on home soil.

Goffin and Thompson reach 2nd round at Monte Carlo Masters

David Goffin beat an erratic Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 to reach the second round of the clay-court Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday. Although the 2014 U.S. Open champion Cilic had 10 aces and led the match 3-0, he made 52 unforced errors and also dropped serve six times against the 11th-seeded Belgian. "In the first and second set, I had problems with the returns," the 30-year-old Goffin said.

Nadal shrugs off fitness concerns ahead of Monte Carlo return
Nadal shrugs off fitness concerns ahead of Monte Carlo return

The Spaniard has not played a competitive match since his Australian Open quarter-final loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas, having skipped a series of tournaments due to a back injury sustained in Melbourne. Chasing a record-extending 12th title in Monte Carlo, Nadal has been awarded an opening round bye and will open his campaign in the second round against either Federico Delbonis or Adrian Mannarino. "An important part of the season has arrived for me," Nadal, 34, told a news conference on Sunday.

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To 'The Fellowship of the Springs,' Florida is selling out an environmental treasure

Thomas Greenhalgh risked his job and career in 2019 when he sued his own employer, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, to challenge the...

Kudermetova, Kovinic set for Volvo Car Open final
Kudermetova, Kovinic set for Volvo Car Open final

Veronikia Kudermetova of Russia and Danka Kovinic of Montenegro will play for their first WTA title in the Volvo Car Open championship.

Kudermetova, Kovinic reach Charleston WTA final
Kudermetova, Kovinic reach Charleston WTA final

Veronika Kudermetova ended the fairytale run of Paula Badosa in Charleston Saturday, booking a final showdown with Danka Kovinic in the WTA clay court tournament.

Sonego beats Fritz to reach Sardegna final
Sonego beats Fritz to reach Sardegna final

Lorenzo Sonego is one step away from becoming the first Italian for 15 years to capture an ATP tour clay-court title on home soil after beating second-seeded Taylor Fritz to reach the final of the Sardegna Open.

I had the privilege of working with Prince Philip for ten years - he always spoke his mind
I had the privilege of working with Prince Philip for ten years - he always spoke his mind

One of the hallmarks of greatness is to do good for its own sake. A huge amount will be written about the Duke of Edinburgh over the coming weeks celebrating...

French Open postponed by 1 week because of pandemic
French Open postponed by 1 week because of pandemic

PARIS (AP) - For the second year in a row, the traditional French Open schedule is being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The clay-court Grand Slam tennis tournament said Thursday it will push back the start of this season's event by one week because of surging virus cases in France. "This postponement will give us

Badosa ousts world No. 1 Barty at Volvo Car Open
Badosa ousts world No. 1 Barty at Volvo Car Open

Paula Badosa beat top-ranked Ashleigh Barty at the Volvo Car Open.

Badosa stuns Barty in Charleston WTA quarter-finals
Badosa stuns Barty in Charleston WTA quarter-finals

World number one Ashleigh Barty crashed out of the Charleston WTA quarter-finals on Friday, beaten in straight sets by 71st-ranked Spaniard Paula Badosa.

Sonego rallies past Hanfmann to reach Sardegna semifinals
Sonego rallies past Hanfmann to reach Sardegna semifinals

Third-seeded Lorenzo Sonego rallied past Yannick Hanfmann for a spot in the Sardegna Open semifinals.

Ashleigh Barty continues quest for 2nd straight title
Ashleigh Barty continues quest for 2nd straight title

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty continued her quest for a second straight title, rallying past Shelby Rogers to reach the quarterfinals at the Volvo Car Open.

Aussie Barty advances to quarter-finals in Charleston
Aussie Barty advances to quarter-finals in Charleston

World number one Ashleigh Barty defeated hometown favourite Shelby Rogers 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-4 in the third round of the WTA clay court tournament in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday.

Sloane Stephens advances to Volvo Car Open quarters
Sloane Stephens advances to Volvo Car Open quarters

Sloane Stephens reached the quarterfinals of the Volvo Car Open, her first time advancing this far in a tournament since the French Open in 2019.

Musetti beats top-seeded Evans at Sardegna Open
Musetti beats top-seeded Evans at Sardegna Open

Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti saved four match points before beating top-seeded Daniel Evans to reach the Sardegna Open quarterfinals.

Ash Barty cruises during 1st clay event since 2019
Ash Barty cruises during 1st clay event since 2019

Top-ranked Ashleigh Barty easily won her first clay-court match in two years, cruising past Japan's Misaki Doi at the WTA's Volvo Car Open.

French Open postponed by a week because of pandemic

The French Open tennis tournament will be delayed by one week because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Thursday. The clay-court Grand Slam tournament was set to start on May 23, but first-round matches will now get underway on May 30. The French tennis federation said the decision was taken in order to maximize chances the event will be played "in front of as many spectators as possible" in a safe environment.

Exclusive: French Open to be delayed by a week due to President Macron
Exclusive: French Open to be delayed by a week due to President Macron's latest Covid crackdown

The French Tennis Federation is expected to announce on Thursday that the next grand-slam event - the French Open - will be delayed by a week because of the tougher Covid-19 measures announced by President Macron last week. The delay will shift the event from a May 23 start to a May 30 start, and return the calendar to the old two-week gap between Roland Garros and Wimbledon. A more comfortable three-week interval has been the norm since 2015. The news follows hard on the heels of Wednesday's postponement of the French Open golf, which was intended to run from May 6 to 9 but has now been set back to an unspecified date later in the year. The FFT might have liked to have taken a similar...

Struff saves 5 match points to advance at Sardegna Open
Struff saves 5 match points to advance at Sardegna Open

Fifth-seeded Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany saved five match points to overcome Joao Sousa in the first round of the Sardegna Open.

When will next generation of tennis overtake the Big Three?
When will next generation of tennis overtake the Big Three?

With the Big Three of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all absent at the Miami Open, the next generation of players struggled to rise to the occasion.

Watch: Aaron Donald is playing tennis in new Hulu commercial
Watch: Aaron Donald is playing tennis in new Hulu commercial

With his footwork and power, Aaron Donald would probably make a pretty good tennis player, too.

Britain without Konta for Billie Jean King Cup tie vs Mexico
Britain without Konta for Billie Jean King Cup tie vs Mexico

World number 18 Konta, who retired from this year's Australian Open due to an abdominal injury, said last week that she would not be part of the as she gives her problematic knee time to adjust ahead of the clay-court season. Burrage, 21, was rewarded on Tuesday for her impressive recent form which saw her capture an ITF title in Dubai over the weekend, when the Lawn Tennis Association named her in the squad.

Teenage prodigy Gauff plotting own path to glory
Teenage prodigy Gauff plotting own path to glory

Gauff has been in the spotlight ever since her astounding run as a 15-year-old at Wimbledon in 2019, where she knocked out her idol and five-time champion Venus Williams after becoming the youngest player in the professional era to survive the qualifying draw. Expectations for the now 17-year-old Gauff have remained high, and she is constantly trying to live up to them. Part of that entails focusing on her tennis more and social media less, she told reporters at the WTA 500 event in Charleston.

After Miami high, Barty ready for slow transition to clay
After Miami high, Barty ready for slow transition to clay

The Australian spent most of the last year at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Miami was her first tournament abroad since February 2020. "My body feels great," top seed Barty told reporters on Monday at the WTA 500 event in Charleston. The 2019 French Open champion, who turns 25 this month, has a first-round bye and will open her clay-court season against Japan's Misaki Doi.

Andreescu climbs to sixth as Barty holds on to top ranking
Andreescu climbs to sixth as Barty holds on to top ranking

Bianca Andreescu climbed three places to sixth in the WTA rankings on Monday, following her run to the final where she lost to Ashleigh Barty, who remains the world number one.

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I'm here to win, not just reach finals, says disappointed Sinner

The 19-year-old would have been the Miami event's youngest winner had he defeated Hurkacz but lost 7-6(4) 6-4 to the Pole, who he occasionally partners in doubles. "When you're 19 and playing finals, obviously it's tough, and I wanted to win," Sinner, who won the 2019 ATP Next Gen Finals, told reporters. In February, Sinner became the youngest man since Novak Djokovic in 2006 to win two ATP titles and his appearance in the Miami final took him to a career-best ranking of 23rd on Monday.

Jordan Spieth shoots 6-under 66 to win Valero Texas Open
Jordan Spieth shoots 6-under 66 to win Valero Texas Open

In the final round of the 2021 Valero Texas Open, Jordan Spieth fired a 6-under 66 to get to 18-under par for the tournament and earn his 12th career PGA TOUR victory.

Poland
Poland's Hurkacz savours breakthrough victory at Miami Open

The 24-year-old downed Jannik Sinner 7-6(4), 6-4 in the men's final as a handful of double-faults in the match proved costly for his 19-year-old Italian opponent. Hurkacz outlasted fierce competitors including fifth-ranked Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and eighth-ranked Russian Andrey Rublev in the quarter- and semi-finals, respectively, en route to the biggest victory of his career, a triumph he was sure to savour. "I had a big belief in myself ... Winning the tournament like this like gives you extra, I think, like motivation and self-confidence," said Hurkacz, now 16th in the world.

Hurkacz wins his biggest title by beating Sinner in Miami
Hurkacz wins his biggest title by beating Sinner in Miami

With the Big Three absent at the Miami Open, and the next generation in tennis scrambling to fill the void, it was Hubert Hurkacz of Poland who made a breakthrough.

Poland
Poland's Hurkacz beats Italian teen Sinner to win Miami Open

Poland's Hubert Hurkacz defeated Italian teenager Jannik Sinner in straight sets to win the Miami Open and claim the first ATP Masters title of his career on Sunday.

French Open postponement a possibility - sports minister
French Open postponement a possibility - sports minister

French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu said it was possible the French Open could be postoned for the second year amid the COVID-19 crisis. France entered a third nationwide lockdown on Saturday to contain the coronavirus spread, although professional sports have largely been spared. The French Open, which last year was postponed by four months and took place in front of limited crowds, is due to start this year on May 23.

Tennis: Teenage Miami finalist Sinner blends tranquillity, talent to keep rising
Tennis: Teenage Miami finalist Sinner blends tranquillity, talent to keep rising

In February, Sinner became the youngest man since Novak Djokovic in 2006 to win two ATP titles, and a win in his first ATP Masters 1000 final on Sunday against friend and occasional doubles partner Hubert Hurkacz would make him the youngest-ever Miami winner. After his Miami quarter-final loss to Sinner, Alexander Bublik asked the Italian at the net if he was human, while former world No. 9 Roberto Bautista Agut also lauded Sinner for his mental strength after losing to him in the semi-final.

Andreescu refuses to let injuries define her career
Andreescu refuses to let injuries define her career

She exited the year's first Grand Slam in the second round and followed it up with a semi-final run at a WTA event at Melbourne Park before withdrawing from tournaments in Adelaide, Doha and Dubai with a leg issue.

I deserve No.1 ranking says Barty after Miami win
I deserve No.1 ranking says Barty after Miami win

Ashleigh Barty insisted she is a worthy world number one on Saturday after defeating Bianca Andreescu to retain her Miami Open crown.

Barty hits out at number one ranking critics
Barty hits out at number one ranking critics

With the pandemic preventing many from competing on the tour since March 2020, the WTA tweaked the ranking system last year to ensure that players were not penalised for their no-shows. The format allowed the Australian to stay on top of the world even though rivals such as Naomi Osaka won Grand Slam titles during Barty's absence. "I never have to prove anything to anyone," Barty told reporters on Saturday after she retained her Miami Open title when Canada's Bianca Andreescu retired midway through the final due to an ankle injury.

No. 1 Barty repeats as Miami champ when Andreescu retires
No. 1 Barty repeats as Miami champ when Andreescu retires

No. 1-ranked Ash Barty won her second successive Miami title Saturday,

No. 1 Barty repeats as Miami champ when Andreescu retires
No. 1 Barty repeats as Miami champ when Andreescu retires

Ash Barty pushed a forehand winner into the open court as her opponent, Bianca Andreescu, laid on her back in the far corner, injured yet again. With that, ...

Tennis: No fans at Serbia Open this year, says Djokovic's brother

Fans will not be allowed to attend the April 19-25 Serbia Open as the tournament will be held in line with measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic, organiser Djordje Djokovic said on Saturday. The Adria Tour charity event, organised last year by world number one Novak Djokovic, Djorde's brother, in Serbia and Croatia, was attended by up to 4,000 fans and ended in fiasco as he and several other players contracted the coronavirus. With no social distancing in place among fans, many of whom did not wear masks, Novak Djokovic was widely criticised after video footage emerged of him and other players partying in Belgrade's night clubs.

Jannik Sinner reaches Miami Open final
Jannik Sinner reaches Miami Open final

Jannik Sinner became the fourth teenager to reach the Miami men's final. The others: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi.

Sinner advances to Miami final by beating Bautista Agut
Sinner advances to Miami final by beating Bautista Agut

Italian teen Jannik Sinner advanced to the Miami Open final on Friday, rallying past Spanish seventh seed Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the biggest championship match of his young career.

Barty and Andreescu set up first career meeting in Miami final
Barty and Andreescu set up first career meeting in Miami final

World number one Ash Barty and former U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu completed contrasting semi-final victories in the Miami Open, setting up a mouth-watering first career meeting between the Grand Slam winners in Saturday's final. Australian Barty spent the last year at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Miami is her first tournament abroad since February 2020. Andreescu also returned to action after a 15-month injury layoff at the Australian Open in February, but after playing a follow-up event in Melbourne she had to withdraw from tournaments in Adelaide, Doha and Dubai with a leg issue.


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