Tennis

6:43 PM ET ESPN News Services ROME — Rafael Nadal‘s first tournament in seven months ended with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open on Saturday. Nadal, a nine-time champion in Rome, had never lost to 15th-ranked Schwartzman in nine previous meetings. But Schwartzman dictated the baseline rallies
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12:00 PM ET Associated Press ROME — Less than two weeks after getting defaulted from the US Open, Novak Djokovic lost his cool again midway through a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over German qualifier Dominik Koepfer in the Italian Open quarterfinals Saturday. When Djokovic was broken at love to even the second set at 3-3,
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3:59 PM ET Associated Press Novak Djokovic was being pushed so hard in the first set by Filip Krajinovic that he urgently needed somewhere to sit down and catch his breath. Since it was 5-5 and not time for a changeover, he plopped down on one of the new boxes installed behind the court for
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8:41 PM ET D’Arcy MaineESPN.com Tennis star Naomi Osaka, who won the US Open on Saturday, announced Thursday night that she will not play in this month’s French Open. Osaka, ranked third in the world, cited a lingering left hamstring injury and a lack of preparation time on the clay surface as the reasons for
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6:03 PM ET Associated Press PARIS — The number of fans allowed to attend the upcoming French Open was reduced to 5,000 per day on Thursday amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The French Tennis Federation had initially planned for 11,500 spectators spread over three courts for the clay-court major, which starts Sept. 27 in
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2:32 PM ET ATP and WTA jointly announced on Friday that the 2020 Kremlin Cup tournaments in Moscow have been cancelled by a mandate from health officials in the Russian capital, where there has been a surge in coronavirus infections. However, the ATP’s St. Petersburg tournament – a more prestigious event scheduled to start in
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8:20 AM ET Associated Press The Fed Cup is changing its name to honor tennis great Billie Jean King, the woman whose lifelong battle for equality and social justice laid the foundation for generations that followed. The Billie Jean King Cup will become the first major global team competition to be named after a woman,
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8:37 AM ET Novak Djokovic has spoke with ATP chief Andrea Gaudenzi regarding his breakaway players body, the world No.1 confirmed, reiterating that the new association could be a “positive addition” to the men’s Tour. Djokovic stepped down as head of the ATP player council last month along with members Vasek Pospisil, John Isner and
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Sep 17, 2020 Andy Murray thinks the Australian Open should consider removing Margaret Court’s name from the arena at Melbourne Park as he said the multiple Grand Slam champion’s values are at odds with what tennis stands for. The 78-year-old Court, who holds the all-time record of 24 major singles titles, has been heavily criticised
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