Tennis

7:59 AM ET Associated Press If it weren’t for a coronavirus pandemic-caused postponement, the French Open would have been in Week 2 now, and Rafael Nadal might still have been in contention for a 20th Grand Slam title. Instead, he’s home in Spain, practicing lightly — and wondering along with everyone else in tennis whether
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4:28 PM ET Associated Press Nearly five years later, former tennis star James Blake says he never suspected the large man running toward him was a plainclothes New York City policeman. Blake was in town that day for the U.S. Open and standing outside a Manhattan hotel. “I thought someone was running at me that
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12:19 PM ET Associated Press The International Tennis Federation and four Grand Slam tournaments are pledging more than $300,000 in financial support for wheelchair athletes and national event hosts affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic. Wheelchair tennis players who earned under $100,000 in prize money last year and meet certain ranking requirements can apply for
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9:31 PM ET There probably weren’t too many Australians who had heard of the coronavirus in early January. Instead, the nation’s focus was on the devastating bushfires wreaking havoc around the country. For months, Australia quite literally burned. Human and animal lives were lost and livelihoods destroyed. The horrific scenes sparked international headlines and countless
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6:19 PM ET Associated Press Charter flights to ferry US Open tennis players and limited entourages from Europe, South America and the Middle East to New York. Negative COVID-19 tests before traveling. Centralized housing. Daily temperature checks. No spectators. Fewer on-court officials. No locker-room access on practice days. All are among the scenarios being considered
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6:42 PM ET Associated Press ROME — Former top-10 player Fabio Fognini said on social media that he had arthroscopic surgery on both ankles Saturday. The 2011 French Open quarterfinalist, who reached a career-high No. 9 in the ATP rankings last year, posted two messages on Twitter. The first announced he would have the operations,
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12:18 PM ET The Ultimate Tennis Showdown will attempt to encourage players to come out of their shells and show their personalities when it begins play next month. The UTS has received approval from health officials in France to start play June 13-14 and will hold events over five consecutive weekends at the Mouratoglou Academy
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11:11 AM ET Roger Federer has taken over as the highest-paid athlete in Forbes annual earnings report, topping Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who have held the No. 1 spot in three of the last four years. Federer earned $106 million pre-tax, edging out Ronaldo by about $1 million to take over No. 1. According
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3:46 PM ET Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow said the “black community needs our help” in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in police custody Monday night in Minneapolis. “They have been unheard for far too long,” Burrow, the Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall draft pick, said Friday on Twitter. “Open
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10:54 AM ET Associated Press Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July amid the coronavirus pandemic. One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass and another on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19. Each tournament
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6:51 AM ET Andy Murray will make his return to tennis at a behind-closed-doors tournament organised by his brother Jamie from June 23-28 in London, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) said on Friday. Murray, 33, has not competed since the Davis Cup Finals in November due to complications with his hip. He was targeting a
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10:20 PM ET ESPN News Services Back in Serbia after a two-month stay in Spain amid the coronavirus pandemic, Novak Djokovic says he’s in good shape and ready to play. Before the season resumes in earnest, Djokovic will play in a round-robin tournament that he is organizing, the Adria Tour, which is slated to begin
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9:36 AM ET Associated Press The French tennis federation will set aside €9 million ($9.8 million) for its players who financially struggle as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The money will come from a larger €35 million ($38.1 million) support plan for French tennis as a whole. It will go to the players ranked
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9:03 AM ET New Zealand will stage a team-based tennis tournament for local-based men’s players from June 3, organisers said on Monday. The event will mark the southern hemisphere’s first professional competition since the coronavirus pandemic brought global sport to a halt. All 112 matches of the “NZ Premier League” will be played in Auckland
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7:58 AM ET World No. 27, Nikoloz Basilashvili, has been charged with assaulting his former wife, his lawyer Irma Chkadua said. The Georgian has denied allegations that he attacked his former wife in front of their five-year-old son and he has been released on $26,000 bail. The preliminary court hearing is scheduled for July 16.
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