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Novak Djokovic issues statement in response to controversy

Novak Djokovic issued a statement on his Facebook page Tuesday to address a controversy caused by his comments about gender and equal pay. The world No. 1-ranked tennis player responded to the Indian Wells CEO’s sexist remarks about women riding the coattails of men. Djokovic said men deserve a greater share of prize money at combined events currently because metrics show they...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every women's Australian Open tennis champion in the Open Era

Can you name every women's Australian Open tennis champion in the Open Era? Note: The Open was moved from January to December in 1977, so there were two Opens played in that year. It was moved again in 1986 from December to January so there was no Open played in 1986.
March 24, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every Men's French Open tennis champion in the Open Era

Can you name every Men's Australian Open tennis champion in the Open Era?
March 24, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every men's U.S. Open tennis champion in the Open Era

Can you name every men's U.S. Open tennis champion in the Open Era?
March 24, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every women's U.S. Open tennis champion in the Open Era

Can you name every Women's U.S. Open tennis champion in the Open Era?
March 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Roger Federer wants harsher drug testing in tennis

Roger Federer has long been a proponent of harsh drug testing in professional tennis, and he says he would like to see even more testing. “I definitely think that tennis is doing a lot better than we have in the past,” Federer said from Miami this week. “You could always do more testing. You could ask someone here in 50 years’ time and he’ll say we could still do more...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Miami Twice: equally dominant runs from Azarenka and Djokovic mean different things

The 2016 Miami Open might become something very different in the course of time… and that’s part of what made it such a fascinating tournament to observe. We could look back on the past week and a half in Key Biscayne, Florida, and realize that the journey led to predictable endpoints in 2016: Novak Djokovic ruling everything in sight, and Victoria Azarenka finally winning more...
Via Attacking The Net
April 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Dominika Cibulkova: Sharapova is ‘arrogant, conceited and cold’

Maria Sharapova has spoken openly in the past about not having many close friends in women’s tennis, so you probably could have guessed how her peers would react when the five-time major champion was busted for using a banned substance at the Australian Open. While most players in the Women’s Tennis Association have offered no comment about Sharapova, Dominika Cibulkova had...
Via Larry Brown Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Djokovic upset in 2nd round of Monte Carlo Masters

Defending champion Novak Djokovic was stunned by 55th-ranked Jiri Vesely 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday.It was his first loss in a completed match since November. He retired from a match in February with eye infections.The top-ranked Djokovic saved a match point when he was serving against Vesely in the ninth game. But the Czech, who had...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

13 wild stats about Novak Djokovic, Jiry Vesely and the biggest tennis upset of 2016

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic lost to No. 55 Jiry Vesely in a shocking upset at the Monte Carlo Open on Wednesday, a loss which snapped a number of Djokovic streaks, set some new player records and easily became the biggest upset of the 2016 tennis season. Some stats about the 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Vesely stunner:1. Djokovic hadn't lost to a player ranked worse than No. 50 in six years. The...
Via Fox Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal, Federer, Murray reach Monte Carlo Masters quarters

MONACO (AP) Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal saved 15 of 17 break points, and Andy Murray rallied from a set and 3-0 down as both advanced to the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals on Thursday. Nadal scampered around the clay to retrieve forehands from Dominic Thiem and beat the Austrian 7-5, 6-3. Murray came back to defeat an erratic Benoit Paire of France 2-6, 7-5, 7-5. ''I never...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal and Murray win to set up Monte Carlo Masters semifinal

MONACO (AP) Rafael Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 on Friday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals, where he will face Andy Murray again. In a one-sided contest between former champions, the Spaniard broke Wawrinka four times, and made the semis for the 11th time. Murray took out Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 for the second time this year. ''If I play like I did today, I'll have...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal vs. Murray in Monte Carlo; Tsonga beats Federer

MONACO (AP) Rafael Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 on Friday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals, where he will face Andy Murray again. Roger Federer lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, despite being two points from victory when leading 5-4 in the decider with Tsonga 15-30 down on his serve. This was Federer's comeback tournament after more than two months...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal on course for 9th Monte Carlo title as Federer exits

MONACO (AP) A ninth Monte Carlo Masters title is getting closer for Rafael Nadal with most of his rivals out of the way - including Roger Federer, who again misses out on one of the few trophies not already in his glittering collection. But Federer - a four-time runner-up on the French Riviera - was not too disappointed, considering that his priority was to come back safely after...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal rallies to beat Murray and reach Monte Carlo final

MONACO (AP) Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal beat second-seeded Andy Murray 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final for the first time since 2013. Murray dominated on his serve - and pressured Nadal's - throughout the first set, also using his drop shot to good effect. But fifth-seeded Nadal broke Murray at the start of the second set to regain momentum...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal chases 9th Monte Carlo title, faces Monfils in final

MONACO (AP) Standing in the way of a ninth Monte Carlo Masters title for Rafael Nadal is Frenchman Gael Monfils, an opponent the Spaniard has beaten every time they've met on clay and who has a dismal 5-18 record in finals. Nadal has waited two years to win a Masters title, and four years to get his Monte Carlo crown back, so losing on Sunday would be a particularly bitter blow...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

No Williams, no problem, as US beats Australia at Fed Cup

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) The United States sealed a return to the elite World Group in Fed Cup tennis after Coco Vandeweghe beat Sam Stosur in three sets on Sunday to give the Americans an unassailable 3-0 lead over Australia in their playoff. Vandeweghe filled in for Madison Keys in the opening reverse singles and came from a set and a break down to beat Stosur 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 on...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal overcomes Monfils to win 9th Monte Carlo Masters title

MONACO (AP) Rafael Nadal overcame a sloppy performance on his serve to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 on Sunday and win the Monte Carlo Masters for the ninth time. This was the Spaniard's first tournament win in Monte Carlo since winning the last of his eight straight titles there in 2012. It is also the record-equaling 28th Masters title for Nadal, bringing him alongside...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

French Open Last Chance For Nadal Comeback

For tennis players, the decline can be especially turbulent. The end is almost never pretty. Players past their prime in this sport do not get to win another major title. They lure the crowd in before inevitably crumbling. In tennis, once you begin the descent, you do not usually get to climb back up top. But when a revolutionary and universally revered player like Rafael Nadal begins...
Via The Sports Quotient
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal glad he won 9th Monte Carlo title the hard way

MONACO (AP) Rafael Nadal is glad he won a ninth Monte Carlo Masters title the hard way, after defeating Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 in an error-strewn final Sunday. Normally, having to save 47 break points in five matches to win a tournament on clay would be a big cause for concern for the nine-time French Open champion. But the Spaniard sees it as a sign that his famed...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Relief evident for Nadal as he wins 9th Monte Carlo title

MONACO (AP) The relief was evident for Rafael Nadal, as he overcame a sloppy performance on his serve to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 on Sunday and get his hands on the Monte Carlo Masters trophy for the ninth time. This was the Spaniard's first tournament win in Monte Carlo since the last of his eight straight titles there in 2012. It is also the record-equaling 28th...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal arrives in Barcelona looking for 9th title

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Fresh from winning his ninth Monte Carlo Masters title, Rafael Nadal arrived in Spain ready to win his ninth at the Barcelona Open. The 14-time Grand Slam champion has a bye in the first round and will face either Marcel Granollers and Daniel Munoz de la Nava in his opening match. The win over Gael Monfils on Sunday in Monte Carlo gave the Spaniard a record...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The resurgence of Rafael Nadal and a magical week in Monte Carlo

Anyone who has ever loved tennis knows the sport possesses a singular quality, a uniquely combative nature which resonates across much of the globe. This is a violent sport. It’s anything but the longstanding and laughably empty stereotypical image of a “sissy” or “genteel” activity. Yet, the competitors don’t suffer black eyes, fractured jaws, or concussions in the course...
Via Attacking The Net
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Caroline Wozniacki out of Madrid, Rome with injured ankle

Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki says she is pulling out of clay-court tournaments in Madrid and Rome because of an injured right ankle, putting her status for the French Open in doubt. Wozniacki sent out a tweet Monday announcing the withdrawals from the two tuneups for Roland Garros, saying she ''still needs time to heal.'' Earlier in April, she tweeted out a picture of her right...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Baghdatis eliminated in 1st round of Nastase Tiriac Trophy

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Fifth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis was eliminated in the first round of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Tuesday, losing to unseeded Marco Cecchinato of Italy 6-2, 6-4. Baghdatis wasted all four of his break points and was broken three times. Cecchinato will face Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia in the second round. Also, seventh-seeded Paolo Lorenzi defeated Diego Schwartzman...
Via AP on Fox
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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