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Should we expect a repeat of the Australian Open soon?

It has been one week since the conclusion of singles’ competition at the 2017 Australian Open, where the veterans stole the show. Serena Williams defeated sister Venus Williams to capture the women’s title, while Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal for the men’s in a matchup that nobody dared dream of at the start of the tennis tournament. The first Grand Slam of the year briefly...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Chardy and Brown advance to Open Sud de France 2nd round

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Jeremy Chardy of France beat seventh-seeded Marcel Granollers 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the second round of the Open Sud de France on Monday. Although Granollers was eclipsed in the first set, dropping his serve three times, Chardy still needed to save six break points. He beat the Spaniard for the third time in five meetings and next plays the winner of...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Brown beats top-seeded Cilic in Montpellier

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Dustin Brown hit eight aces and didn't face a break point as he upset top-seeded Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4 at the Open Sud de France on Wednesday. The 84th-ranked German broke his Croatian opponent once in each set to reach the quarterfinals at the indoor tournament. Brown, who sealed his win with an ace, will next face Frenchman Benoit Paire or fifth-seeded...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bellucci into the quarterfinals on clay in Quito

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) Fourth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil reached the quarterfinals of the Ecuador Open on Wednesday, defeating Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 7-6 (8), 7-6 (2). In another second-round match in the clay-court tournament, No. 8 Renzo Olivo of Argentina had a 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3 win over Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. In the first round, Victor Estrella Burgos of the...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal pulls out of ABN Amro tennis tournament

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) Australian Open finalist Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week's ABN Amro tennis tournament, saying he needs to rest. Organizers say the top-seeded Spaniard's doctors told him to take it easy after his surprise run in Melbourne that ended in a five-set loss to Roger Federer. In a statement, Nadal says his doctors advised rest ''to give my body time...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 3 Lorenzi, Ram into quarterfinals in Ecuador Open

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) Paolo Lorenzi of Italy reached the Ecuador Open quarterfinals for a third straight year by defeating Matthew Ebden of Australia 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday. The third-seeded Lorenzi is shooting for his second ATP singles title. Last year, he became the oldest first-time ATP champion at 34 by winning in Austria. Rajeev Ram of the U.S. made it to his first ATP quarterfinals...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2nd-seeded Tsonga and 3rd-seeded Gasquet reach quarterfinals

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Second seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France needed only 45 minutes to reach the quarterfinals of the Open de Sud de France, swatting aside countryman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday. Tsonga, a former Australian Open finalist, is ranked 14 but doubles expert Herbert is ranked only 96 in singles. It proved to be a total mismatch as Tsonga hit seven...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Defending champion Gasquet reaches Open Sud de France semis

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Two-time defending champion Richard Gasquet of France beat big-serving countryman Kenny De Schepper 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the Open Sud de France on Friday. De Schepper, a left-handed player ranked 162, had 16 aces. But he also proved vulnerable on his serve, conceding 22 break points, with Gasquet converting five. The third-seeded Gasquet...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Bertens fightback leaves Belarus, Dutch level in Fed Cup

MINSK, Belarus (AP) Kiki Bertens saved a match point on Saturday before beating Aryna Sabalenka to level the Netherlands' Fed Cup match against Belarus at 1-1. Aliaksandra Sasnovich gave Belarus the lead with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Michaella Krajicek in the opening rubber of the day, before 24th-ranked Bertens took on Aryna Sabalenka, who is 118 places lower. Sabalenka started...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pliskova beats Arruabarrena; Czechs level at 1-1 with Spain

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Third-ranked Karolina Pliskova overcame a late scare on the way to a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Lara Arruabarrena to put defending champion Czech Republic level with Spain at 1-1 in the first round of the Fed Cup on Saturday. Earlier, French Open champion Garbine Muguruza defeated Barbora Strycova 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 in the opening singles to put Spain 1-0 ahead...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Gasquet and Zverev win to set up Open Sud de France final

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Frenchman Richard Gasquet remains on course for a third straight title at the Open Sud de France, where he will face German teen Alexander Zverev in the final. The third-seeded Gasquet beat countryman Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-2 while Zverev prevented an all-French final by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-4 in the other semifinal on Saturday. Gasquet...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Belarus completes surprise win over Netherlands in Fed Cup

MINSK, Belarus (AP) With or without Victoria Azarenka, Belarus can still succeed on the tennis court. The former top-ranked player is taking time out with her baby son, but Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Aryna Sabalenka stepped up Sunday to build an insurmountable 3-1 lead over the Netherlands in the Fed Cup quarterfinals. Sasnovich is ranked 104 places below Dutch world No. 24 Kiki...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pliskova trashes Muguruza, Czechs lead Spain 2-1 in Fed Cup

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Third-ranked Karolina Pliskova eased past French Open champion Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-2 in the first reverse singles to give defending champion Czech Republic a 2-1 lead over Spain in the first round of the Fed Cup on Sunday. Pliskova failed to serve out the match at 5-1 but broke Muguruza in the following game with a forehand winner to put the Czechs...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Teen Zverev beats Gasquet to win Open Sud de France title

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Teen Alexander Zverev beat two-time defending champion Richard Gasquet 7-6 (4), 6-3 to win the Open Sud de France on Sunday and clinch his second career title. The 19-year-old German's other title came last September when he beat three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka to win the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. This time, he denied Gasquet a 15th...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

USTA apologizes for playing Nazi Germany-era anthem

Mistakes with national anthems are rare. Which is great, as when they happen they’re incredibly offensive. The United States Tennis Association made a big one on Saturday.The US was hosting Germany in a Fed Cup match played in Hawaii, and prior to the first match when Alison Riske played Andrea Petkovic, the USTA goofed big time and played a stanza of the anthem that dated back...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Teenage Zverev beats Gasquet to win Open Sud de France title

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Teenage Alexander Zverev beat two-time defending champion Richard Gasquet 7-6 (4), 6-3 to win the Open Sud de France on Sunday and clinch his second career title. The 19-year-old German's other title came in September when he beat three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka to win the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. This time, he denied Gasquet a 15th...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Former champion Tomas Berdych into second round in Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) Former champion Tomas Berdych beat Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the second round of the World Tennis Tournament on Monday. Both players had 11 aces in a closely contested match where Berdych saved three break points. The fourth-seeded Czech broke the Romanian qualifier's serve once. Berdych, the 2014 winner, next faces Frenchman...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni to step down as his coach after season

Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni will step down as the coach of the tennis player after the season, the uncle told an Italian magazine in an article publicized over the weekend.Toni Nadal, who has coached Rafa throughout his entire career and helped turn him into a 14-time grand slam champion, feels like he has been marginalized by some of the people on Rafa’s team. That includes Carlos...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Young rallies to beat No. 6 seed Mannarino in Memphis Open

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Donald Young rallied from a break down in each of the last two sets Monday to defeat No. 6 seed Adrian Mannarino 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the opening round of the Memphis Open. Young served for the match at 5-3 in the third set but failed to hold. The American regrouped from there and erased a 3-1 deficit in the third-set tiebreak. Mannarino had led 4-2 in the...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Defending champion Klizan reaches 2nd round in Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) Defending champion Martin Klizan of Slovakia beat Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-4, 0-6, 6-1 to reach the second round of the World Tennis Tournament on Tuesday. In an erratic contest, both players dropped serve four times. The unseeded Klizan, who had lost their two previous meetings, next plays Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber. Kohlschreiber advanced...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Fired for Venus Williams remark, ex-commentator sues ESPN

LOS ANGELES (AP) A tennis commentator dropped by ESPN for a remark about Venus Williams during the Australian Open has sued the sports network for wrongful termination. Former tennis pro Doug Adler maintains he was describing Williams' aggressive style last month as ''guerrilla'' tactics and not comparing her with a ''gorilla.'' He apologized for his poor word choice but was...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Home-crowd favorite Berlocq into 2nd round in Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Home-crowd favorite Carlos Berlocq defeated Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the clay-court Argentina Open. In another first-round match, Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine beat Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-3, 6-3. The four top-seeded players all have byes into the second round and did not play on Tuesday. Kei...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Fritz saves 3 match points to beat No. 8 seed Lu in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Taylor Fritz saved three match points in a third-set tiebreaker to beat No. 8 seed Yen-Hsun Lu 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) on Tuesday night in the first round of the Memphis Open. Fritz, the runner-up in this event last year, won without ever breaking Lu's serve. Earlier Tuesday, qualifier Darian King defeated No. 5 seed Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4. King, ranked 140th...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal's uncle announced he was quitting as Nadal's coach ... without telling Rafa

Toni Nadal, the uncle of Rafael Nadal who coached his nephew to 14 Grand Slam titles and an unprecedented run of dominance on clay courts, announced to a Hungarian newspaper he was retiring as Nadal's coach at the end of 2017. Only thing is, Uncle Toni forgot to tell Rafa. A Nadal spokesman said the 30-year-old hadn't heard about his uncle's departure until he first heard word...
Via FOX Sports
6 days ago

Young beats Opelka in Memphis with Isner, Querrey up next

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Donald Young beat fellow American Reilly Opelka 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the Memphis Open quarterfinals. Young held serve to force the first set to a tiebreaker before finishing off Opelka. Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovinia was the first to advance to the quarterfinals by upsetting seventh-seeded Steve Darcis of Belgium 7-6 (2), 6-4. No. 2 seed...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss
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