Venus Williams, Muguruza, del Potro, Kyrgios to play at MSG

NEW YORK (AP) Major champions Juan Martin del Potro, Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza are among the tennis players taking part in exhibition matches at Madison Square Garden on March 6. Also participating: recently suspended top-15 player Nick Kyrgios. The 10th anniversary edition of the BNP Paribas Showdown, announced Wednesday, includes the following matchups: 2009 U.S....
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Wawrinka advances; Raonic, Dimitrov exit at Swiss Indoors

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) On a tough day for seeded players in the Swiss Indoors first round, Stan Wawrinka rallied to beat 119th-ranked fellow Swiss Marco Chiudinelli 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-4 on Tuesday. Top-seeded Wawrinka advanced after second-seeded Milos Raonic and sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov both let one-set leads slip and exited early. Wawrinka ended his own streak of four straight...
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Jurgen Melzer upsets Bautista Agut to advance in Vienna

VIENNA (AP) Two-time former champion Jurgen Melzer upset fourth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the Erste Bank Open on Tuesday. The Austrian, who has dropped to 417th after a five-month layoff following shoulder surgery, played only his sixth match of the season at ATP level. In front of a home crowd of 7,500, Melzer broke the 14th-ranked Bautista...
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Kerber, Keys dominate on Day 3 of WTA Finals in Singapore; White Group action awaits

World No. 1 Angelique Kerber proved why she’s atop the “greatest eight” in trumping No. 4 Simona Halep 6–4, 6–2 in the second round of the WTA Tour Finals in Singapore on Tuesday. The one hour and 22-minute contest was dominated by Kerber, who used her solid defensive skills in pulling Halep off of the court and squeezing out unforced errors from her opponent. The score...
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Kuznetsova, Pliskova rally to advance in Singapore; Red Group gears up for competition

Day 2 of the WTA Finals in Singapore saw Svetlana Kuznetsova and Karolina Pliskova win their respective round robin encounters. Kuznetsova, a last-minute qualifier, upset Agnieszka Radwanska, 7–5, 1–6, 7–5, in the opening match of play in Singapore on Monday. Leading up to her 7–5 win in the first set, Kuznetsova was cranking her forehand, which overpowered Radwanska...
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Andy Murray: hot on Novak Djokovic’s tail

Novak Djokovic’s 2015 season was one for the ages. That year he won three of the four Grand Slams, and made the final at Roland Garros. That year he broke the record for most ATP World Tour rankings points. On top of that, he won another six Masters 1000 tournaments, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and compiled an 82-6 record. His match record equated to a 93.18% winning percentage...
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Nick Kyrgios suspended for tanking at Shanghai Masters

The Association of Tennis Professionals has had enough of Nick Kyrgios’ antics in 2016. The ATP announced Monday in a statement that is has suspended Kyrgios for eight tournament weeks and fined him $25,000 for “conduct contrary to the integrity of the game.” The sanction stems from his shameful loss to Mischa Zverev on Oct. 12 in the second round of the Shanghai Masters...
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Nick Kyrgios dismisses fans at Shanghai Masters

Nick Kyrgios believes he doesn’t owe anything to tennis fans. Kyrgios was relentlessly booed during his two-round 6-3, 6-1 loss to Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Open on Wednesday, after a shoddy effort led to a quick defeat at the hand of the 110th-ranked player in the world. Kyrgios yelled at fans during the match and had to be told by chair umpire Ali Nili “to act like a...
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Check out Shia LeBeouf as John McEnroe in photo from Borg/McEnroe film

When thinking about actors that could play John McEnroe, especially in his prime as a tennis player, is Shia LeBeouf the first one who would come to mind? Probably not, but LeBeouf as McEnroe is happening. He will portray the legendary (and temperamental) tennis star in a film titled Borg/McEnroe, which will follow the rivalry between McEnroe and Swedish rival Bjorn Borg (played...
Via Awful Announcing
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova thinks she was targeted with suspension

Maria Sharapova claimed victory in arbitration Tuesday when she successfully had her tennis suspension reduced from 24 to 15 months. Now she’s going on the offensive and saying that she may have been targeted with her suspension. “I don’t want to think that,” Sharapova said during an interview with ESPN. “I hate to think that. It’s not a great feeling to even consider...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Andy Murray once woke up to hotel maid stroking his arm?

Sports stars and celebrities obviously have to deal with their fair share of oddball fans, but Andy Murray arguably has a story about one that definitely trumps most bizarre encounters. In fact, his experience is downright terrifying. The tennis superstar recently shared a bizarre story about how he once woke up to find a hotel maid stroking his arm. Murray doesn’t specifically...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova’s suspension reduced to 15 months

Maria Sharapova’s suspension has been significantly cut down. The former world No. 1’s suspension was cut from a two-year ban to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, reports Sharapova received the ban in January after testing positive for the banned substance Meldonium. Sharapova claimed the substance came from a prescribed prescription of Mildronate tablets...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

The Australian Open pranks Twitter with fake new logo

Sports fans all around the world almost always find something to get upset about. Whether it’s a free agent signing, a trade, a missed-call, or even a logo, fans will always find a way to complain about it. Sometimes, they’ll even be tricked into those complaints. The Australian Open is one of tennis’ four grand slam tournaments along with Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal Helps Lost Child During Tennis Match, Bolsters ‘Nice Guy’ Image

Rafael Nadal reaffirmed his status as a hometown hero Wednesday by keeping tennis in proper perspective. The Tennis star briefly halted the match in which he was playing in order to allow a distressed mother to find her lost child in Mallorca, Spain. Cameras were rolling during Nadal’s act of kindness, and hte crowd crowd warmly applauded when the family united again. Rafael...
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Rafael Nadal stops match for mother looking for missing child

Rafael Nadal halted play during an exhibition match this week so that a woman could find her lost child. Nadal was teaming with Simon Solbas and facing Carlos Moya and John McEnroe at an exhibition in Mallorca at the Rafael Nadal Sports Centre. During the match, Nadal was getting ready to serve but stopped play after hearing a woman searching for her missing child. In this video...
Via Larry Brown Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

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