September 11, 2021

Qualifier Emma Raducanu Wins U.S. Open: Emma Raducanu won the 2021 U.S. Open over Leylah Fernandez, becoming the first British woman to win a grand slam in 44 years and the first qualifer to even reach a slam final. Radecanu, 18, never lost a set in the entire tournament.

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May 31, 2021

Majors May Disqualify Osaka for Refusing to Do Interviews: Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 for refusing to do interviews after her first round win in the French Open and the penalties will get much worse if it continues. The four majors issued a joint statement reminding her that the penalties could include disqualification. Osaka is currently ranked 2nd in the world. Her sister Mari posted on Reddit that the boycott is because the press keeps telling her she has a bad record on clay and "her confidence was completely shattered." Update: Osaka withdrew from the French Open.

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June 23, 2020

Novak Djokovic Has Coronavirus After Ill-Advised Tournament: Men's tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic organized a charity tennis tournament last week in Zadar at which social distancing wasn't followed, including by the participants who shook hands, embraced and later danced close together at a nightclub. Now Djokovic, several other players and his wife Jelena all have coronavirus. "We were wrong and it was too soon," he said.

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April 08, 2020

Wimbledon Bought Pandemic Insurance: The All-England Lawn Tennis Club has been paying a reported $2 million a year for pandemic insurance the last 17 years, collecting $141 million from the policy after the cancellation of this year's Wimbledon, according to Darren Rovell. Royal and Ancient has similar coverage for the British Open in golf.

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September 01, 2019

I'm Not Crying -- You're Crying: There were two lessons in sportsmanship at the U.S. Open this weekend. Gallant: Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff. Goofus: Daniil Medvedev. At 15, Coco already has world-class quote game: "An athlete is someone who on the court treats you like your worst enemy but off the court can be your best friend."

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July 13, 2019

Wimbledon Lists Women's Champions by Their Husband's Name: When Simona Halep won her first Wimbledon title Saturday, cameras showed her name being engraved on a board of champions going back decades, which reveals an archaic tradition of the event. Married women don't get their name on the board! Billie Jean King is there six times as "Mrs. L.W. King." Chris Evert goes from "Miss C.M. Evert" to "Mrs. J.M. Lloyd."

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July 12, 2019

Only 12% of Men Think They Could Win a Point Off Serena Williams: A polling site asked British people, "Do you think if you were playing your very best tennis, you could win a point off Serena Williams." 74% of men said no, 14% didn't know and 12% said yes.

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September 12, 2018

So...About that Serena Cartoon: It sure feels like this is something that would have been discussed at length a few years back on SpoFi. What does the hive mind here think? Is it racist as hell, a cultural phenomenon, or a bit of both?

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September 04, 2018

Loser's Lunch: a story of the lengths tennis tournaments will go to keep out sports bettors for reasons that aren't particularly obvious.

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September 05, 2017

I doped like Maria Sharapova: and it was actually pretty great.

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August 22, 2017

Victoria Azarenka Can't Play U.S. Open Because of Custody Case: Victoria Azarenka missed last year's U.S. Open due to pregnancy and will miss this year's due to a family court battle over that child. A court order prohibits either parent from taking the child out of California while custody is resolved. Azarenka, 28 and a two-time finalist, played well at Wimbledon upon her post-pregnancy return to tennis, reaching the fourth round before a loss to second-seed Simona Halep.

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July 16, 2017

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship: Roger Federer has won the Wimbledon men's final, defeating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. It's his eighth title in the tournament, passing Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, and his record 19th Grand Slam win. Federer, 35, last won in 2012.

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July 15, 2017

Garbine Muguruza Wins Wimbledon Crown: Garbine Muguruza turned a close match against Venus Williams into a rout, defeating her in the Wimbledon final 7-5, 6-0 for her first victory in the championship. It's the second major for the 23-year-old Spaniard. Williams, the oldest Wimbledon finalist since 1994 at age 37, had two set points in the first set.

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July 07, 2017

Tennis Player Suffers Terrible Knee Injury at Wimbledon: The American tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands, the No. 1 doubles player in the world, was playing a second-round singles match Thursday against Sorana Cirstea when she fell with a terrible knee injury. Mattek-Sands screamed in agony for help after the fall, Cirstea and many onlookers in obvious anguish and her knee visibly damaged. This video shows some details, omitting the sound, and here's a tweet with how crazy the situation was as it unfolded..

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January 29, 2017

Roger Federer beats back father time to win his 18th major at age 35.:
Since Federer last won a major (2012 Wimbledon), Nadal & Wawrinka & Murray have won three each, and Djokovic has won seven.

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October 04, 2016

Maria Sharapova's Doping Ban from Tennis Reduced: Maria Sharapova will be eligible to return to competitive tennis in April after the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced her doping ban from two years to 15 months. Sharapova tested positive for the banned heart medication meldonium at this year's Australian Open. The court ruled Sharapova bore "some degree of fault" but "less than significant fault." She's now eligible to return a month ahead of the French Open in 2017.

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June 09, 2016

Chris Christie: Hot Female Tennis Players Are Hot: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie commented on the attractiveness of women tennis players during a four-hour-long appearance on sports talk radio on Thursday. "We need [Maria] Sharapova. ... You need [Caroline] Wozniacki. ... I liked Martina."

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June 06, 2016

Novak Djokovic Holds All 4 Grand Slam Trophies: In an achievement that isn't getting nearly enough press, Novak Djokovic won the French Open Sunday and became the first men's tennis player since Rod Laver in 1969 to be the champion of all four Grand Slam events at the same time. Djokovic, 29, was the crowd's favorite on Philippe Chatrier court Sunday, getting a lot of vocal support after dropping the first set to Andy Murray before winning 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Djokovic won the next three and followed past winner Gustavo Kuerten's tradition of drawing a heart on the clay. The slam achievement puts him in a three-member club with Laver and Don Budge.

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March 20, 2016

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive: The finals of the BNP Paribas Open are today at Indian Wells. So what better time for Raymond Moore, the CEO of the tournament host, to say that the WTA women "ride on the coattails of the men. ... If I was a lady player, I'd go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport." He also said of the women's game, "They have a lot of very attractive players. ... They are physically attractive and competitively attractive."

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March 07, 2016

Shelter Dogs Serve As 'Ball Boys' At Brazil Tennis Open: Dawwwwwww Now I wanna go home and play tennis with my Addie.

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February 24, 2016

Tennis Authorities Warned About 73 Suspicious Matches Last Year: BuzzFeed News continues its series on possible match-fixing in tennis.

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January 21, 2016

Lleyton Hewitt Ends Singles Career at Australian Open: Twenty years after his first appearance at the Australian Open, local hero Lleyton Hewitt has ended his singles career there following a second-round loss. Hewitt, 34, became the youngest male ever ranked No. 1 at age 20. He won the 2001 U.S. Open and 2002 Wimbledon singles titles and another 28 tournaments. In a nicely written remembrance, Russell Jackson of The Guardian notes that Hewitt finished at Rod Laver Arena and declares, "They’ll never need to scatter his ashes here -- he's spilled so much sweat on center court that his DNA will surely linger for eternity."

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January 17, 2016

Tennis match fixing: Evidence of suspected match fixing revealed: Secret files exposing evidence of widespread suspected match fixing at the top level of world tennis, including at Wimbledon, can be revealed by the BBC and BuzzFeed News.

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January 08, 2016

Tennis Player Throws Racquet, Hits Ball Boy: At the ASB Classic in New Zealand, women's player Jelena Ostapenko threw her racket and struck a ball boy, which her opponent Naomi Broady argued was deliberate and should have resulted in her disqualification. See the video on YouTube, along with discussion of similar incidents that did result in a DQ. In 1995, Tim Henmen was disqualified with his doubles partner at Wimbledon when he hit a ball in anger and it struck a ball girl in the ear.

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July 13, 2015

Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman: '.... it’s surprising that Williams’s story of picking up a tennis racquet in Compton and ending up the greatest women’s tennis player of all time hasn’t been turned into a homily on Americana. “If Serena were smaller, lighter, and less connected to her roots she would probably be more popular,” says Kendall. “But racism means that many Americans look at her refusal to be ashamed of coming from the inner city, her rejection of European beauty aesthetics, and her spectacular record and see a negro that doesn’t know her place.”'

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July 11, 2015

Top women tennis players balance body image with ambition: "Williams said that one particular long-sleeved garment would help her go unnoticed in public. “My arms are really fit, but I wanted to cover them, because when I do people don’t recognize me as much,” she said. [......] “It’s our decision to keep her as the smallest player in the top 10,” said Tomasz Wiktorowski, the coach of Agnieszka Radwanska, who is listed at 5 feet 8 and 123 pounds. “Because, first of all she’s a woman, and she wants to be a woman.”

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July 10, 2015

Wimbledon Finals: Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer, Serena Williams vs. Garbine Muguruza: The Finals have been set for Wimbledon in singles. For the women, No. 1 seed Serena Williams goes for a "Serena slam" and her sixth Wimbledon win on Saturday morning against No. 20 seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain. This is the 21-year-old Muguruza's first finals appearance in a major. For the men, No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic meets No. 2 seed Roger Federer on Sunday. Djokovic is the defending champ and has two Wimbledon victories. Federer has a chance to win his eighth, which would pass Pete Sampras for most ever among the men.

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December 13, 2014

New Tennis League Called 'Minor Miracle' by Wall Street Journal: A new league founded by former doubles champ Mahesh Bhupathi, International Premier Tennis League, began last month with events in the Philippines, Singapore and India. The final event of the first season finishes today in Dubai. Four teams featuring some of the sport's best-known men and women -- including past greats -- compete in a series of singles and doubles events as the Micromax Indian Aces, UAE Royals, Manila Mavericks and DBS Singapore Slammers. Some rules speed up the sport, including a serve clock, next-point-wins provision after deuce and a worth-double "power point" a team can attempt once per set. There also are player substitutions mid-match. Wall Street Journal sportswriter Tom Perrotta said the league "should be considered a minor miracle -- and an important part of the sport’s future. ... As of July, there were still rumors that the league would fail before it started. Instead, it has received a lot more attention and praise than anyone thought it would."

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August 26, 2013

Claim: Bobby Riggs Threw the Match Against Billie Jean King: Bobby Riggs threw the famous match against Billie Jean King in 1973 to pay off $100,000 in gambling debts to organized crime, according to a new TV report. Hal Shaw, a former golf pro in Tampa, said he heard three alleged mobsters and a lawyer discussing how Riggs "would beat Margaret Court and then he would go in the tank" against King. The match before 30,000 spectators at the Houston Astrodome became a milestone for women in sports. King, the world's second-ranked female tennis player, beat Riggs in straight sets.

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August 20, 2013

Is Roger Federer Done?: Fallen to No. 7 in the world rankings, Roger Federer said recently that he's no longer playing for the money, the lifestyle or even the pursuit of the top ranking. But he doesn't seem to be contemplating retirement either. "Sometimes, the media uses what they have to make a good article for them, which makes sense," he said, "but right now for me, it is getting back playing well, going deep into tournaments, and then the ranking will follow automatically, up or down.

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August 15, 2013

Wimbledon Champ Marion Bartoli Retires Because of Pain: Only 32 days after surprising the tennis world by winning the Wimbledon title, Marion Bartoli abruptly announced her retirement after losing a second-round match at the Western & Southern Open, a warm-up to the United States Open. "It's time for me to retire and to call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away, actually. My body just can't do it anymore. I've been already through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really push through and leave it all during that Wimbledon."

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July 07, 2013

Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon, Ends Long British Drought: Andy Murray of Scotland has become the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon men's tennis singles championship. Murray defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in a grueling 3-hour, 9-minute match played in the hottest temperature for a final since 1976. Since losing the final last year to Roger Federer, Murray has won the Olympic gold medal, the U.S. Open and now Wimbledon.

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July 06, 2013

Marion Batoli Wins First Wimbledon Title: In a match of unlikely low seeds, No. 15 Marion Bartoli of France defeated No. 23 Sabine Lasicki of Germany 6-1, 6-4 for her first Wimbledon ladies singles championship. The 28-year-old Bartoli, who lost to Venus Williams in the 2007 final, kept her 23-year-old opponent under constant pressure and fighting nerves, breaking her serve three times in the first set. "I felt overwhelmed," Lisicki admitted in the on-court interview following the match.

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May 17, 2013

CBS Loses U.S. Open After Four Decades: After broadcasting the event for 46 years, CBS will be losing the rights to the U.S. Open to ESPN in 2015, thanks to an $825 million, 11-year deal for the broadcast and cable rights. Viewership fell to a 25-year low of 2 million in 2012. Rain has postponed the men's final from Sunday to Monday for five straight years.

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January 23, 2013

Look dude, you can do this.: Teenager Sloane Stephens takes down her idol Serena Williams in the Australian Open. Stephens also happens to be the daughter of former New England Patriot, John Stephens.

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December 10, 2012

Novak Djokovic Buys Up World's Supply of Donkey Cheese: The No. 1-ranked men's tennis player and Wimbledon champion has bought up the world's entire 2013 supply of donkey cheese for his chain of restaurants in Serbia. The Zasavica farm in that country is the only place in the world that milks donkeys for cheese, which is called pule and sells for around $650 an ounce.

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September 05, 2012

Shot, sir!: SLYT: David Wetherill's table tennis shot at the London 2012 Paralympics.

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August 29, 2012

Drop Shot Picks Up at U.S. Open: The drop shot, once regarded as desperate on hardcourts, has come back into vogue, reports USA Today. Roger Federer, who thought of it as "sort of a panic shot" in the past, is now using it to throw off heavy hitters standing at the backline. "I just realized it was very hard to hit through the guys time and time again, because they track down everything," he said. "Maybe by using the drop shot a bit more they have to play closer to the line; then it's easier to hit through them again."

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August 24, 2012

Serena Still Unapologetic About Outbursts: Asked by the New York Times about her on-court tantrums against a lineswoman and chair umpire at the U.S. Opens of 2009 and 2011, Serena Williams remains unapologetic. After being called for a foot fault, Williams told lineswoman Shino Tsurubuchi in 2009, "I swear to God I'll [bleeping] take this ball and shove it down your [bleeping] throat" and was immediately disqualified from the quarterfinal. Her take on the controversy today? "I don't foot-fault. Like, I have in the past, but this woman should never make a call in the semifinals of a Grand Slam on a person who doesn't foot-fault. She was totally wrong. I'm sorry. I'm not sorry. I looked at her like -- I tried to warn her. And then she did it again."

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July 08, 2012

Federer Denies Murray, Wins 7th Title: Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray in the Wimbledon men's final Sunday, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, claiming his seventh title in the event and making the United Kingdom cry. Federer reclaims the No. 1 ranking in tennis and becomes the first player in his thirties to win a Grand Slam final since Andre Agassi in 2003. Murray, 25, won his first set in a slam final after nearly taking Federer's head off with a return at a pivotal moment.

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