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Rohan Bopanna

Rohan Bopanna: Defying Odds in Indian Tennis

Indian tennis stalwart Rohan Bopanna has carved his niche in the annals of the sport, defying odds and embracing his unique journey to etch his name in the country's tennis history. At the age of 43, Bopanna achieved a significant milestone, winning his first men's doubles Grand Slam title after 61 attempts with 19 different partners. His remarkable journey to World No. 1 is a testament to his resilience, especially considering the challenges posed by knee issues, contemplations of retirement five years ago,

Nadal’s 2007 French Open Racket Sells for $118K

Rafael Nadal's 2007 French Open-Winning Racket Fetches $118,000 at Auction In a remarkable turn of events, Rafael Nadal's iconic racket, used during his 2007 French Open triumph against Roger Federer, has been sold at auction for an impressive sum of over $118,000. The sale, which took place on Monday, positions this piece of tennis memorabilia among the highest-priced items of its kind. Nadal's memorable victory over Federer in the 2007 final in Paris, where he secured his third Grand Slam title, marked a
Coco Gauff

Coco Gauff Battles Errors to Reach Australian Open Semis

In a thrilling and error-filled match at the Australian Open, Coco Gauff secured her place in the semifinals by defeating Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 6-2. Despite facing a 5-1 deficit, Gauff showed remarkable resilience, saving two set points to claim the opening set in a tiebreaker. The battle extended to a deciding set, with Gauff ultimately emerging victorious after a 3-hour, 8-minute encounter. Gauff expressed pride in her performance during a post-match on-court interview, acknowledging Kostyuk as a tough opponent. The
Arthur Cazaux

Arthur Cazaux Epic Australian Open Journey

Arthur Cazaux, a 21-year-old wildcard entrant from France, has emerged as the unexpected star of the 2024 Australian Open, stunning the tennis world with his remarkable run. In a field dominated by familiar names like Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and Carlos Alcaraz, Cazaux's journey has been nothing short of sensational. In the earlier rounds, Cazaux achieved notable upsets by defeating the 8-seed Holger Rune and the 28-seed Tallon Griekspoor, securing his place in the last 16. What makes his feat even more extraordinary
Serena Williams waves after a match

The end of an era as Serena Williams announces…

Serena Williams has confirmed that she will hang up her racket following the US Open Tournament, bringing to an end an amazing tennis career. After claiming her first victory in 340 days since last year's French Open at the National Bank Open on Monday, the American tennis great hinted at retirement by telling reporters: "I love playing, though… but, you know, I can't do this forever. Sometimes you just want to try your best to enjoy the moments, and do the best that
Ashleigh Barty Says Patience Needed On Return From Four-Month Hiatus

Ashleigh Barty Says Patience Needed On Return From Four-Month…

The two-time Grand Slam champion said she spent the time with family and worked on her game in a bid to win her first Australian Open later this month. World number one Ashleigh Barty said Monday that she will need to be patient as she returns to competitive action this week for the first time since the US Open in September. Barty is celebrating 102 consecutive weeks at the top of the women's game but after falling in the third round at Flushing
Raducanu stuns Sakkari, first qualifier to reach US Open final

Raducanu stuns Sakkari, first qualifier to reach US Open…

REUTERS NEW YORK,- British teen Emma Raducanu became the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final by beating Greece's Maria Sakkari 6-1 6-4 in her U.S. Open semi-final on Thursday. With British tennis royalty Tim Henman and Virginia Wade looking on, Raducanu fended off seven break points across her first two service games and capitalized on a trio of double faults from Sakkari on the way to a 5-0 lead in the first set. Down a break in the second set, Sakkari

US Open 2021: Naomi Osaka wins in first Grand…

Defending champion Naomi Osaka claimed a straight-set victory at the US Open on her first Grand Slam appearance since withdrawing from the French Open. The Japanese third seed, 23, ground down Czech world number 87 Marie Bouzkova for a 6-4 6-1 first-round win. She will play world number 145 Olga Danilovic of Serbia next. Osaka withdrew from Roland Garros in May, revealing she had "suffered long bouts of depression" since winning her first major title at the 2018 US Open. The four-time major
Nadal, Osaka withdraw from Wimbledon

Nadal, Osaka withdraw from Wimbledonv

Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka, with 24 Grand Slam titles between them, both withdrew from Wimbledon on Thursday (Jun 17) with the Spanish star also pulling out of the Tokyo Olympics in a bid "to prolong my career". Nadal's snub of the Olympics was later followed by world No 5 Dominic Thiem also withdrawing from Tokyo. Osaka, however, said she still intended to take part in her home Olympics. The 35-year-old Nadal, who won Olympic gold and Wimbledon in 2008, triumphing again at
Venus, Murray handed Wimbledon wild cards

Venus, Murray handed Wimbledon wild cards

LONDON: Former champions Venus Williams and Andy Murray were named in Wimbledon's initial list of wild cards on Wednesday (Jun 16) for this month's grass court Grand Slam. American Williams, who will turn 41 on Thursday, won five out of her seven Grand Slam singles titles at Wimbledon, but has slipped to 103rd in the women's world rankings. She has not made it past the opening round at any tournament since reaching the second round of the Australian Open in February. Britain's Murray
China gives Li Na the 'cold shoulder' a decade on from changing tennis

China gives Li Na the ‘cold shoulder’ a decade…

SHANGHAI: A decade ago, more than 110 million people tuned in from China to watch Li Na become the first Asian-born player to win a Grand Slam singles title. But now she is rarely seen on TV or in the country's media. Her big breakthrough for Chinese and Asian tennis at the 2011 French Open was followed by a second major at the Australian Open in 2014 before Li tearfully called it quits later that year. Now 39, Li is only seen fleetingly
Men's 'Big Three' in same half of French Open draw

Men’s ‘Big Three’ in same half of French Open…

PARIS: Thirteen-time champion Rafael Nadal, 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer and world number one Novak Djokovic were placed in the same half of the French Open draw on Thursday (May 27). The three most successful players in the history of the men's game have won 17 of the last 20 Grand Slam titles between them and Federer and Djokovic are on a quarter-final collision course. Title holder Nadal, who starts against Australian Alexei Popyrin, could face Italian prospect Jannik Sinner, the 18th
Nadal, Djokovic eye history as Roland Garros embraces quiet night in

Nadal, Djokovic eye history as Roland Garros embraces quiet…

PARIS: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will set their sights on more Grand Slam history at Roland Garros as the French Open embraces a new and eerily empty era of night time tennis. A 14th title in Paris for Nadal would take him to a record-setting 21st major, surpassing the mark he shares with Roger Federer who has already written off his hopes of adding to his lone success in the French capital back in 2009. Djokovic, the champion in 2016, can move
Wimbledon to become 14-day tournament from 2022 with play on Middle Sunday

Wimbledon to become 14-day tournament from 2022 with play…

LONDON: The Wimbledon Championships will become a 14-day tournament from 2022, with matches set to be played on Middle Sunday, traditionally a day off at the grasscourt Grand Slam, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said on Tuesday. The first Sunday of Wimbledon is normally a rest day, on which tournament organisers work to get the courts back into top shape for the latter rounds, resulting in a packed "Manic Monday" schedule. "From 2022, to coincide with the centenary of centre court,
Federer playing French Open with eye on Wimbledon - McEnroe

Federer playing French Open with eye on Wimbledon –…

Roger Federer's decision to make his long-awaited Grand Slam return on his least favourite surface at next month's French Open is part of a grand plan to peak in time for his beloved Wimbledon, according to ESPN commentator Patrick McEnroe. Federer, who due to injury or schedule preference has not competed on the clay courts at Roland Garros in four of the last five years, returned to competition last month after sitting out more than a year following two knee operations. "He wouldn't

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic Crushes Jeremy Chardy In Straight…

Defending champion Novak Djokovic blasted past Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in emphatic fashion Monday to ominously kick off his bid for an unprecedented ninth Australian Open title. Defending champion Novak Djokovic blasted past Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in emphatic fashion Monday to ominously kick off his bid for an unprecedented ninth Australian Open title. The Serbian world number one, who clinched his 17th Grand Slam in last year's gripping final at Melbourne Park against Dominic Thiem, wasted little energy in the 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 romp in just 91 minutes

Australian Open: Craig Tiley ‘absolutely confident’ Grand Slam will…

Australian Open boss Craig Tiley says he is "absolutely confident" the Grand Slam will start as planned on Monday, despite 160 players waiting for the outcome of coronavirus tests. A total of 507 people connected to the event were told to isolate by Melbourne health officials on Wednesday after a hotel worker tested positive. Play at six warm-up events and the Slam draws were postponed on Thursday. "We fully expect to keep the original schedule after today," said Tiley. The warm-up events, which are all