BRISBANE, Australia - Ash Barty has joined the ranks of high-profile players concerned over the staging of the US Open while there's still so much uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic.The women's No. 1 hasn't had ...
Jun 15, 2020
IF it weren't for a pandemic-caused postponement, the French Open would have been in Week 2 now, and Rafael Nadal might still have been in contention for a 20th Grand Slam title. Instead, he's home in Spain, ...
Jun 5, 2020
IF the French Open were being held as scheduled right now -- instead of postponed to September because of the coronavirus pandemic -- Rafael Nadal would have been seeking a 20th Grand Slam title to equal Roger Federer's record for men.While ...
May 29, 2020
MADRID - Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic will need to be vaccinated to keep playing if the governing bodies of tennis make coronavirus shots obligatory once they become available.Nadal told the Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia this week that Djokovic and ...
May 9, 2020
MADRID - If given the option, Rafael Nadal said he would scrap this season entirely so tennis could resume normally in 2021.The second-ranked Spaniard, who is 33 years old and has won 19 Grand Slam titles, said he hoped to resume ...
May 6, 2020
MADRID - Rafael Nadal says it will be "very difficult" for tennis to return to action any time soon and is concerned about the risk of injuries when the sport resumes.Nadal spoke in a joint interview with NBA player Pau Gasol that ...
Apr 28, 2020
SO here's a dose of realism - or surrealism - for the first video game tournament of the coronavirus pandemic involving professional tennis players: A match supposedly was postponed on Monday because of Rafael Nadal's balky back, except the tournament ...
Apr 28, 2020
EVER wondered what a chat between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal might sound like? How about Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray or Stan Wawrinka?Fans got the rare chance to watch the Big Three - and two other owners of multiple Grand Slam ...
Apr 21, 2020
NOVAK Djokovic says he spoke with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal about working with the ATP to set up a fund to help lower-ranked tennis players financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic.During an IG live session he held with three- ...
Apr 19, 2020
RAFAEL Nadal and Andy Murray are among 12 players confirmed to play in the virtual Madrid Open tennis tournament this month.David Goffin, John Isner, Karen Khachanov, Eugenie Bouchard, Kristina Mladenovic and Kiki Bertens will also participate from their homes in the ...
Apr 14, 2020
MADRID - Athletes and musicians took part in an online global music festival organized by the Spanish league that raised more than €625,000 ($690,000) for the fight against the coronavirus on Saturday.Barcelona's Gerard Piqué, Real Madrid's ...
Mar 29, 2020
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Kim Clijsters has been given a wild card into next month's BNP Paribas Open, another step in her tennis comeback at age 36.The four-time major winner won in 2003 and 2005 at Indian Wells before ...
Feb 28, 2020
At Toy Fair 2020 in New York, Funko announced slews of new figurines for 2020, including giant-headed versions of these iconic NBA pairs from the '80s and '90s.First up: Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, recreating, in Funko POP ...
Feb 23, 2020
WHEN Alex Eala said hello to Rafael Nadal at the recently concluded Australian Open, the Spanish tennis superstar was stretching and putting on his socks.Eala was with her father Mike at the time. According to Mike, Nadal stood up and greeted ...
Feb 3, 2020
MELBOURNE, Australia - Outplayed at his own brand of physical tennis for much of the match, Rafael Nadal finally claimed a set to try to start a comeback against Dominic Thiem.Nadal marked the moment by hopping in a crouch at the baseline ...
Jan 29, 2020
ALEX Eala was quick to make up for her early exit in the girls singles of the Australian Open juniors tournament.The 14-year-old Filipina and Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho advanced to the semifinals of the girls doubles Wednesday after beating ...
Jan 29, 2020
MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal left the muttering and the preening, the underarm serving and the 'tweening, to his younger, flashier opponent, Nick Kyrgios.Surely, Nadal was content to collect the win in the latest installment of their rivalry.The No. 1- ...
Jan 27, 2020
ALL the ingredients are there for a classic fourth-round match between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios at night on Rod Laver Arena.Their matches are always close, Nadal leads 4-3 in career head-to-heads, and they're 1- ...
Jan 26, 2020
MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal feels good about his tennis as the Australian Open heads to Week 2."I needed to improve," he said, "and I improved."This assessment arrived after Nadal needed less than 100 minutes to move a step closer to ...
Jan 25, 2020
MELBOURNE, Australia - The secret to Novak Djokovic's post-30 success? Not his best-in-tennis return. Or his limb-twisting, body-bending court coverage. Or even his baseline consistency or clutch gene.No, ask Djokovic to explain how he keeps ...
Jan 19, 2020
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