Tennis

ROEHAMPTON, England — Tennis players at the lower and junior levels will have an easier opportunity to move up to the main tours under a new system that makes rankings points available at their tournaments. The agreement announced Thursday by the International Tennis Federation allocates rankings on the ATP and WTA Tours at $15,000 ITF
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PARIS — Rafael Nadal will start his campaign for a record-extending 12th title at the French Open against a qualifier. And if Nadal makes it to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam, another qualifier will be waiting. The defending champion was handed what looked like quite an easy draw Thursday at Roland Garros
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Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has all but ruled out playing singles at Wimbledon this year and said he will focus on doubles when he makes his comeback from hip-resurfacing surgery. The Scot has not played since his first-round exit from the Australian Open in January, but said last month he was finally pain-free
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ROME — Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title. It marked the first time in an Open era-record
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LONDON — It was always going to rain. As Wimbledon unveiled its new No. 1 Court roof to the nearly packed stands and national television audience, the heavens opened an hour or so before celebrations began and all was well as the £70 million structure clicked into place. Quite what the Wimbledon crowd made of
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ROME — Johanna Konta rallied past sixth-seeded Kiki Bertens 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in nearly three hours on Saturday to reach the Italian Open final for the biggest clay-court result of her career. Konta’s only previous final on clay came recently in Rabat, Morocco, where she lost the title match to Maria Sakkari. This result will
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ROME — After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Rafael Nadal looked more like his old, dominant self when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Italian Open final on Saturday. It was a measure of revenge for Nadal after losing to Tsitsipas in three sets at this stage in
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The war of words between Rafael Nadal‘s camp and Nick Kyrgios has continued, with the Spaniard’s uncle and the maligned Australian now exchanging barbs. Kyrgios has again taken to social media to respond to comments, this time made by Toni Nadal. This came after the world No.36’s latest on-court meltdown. He walked off during his
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Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Italian Open in Rome with an injury to his right leg, tournament organisers have confirmed. Federer, who had been due to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals, came through two matches Thursday at the rain-affected tournament, beating Joao Sousa in straight sets before being forced to a deciding set
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World No. 1 Naomi Osaka is a doubt for the French Open after withdrawing from her quarterfinal at the Italian Open with a hand injury. Osaka had been due to take on Madrid Open champion Kiki Bertens in the quarterfinals in Rome, but a ‘pain’ to her right hand forced her withdrawal. The injury comes
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It’s been an oddball of a WTA season. The first 18 tournaments of the year bore the names of 18 different champions for the first time ever in the history of the women’s tour. Former world no. 1, Arantxa (for those still wondering, it’s A-RA-N-CHA) Sanchez Vicario, 47, finds this an exciting time for a
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