Tennis

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic now knows he’ll face fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of his Australian Open title defense, if he’s allowed to play. Djokovic’s visa status dominated attention until the moment the draw was conducted Thursday, after a postponement of 75 minutes, to determine the brackets for the men’s and
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SYDNEY, Australia — Tunisian Ons Jabeur got past Petra Kvitova 6-4 6-4 at the Sydney Tennis Classic on Wednesday for her first win over the two-times Wimbledon champion in four meetings, while Spain’s Garbine Muguruza also reached the quarterfinals. World number 10 Jabeur, whose most recent defeat to Kvitova came at Cincinnati in August, fought
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MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic knew he had tested positive for COVID-19 when he attended a newspaper interview and photo shoot at his tennis center in Serbia last month, saying Wednesday he made an “error of judgement” and should have immediately gone into isolation. Djokovic moved to clarify “ongoing misinformation” about his movements while he
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MELBOURNE, Australia — Tennis star Novak Djokovic held a practice session at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, his second day out of detention, focusing on his Australian Open title defense while still facing the prospect of deportation because he isn’t vaccinated for COVID-19. The top-ranked Serbian player hit the show courts within hours of winning a
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ADELAIDE, Australia — World No.2-ranked Aryna Sabalenka has lost another first-round match at an Australian Open tune-up tournament to a much lower-ranked opponent. Sabalenka lost 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 to Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson, who came into the match at the Adelaide International ranked No. 395. Last week in the opening round of the first Adelaide International
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MELBOURNE, Australia — The world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player, Novak Djokovic, expressed gratitude that an Australian judge overturned his visa cancellation on Monday. Djokovic tweeted a photo of himself standing on a tennis court at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne saying, in part, “Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to
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MELBOURNE, Australia — Tennis star Novak Djokovic on Monday won a court battle to stay in Australia to play in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19, but the government threatened to cancel his visa a second time. Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly reinstated Djokovic’s visa, which was canceled after his arrival last
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After winning both the singles and doubles titles at the Adelaide International, top-ranked Ash Barty has decided she doesn’t need any more tournament action before the Australian Open. Barty announced Monday that she’d travel directly from Adelaide to Melbourne Park and skip the Sydney Tennis Classic. Geographically, that makes sense — it’s much easier to
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Novak Djokovic contracted COVID-19 last month but was not experiencing symptoms and had written clearance from Australia’s immigration department before traveling to the country with a medical exemption from its vaccination rules, his lawyers said in a court filing on Saturday. The No. 1-ranked Djokovic, who is in immigration detention in Australia after having his
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