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Thiem defeats Zverev to claim US Open title

NEW YORK: Austria’s Dominic Thiem finally claimed his maiden Grand Slam title with a stunning comeback to beat Germany’s Alexander Zverev 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6(6) in the US Open final on Sunday. The 27-year-old world number three appeared to

Defending champion Nadal rules out playing US Open

NEW YORK: Defending champion Rafael Nadal slammed tennis schedule and said he will not play the US Open citing concerns over the coronavirus. “After many thoughts I have decided not to play this year’s US Open,” Nadal said on Twitter.

WTA, ATP cancel all tennis tournaments in China

SHANGHAI: All international tennis tournaments in China this year, including the Shanghai Masters and WTA Finals, were cancelled on Friday due the coronavirus pandemic. The major blow to attempts to restart tennis comes after China said it would not stage

Dimitrov tests positive for COVID-19 after tennis tournament

BELGRADE: Tennis player Grigor Dimitrov has apologised after revealing he has tested positive for coronavirus after playing a tournament. Grigor Dimitrov shared an Instagram just 30 minutes before the final of the second leg of the Adria Tour between Novak

French Open to begin on September 27 with fans

PARIS: The delayed French Open will get underway on September 27 with fans in attendance, the Rolland Garros organisers said. The ruling bodies of world tennis have revealed a new-look calendar for a sport on a hiatus since mid-March due

Roger Federer named world’s highest earning athlete

NEW YORK: Roger Federer is the world’s highest-paid athlete for 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic knocked football’s Lionel Messi off top spot, according to the annual Forbes list. The Swiss tennis great, a men’s record 20-time Grand Slam singles champion,

Tennis star Osaka becomes highest-paid female athlete

NEW YORK: Tennis star Naomi Osaka earned $37.4 million last year, a record for a female athlete, surpassing American great Serena Williams. According to the coveted Forbes magazine, the previous record was fellow tennis player Maria Sharapova’s $29.7 million in

Postponed French Open could be held without spectators

PARIS: The French Open, which was postponed to September from May due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, could be held without fans, the organisers of the claycourt Grand Slam have said. Bernard Giudicelli, president of the French Tennis Federation, told

Tennis fund established to help struggling players

PARIS: A fund for tennis players hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic has been created, the sport’s governing bodies announced on Tuesday, adding that they had contributed more than $6 million. In a joint statement, the ATP and WTA tours,

Rafael Nadal ‘very pessimistic’ about return of tennis

MADRID: Rafael Nadal has said that he was “very pessimistic” over a full resumption of the professional tennis circuit which has been halted by the coronavirus pandemic. “From my point of view, I’m very pessimistic that the circuit can resume

Tennis will be one of the last sports back in action: Murray

MIAMI: Former world number-one player Andy Murray on Wednesday said that tennis will be one of the last sports to return to action after the world has recovered from the coronavirus pandemic. The tennis season has been suspended since March

Nadal frustrated by tennis lockdown, Federer undergoes surgery

MADRID: Rafael Nadal has expressed his frustration that tennis players remain unable to practice due to the coronavirus pandemic, while Roger Federer revealed he was happy with his recovery from knee surgery. The Spanish government has extended the country’s state

Novak Djokovic opposes compulsory coronavirus vaccination

BELGRADE: Tennis player Novak Djokovic has said he would face a dilemma if it becomes compulsory for players to get vaccinated before they can start competing once the tennis season resumes following the hiatus created by the coronavirus pandemic. “Personally

Sports disruption in pandemic

With governments imposing lockdowns and travel restrictions amid the global pandemic, sports events continued to postponed, cancelled, or played with spectators. The entire sporting calendar is in disarray as the numbers of coronavirus cases have reached one million worldwide.  

Wimbledon cancelled for first time since Word War II

LONDON: Wimbledon organisers have scrapped the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament for the first time since World War II as the coronavirus wreaks further havoc on the global sports The cancellation of the only grasscourt major at London’s All England

Federer wows fans with video of tennis trick shots

GENEVA: Tennis ace player Roger Federer delighted fans by posting a video on Twitter showing him executing some trademark trick shots against a wall in the snow. The 20-times Grand Slam champion last played at the semi-finals of the Australian

Women’s sports and inequalities

Women’s sports have gained immense popularity in recent times reflecting changes in modern societies that increasingly emphasise gender parity and in other parts of the world. Although the level of participation and performance still varies greatly by country and by

French Open delayed to September due to coronavirus

PARIS: The French Open has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and will take place from September 20 to October 4, organisers said on Tuesday. The Grand Slam event was to have taken place from May 24 to June

Maria Sharapova announces tennis retirement

MOSCOW: Russian five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement at the age of 32. Sharapova broke the news in an article for the magazine Vanity Fair.“I’m new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis — I’m saying

Federer, Nadal match in South Africa shatters attendance record

CAPE TOWN: Tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal set a new attendance record for a tennis match, as more than 51,000 spectators turned up to watch a friendly exhibition in South Africa. A sellout crowd of 51,954 were in

Sania Mirza embarks on first Grand Slam bid as a mum

MELBOURNE: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza said her son had his own “entourage” and was waking her up at night as she heads into her first Grand Slam tournament as a mother at the Australian Open. Mirza, who will play

Tennis duo Bryan brothers to retire in 2020

WASHINGTON: US men’s doubles duo Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan said Wednesday they will retire at the end of the 2020 season, bringing the curtain down on one of the most successful pairings in tennis history. The 41-year-old twins said

Tennis star Rafael Nadal is now married

Tennis great Rafael Nadal has married his girlfriend, Xisca Perello, in a ceremony on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The star studded event on Saturday was attended by the king and queen emeritus of Spain, Juan Carlos and Sofia, and

Federer commits to 2020 French Open

Roger Federer will return to Roland Garros in 2020. The Swiss star committed on Thursday to play in the French Open, where the 20-time Grand Slam winner returned this year after a three-year Paris absence. He lost to Rafael Nadal

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