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Naomi Osaka's Return to Tennis Has Rocky Start

Tennis great returns to Grand Slam circuit after 15-month break, loses in first round

(Newser) - Moments after her Grand Slam comeback ended in a first-round loss, Naomi Osaka put her gold jacket on and walked back through the players tunnel where her name has a prominent place among recent Australian Open champions. Three matches into her return from 15 months off the tour, and six...

Emotional Djokovic Notches a Milestone

He wins Australian Open, tying record for most Grand Slam wins at 22

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic climbed into the stands to celebrate his 10th Australian Open championship and record-tying 22nd men's Grand Slam title Sunday and, after jumping and pumping his fists with his team, he collapsed onto his back, crying. When he returned to the playing surface, Djokovic sat on his sideline...

Sabalenka Gets Over Initial Jitters to Win Australian Open
We Have an
Open Winner

We Have an Australian Open Winner

Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka beats Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, wins first Grand Slam title

(Newser) - Aryna Sabalenka won her first Grand Slam title by coming back to beat Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Australian Open women's final Saturday. The 24-year-old Sabalenka, who's from Belarus, was appearing in her first major final, per the AP . She improved to 11-0 in...

Australian Open Evicts Pro-Russia Demonstrators

Banned flag, Putin's image and a 'Z' disrupt event

(Newser) - Four people were detained, questioned, and evicted Wednesday after the Australian Open was disrupted by pro-Russia chants and displays. The demonstrators displayed a Russian flag bearing an image of Vladimir Putin, and a spectator took off a shirt during play to reveal a T-shirt underneath bearing a white "Z"...

'Netflix Curse' Hits Australia Open Players

None of the 10 players featured in 'Break Point' made it to tournament's second week

(Newser) - The first Grand Slam tournament has been wall-to-wall failure for tennis stars affected by the so-called "Netflix curse." Out of the 10 top tennis players featured in Netflix documentary Break Point, which came out last week, three didn't even make it to the Australian Open, the Guardian...

Another Tennis Star Has Apparent Vaccine Troubles

Italy's Camila Giorgi is accused of having fake vaccination certificate on eve of Australian Open

(Newser) - Around this same time last year, Australia was booting Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic out of the country, prohibiting him from competing in the Australian Open due to his lack of COVID vaccination. Now, right before this year's tennis tourney Down Under, a similar controversy is bubbling up involving...

Former No. 1, Who Retired at 25, Finds Life After Tennis

Ashleigh Barty says she's adjusted to a less structured existence

(Newser) - As other people have done during the pandemic, Ashleigh Barty stepped away from her job earlier this year. Unlike everyone else, Barty was the No. 1 professional female tennis player in the world at the time. Just 25 years old when she retired in March, Barty has adjusted to staying...

In 5 Hours and 24 Minutes, Nadal Does the Extraordinary

He broke the men's record for most Grand Slam singles titles with 21st win

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal got to 21 first, breaking the men's record for most Grand Slam singles titles and doing it the hard way by coming back from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev in an almost 5 1/2-hour Australian Open final that didn't finish until the early hours...

Australian Open Winner Is Extra-Special to Aussies

Ashleigh Barty beat US' Danielle Collins, becoming first Aussie to win nation's tourney since 1978

(Newser) - It's been 44 years since either a men's or women's tennis player from Australia won the Australian Open. That changed Saturday, when Ashleigh Barty, 25, took home the title for her country in Melbourne, beating 28-year-old American Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6, reports Yahoo Sports . The last Aussie...

Djokovic Has Been Deported From Australia

Courts affirmed right to boot unvaccinated tennis star

(Newser) - Instead of starting the defense of his Australian Open title on Monday, Novak Djokovic was on his way home, a stunning and unprecedented end to his run of success at Melbourne Park. Djokovic has won nine of his 20 Grand Slam trophies at the Australian Open—including three in a...

Australia Revokes Djokovic's Visa Again

Move means tennis star might be deported after all

(Newser) - Australian officials have made a decision that could put Novak Djokovic out of the Australian Open before it begins. The Serbian star's visa has been canceled for a second time, this time by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on "public interest" grounds, the BBC reports. The unvaccinated Djokovic was...

Djokovic: Yes, I Tested Positive, Then Went to Interview

He admits not isolating was an 'error'

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic knew he'd tested positive for COVID-19 when he attended a newspaper interview and photo shoot in Serbia last month, saying Wednesday he made an "error of judgment" and should have immediately gone into isolation. In a statement posted to his social media accounts regarding "continuing...

Amid Aussie Mess, Djokovic Has a Message for Fans

Serbian tennis star is feeling the love as he tries to clear up visa/vaccine hubbub before Australian Open

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic still isn't revealing whether he's been vaccinated, but he's now speaking out to family and fans supporting him as he's caught up in a visa commotion Down Under. The Serbian tennis star, who was denied entry to Australia this week ahead of the Australian...

Djokovic Transferred to Immigration Detention Facility

He's fighting deportation from Australia

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic spent a day confined to a hotel room waiting for a court to deal with the prospect of a possible deportation from Australia. The 20-time Grand Slam singles winner will spend at least another night there, in immigration detention, as he fights against the deportation move. With his...

Djokovic Is Having Trouble Getting Into Australia
Australia Says Djokovic 
Will Be Sent Back

Australia Says Djokovic Will Be Sent Back

Tennis star's visa has been canceled

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated with the decision to cancel Djokovic's visa. Novak Djokovic landed in Melbourne just before midnight Wednesday local time—but the world's top-ranked tennis player wasn't allowed to actually enter Australia. The Serbian star spent the night at Tullamarine Airport due to...

Djokovic's Exemption in Australia Generates Fury

He got the OK to play at the Australian Open

(Newser) - Update: The news that Novak Djokovic has been granted a medical exemption that will allow him to play in the Australian Open despite refusing to reveal his vaccination status has spurred outrage in the country, up to its highest ranks. NBC News reports a "visibly angry" Prime Minister Scott...

Fans Booing Vaccine at Australian Open Are 'Un-Australian': Official

Government officials, other public figures decry the incident

(Newser) - Fans at the Australian Open tennis final Sunday decided to criticize the coronavirus vaccine, and the government wasn't having it. A tennis official spoke about the COVID-19 vaccine efforts as a sign of hope, and some in the crowd responded by booing, the BBC reports. "I don't...

In 'Bearable Pain,' Djokovic Takes 9th Australian Open, 18th Slam

33-year-old climbs lists with 'most challenging' major victory

(Newser) - Maybe, the thinking went, Novak Djokovic would be just a tad more susceptible to trouble this time around at the Australian Open. After all, he tore an abdominal muscle in the third round. Entering Sunday, the AP reports, Djokovic had ceded five sets in the tournament, the most he ever...

Monica Seles Did It in the '90s. Now, Naomi Osaka

23-year-old women's tennis player has won all of her first 4 Grand Slam finals

(Newser) - Not since Monica Seles in the early '90s has women's tennis seen this feat. Representing Japan, No. 3 seed Naomi Osaka beat US player Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Saturday, making her the first woman to claim victory in the first four...

Tennis Players Urged to Stop Feeding Mice in Quarantine Hotel

They're inlockdown for 14 days before Australian Open

(Newser) - Lonely tennis players spending 14 days in a quarantine hotel before the Australian Open have apparently been befriending mice—and authorities would like them to stop. After world No. 28 Yulia Putintseva complained that the hotel in Melbourne was infested with mice, Victoria state police minister said players are being...

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