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

'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...

Tennis Great Martina Navratilova Hit With 'Double Whammy'

She has throat, breast cancer

(Newser) - Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been hit with a "double whammy": a diagnosis of throat and breast cancer. Both are early stage, and the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion will begin treatment this month. The BBC reports that Navratilova, 66, discovered an enlarged lymph node in her neck in...

Tennis Coach to the Stars Dies at 91
'Michelangelo of Tennis'
Is Dead at 91
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'Michelangelo of Tennis' Is Dead at 91

Nick Bollettieri coached the likes of Venus and Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, Monica Seles

(Newser) - Nick Bollettieri, the Hall of Fame tennis coach who worked with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Andre Agassi and Monica Seles, and founded an academy that revolutionized the development of young athletes, has died. He was 91. Bollettieri died Sunday night at home in Florida after a...

Looks Like Wimbledon Rules on Underwear Are About to Shift
Wimbledon
Alters Rules on
Female Underwear
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Wimbledon Alters Rules on Female Underwear

Colored undergarments will be accepted following complaints related to menstruation

(Newser) - It's official: Female players no longer have to wear white underwear at Wimbledon. Tournament organizers announced the change to the typical all-white uniform on Thursday in response to concerns about menstruation. Beginning next year, female players "will have the option of wearing colored undershorts if they choose,"...

Roger Federer: I'm Done After Next Event
Roger Federer
Is Packing It In

Roger Federer Is Packing It In

Tennis star says he's retiring from 'an incredible adventure' after next week's Laver Cup

(Newser) - At 41, Roger Federer is ready to hang up his racket. The 20-time Grand Slam champion announced Thursday that he'll retire from professional tennis after one final event: next week's Laver Cup, which will be his first competitive play in 14 months. "As many of you know,...

Kyrgios Smashes 3 Rackets in US Open Exit

Australian tennis player, already handed tournament's biggest fine ever, is 'devastated'

(Newser) - Nick Kyrgios disappointed himself and his fans early Wednesday, losing to Russia's Karen Khachanov in five sets in the US Open quarterfinals, but not those who'd come out for his antics. Having missed out on his best chance yet at a Grand Slam title, the Australian tennis player...

After Loss at US Open, an Emotional Tribute From Serena

'"I wouldn't be Serena if there wasn't Venus,' tennis legend said to crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium

(Newser) - Leave it to Serena Williams to not want to go quietly, to not want this match, this trip to the US Open, this transcendent career of hers, to really, truly end. Right down to what were, barring a change of heart, the final minutes of her quarter century of excellence...

Serena Williams 'Evolving Away From Tennis'

Tennis great is sounding like she's retiring, looking to focus on her family and business ventures

(Newser) - Serena Williams says she's ready to step away from tennis after winning 23 Grand Slam titles, turning her focus to her business interests and having another child, reports the AP . "I'm turning 41 ... and something's got to give," Williams wrote in an essay released Tuesday...

After Losing to Djokovic, a 'Final Act of Defiance' From Kyrgios

Aussie wears red cap to trophy ceremony, breaching strict all-white dress code

(Newser) - Nick Kyrgios gave the crowd quite a show during the men's singles final Sunday at Wimbledon. The show wasn't over, however, after the 27-year-old Aussie lost to Serbia's Novak Djokovic, as he took part in a "final act of defiance." Kyrgios received a second-place trophy,...

'Sounds of Intimacy' Join Applause at Wimbledon

People are allegedly getting it on in new 'quiet room' designed for 'meditation, prayer, or reflection'

(Newser) - "Wimbledon" and "sounds of intimacy" aren't two terms you'd normally associate with each other, but at this year's tennis tournament in London, they've become amorously intertwined. To be more blunt, the Daily Beast puts it thusly: A new "quiet room" at the Wimbledon...

Wimbledon to Players, Coaches: Don't Buy 27 Yogurts on Us

All England Club emails request that everyone be more 'judicious' in how they spend food allowance

(Newser) - Playing on the professional tennis circuit surely must work up an appetite, and at Wimbledon, the players there are allotted nearly $110 a day for fare to fill their grumbling tummies. Some have apparently been using their food allowance to the max, however, and a warning has now been issued,...

After 51 Weeks, Serena Williams Returns

She won her first competitive match since Wimbledon slip

(Newser) - As "What A Feeling" boomed around Devonshire Park, Serena Williams strode onto center court at Eastbourne to a standing ovation for her first competitive tennis match in nearly a year. Around 90 minutes later, fans were on their feet again, celebrating a comeback win for the 23-time Grand Slam...

Russian Tennis Pro Finds a Way to Dodge Wimbledon Ban

Natela Dzalamidze changes nationality to Georgian to get around ban spurred by war in Ukraine

(Newser) - Since the war in Ukraine, Russians have faced fallout—especially in the sports arena , where Russian athletes have been increasingly banned. One athlete, women's tennis pro Natela Dzalamidze, has decided she doesn't want her country of origin to get in the way of her chances to play in...

Russian Players Won't Be Allowed at Wimbledon: Report
Russia Reacts
to Report on
Wimbledon Ban
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Russia Reacts to Report on Wimbledon Ban

Russian, Belarusian athletes have officially been barred from participating

(Newser) - This story has been updated throughout with the official announcement of the ban. Tennis players from Russia and Belarus have been banned from playing at Wimbledon in late June—and the Kremlin expressed its displeasure as soon as it heard a ban was in the cards. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov blasted...

She's No. 1 in Tennis—and Calling It Quits

25-year-old Ashleigh Barty of Australia retires at the top of her game

(Newser) - The top-ranked women’s singles tennis player is retiring at the ripe old age of 25. "Today is difficult and filled with emotion for me as I announce my retirement from tennis," Australia's Ashleigh Barty wrote Wednesday on Instagram. "It's hard to say but I'...

France's Rule Change Is Good News for Djokovic

Unvaxxed tennis star should be able to defend his French Open title in May

(Newser) - It looks like Novak Djokovic will be to able to play in the French Open after all. The tennis star, who missed out on the Australian Open because he is unvaccinated against COVID-19, has said he would give up more opportunities to match Rafael Nadal's record 21 Grand Slam...

Tennis Star's Attack on Chair Gets Him Booted From Tourney

No. 3 Alexander Zverev smashed the umpire's seat with his racket at Mexican Open

(Newser) - German tennis star Alexander Zverev is out of the Mexican Open—and not because of a loss. Zverev, ranked third in the world in men's singles, defeated Jenson Brooksby of the US 3-6 7-6 (10) 6-2 in a singles match early Tuesday, before heading into a men's doubles...

Djokovic: I'll Scrap Wimbledon Over Forced Vaccination

World's No. 1 men's tennis player says he'd give up future titles: 'That is the price that I'm willing to pay'

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic's Aussie saga has passed, but a month after his deportation after showing up unvaccinated to play in the Australian Open, the Serbian tennis star says he'd give up future trophies rather than undergo forced vaccination. "Yes, that is the price that I'm willing to...

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...

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