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Djokovic Accuses Crowd at Wimbledon of Disrespect
Star Taunts Wimbledon Crowd

Star Taunts Wimbledon Crowd

7-time champion heard chants of opponent's name as boos

(Newser) - Others interpreted the Wimbledon fan noise differently, but Novak Djokovic heard the elongated chants of Holger Rune's last name during their match Monday as boos of the seven-time champion. So he had a word with the crowd afterward. "Well, to all the fans that have respect and have...

American Has 'Cinderella Run' Brewing at Wimbledon

Emma Navarro upsets Coco Gauff as she seeks her first major tournament win

(Newser) - The American who advanced to the women's quarterfinals at Wimbledon on Sunday wasn't the one most expected. No. 19 seed Emma Navarro stunned No. 2 Coco Gauff, reports USA Today . Given the big names who have dropped so far, the 23-year-old Navarro now has a "possible Cinderella...

US' Next Iconic One-Name Athlete May Be ... Coco
Coco Gauff
May Be the
'Fearless' Leader
We Need

Coco Gauff May Be the 'Fearless' Leader We Need

'Time' profile of 20-year-old tennis star dives into her athleticism, 'unique connection' with fans

(Newser) - Coco Gauff has been ascending the ladder of women's tennis, and a new profile of her speculates we may only be seeing the beginning of what she's capable of. In his piece on the 20-year-old elite athlete for Time , Sean Gregory dives deep into that athleticism, inspired by...

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...

Coco Gauff: USTA Promo Makes Us Look 'Hideous'

Tennis star is not a fan of animation style used in since-deleted post

(Newser) - The US Tennis Association probably thought it was being cute when it posted an image of Coco Gauff and other tennis stars in the animation style of The Wild Thornberrys, but Gauff most definitely did not find it cute. As USA Today explains, the decades-old cartoon series was about a...

Nick Kyrgios to Show His 'Intimate Side' on OnlyFans

Tennis star will not post sexually explicit content, however

(Newser) - It's no wonder Nick Kyrgios is looking for ways to branch out. The 2022 Wimbledon runner-up has been battling injuries this year while playing in only one official singles match, per the AP . But few expected him to jump to OnlyFans, a content subscription service largely known for sexually...

A Famed Tennis Family Moved to the US, Found Tragedy
How Things Came Undone
for a Famed Tennis Family

How Things Came Undone for a Famed Tennis Family

The 'NYT' shares the story of David Lewis and his daughters

(Newser) - Everyone in the New Zealand tennis world knows David Lewis, writes Matthew Futterman for the New York Times . They also know "what happened to his family." Lewis was part of a trio of tennis-star brothers—himself a pro, another losing the 1983 Wimbledon men's singles final to...

Fan Booted From US Open After Yelling Something 'Unbelievable'
Fan Booted From
US Open After
Yelling Something

Fan Booted From US Open After Yelling Something 'Unbelievable'

'He just said the most famous Hitler phrase there is,' complained German player Alexander Zverev

(Newser) - The US Open was temporarily marred by a fan incident that ended up getting said fan thrown out of the annual tennis championships in Queens, New York. Yahoo Sports reports that Germany's Alexander Zverev was well on his way to beating Italy's Jannik Sinker on Monday evening, but...

Protester Glues Feet to Floor at US Open

4 protesters were removed from stands before semi-final match could continue

(Newser) - Coco Gauff's US Open semifinal victory over Karolina Muchova was delayed by 50 minutes because of a disruption by four environmental activists in the Arthur Ashe Stadium stands Thursday night. One protester glued his bare feet to the concrete floor, per the AP . Gauff was leading 1-0 in the...

50 Years Ago, She Took a Stand, and It Worked

Billie Jean King demanded female players at US Open earn the same as men

(Newser) - When Billie Jean King won the US Open in 1972, she didn't make the usual remarks about hoping to win again. Instead, she threatened to not play at all the next year—and added that no other women would, either. That's because she earned $10,000 for her...

Tennis Player Slammed for 'Absolutely Disgusting' Behavior

Zhang Shuai left the match in tears after Amarissa Toth erased ball mark with foot

(Newser) - The Women's Tennis Association says it's investigating an "unfortunate incident" at the Hungarian Grand Prix this week. CNN reports that Chinese player Zhang Shuai retired from the match Tuesday in tears after a dispute over a line call. The ball appeared to land on the line but...

Unheralded American Is All Surprises at Wimbledon

Chris Eubanks advances to quarterfinals

(Newser) - Until about a week ago, even Chris Eubanks did not really believe he was capable of this sort of thing—of beating the world's best tennis players at Wimbledon, of reaching the quarterfinals at any Grand Slam tournament, of winning match after match after match on grass courts. Things...

Belarusian Player Booed Off Court at Wimbledon

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina beat Belarus's Victoria Azarenka

(Newser) - After Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina beat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus Sunday, Azarenka was "loudly" booed off the court, the Washington Post reports. The BBC notes the match was a "thriller"—not only did Svitolina go in as the underdog, there's also the fact that Belarus...

Evert and Navratilova: Their 'Eerie' Parallel Lives

Sally Jenkins of the 'Washington Post' does a deep dive into their tennis rivalry, close friendship, cancer fights

(Newser) - "Our lives are so parallel, it's eerie when you think about it." That is tennis great Martina Navratilova talking about fellow tennis great Chris Evert to Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post . The sentiment is at the heart of an in-depth look at the relationship between the...

Women's Tennis Mulls a 'Challenging' Move

WTA CEO Steve Simon says they're considering getting into business with the Saudis

(Newser) - Like other sports, women's tennis is looking into the possibility of getting into business with Saudi Arabia. And while holding a tournament there isn't imminent, WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon said Friday that he visited that country with some players in February as part of the evaluation...

Wimbledon Adding AI Commentary to Matches

Tournament teams with IBM for AI-powered chat on highlight reels

(Newser) - Wimbledon's first championship was held in 1877, and today it remains not only one of tennis' oldest tournaments but a vibrant piece of British living history. So the Guardian reporting that artificial intelligence is entering the chat as part of match commentary at Wimbledon may be somewhat surprising. The...

AI Is Newest Tool in Helping Athletes Block Racist Abuse

Companies offer filtering technology as offensive content proliferates on social media

(Newser) - Social media allows athletes to reach out to fans and market themselves. But it's also where racism is "visual, permanently intrusive, and 24/7" as anonymous people troll players with "barely any accountability," the AP reports. It's all too much for some Black athletes, who are...

Accidental Pelting of Ball Girl Costs Player $23K

Miyu Kato also got her doubles team disqualified at French Open

(Newser) - A pro tennis player's errant swat of a ball continues to cost her. Japan's Miyu Kato must forfeit all of the approximately $23,000 she earned in the French Open because she accidentally hit a ball girl in the neck with a ball, reports the AP . Kato and...

WTA Gives Up on Boycott Over Player's Safety

China has not let the organization contact Peng Shuai

(Newser) - A 16-month boycott to pressure China into proving that one of its players is unharmed has been futile, the Women's Tennis Association announced Thursday, so play there will resume. "We are convinced that at this point our requests will not be met," President Steve Simon told BBC...

Unvaccinated World No. 1 Pulls Out of US Tourneys

Djokovic is denied travel exception, but US Open has hope he'll play in August

(Newser) - The top-ranked tennis player in the world has given up hope on being allowed to enter the US soon, withdrawing from two tournaments. Novak Djokovic, 35, has not received a COVID-19 vaccination. So under US policy, he cannot compete in a tournament going on now in Indian Wells, California, or...

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