Tennis

FILE - In this May 31, 2009, file photo, Sweden's Robin Soderling, right, and defending champion Spain's Rafael Nadal walk back to their seats during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Soderling won 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2). It wasn't just that Nadal was unbeaten through 31 matches at the French Open and considered a lock to become the first man with five consecutive titles there. It's also that Soderling never had been past the second round at any major.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
June 04, 2020 - 12:07 pm
Rafael Nadal’s first French Open loss. Serena Williams’ first victory over Venus Williams in a major final. Ivan Lendl’s comeback against John McEnroe. And, five years later, Michael Chang’s comeback against Lendl. Sporting events can be memorable for all sorts of reasons, and sometimes more than...
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FILE - In this June 9, 2019, file photo, Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning the men's final against Austria's Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. If not for the coronavirus pandemic, the second week of the French Open this week would have had fourth-round matches, quarterfinals, semifinals and the final for men and women. Nadal could have been trying to add to his 12 trophies at Roland Garros. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
June 04, 2020 - 7:50 am
If it weren’t for a pandemic-caused postponement, the French Open would have been in Week 2 now, and Rafael Nadal might still have been in contention for a 20th Grand Slam title. Instead, he’s home in Spain, practicing lightly — and wondering along with everyone else in tennis whether the next...
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FILE - This is a Sept. 12, 2015, file photo showing former tennis star James Blake discussing his mistaken arrest by the New York City Police Department during an interview in New York. Nearly five years later, Blake says he never suspected the large man running toward him was a plainclothes New York City policeman. But Blake, who is black, had been mistakenly identified as a suspect in a credit card fraud scheme. Video captured the undercover officer grabbing him by the arm, throwing him to the sidewalk face down and handcuffing him. All of which intensified Blake's reaction to video of George Floyd's death shortly after being detained by Minneapolis police last week. (AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith, File)
June 02, 2020 - 4:08 pm
Nearly five years later, former tennis star James Blake says he never suspected the large man running toward him was a plainclothes New York City policeman. Blake was in town that day for the U.S. Open and standing outside a Manhattan hotel. “I thought someone was running at me that was a fan,...
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FILE- In this Monday, May 25, 2009, image, Spain's Rafael Nadal slides in the clay as he returns the ball to Brazil's Marcos Daniel during a first round match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Sliding is one of the keys to success at the French Open, with the ability to glide along the ground to reach shots that others can't, is one of the skills that makes Rafael Nadal so successful on clay courts, although the start of the French Open postponed until September because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
June 02, 2020 - 10:35 am
Before Roger Federer briefly returned to clay-court tennis in 2019 — a decade removed from his French Open title — his confidence was low, he explained, “because I don’t even remember how to slide anymore.” Before Maria Sharapova figured out the necessary footwork to claim two trophies in Paris,...
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The gates of St. Edwards' Lewis-Chen Family Soccer Field are locked and marked closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Austin, Texas. In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, St. Edwards says they are cutting cut six sports programs including men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf and men's soccer. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
June 01, 2020 - 12:19 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The first England-Australia rugby league series in 17 years has been canceled. England’s Rugby Football League and the Australian Rugby League Commission made the joint announcement. England was to play Australia...
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FILE - In this June 2, 1999, file photo, Venus Williams, left, and her sister Serena Williams share a light moment during their doubles tennis match against Els Callens of Belgium and Rita Grande of Italy at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours, File)
June 01, 2020 - 9:57 am
PARIS (AP) — The French Open is loved by so many for the scene and the setting and, yes, the surface, to be sure. What would it — or any other tennis tournament, any other sporting event — be without the athletes? The people and their personalities grab attention throughout the 15 days at Roland...
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FILE - In this May 2, 2020, file photo, jockey Joel Rosario and Nadal cross the wire to win the second division of the Arkansas Derby horse race at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. Nadal, who now won't have a shot after an ankle injury in training last week, could have been racing to become trainer Bob Baffert's third Triple Crown winner in six seasons, if not for the coronavirus pandemic. The Belmont Stakes usually wraps up a five-week span that includes the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. All have been pushed back, though the Belmont Stakes will now go first on June 20. (Richard Rasmussen/The Sentinel-Record via AP, File)
June 01, 2020 - 2:04 am
The final leg of horse racing's Triple Crown would have been set and the French Open finals would have been contested this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. While NASCAR is staying busy on the track, and there are signals that other sports could be working toward a return, The Associated...
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FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2016, file photo, a closed circuit construction camera peers out at the Grandstand stadium during qualifying rounds at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. As teams prepare to welcome back fans, there are serious legal and ethical questions that must be answered. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
May 30, 2020 - 5:59 pm
Charter flights to ferry U.S. Open tennis players and limited entourages from Europe, South America and the Middle East to New York. Negative COVID-19 tests before traveling. Centralized housing. Daily temperature checks. No spectators. Fewer on-court officials. No locker-room access on practice...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, an empty Parkview Field minor league baseball stadium is viewed in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. Minor league umpires are out of jobs so far and maybe all year with no minor league seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP, File)
May 29, 2020 - 6:53 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Georgia State will begin to reopen its athletic facilities on Monday. A maximum of 64 football players will be allowed to voluntarily return to campus. The workouts will be limited to groups of no more than eight...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Switzerland's Roger Federer speaks during a press conference following his semifinal loss to Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. Federer leads the annual Forbes ranking of highest-paid athletes with what the magazine says is $106.3 million in total earnings. He is the first tennis player top the list since it was first compiled in 1990. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
May 29, 2020 - 2:26 pm
Roger Federer leads the annual Forbes ranking of highest-paid athletes with what the magazine says is $106.3 million in total earnings. He is the first tennis player to top the list since it was first compiled in 1990. The owner of a men’s-record 20 Grand Slam singles titles made $6.3 million of...
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