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9 hours ago
Knee injury forces Sania to miss Australian Open

Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Indian tennis star Sania Mirza said on Saturday that she will not be taking part in the Australian Open early next year due to a right knee injury. Basically I have something that's called a jumper's knee. So it's extrmely painful...like I am okay to walk but it's painful to change directions and play. That's the biggest problem. So I can run straight but I can't a...

15 days ago
Djokovic names Radek Stepanek as coach

Belgrade, Dec 1 (IANS) Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic on Friday announced the Czech Republic's Radek Štepánek as his new coach. We have a new official member of the #TeamDjokovic guys. #NoleFam please welcome Radek Stepanek to our team, the 30-year-old tweeted. Stepanek will begin working with Djokovic in the following days in Monte Carlo, as Novak prepares for the next se...

16 days ago
Aussies to continue sledging in Ashes

Adelaide, Nov 30 (IANS) Ahead of the historic day-night second Ashes Test against England here from Saturday, Australia batsman Peter Handscomb on Thursday warned the tourists to be ready for more on-field verbal barbs. Since the start of the opening Test at the Gabba, the Ashes have been embroiled with verbal fireworks from either side but gained momentum once it was revealed that Engli...

25 days ago
Kohli jumps to 5th spot in Test rankings for batsmen

Dubai, Nov 21 (IANS) India captain Virat Kohli replaced Australian opener David Warner to grab the fifth spot in the rankings for Test batsmen, while Ravindra Jadeja has slipped to the third position in the bowlers' chart, it was announced on Tuesday. Kohli completed his 50th international century in the first match of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka in Kolkata, which ended in a dr...

26 days ago
Former Wimbledon champ Jana Novotna passes away

Prague, Nov 20 (IANS) Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna passed away at her home in the Czech Republic on Monday following a long battle with cancer. She was 49. Novotna won the 1998 women's singles at Wimbledon, beating Nathalie Tauziat in the final, to then become the oldest first-time Grand Slam champion in the Open era. A statement from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA...

28 days ago
Venus Williams' house burgled while competing at US Open

Washington, Nov 18 (IANS) American tennis star Venus Williams had around $400,000 stolen from her home in Florida while she was competing at the US Open this year, the local media revealed on Friday. The 37-year-old was competing at Flushing Meadows when her home in a well-to-do community was raided by burglars between September 1-5. Police did not reveal what was stolen. They also said...

1 month ago
Serena Williams to marry Alexis Ohanian on Thursday

Washington, Nov 16 (IANS) Tennis legend Serena Williams will marry Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on Thursday, the media reported. The couple will wed in New Orleans, Xinhua reported citing People magazine. According to the Daily Mail, the wedding will take place at the city's Contemporary Arts Center. The winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles has been engaged to Ohani...

1 month ago
Czech tennis star Stepanek announces retirement

Prague, Nov 15 (IANS) Czech tennis star and two-time Davis Cup winner Radek Stepanek announced his retirement at a press conference here. The 38-year-old won a bronze medal in the mixed doubles at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, reports Xinhua news agency. With five ATP titles under belt, Stepanek won two Grand Slam doubles titles at the 2012 Australian Open and the 2013 US Open re...

1 month ago
Right now Srikanth is world's best badminton player

Two remarkable statements since Kidamnbi Nammalwar Srikanth won back-to-back Badminton World Federation (BWF) Super Series titles at Copenhagen and Paris should be taken note of. Srikanth, the fourth player in the world to have won four Super Series titles in a year, said that the days of Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan, if not Chen Long, are coming to an end. Incidentally, the three s...

1 month ago
Federer skipped Paris Masters with eye on London: Nadal

Paris, Oct 31 (IANS) Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has said Swiss great Roger Federer pulled out of the Paris Masters so he could be in top form for the ATP Finals, which will be held in London. After winning Shanghai and winning Basel, he believes (missing Paris) will be better for his body and for his preparation for London, Nadal said in a press conference in Paris on Monday, Efe n...

1 month ago
Federer withdraws from Paris Masters

Paris, Oct 30 (IANS) Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has decided to quit next week's Rolex Paris Masters due to back injury, the organiser has announced. Roger Federer has withdrawn with back injury, the Paris Masters organiser wrote on Twitter on Sunday, moments after the Swiss lifted his eighth trophy at the Swiss Indoors Basel after beating Juan Martin del Potro in full sets, Xinhua n...

1 month ago
Federer defeats Del Potro at Swiss Indoors final, earns 95th career title

Basel (Switzerland), Oct 30 (IANS) Swiss tennis great Roger Federer rallied from one set down to defeat Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3 to win the Swiss Indoors Basel tournament for 8th time. The 19-time Grand Slam champion took revenge for narrow three-set losses to the Argentine in the finals of the 2012 and 2013 editions of his hometown event, Efe news reported on ...

1 month ago
Federer routs Paire to reach Swiss Indoors quarters

Basel (Switzerland), Oct 27 (IANS) Swiss tennis great Roger Federer outclassed Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-3 to book a spot in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors Basel for the 15th time. The top seed, who needed just 57 minutes to earn his fifth win over Paire in as many matches, did not face a single break point and broke his opponent's serve four times on Thursday, reports Efe.<...

1 month ago
Shuttler Srikanth enters Denmark Open final

Odense (Denmark), Oct 21 (IANS) Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth will have the chance to win his third Superseries title of the season as he entered the final of the Denmark Open here on Saturday. Men's singles eighth seed Srikanth overcame Hong Kong's Vincent Ki Wing Wong 21-18, 21-17 in 37 minutes in the semi-finals. With this win, Srikanth has taken a 3-2 lead in head-to-head ...

1 month ago
Federer congratulates Nadal on anniversary of tennis academy

Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Oct 20 (IANS) Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer sent a video to Spanish long time rival and fellow all-time great Rafael Nadal congratulating him on the first anniversary of his tennis academy and recalling the late-career resurgence both have enjoyed in 2017. I just wanted to congratulate the Rafa Nadal Academy on their one-year anniversary and all their te...

1 month ago
Injury cuts short Australian Kyrgios' tennis season

Canberra, Oct 20 (IANS) Nick Kyrgios, Australia's top-ranked male tennis player, has announced an early end to his 2017 season due to a persistent hip injury. Kyrgios, currently ranked number 20 in the world by the Association of Tour Professionals (ATP), has endured shoulder, knee and hip injuries in 2017, contributing to a disrupted year where he failed to make it past the second round...

2 months ago
World's best tennis players set to attend 2018 Australian Open

Canberra, Oct 10 (IANS) The 2018 Australian Open has been officially launched with the world's top tennis players committed to playing in the tournament. Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley on Tuesday announced that the top 100 men's and women's players would compete at the first Grand Slam of the year despite many having suffered injuries in 2017, reports Xinhua news agency....

4 months ago
Sharapova to play first major in 18 months at US Open

New York, Aug 16 (IANS) Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has been given a wild card into the main draw of the US Open, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said. Sharapova has played in the US Open main draw 10 times before. In her last visit to New York, in 2014, she fell to Caroline Wozniacki in the round of 16, the USTA said in a statement on Tuesday, reports Efe. Th...

4 months ago
Federer pulls out of Cincinnati, Nadal will be new World No.1

Basel, Aug 15 (IANS) Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer has pulled out of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, due to a back problem, making Spain's Rafael Nadal the World No.1 when the rankings come out on August 21 regardless of how far he advances at the event. I am very sorry to pull out of the Western & Southern Open as I always enjoy playing there, Federer said i...

4 months ago
Zverev upsets Federer in Montreal final

Montreal, Aug 14 (IANS) German rising star Alexander Zverev handed Swiss great Roger Federer a rare defeat in this season, producing a solid effort in the final of the Rogers Cup here to win 6-3, 6-4. Sunday's final was the second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title for the 20-year-old, who also won the Rome Masters earlier this year on clay as part of his breakthrough season, reports Efe....

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