PERTH, Australia — Roger Federer won the bragging rights over fellow tennis great Serena Williams when they faced each other on court for the first time on Tuesday, with Federer spearheading Switzerland’s 4-2, 4-3 (3) victory over the United States in a mixed doubles decider at the Hopman Cup. “I was nervous returning. People talk
SHENZHEN, China — Maria Sharapova returned to competitive tennis with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) win against Timea Bacsinszky in the first round of Shenzhen Open on Monday. Sharapova cut her campaign short in September to recover from a shoulder injury. The fifth-seeded Russian, a semifinalist here last year, hit 23 winners against the unseeded Swiss
Ashleigh Barty and Matthew Ebden both won their singles matches against France to give Australia a winning start to their Hopman Cup campaign. Barty opened proceedings in the evening at RAC Arena in Perth with a straight sets win over Alize Cornet. Ashleigh Barty celebrates after her win over Alize Cornet David Woodley/Action Plus via Getty
It took them a while to realise but Greece’s Hopman Cup title hopes are hanging by a thread. World No.15 Stefanos Tsitsipas and world No.41 Maria Sakkari were expected to ease past unheralded Great Britain duo Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter at RAC Arena on Saturday. Stefanos Tsitsipas in action at the Hopman Cup David Woodley/Action
She showed up in Paris wearing a black catsuit, a reminder that nobody can command the Grand Slam stage quite like Serena Williams. She reached the finals at Wimbledon and the US Open, proving again how well she can play no matter how little she practices. Williams didn’t win those or any other tournaments, which
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Rafael Nadal is confident he can be fit for the Australian Open as he chases an 18th Grand Slam title. A right knee injury forced Nadal to retire from his US Open semifinal in early September — his last competitive match — and the 32-year-old Spaniard had ankle surgery
The epic Wimbledon semifinal between Kevin Anderson and John Isner was a highlight of 2018 in tennis as well as a poignant reminder that the journey to tennis stardom is sometimes longer and more complicated than expected. The parallels between the men and their experience is striking, almost as if the towering pair exists to
Deciding-set tiebreaks will be introduced for the first time at the Australian Open next month. In a move that follows Wimbledon and the US Open, Australian Open organisers have opted for a first-to-10 points tiebreak with a two-point advantage at 6-6 in the final set in the men’s and women’s draw. A general view of
LONDON — Tennis’ governing bodies have promised to deliver a “timely implementation” of recommendations to tackle corruption in the sport. An independent review of corruption in tennis was prompted after the BBC and BuzzFeed News published reports in January 2016 alleging that governing bodies ignored widespread evidence of match-fixing involving more than a dozen players.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The women’s tennis tour has approved rule changes that involve seedings after a return from pregnancy. Former No. 1 players Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are recent new mothers on the tour. The WTA says players returning to the tour may use a “special ranking” for up to three years from
The visibility of tennis coaches on the ATP and WTA tours has been growing by leaps and bounds, but at the same time, the top names, as successful as some have been, don’t seem to enjoy great job security these days. Millions of viewers now watch and listen as coaches advise WTA pros during matches.
PARIS — The French tennis federation says Sebastien Grosjean has been appointed as the country’s Davis Cup captain. Grosjean takes over from Yannick Noah after Amelie Mauresmo pulled out to focus on her new coaching job with French player Lucas Pouille. Amelie Mauresmo won’t be captaining France’s Davis Cup team after all, because the two-time
Surprises happen. In tennis, they happen a lot. This year, it all started in a big way when Caroline Wozniacki — long known as the “best WTA player not to have won a major” — ran the table to capture the Australian Open. The important thing about surprises, though, is their lasting impact, whether it’s
Manchester and London are candidates to host the ATP World Tour Finals from 2021 after being named on a shortlist of five cities by the ATP on Friday. Singapore, Tokyo and Turin will also be considered following a bidding process which saw more than 40 cities worldwide express an interest in hosting the season-ending tournament.
The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are another step closer to expanding their site after members of a nearby golf club agreed to sell its land to the All England Lawn Tennis Club for £65 million ($85 million). The acquisition is set to triple the size of Wimbledon’s grounds, adding 73 acres to the site which hosts
LONDON — Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named the 2018 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation on Thursday after each won Grand Slam titles and finished the year atop the world rankings. Novak Djokovic’s US Open championship in September was his 14th career Grand Slam title. Chris Trotman/USTA/Getty Images Djokovic, recognized by the ITF
NEW YORK — Andy Roddick is trying to get his shoulder ready, hoping he can still bring the high heat on serve. The former U.S. Open champion will be back in town and wants to have his game with him. “Coming back to New York is certainly not a place where I want to not
Novak Djokovic and friends were full-throated in their support of Red Star against PSG. Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images The tennis season has ended, and now Novak Djokovic can turn his full attention to supporting Red Star Belgrade. During the ATP Finals in London in November, he said, “I am only hoping to be there for them [Red