Billie Jean King backs calls to rename Margaret Court Arena

MELBOURNE, Australia — Billie Jean King thinks one of the main venues at the Australian Open should be renamed because of Margaret Court’s comments about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. King, a trailblazer for equality and diversity in tennis, said she had initially been a proponent of having Margaret Court Arena named in […]

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After one for the ages, Australian Open now a fitness test

MELBOURNE, Australia — With Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic among the walking wounded and Serena Williams already deciding not to defend her title, injuries and absentees have been the focus of attention ahead of the Australian Open. That’s not bothering Roger Federer, who is returning as defending champion just 12 months after entering the season-opening […]

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Federer beats Berdych on ‘home court,’ heads to 11th Wimbledon final

LONDON — They love their history around these parts and they love Roger Federer and, above all, they love watching him make history. Now he stands one victory from an unprecedented eighth Wimbledon men’s singles championship after qualifying for his 11th appearance in the final, breaking a record he already held. Just weeks from turning […]

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Venus Williams gains 9th Wimbledon final, awaits Garbine Muguruza

LONDON — All these years later, Wimbledon still brings out the best in Venus Williams. With her latest display of gutsy serving and big hitting, Williams beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday to reach her ninth title match at the All England Club and first since 2009. At 37, Williams is the oldest Wimbledon […]

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Nadal loses 15-13 in 5th set at Wimbledon

LONDON — First, Rafael Nadal erased a two-set deficit. Then, he erased four match points. Nadal could not, however, erase the fifth. After digging himself out of difficult situations over and over during the course of a riveting encounter that lasted more than 4½ hours, Nadal suddenly faltered, getting broken in the last game and […]

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Wimbledon competitors fighting off swarms of flying ants

LONDON — They were buggin’ out at Wimbledon on Wednesday. Hundreds of flying ants swarmed around various courts at the All England Club, distracting players during their matches, as the temperature warmed up considerably, from the low 70s (20s Celsius) to nearly 85 degrees (nearly 30 Celsius). It left the racket-wielders swatting the bugs instead […]

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Wimbledon opens with an emotional return for Venus Williams

LONDON — Venus Williams wiped tears from her eyes during her Wimbledon news conference Monday. She shook her head, fiddled with her hair and sat, silently. The wave of emotion came as Williams attempted to answer a question about the two-car crash that police say she caused June 9 in Florida; a 78-year-old passenger in […]

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Perfect 10: Rafal Nadal routs Stan Wawrinka for record 10th French Open

PARIS — His clay-court prowess as unassailable as ever, Rafael Nadal won his record 10th French Open title by dominating 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in the final Sunday. No other man or woman has won 10 championships at the same major in the Open era, which began in 1968. Call it a […]

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While Djokovic frets, Nadal barely sweats at French Open’s third round

PARIS — From a tiff with the chair umpire to the big deficit he created and then needed to overcome in a steady rain, Novak Djokovic had an all-around difficult day at the French Open. Rafael Nadal’s journey to the fourth round, in contrast, could hardly have been easier. Indeed, his 100th best-of-five-set match on […]

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Top storylines for 2017 French Open

The names missing from the French Open field are as noteworthy as can be: Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. They are the owners of a combined six titles at Roland Garros and 46 Grand Slam singles trophies in all and the three most marketable athletes in tennis. That trio’s reasons for being absent? […]

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