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Russian and Belarusian players to be allowed to compete at US Open | Tennis News – Times of India

Russian and Belarusian players will be allowed to compete at the US Open this year but only under a neutral flag, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced on Tuesday. Players from Russia and Belarus are not being allowed to compete at Wimbledon later this month, a move which prompted the men's ATP and women's WTA Tours to strip the grasscourt Grand Slam of its ranking points. "Alongside the other Grand Slams, the ITF, the ATP and the WTA, the USTA, which owns and operates the US Open, has previously condemned, and continues to condemn, the unprovoked and unjust invasion of Ukraine by Russia," the USTA said. USTA Statement Regarding Russian and Belarusian Players:— US Open Tennis (@usopen) 1655226327000"The USTA... supported the banning of the Russian and Belarusian Tennis F...
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Serena Williams says she is set for a comeback at Wimbledon | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Serena Williams is set to make her comeback at Wimbledon a year after her last match in any competition, writing on Instagram on Tuesday: "See you there." The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, who suffered an injury during her first-round match at the All England Club 12 months ago, posted an image of her white trainers on grass along with the caption: "SW and SW19. It's a date. 2022, see you there." The 40-year-old also tagged Eastbourne in her post, indicating she could potentially play in next week's grasscourt tournament on England's south coast. It is unclear whether Williams, now ranked a lowly 1,208th in the world, is intending to play singles or doubles at Wimbledon. The American could have entered using a protected ranking reserved for players who have been sidelined...
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Murray awed by Rafael Nadal’s ‘incredible’ French Open record | Tennis News – Times of India

STUTTGART (Germany): Before continuing his grass court preparations, Andy Murray on Monday did the maths on Rafael Nadal's latest feat on clay. The 36-year-old Spaniard on Sunday routed Norway's Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in the final at Roland Garros to extend two records. It was not only his 22nd Grand Slam title but also his 14th French Open. "Winning 14 Grand Slams at the same place is incredible," said Murray in Stuttgart. "There's hardly any players on the Tour who will get the opportunity to play Roland Garros 14 times, much less win it." Nadal won his first French Open title in 2005. In the 17 seasons since then, he has lost just three matches at Roland Garros and been forced out once by a wrist injury. Murray used the sport's latest prodigy, Nadal's compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, fo...
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Rafael Nadal admits ‘I can’t keep going like this’ but looking for solution | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Rafael Nadal said Sunday that he cannot keep playing if he has to keep having his troublesome foot numbed, admitting "I can't keep going like this, but I am working to find a solution". Nadal captured a 14th French Open and 22nd Grand Slam title with a straight sets win over Casper Ruud at Roland Garros but said his future in the sport remains in doubt. "It's obvious that with circumstances that I am playing, I can't and I don't want to keep going, so the mindset is very clear. I'm going to keep working to try to find a solution and an improvement for what's happening in the foot," said the 36-year-old. Nadal revealed he needed pain-killing injections in his left foot before every match and will undergo treatment again this week back in Spain. "If it works, I keep going. If not, ...
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French Open: Bopanna-Middelkoop enter maiden doubles semifinals | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: India's Rohan Bopanna reached his first Grand Slam semifinal in seven years after he and his Dutch partner Matwe Middelkoop rallied to beat Lloyd Glasspool and Henri Heliovaara in the men's doubles quarterfinals of the French Open, here. The Indo-Dutch pair eked out a 4-6 6-4 7-6 (3) win over the British-Finnish combination in a hard-fought contest on Monday night. Bopanna last reached the semifinals of a tennis Major at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships when he had teamed up with Romania's Florin Mergea and lost in a gruelling five-setter to Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau. Bopanna, 42, and Middelkoop, 38, will face 12th seeds Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Roger on Thursday in the last four. The first men’s doubles semi-final is set!🇸🇻🇳🇱Arevalo/Rojer 🆚 Bopanna/Middelkoop 🇮🇳🇳🇱...
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Rafael Nadal sweeps into French Open last 16 | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Rafael Nadal continued his pursuit of a 14th French Open title, cruising past Dutch 26th seed Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the last 16 on Friday. The 21-time major champion will play Canadian ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime for a place in the quarter-finals, where world number one Novak Djokovic could await him. Nadal is now 108-3 at Roland Garros in his career. "I think I played a good match against a good player. I'm very happy to win," said Nadal. The Spaniard had a break point for 5-0 in the third set, but Van de Zandschulp refused to roll over, winning four of the next five games before Nadal put away his second match point, having saved a break point in between the two. "You always feel a little bit the nerves to finish the match, so I'm happy to be throu...
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Djokovic eases into French Open last 16 | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Top seed Novak Djokovic powered past Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 6-3 6-3 6-2 on Friday to advance to the French Open fourth round and stay firmly on course to challenge for a record-equalling 21st Grand Slam win. The 35-year-old world number one, who was on the court for less than two hours, next plays 15th seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina. "It's not possible to play perfectly but to strive to play close to perfection," Djokovic said in an on-court interview. "I want to play my characteristic game, my aggressive game. It is not always possible but today it was very good." Bedene, ranked 195th in the world after an eight-month layoff and a return to action in March, was no match for Djokovic's power and near-flawless service games. The Serb wasted three break points at 2-1 in the ...
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French Open 2022: Novak Djokovic beats Slovakia’s Alex Molcan to enter third round | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: World number one Novak Djokovic completed a solid 6-2 6-3 7-6(4) victory over Slovakia's Alex Molcan in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday to keep his title defence and quest for a record-equalling 21st Grand Slam on track. With Djokovic unable to defend his Australian Open title due to his refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Spaniard Rafa Nadal broke a three-way tie for the most Grand Slam titles with the Serb and Roger Federer by winning the Melbourne Park major at the start of the year. Yet a successful rerun of his 2021 Roland Garros campaign, when he beat 13-time French Open winner Nadal in the semi-finals, will lift Djokovic alongside his great rival. Nouvelle victoire en 3 sets du champion en titre ✅#RolandGarros | @DjokerNole https://t.co/0nggADZp1x— ...
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French Open 2022: Maiden Grand Slam main draw win for Ramkumar Ramanathan, moves to 2nd round with partner Hunter Reese | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Indian tennis player Ramkumar Ramanathan cherished his first ever main draw win at a Grand Slam as he combined with American Hunter Reese to beat the German team of Daniel Altmaier and Oscar Otte in the men's doubles event of the French Open on Wednesday. Ramkumar, who has made umpteen attempts to crack a singles main draw of a Grand Slam without success, and Reese beat their rivals 7-6(4) 6-3 in their opening round of the clay court major. The 27-year-old Indian had broken into the doubles top-100 early this year, following his maiden ATP Tour title win with compatriot Rohan Bopanna in Adelaide and at home in Pune, competing in the Tata Open Maharashtra. Rohan Bopanna and his Dutch partner Matwe Middelkoop had progressed to the second round with 6-4 6-1 win over local wild cards...
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Why Djokovic will drop 2,000 ranking points at Wimbledon

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) – the official governing body of men’s professional tennis – announced on Friday that it will strip Wimbledon of ranking points in 2022. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) soon followed suit, as did the International Tennis Federation (ITF), announcing that they will not be awarding points for the juniors and wheelchair editions of the event. The announcement came in the wake of Wimbledon’s ban on players from Russia and Belarus following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The All England Club’s decision was met with condemnation from the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the time. World No.2 and 2021 US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, and World No.7 Andrey Rublev will be left out of the men’s section of the draw. Big names like World...
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Zverev says Nadal plays ‘30% better’ at Roland Garros | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Alexander Zverev believes Rafael Nadal plays "30% better" at Roland Garros as he backed either the 13-time winner or defending champion Novak Djokovic to triumph at the French Open. German world number three Zverev, who is seeded to meet Djokovic in the semi-finals, said Nadal seems to have shrugged off the recurrence of a foot injury which saw him limp to an early defeat in Rome last week. "I just watched Rafa practise and it's funny because all of a sudden his forehand is just 20 miles an hour faster. He moves lighter on his feet," said Zverev. "There is something about this court that makes him play 30% better, just being on this court." World number one Djokovic, bidding for a third Paris title to move level with Nadal on 21 Grand Slams, comes into the tournament with a sixth...
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Relieved Novak Djokovic resumes quest to boost Grand Slam tally at French Open | Tennis News – Times of India

Novak Djokovic was ready to skip Grand Slams rather than take a COVID-19 vaccine following the Australian Open fiasco, but the world number one has been building up steam in a stop-start season to peak in time for his French Open title defence. The 20-times Grand Slam champion was unable to defend his Australian Open title in January after being deported from the country, having initially been admitted to the tournament despite not taking the vaccine. Djokovic began his season late in Dubai and was knocked off top spot following a shock loss to qualifier Jiri Vesely in the quarter-finals before pulling out of Indian Wells and Miami as he was unable to gain entry into the United States. The Serbian risked being frozen out of Roland Garros as well due to his vaccine stance but earned a re...
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Djokovic, Nadal, Alcaraz in same half of French Open draw | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Defending champion Novak Djokovic, 13-time winner Rafael Nadal and new teenage star Carlos Alcaraz were drawn in the same half of the French Open on Thursday. World number one Djokovic and Nadal, ranked five, are seeded to meet as early as the quarter-finals. Alcaraz, 19, is bidding to become just the eighth teenager to win a Grand Slam men's title. Roland-Garros men's singles draw :#RolandGarros https://t.co/jf6XCS0yyo— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) 1652981735000He could face either Djokovic or Nadal, who holds a record 21 majors, in the semi-finals in a top-heavy draw for the second Grand Slam of the season. "I am very motivated to play my best tennis," said two-time French Open champion and 20-time major winner Djokovic. "In Paris, I always play very strong. Last year, it was ...
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No escaping ‘best in the world’ Alcaraz is heir to idol Nadal | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Few players have rivalled Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic over the past two decades, but Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz threatens to upend tennis's established order after a dizzying rise to stardom. Alcaraz, who only turned 19 last Thursday, became the first player to beat Nadal and Djokovic on clay at the same tournament on his way to a second Masters 1000 title in Madrid. Seemingly preordained for greatness, Alcaraz has so far delivered on the promise, described by beaten finalist Alexander Zverev as "right now the best player in the world". He became the youngest US Open quarter-finalist of the Open era last September, then won his first Masters crown in Miami in early April. Only Nadal has won two such titles at a younger age. "I would say this is the best we...
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Italian Open: Halep, Azarenka move into second round | Tennis News – Times of India

Former world number ones Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka advanced to the second round of the Italian Open in Rome while four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to an ankle injury. Halep, champion in Rome in 2020, beat France's Alize Cornet 6-4 6-4, exacting revenge for her fourth round loss at the Australian Open in January. In a match that had 10 break points converted by the two players, Halep led 5-1 in both sets before Cornet fought back on both occasions before the Romanian got the job done, sealing progress with a forehand winner on Cornet's serve. Azarenka met a familiar foe in Swiss Viktorija Golubic, who she beat at the same stage of the Madrid Open late last month. Although the match in Madrid was a closer contest, this time ...
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Naomi Osaka pulls out of Italian Open with injury | Tennis News – Times of India

ROME: Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Italian Open in Rome to rest an Achilles injury ahead of the French Open, the WTA said on Monday. The four-time Grand Slam champion suffered the injury in her opening match in Madrid earlier this month, before struggling in a second-round loss to Sara Sorribes Tormo. "Unfortunately I'm going to have to withdraw from Rome as the injury which I picked up last week in Madrid hasn't healed yet," the Japanese star said in a statement. "It's an Achilles injury so I need to be careful, especially in advance of Roland Garros." The former world number one has never reached the final of a clay-court tournament, but will be hoping to put that record straight at the French Open which starts on May 22. Osaka, currently ranked 38th, has shown signs of a return...
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Carlos Alcaraz youngest since Rafael Nadal in top 10 after Barcelona Open win

Exactly 17 years ago, an 18-year-old Rafael Nadal was starting to attract the attention of the tennis world by winning the Barcelona Open and making it to the top 10 for the first time. Carlos Alcaraz followed in the footsteps of his hero on Sunday, also winning his first Barcelona title and cracking the top 10 men’s rankings for the first time at the same age. Alcaraz continued his impressive run by beating Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets for his third title of the season, winning the all-Spanish match 6-3, 6-2 after having made it to the final a few hours earlier in a semifinal game postponed from Saturday because of rain. “It means a lot,” Alcaraz said. “I’ve watched this tournament since I was a kid. I always wished to play in this tournament and of course to be able to win the...
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Charles Leclerc tipped to end Ferrari wait for F1 home win

Charles Leclerc is poised to end Ferrari’s three-year wait for a victory on home soil. Leclerc has won two of the opening three Formula One races ” finishing second in the other ” to help Ferrari lead the constructors’ championship after years of disappointment for the famous Italian Scuderia. The Mon”Gasque driver has picked up 71 of a possible 78 points in an incredible start to the championship and set him up as the favourite on Sunday to win the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on the track named after the Italian team’s founder and his son: Enzo and Dino Ferrari. Ferrari has not won a race at home since 2019 at Monza, where Leclerc took the Italian GP, and he was quick to temper expectations as soon as he won the Australian GP two Sundays ago. “Italy will be incredible, but we ne...
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Novak Djokovic knocked out in opening match at Monte Carlo | Tennis News – Times of India

MONTE CARLO: World number one Novak Djokovic crashed to a three-set defeat in only his fourth match of the season, falling 6-3 6-7(5) 6-1 to unseeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday. The 20-times Grand Slam champion endured a tough start to the year as he was unable to defend his Australian Open title in January after being deported from the country for being unvaccinated against COVID-19. Djokovic, who only played three matches in Dubai ahead of the Masters 1000 event in Monaco, struggled to find his range early in the contest as Spaniard Davidovich Fokina raced to a 4-1 lead before taking the opening set on Court Rainier III. The world number 46 grabbed an early break in the second set to go up 3-0 but Djokovic battled back before ...
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Clijsters retires again as family life beckons | Tennis News – Times of India

Former world number one Kim Clijsters has retired from professional tennis, the 38-year-old said on Tuesday, bringing the curtain down on her career for probably the last time. Clijsters, a four-time Grand Slam winner who retired twice in her career in 2007 and 2012, returned to action in February 2020 but did not win a single match and also had to undergo knee surgery in October that year. She last played at Indian Wells in October last year and was knocked out in the opening round. "I want to share with you that I have decided to no longer play official tournaments. I can't wait to see what new adventures will cross my path," the Belgian wrote on Instagram. In an interview with the WTA website, Clijsters explained she had been busy settling down in New Jersey with her family. "I still...