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Arts Sep 24Male tennis players surveyed on LGBTQ attitudes, environment
The men’s professional tennis tour is surveying players on LGBTQ issues. ATP CEO Massimo Calvelli says it is part of a “broader initiative” to create “an environment for players and staff that is inclusive, that is diverse and that is…
Nation Aug 25Serena Williams pulls out of U.S. Open, citing torn hamstring
Serena Williams added herself to the list of big-name withdrawals from the U.S. Open on Wednesday, pulling out of the year's last Grand Slam tournament because of a torn hamstring.
World Jul 11Djokovic wins Wimbledon to tie Federer, Nadal with 20 Slams
The 34-year-old from Serbia is now the only man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the first three major tournaments in a season. He can aim for a calendar-year Grand Slam — something last accomplished by a man when…
World Jun 01Grand Slam leaders pledge to address Naomi Osaka’s well-being concerns
The leaders of the four Grand Slam tournaments have reacted Tuesday to tennis star Naomi Osaka's stunning withdrawal from the French Open by promising to address players' concerns about mental health.
Nation May 31Osaka withdraws from French Open, saying it’s best for the tournament and her well-being
Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open on Monday and wrote on Twitter that she would be taking a break from competition, a dramatic turn of events for a four-time Grand Slam champion who said she has “suffered long bouts…
World Oct 11Nadal ties Federer at 20 Slams by beating Djokovic in Paris
Rafael Nadal tied Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles by producing a nearly perfect performance against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final.
Arts Sep 30Serena Williams pulls out of French Open with hurt Achilles
Serena Williams has pulled out of the French Open because of an Achilles injury. The 23-time Grand Slam champion says she had a short warmup and decided she couldn’t continue.
World Sep 12Osaka comes back, tops Azarenka at US Open; 3rd Slam title
By the end, Osaka pulled away to a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 comeback victory for her second U.S. Open championship and third Grand Slam title overall.
World Sep 06Djokovic out of U.S. Open after hitting line judge with ball
As he walked to the sideline for the changeover, Djokovic smacked a ball behind him. The ball hit a female line judge, who dropped to her knees at the back of the court.
Nation Jun 16New York Gov. Cuomo gives go-ahead for U.S. Open tennis in August
Cuomo says the U.S. Open tennis tournament will be held starting in late August without spectators as part of the state's reopening from coronavirus lockdowns.