Tennis

11:28 PM ET Associated Press Darlene Hard, an aggressive serve-and-volley player who won three major singles titles and 18 major doubles titles in a Hall of Fame tennis career, has died. She was 85. She died Thursday at Northridge Hospital in the Los Angeles area after a brief illness, according to Mona Cravens, director of
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4:41 PM ET Associated Press In a showdown between the world’s best player and doubles pair, Croatia’s top-ranked twosome beat a Serbia team led by Novak Djokovic to send their country into the Davis Cup final. Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic brushed aside Djokovic and partner Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-1 in doubles Friday to win
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4:09 AM ET The governing body of men’s tennis has been criticised for not joining the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in suspending tournaments in China over the treatment of former doubles world number one Peng Shuai. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), in a statement released a day after the WTA opted to take decisive
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2:53 PM ET Associated Press MADRID — Daniil Medvedev maintained his perfect record at the Davis Cup Finals to put Russia into the last four. Medvedev defeated Mikael Ymer 6-4, 6-4 Thursday to give Russia an insurmountable 2-0 lead over Sweden in the quarterfinals of the revamped team event. Andrey Rublev earlier outlasted Elias Ymer,
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9:20 AM ET Associated Press Billie Jean King will receive the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at the Sports Illustrated Awards. The winner of 39 Grand Slam titles will be honored Tuesday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Jessica Mendoza, a baseball announcer and two-time Olympic softball gold medalist, will present
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5:33 AM ET The International Olympic Committee has held a second video call with former doubles world number one Peng Shuai amid concerns about the Chinese tennis player’s wellbeing, the IOC said in a statement on Thursday. The IOC said it held the call just before the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced an immediate suspension
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2:41 PM ET Associated Press The head of the women’s professional tennis tour announced Wednesday that all WTA tournaments would be suspended in China because of concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former high-ranking government official in that country of sexual assault. Peng dropped out of
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6:24 AM ET Britain’s Johanna Konta has announced her retirement from professional tennis. The former World No. 4, who was the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon semifinals in 39 years in 2017, made the announcement on Wednesday on social media. Konta said in a statement she was “grateful” for her career in tennis.
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5:46 PM ET Associated Press INNSBRUCK, Austria — Germany came from behind to upset Britain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday after Kevin Krawietz and Tim Putz won the decisive doubles match. The German pair defeated British teammates Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski 7-6 (10), 7-6 (5) after the best-of-three tie was level following
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9:44 AM ET Associated Press BRUSSELS — The European Union said Tuesday that it wants China to release “verifiable proof” that tennis player Peng Shuai is safe and to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into her sexual assault allegations. Peng, a three-time Olympian and former top-ranked doubles player, dropped out of public view after
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6:59 PM ET Associated Press TURIN, Italy — Croatia became the first team to reach the Davis Cup semifinals after seeing off Italy 2-1 on Monday. With the singles squared, the top-ranked doubles team of Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic had no trouble beating Fabio Fognini and Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-4 in the decider. Sinner
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7:40 PM ET Associated Press U.S. captain Mardy Fish hinted at a lack of passion within his team after the record 32-time champion Americans were eliminated from the Davis Cup Finals by following up a lopsided loss to host Italy with a humbling defeat to Colombia on Sunday. The Americans left Turin 0-2 when Reilly
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9:46 AM ET Connor O’Halloran LONDON — US Open champion Emma Raducanu capped her remarkable debut season with a 6-3, 7-6(3) victory over Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse in a light-hearted exhibition match at the Champions Tennis event at the famed Royal Albert Hall on Sunday. Britain’s Raducanu, who turned 19 years old earlier this month, was
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11:03 PM ET Associated Press Steve Simon, the head of the WTA, says he remains “deeply concerned” about the whereabouts of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai and her ability to “communicate freely, openly and directly” after allegations that a powerful politician forced her to have sex. Peng, a three-time Olympian and former top-ranked doubles player,
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7:18 PM ET Associated Press Not even Novak Djokovic playing back-to-back could help Serbia avoid losing to Germany in the Davis Cup finals group phase on Saturday. After Djokovic helped Serbia pull even at 1-1 by beating Jan-Lennard Struff, the world’s top-ranked male player immediately joined Nikola Cacic in doubles. But German pair Tim Puetz
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3:34 PM ET Associated Press Top-ranked Novak Djokovic secured a victory for Serbia, 40-year-old Feliciano Lopez got defending champion Spain off to a solid start, and a young Italian team rolled past the 32-time champion United States in the Davis Cup finals on Friday. Djokovic beat Dennis Novak 6-3, 6-2 to give Serbia a 2-0
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